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Russia. Vladimir Putin on Prigozhin: he was a man with complicated fates. And he made mistakes

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I have known Prigozhin for a long time. Since the early nineties. He was a man with a complicated fate. And he made mistakes, said Vladimir Putin the day after the crash of the plane on which Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner Group mercenary group, was supposed to be on board. The words of the Russian leader are quoted by the propaganda agency RIA Novosti.

RIA Novosti reported in a cable on Thursday that Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the plane crash in the Tver region. President Russia stated that the Wagner Group made “a significant contribution to the fight against Nazism in Ukraine“.

– I have known Prigozhin for a long time. Since the early nineties. He was a man with a complicated fate. And he made mistakes,” Putin said during a meeting with Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushylin. he also stated that Prigozhin was “talented, he worked not only in Russia, but also abroad, in Africa.”

The Russian leader added that he had read the report of the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, on the disaster and that the results of the official investigation should be awaited. He also stated that the expertise takes time.

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Reuters: Plane crash in Russia. Yevgeny Prigozhin was supposed to be on board Reuters/Ostorozhno Novosti

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Prigozhin plane crash

Independent Russian-language Internet TV Current Time said that Putin’s words “indirectly” confirmed his death. The Moscow Times portal expressed a similar opinion, directly stating that the Russian president confirmed that the head of the Wagner Group had died.

Earlier on Thursday, however, the independent Russian-language portal Meduza emphasized that the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin as a result of Wednesday’s plane crash has not yet been officially confirmed. On Wednesday evening, the Russian air transport agency Rosaviatia reported that Prigozhin and his “right-hand man” Dmitry Utkin, nicknamed “Wagner”, were on board the private plane that crashed that day in the Tver region in western Russia.

The causes of the disaster are being investigated. There were speculations about the plane being shot down by Russian anti-aircraft defenses or about an explosion on board.

RIA Novosti, Kommersant, Current Time, The Moscow Times, PAP

Main photo source: kremlin.ru

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