On Wednesday, a Russian business jet flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg crashed in the Tver region, resulting in 10 fatalities. The founder of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who lead a rebellion against Vladimir Putin’s rule, was aboard the plane. He is assumed to be dead along with his right hand man in the Wagner group. Amazingly the crash was caught on video by many locals and shared to social media. Did Putin just send a terrifying message to the Russian people? See video clips below:
A video appeared, which allegedly shows the moment of the crash of Prigozhin's plane. pic.twitter.com/KkTmw7LoH9
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TASS, on their Telegram channel, stated:
“Prigozhin was listed among the passengers, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency. An investigation into the crash of the Embraer aircraft has been launched, the department noted.”
For context, just a couple of months ago, Prigozhin dramatically shook up the political scene. He commanded his 25,000 mercenary troops towards Moscow’s outskirts, stopping a mere 125 miles from the capital. However, the operation was halted, and the troops were directed to retreat. Following this surprising move, Prigozhin sought exile in Belarus.
This is a developing story.