One of Putin’s party leaders spoke about Prigozhin’s death and admitted that it was not an accident: “He was in the way of many”

Screenshot of Russian Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of the Wagner mercenary group threatening to take his soldiers to Moscow, on June 24, 2023, outside Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Europa Press/Contact/Pool /Wagner Group (Europa Press/Contact/Pool /Wagn/)

The leader of the ruling Just Russia party, Sergei Mironov, assured this Thursday that the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgueni Prigozhin, who was traveling in the plane that crashed yesterday in the center of the European part of Russia, “was getting in the way of many.”

”Prigozhin was in the way of many in Russia, Ukraine and the West”, Mironov wrote on Telegram.

According to the politician, “at a certain point, the number of enemies reached its peak.”

“So in the case of Prigozhin it is not that an abstract death found its victim, but that concrete scoundrels did it”, he asserted.

Sergei Mironov, head of the Just Russia party (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File)
Sergei Mironov, head of the Just Russia party (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File) (MAXIM SHEMETOV/)

Mironov warned these people that “wherever they are, the punishment will be inevitable”.

The leader of Just Russia thus echoed the accusations spread on social networks that Prigozhin’s plane was shot down by a missile or by the explosion of a bomb placed inside.

The Embraer private plane where the head of the Wagner Group was traveling crashed on Wednesday afternoon in the Tver region, north of Moscow, when he was heading from the Russian capital to Saint Petersburg.

Emergency specialists carry a body bag near the wreckage of the private plane linked to Wagner's mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin at the crash site in Tver region, Russia.  Photo by Kommersant/Dmitry Lebedev via REUTERS
Emergency specialists carry a body bag near the wreckage of the private plane linked to Wagner’s mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin at the crash site in Tver region, Russia. Photo by Kommersant/Dmitry Lebedev via REUTERS (KOMMERSANT PHOTO/)

In the accident, the causes of which are still unknown, the ten occupants of the aircraft died. According to one of the preliminary versions, the aircraft, which fell to the ground from a height of 8.5 kilometers, suffered a bomb attack, which would have been hidden in the landing gear compartment of the aircraft.

As reported by the civil aviation agency, Rosaviatsia, seven passengers were traveling on the Embraer-135, including Prigozhin and his right-hand man, Dmitri Utkin, a former Russian military intelligence (GRU) officer.

speculations

Prigozhin’s supporters claimed on pro-Wagner messaging app channels that the aircraft was shot down intentionally, but the allegations could not be independently verified. Numerous Putin opponents and critics have been killed or seriously ill in apparent assassination attempts.

Rescue personnel work at the crash site of a private plane en route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg in the Tver region near Moscow, Russia.  Europa Press/Contact/TASS
Rescue personnel work at the crash site of a private plane en route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg in the Tver region near Moscow, Russia. Europa Press/Contact/TASS (Europa Press/Contact/TASS/)

Speaking to Latvian television, the director of NATO’s Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications, Janis Sarts, said that “the downing of the plane was, of course, not a mere coincidence.”

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky also made his point clear. “We had nothing to do with this. Everybody knows who it was.”he expressed.

Though countless theories arose about the incident, most observers viewed Prigozhin’s death as Putin’s punishment for the most serious challenge to his authority in his 23 years in power.

The good bye

Dozens of Russians have come to the Wagner group centers in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk to lay flowers in memory of the head of that mercenary company, Yevgueni Prigozhin.

A fighter from the Wagner private mercenary group visits a makeshift memorial near the former Wagner PMC Center, associated with Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  REUTERS/Anastasia Barashkova
A fighter from the Wagner private mercenary group visits a makeshift memorial near the former Wagner PMC Center, associated with Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. REUTERS/Anastasia Barashkova (STRINGER/)

Wagner supporters also light candles and place them in a kind of makeshift memorials in honor of Prigozhin.

According to images published on social networks, a Wagnerite burst into tears after laying flowers in Novosibirsk, where the group of mercenaries opened an office last March.

(with information from EFE and AP)

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