So, the question of the day/week is, is Prigozhin dead or is this just another Russian ruse? These guys are pretty amazing in how they move chess pieces around the chessboard. They lie cheat and steal as if that is the only way to live. They don’t respect truth, they don’t respect honor, all they respect is the big lie. Does that remind you of anyone in the United States?
So, the story goes that since Prigozhin launched his assault on Moscow in an attempted coup a few months back that captivated the world and made Vladimir Putin look weak on the world stage, that Putin would get his revenge, and that Prigozhin would find himself thrown out a window or down the stairs or some such method they use for eliminating their enemies. Well, lo and behold they said he would be dead before he knew it. And of course, Prigozhin is now listed as dead, killed in a plane crash.
But, OK, one of Prigozhin’s planes just crashed yesterday and the manifest said that he was onboard and so that’s that? Ok, umm, wait. The manifest said he was onboard? Ok, first and foremost guys like Prigozhin don’t need passenger manifests to log where they are or what plane they are on or whatever the hell. They travel in secret, and no logs are ever kept. This is a society of men that believes every person in their orbit is there to kill them. Best friends, family members, wives, mistresses, children, everyone. They don’t trust anyone, and they never can trust anyone. They say that they are going to this location to one person while traveling to a different location instead. And this game is repeated a hundred times throughout the day, not just once a day. This is a daily routine. There are no logs kept, no passenger manifests kept–nothing is kept, ever.
Prigozhin knew that Putin was going to launch on him at some point, so did he plan the ultimate escape? And if so, was that escape straight to the United States of America, where through his contacts in the CIA, Prigozhin may now have become the number one CIA asset in the world for the United States? If so, wouldn’t they want to make it appear that his plane crashed, and that he was on it to make sure that Putin never comes looking for him? If you think about it, this was the only way out for Prigozhin. Opinions are that he isn’t dead in the physical sense, but that he’s only dead in the metaphorical sense. He’s never going to be Prigozhin again, but he will live like a king for the rest of his life wherever he may now be.
Lastly, don’t get me started about Dimitry Utkin being on board and killed along with Prigozhin. Utkin is the founder of Wagner, his call sign is Wagner. That guy is also an underling of Semion Mogilevich, the so-called BOSS of BOSSES of all the gangs/mobs in the entire world. Putin is an underlining of Semion, not the other way around. And Utkin is also a made man in the Mogilevich organization. They aren’t going to just rub him out without a sit down, and even then, it isn’t likely to be approved. That’s what makes this entire fantasy questionable. The people onboard are the top guys, and those guys don’t just get wiped out by some underboss like Putin. Just isn’t going to happen.
An Embraer private jet crashed Wednesday afternoon near Russia’s Tver region. The list of passengers included Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the chief of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which led a short but dramatic mutiny against the Kremlin in June. It is not confirmed whether Prigozhin was on the plane.
Videos circulating on social media showed the remnants of the aircraft ablaze, emitting black smoke. The remains of all 10 people on board the aircraft have been recovered, according to Russian news agency Interfax.
Who was on the Russian plane that crashed?
There were 10 people on board the plane, according to aviation authorities. That figure includes three crew members: two pilots, Aleksei Levshin and Rustam Karimov, and a flight attendant, Kristina Raspopova. According to the flight manifest, the seven passengers included Prigozhin and two of his close associates, Valeriy Chekalov and Dmitry Utkin, who has been referred to as Prigozhin’s right-hand man.
Three of the other passengers were also involved with the Wagner Group, according to the Dossier Center, a Russian investigative organization. The center said the name of a fourth man, Nikolay Mastuseev, could not be found on Wagner rosters, but that a man named Nikolai Matusevich was listed as a Wagner member.
There were no survivors, according to Russian aviation officials.
Where and when did the plane crash?
The aircraft crashed about a mile south of a settlement called Kuzhenkino, The Washington Post reported, citing geolocated videos. Kuzhenkino is about 200 miles northwest of Moscow.
The aircraft appears to have crashed Wednesday afternoon, according to flight data. Flightradar24, a real-time aviation data service, said it had received data from the aircraft starting at 5:46 p.m. local time. The aircraft continued to transmit data until 6:20 p.m., Flightradar24 said.
Is Wagner chief Prigozhin confirmed dead?
Prigozhin is not confirmed dead. Although his name was on the flight manifest — the roster of passengers and crew — it was not immediately confirmed that he was on board. Russian authorities are in the process of identifying the remains of those involved in the crash.
Has Putin responded to the crash?
No, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has a history of being linked to the suspicious deaths of Russian dissidents who have criticized his rule.
In June, Prigozhin led a mutiny against the Russian military, expressing frustration about Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for allegedly providing Wagner Group forces in Ukraine with insufficient supplies and carrying out an attack against his troops. The Russian Defense Ministry denied the accusations.
Prigozhin’s forces briefly occupied a Russian city that hosted the headquarters of a Russian command critical to the war in Ukraine. Wagner troops then marched on Moscow, before reversing their advance. Without naming Prigozhin, Putin said the rebels were “traitors.”