Russia dismisses head of civil aviation agency that confirmed crash that killed Prigozhin

A view shows a portrait of Wagner’s mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin at a makeshift memorial in Moscow, Russia, August 24, 2023. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo (STRINGER/)

The Russian regime today dismissed the head of the civil aviation agency (Rosaviatsia), Alexander Neradkowhose structure confirmed on August 23 the accident of the private plane in which the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Neradko, who has headed the agency since 2009, will be replaced by his deputy, Dmitri Yardovas reported by the executive on his website.

According to the newspaper “Izvestia”, The official had been criticized on several occasions by the Government for ignoring its recommendations, especially those sent to him by the Minister of Transport, Vitali Saveliev.

Rosaviatsia reported on the tragedy of the plane in which Prigozhin, his main commanders and three crew members were flying.

The press then highlighted the speed and transparency with which the agency had reported on the event, for which the most radical Wagnerites, the opposition and the West hold the president responsible. Vladimir Putin.


The next day, Putin described the event as an “aerial catastrophe,” alluded to the “mistakes” committed by Prigozhin, alluding to the failed armed rebellion he staged in June, and promised that the investigation would go “to the end” to clarify what happened. occurred.

In this regard, presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov denied today that the investigation has slowed down.

“We don’t see it that way. “This is a complicated investigation, a complicated event,” she said.

At the time Peskov ruled out the possibility of the participation of international institutions in the investigation of the tragedy.

According to the Russian press, the Interstate Aviation Committee, an entity based in Moscow that investigates incidents and accidents in the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent Stateswill not investigate this event in accordance with international standards.

He Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents of Brazil (Cenipa) and the Brazilian Aeronautics Company (EMBRAER), manufacturer of the damaged aircraft, expressed their willingness to participate in the investigation of the accident.

The Embraer plane in which Prigozhin was traveling along with nine other occupants, some senior officers of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, crashed in the Tver region while en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

So far no official information has been given about the causes of the accident, but Among the main versions is the explosion of a bomb on board.

Peskov categorically denied that the head of the Kremlin gave the order to liquidate the Wagner leader, whose functions would now be carried out by other private companies attached to the Ministry of Defense and by the National Guard.

At the time, the Kremlin recognized that a “deliberate mistake” is among the possible causes of the plane crash in which the mercenary leader died Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Speaking to reporters during his daily conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that There are “different versions” of what happened and that “are being considered”, among them “let’s put it this way, a deliberate error.”

He urged journalists to wait for the Russian Investigative Committee’s investigation to conclude and said that There cannot be an international investigation in this regard. The Committee said last week that it had opened a criminal case for violation of flight safety, a common charge in investigations of air accidents in Russia when there is no immediate reason to suspect foul play.

A business plane carrying Prigozhin, founder and leader of the Wagner private military force, and his top lieutenants crashed halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, killing all 10 people on board.

The accident occurred exactly two months after Prigozhin organized a short-lived armed rebellion against the Russian military leadershipwhich represented the greatest challenge to the authority of Vladimir Putin in his 23 years of government. The Kremlin has denied involvement in the accident.

(With information from EFE)