Russia says Wagner chief confirmed dead in plane crash

Russia’s Investigative Committee says it has confirmed Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash.

Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said in a statement released on Sunday that after forensic testing, all 10 bodies recovered at the site of Wednesday’s crash were identified, and their identities “conform to the manifest”.

Russia’s civil aviation authority earlier this week said Prigozhin, along with some of his top lieutenants, were on the list of the passengers and crew members on board the plane.

Prigozhin, 62, was killed two months after he mounted a day-long mutiny against Russia’s military that President Vladimir Putin decried as “treason”.

The Kremlin cut a deal with Prigozhin to end the armed revolt that allowed him to walk free without any charges levied against him.

The brief uprising posed the biggest challenge to Putin’s authority of his 23-year rule.

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