Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led a revolt in opposition to Russia President Vladimir Putin, was killed in a airplane crash on Wednesday, Russian authorities mentioned.
No trigger for the crash was introduced however the announcement raised suspicions that Prigozhin had been killed. Putin had denounced the June rise up as “treason,” however the mercenary chief had appeared to flee quick retaliation after putting a cope with Kremlin to go away the nation and transfer to Belarus.
Reacting to Prigozhin’s loss of life, Tesla CEO and X proprietor Elon Musk mentioned that it took “longer” than he anticipated. “Slight probability it is a psy op,” he added.
Musk’s response got here after a X person posted, “That did not take too lengthy.”
Longer than I anticipated.
Slight probability it is a psy op.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2023
The Wagner chief had crossed into Russia along with his forces to topple Moscow’s army management in June.
The 62-year-old was on board a personal airplane that crashed whereas touring between Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
Based on preliminary data, all 10 folks on board died, together with three crew members, the ministry mentioned.
Russia’s aviation company, Rosaviatsia mentioned it arrange a particular fee to analyze the crash of the plane belonging to MNT-Aero.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes severe crimes, mentioned it opened an investigation into the crash.
The our bodies of eight folks have been discovered up to now on the web site of the crash, RIA Novosti mentioned citing the emergency companies.