Hand grenade fragments had been discovered within the our bodies of victims of a aircraft crash that killed former Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian President Vladimir Putin has mentioned.
Mr Prigozhin was reportedly amongst 10 individuals killed in a aircraft crash north of Moscow on 23 August, two months to the day after he led a failed mutiny in opposition to prime Russian officers.
The aborted rise up, throughout which he demanded the ousting of defence minister Sergei Shoigu, was the most important problem to President Putin’s rule since he rose to energy in 1999.
However Mr Putin appeared to dismiss hypothesis the aircraft had been shot down, claiming there was “no exterior affect” and this “is already a longtime reality”.
“Fragments of hand grenades had been discovered within the our bodies of these killed within the crash,” he instructed a gathering of the Valdai Dialogue Membership in Sochi.
He didn’t give any particulars round how a grenade might explode – however he mentioned investigators ought to have examined the our bodies for alcohol and medicines, given cocaine has been discovered at Wagner workplaces earlier than.
The investigators haven’t publicly commented on the case, however Russia mentioned it confirmed Mr Prigozhin’s demise within the crash following genetic checks – with out revealing the trigger.
He was buried privately in a “farewell ceremony” in a St Petersburg cemetery final month, in response to his press workforce.
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