The final months within the lifetime of Wagner PMC chief Yevgeny Prigozhin had been the stuff of recent legend, stuffed with glory, infamy and tragedy.
His trajectory, from victory in Bakhmut (now referred to as Artemovsk), the most important battle since WWII, to the ‘treasonous riot’ in opposition to the Russian authorities and Navy, culminated in a spectacular – if horrifying – vogue.
Prigozhin died when his enterprise jet crashed on 23 August, a mere two months after the staged aborted mutiny in opposition to Russian navy commanders noticed his Wagner mercenary troops take management of Rostov and advance in the direction of Moscow.
The crash of his fiery aircraft was caught on video, and broadcast throughout the planet.
Now, for the primary time, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the reason for the crashm claiming that the aircraft crash that killed Yevgeny Prigozhin and two high advisers could have been attributable to hand grenades detonating contained in the plane, and additional speculated that the Wagner boss could have been on medicine.
The Guardian reported:
“’Fragments of hand grenades had been discovered within the our bodies of these killed within the crash’, Putin instructed a gathering of the Valdai Dialogue Membership think-tank within the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
‘There was no exterior impression on the aircraft – that is already a longtime truth’, Putin mentioned, contradicting stories by western intelligence providers that mentioned a bomb was the possible purpose behind the crash.”
Putin implied that alcohol and medicines may have performed a task within the crash.
“’Sadly, no examination was carried out to find out the presence of alcohol or medicine within the blood of the victims’, Putin mentioned.
‘Though we all know … that the FSB found not solely 10bn roubles in money, but additionally 5kg of cocaine’, he mentioned, referring to the stacks of money and medicines that the safety providers allegedly found throughout a search of Prigozhin’s mansion after his failed insurrection.”
Putin mentioned ‘there was no exterior affect’ on the Embraer Legacy 600 jet, which burned and crashed whereas flying between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“The physique of 62-year-old Prigozhin was buried at a personal ceremony lower than every week after he and his lieutenants died within the aircraft crash. The incident sparked rampant hypothesis of foul play from the Kremlin, coming simply two months to the day after Prigozhin launched an riot in opposition to Russia’s high brass and had his fighters march on Moscow.
Putin had initially described the putsch as “treason” however, talking days after his former ally’s dying, softened his tone. “He was a person with a fancy destiny. [Sometimes] he made errors; and [sometimes] he obtained the outcomes he needed — for himself and in response to my requests, for a typical trigger,” the Russian president mentioned.”
Putin additional said that there have been ‘no non-public navy corporations in Russia’, as a result of there was no legislation to manage them.
New York Times reported:
“Mr. Putin started by saying it was the Russian Protection Ministry that had introduced the extralegal mercenary drive into the battle effort within the first place, in a fashion that he described as ‘clumsy’.
‘It was attributable to the necessities of the present state of affairs on the battlefield, to place it bluntly’, Mr. Putin mentioned. ‘And when the Protection Ministry proposed that items from this firm take part in navy motion, I didn’t refuse’.”
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