Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of Wagner, a private military company, has tragically lost his life in a plane crash, as reported by the BBC.
The ill-fated private jet was carrying a total of ten individuals when it crashed in the northern region of Moscow, Russia’s capital.
The Russian Civil Aviation Authority disclosed that there were seven passengers and three crew members on board the Embraer aircraft, which was on a route from Moscow to St Petersburg.
Notably, just two days prior to this incident, Prigozhin had shared his first video address since his abortive June mutiny. In the video, Prigozhin appeared to be situated in Africa and expressed his views on Russia’s role in promoting freedom on the continent.
This video message was disseminated via Telegram channels associated with the Wagner Group and coincided with mounting concerns in Africa regarding a potential invasion of Niger. The coup leaders in Niger had reached out to Russia for potential assistance in the event of a confrontation with ECOWAS troops.