RUSSIA has confirmed that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin died in a plane crash after a DNA test was carried out on remains from the scene of the accident.
The Embraer Legacy 600 warlord jet was ejected from the sky in a violent crash earlier this week, killing all ten passengers on board.
The Russian investigative committee said in a statement that after forensic tests, all ten bodies recovered at the crash site have been identified.
The committee said: “According to the results, the identities of all ten victims have been established, they correspond to the list provided in the flight list.”
The Russian Civil Aviation Authority said earlier this week that Prigozhin and some of his top lieutenants were on the list of people on board the plane that crashed on Wednesday.
Among the other nine people listed aboard the Embraer private jet was Dmitry Utkin, a shadowy figure who ran Wagner’s operations and allegedly served in Russian military intelligence.
Prigozhin, 62, was believed to be dead after his private plane crashed in Kuzhenkino, some 60 miles north of Moscow.
The crash happened exactly two months after the Wagner boss mutined against Vladimir Putin.
The crash sparked speculation that Moscow may have been involved, particularly after a second plane related to the plane was sighted en route to Moscow.
Meanwhile, an engineer who made mysterious last-minute repairs to the doomed jet is being questioned by Russian authorities.
Engineer Sergey Kitrish, 41, has reportedly been questioned since the Moscow crash.
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