Wagner boss Prigozhin confirmed dead in plane crash
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All 10 victims have been identified and correspond with those on the flight’s passenger list, according to the Investigative Committee (SK).

On 23 August, Prigozhin’s private jet crashed north-west of Moscow, killing all those on board.

Speculation that the Kremlin was responsible for the crash has been denied.

An investigation into criminal activity is ongoing, according to the SK.

In a statement, it said, “Molecular-genetic testing has been completed.”.

According to its results, the identities of all 10 deceased have been established, and they match the flight manifest.”

Many of the victims were senior members of Wagner, a Russian mercenary group set up by Prigozhin and involved in military operations in Ukraine, Syria, and parts of Africa. Wagner members Valery Chekalov, Sergei Propustin, Yevgeny Makaryan, Alexander Totmin and Nikolay Matuseyev were also on the Embraer Legacy plane flying from Moscow to St Petersburg.

Alexei Levshin and Rustam Karimov flew the plane, and Kristina Raspopova was the flight attendant.

Two months earlier, Prigozhin had led a Wagner mutiny against the Russian military, seizing Rostov in the south and threatening to march on Moscow.

As a result of a deal reached, Prigozhin and Wagner fighters relocated to Belarus, defusing the standoff.

Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the mutiny as a “stab in the back” and some speculate that Russian security forces were involved.

According to CBS, the crash was probably caused by an explosion on board the plane, and the Pentagon said Prigozhin probably died in the accident.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that rumours of foul play were “absolutely false”.

Mr Putin has sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

He described Prigozhin as a “talented person” who “made serious mistakes in life”.