“There was no external influence”: Putin was informed of the preliminary conclusions of the investigation about the causes of the crash of Prigozhin’s plane
There has not yet been an official announcement about the causes of the crash of the plane of the founder of the Wagner PMC, but Vladimir Putin made one statement on this topic. According to him, no external influence on the plane was detected.
Fragments of hand grenades were found in the bodies of those killed in a plane crash over the Tver region, such information is contained in the report of the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin. The examinations carried out by the RF Investigative Committee showed that there was no external influence on the aircraft; this is already a proven fact.
- Putin said, adding that examinations of the bodies of the victims for alcohol and drugs were not carried out.
The president also noted that it is not correct to call the Wagner group a PMC; this name was invented by journalists. There are no private military companies in Russia, since there is no corresponding legislation. According to him, the participation of the group’s fighters in the special operation was caused by necessity, so when the Ministry of Defense received a proposal to involve Wagner in the SVO, he agreed. First of all, because people went to fight voluntarily. To date, several thousand fighters of the group have signed contracts with the military department.
Let us recall that the Embraer Legacy business jet, owned by Evgeny Prigozhin, crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino in the Tver region while flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg on August 23, 2023. There were 10 people on board, including the crew. In this disaster, Yevgeny Prigozhin himself and Dmitry Utkin, after whom the group was named, died.
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