Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of Russia’s Wagner Group has been reportedly involved in a tragic plane crash that claimed 10 lives near Moscow, according to state media reports.
The incident occurred as a business jet traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg crashed in the Tver region, as reported by the TASS news agency. Prigozhin was among the passengers listed by the Federal Air Transport Agency, although it remains uncertain whether he is among the reported fatalities. An investigation into the crash has been initiated.
The U.S. Pentagon has been monitoring the situation, with the White House National Security Council spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, stating, “We have seen the reports. If confirmed, no one should be surprised.” Watson linked the incident to the repercussions of the ongoing war in Ukraine and its wider geopolitical implications.
Despite news of the crash, Vladimir Putin appeared at a public concert in Russia. Prigozhin’s involvement in the Wagner Group’s activities had recently raised significant concerns within Putin’s regime. In June, Prigozhin orchestrated a noteworthy challenge to Putin’s leadership by marching his substantial mercenary forces to within 125 miles of Moscow. However, he abruptly halted the operation, directing his troops to return home before seeking refuge in Belarus.
According to Fox News, days before the crash, Prigozhin posted a video on Telegram from an undisclosed location in Africa, proclaiming the Wagner Group’s mission to make Russia “greater” and Africa “freer.” The video depicted Prigozhin asserting that the Wagner Group was engaged in reconnaissance activities and contributing to Russia’s influence across continents.
Prigozhin’s past involvement in critiquing Russia’s military performance in Ukraine led him to call for an armed uprising on June 23. Despite Putin branding him a traitor, a subsequent meeting between Putin and Prigozhin led to the dropping of rebellion charges against him. The Wagner Group, which Prigozhin founded, has been utilized by the Kremlin since 2014 to expand Russia’s influence in the Middle East and Africa.
The recent plane crash adds another layer of complexity to the evolving dynamics between Prigozhin, the Wagner Group, and the Russian government. As the details continue to emerge, the incident underscores the high-stakes political intrigue and power struggles within Russia’s political landscape.
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The letter, which had been published on The Guardian’s website since 2002, resurfaced online, causing a sudden spike in traffic. Social media users unearthed and shared the anti-American and antisemitic content, propelling the document to viral status. The Guardian, acknowledging the increased circulation without the full context, opted to remove the transcript.
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