Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday, Russian officials confirmed. The plane, an Embraer Legacy 600, crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino in the Tver region, about halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg. All 10 people on board were killed.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but Russian officials have said that there is no indication of foul play. The plane was en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg when it crashed. The weather was clear at the time of the crash, and there were no reports of mechanical problems with the plane.
Prigozhin was a controversial figure in Russia. He was a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, and he was accused of funding and running the Wagner group, which has been accused of war crimes in several countries.
The death of Prigozhin is a major blow to the Wagner group. It is unclear who will now lead the group, or what impact the crash will have on its operations.
The crash has also raised questions about the safety of private jets in Russia. The country has a poor record of aviation safety, and there have been a number of high-profile crashes in recent years.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Russian officials have said that they will release more information about the crash as it becomes available.
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