The boss of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhinwas among the passengers of the private plane that crashed this Wednesday in Russia and at the moment it is unknown if is among the 10 fatalities who left the accident.
“A start has been investigation into the Embraer plane crash happened this afternoon in the Tver region. According to the passenger list, the name of Yevgeny Prigozhin was on it,” Russia’s transport agency reported, according to the Tass, Ria Novosti and Interfax news agencies.
The 62-year-old man, recognized in recent times after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022in which his fighters – including thousands of convicts he recruited from prison – led the Russian assault on the city of Bakhmut in the longest and bloodiest battle of the war.
Furthermore, last June, the founder wagner led a revolt in which his group seized control of the city of Rostov-on-Don and shot down several military helicopters, killing its pilots, as they advanced towards Moscow. President Vladimir Putin he called it an act of treason that would receive a harsh response.
Who is Yevgeny Prigozhin
Yevgeny PrigozhinThroughout his youth, he spent nine years in Soviet prisons for crimes such as theft and fraud. In 1990, at the death throes of the Soviet Union, he began his career as a hotelier and restaurant owner in his hometown. It was then that he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, who at the time was the mayor of St. Petersburg.
From his contacts in politics, Prigozhin obtained important contracts in the State and became “Putin’s chef” since he was in charge of serving meals at Kremlin events. However, lately he laughed when saying that actually saying that he was “Putin’s butcher” would be more appropriate.
After passing through the Russian State, in 2014, Prigozhin founded Wagner, a private military company whose fighters were deployed in support of Moscow’s allies. in countries like Syria, Libya and the Central African Republic. The United States sanctioned her and accused her of serious crimes that Prigozhin denied.