The Kremlin is currently investigating the plane crash that resulted in the death of mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin last week.
During a daily conference call, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov highlighted that there are multiple theories being considered, including the possibility of “deliberate wrongdoing.” However, Peskov emphasized the importance of waiting for the conclusion of the Russian Investigative Committee’s inquiry before drawing any conclusions.
Unlike other high-profile incidents, Peskov stated that there will not be an international investigation into this crash. The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case, specifically focusing on flight safety violations. This is a customary procedure for plane crash investigations in Russia when foul play is not immediately suspected.
The tragic crash occurred between Moscow and St. Petersburg last Wednesday. The business jet carrying Prigozhin, who was the founder and leader of the private military force Wagner, as well as his top lieutenants, claimed the lives of all ten individuals on board.
Following Prigozhin’s death, a private ceremony was held in St. Petersburg, his hometown. The location of his grave had been shrouded in secrecy until recently when his spokespeople disclosed its whereabouts.