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25 Aug, 2023 11:32 HomeRussia & FSU Prigozhin plane crash: Investigation, versions, aftermath DNA tests are underway to identify deceased Wagner Group members as the Kremlin rejects Western claims it was culpable
Senior Russian officials have expressed condolences over the apparent death of Evgeny Prigozhin, the businessman behind the Russian private military company Wagner Group.
Investigators have yet to formally confirm that Prigozhin was killed in the crash of his private jet on Wednesday. But President Vladimir Putin referred to him in the past tense, as he commented on the fatal incident on Thursday.
Putin stressed that Wagner Group did much good for Russia, while offering mixed praise to Prigozhin. He was “a man with a complicated life path” who “made serious mistakes” but also “produced results” both for himself and for the common cause, according to the president.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic in southern Russia, highlighted his past friendship with Prigozhin, a fellow military commander. His achievements “cannot be denied,” he admitted.