Wagner Boss Yevgeny Prigozhin Among Passengers of Plane That Crashed

This picture taken on July 4, 2017 shows Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin prior to a meeting with business leaders held by Russian and Chinese presidents at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Photo by Sergei ILNITSKY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI ILNITSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by SERGEI ILNITSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Roy Francis
1:53 PM – Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was listed among the passengers on a plane that crashed on Wednesday in the Tver region in Russia.


Reports from Russian state media state that all 10 passengers onboard the airplane were killed during the crash. The business jet was flying from the Russian capital to St. Petersburg when it crashed.

“Prigozhin was listed among the passengers, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency,” a post by TASS on Telegram said. “An investigation into the crash of the Embraer aircraft has been launched, the department noted.”

The plane was seen falling out of the sky in the Tver region, and the wreckage was later seen in a field with images on social media showing the plane engulfed in flames.

Witnesses reportedly heard a loud bang before the plane “fell out of the sky.” Footage shared on social media later showed burning wreckage of the airplane in a field in the Tver region.

Prigozhin had led a coup against Putin’s regime in June, leading his forces from the frontlines in Ukraine to the outskirts of Moscow. He had marched the Wagner Group against Putin and his military officials after accusing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu of ordering a rocket strike on his group’s field camps on the frontlines in Ukraine.

During the coup, Prigozhin had denied all claims of a mutiny or a rebellion and had said that his forces are on a “march for justice” with the aim of fighting “corruption, deceit and bureaucracy” among Russian military leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had denounced the actions of Prigozhin at the time and said that what the group is doing is a “deadly threat to our statehood” and that there will be “tough actions” in response to the mutiny.

After the events in June, the criminal case and all charges against Prigozhin were dropped. The Kremlin had said that the charges were dropped after Putin had a three-hour meeting with Prigozhin and Wagner Group commanders.

 The Federal Air Transport Agency has launched an investigation into the plane crash in the Tver region.

Correction (8:46 AM – Friday, August 25, 2023): Footage of the aircraft falling out of the sky was removed due to confirmation that it was not footage of the incident in question.

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