Russian investigators say DNA testing confirms that Russian warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin was aboard the small jet that crashed outside Moscow under mysterious circumstances last week.
Russia’s Investigation Committee confirmed the identities of all 10 people aboard the craft, which also included Prigozhin’s second in command, Dmitry Utkin. Investigators have yet to offer an explanation for why the plane crashed.
“As part of the investigation of the plane crash in the Tver region, molecular-genetic examinations have been completed,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement. “According to their results, the identities of all 10 dead were established. They correspond to the list stated in the flight sheet.”
Prigozhin’s private jet plummeted out of the sky on Wednesday in the Tver region outside Moscow. Residents of a village near the crash site say they heard an “explosion” in the air before the jet come down.
Russian investigators say that DNA testing confirms that Russian warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin was aboard the small jet the crashed outside Moscow under mysterious circumstances last week. (Razgruzka_Vagnera telegram channel via AP)
Prigozhin’s death comes just months after he led a stop-and-go insurrection against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime earlier this year.