The Russian state TV channel Russia 24 has reported on the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC).
Source: Russian media; TV presenter at Russia 24
Details: The propaganda channel reported in its news block that the plane had crashed and that Prigozhin was on the passenger list.
At the same time, the VCHK-OGPU Telegram channel, which is affiliated with the Wagner PMC, reported that the bodies of Prigozhin and Utkin [Prigozhin's deputy - ed.] had been found and identified.
Another Telegram channel close to Wagner PMC, Grey Zone, also reported that "a hero of Russia, a true patriot of his Motherland, Prigozhin, died as a result of the actions of Russian traitors".
- On the evening of 23 August, a small plane crashed in Tver Oblast, Russia. Rosaviatsiya [Federal Air Transport Agency − ed.] claimed that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Group, was on board.
- The mass media wrote that, in addition to Prigozhin himself, his deputy Dmitry Utkin, who went under the alias Wagner, was also on board the plane.
- The Grey Zone Telegram channel, which is close to the Wagner PMC, claims that Yevgeny Prigozhin's plane was shot down by air defence fire.
- In addition, it is reported that a terrorist act on board is being considered a version of Prigozhin's plane crash.