The death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner paramilitary group, following a plane crash on Wednesday has been confirmed by formal genetic analysis, Russia's Investigative Committee said Sunday.

"Molecular-genetic examinations have been completed as part of the investigation into the plane crash in the Tver region," Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said.

"According to their results, the identities of all 10 victims were established, they correspond to the list stated in the flight list," she added.

Among the other nine people listed onboard the Embraer private jet was Dmitry Utkin, a shadowy figure who managed Wagner's operations and allegedly served in Russian military intelligence.

Speculation the Kremlin may have been involved in Wednesday's crash has been rife, with the incident coming exactly two months after Wagner staged a mutiny against Moscow's military leadership.


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the incident as "tragic" to reporters on Friday, calling rumours of possible foul play an "absolute lie".

Russian officials opened an investigation into air traffic violations after the crash but have otherwise not disclosed details about the possible cause.

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Nowa Jan
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Putin's mindset: KNOW YOUR ENEMY-LOVE YOUR ENEMY-KILL OR DESTROY YOUR ENEMY. Who killed bloodthirsty killer maniac Prigozhin? The color of the cat doesn't matter. We must openly celebrate his death. The killing of Prigozhin tells us that you reap what you sow-that what comes around goes around-that All-knowing God avenges in very mysterious ways. Who would follow Prigozhin? Most likely, Lukashenko, Kadyrov, Putin's clannish oligarchs, and hopefully kleptocratic, autocratic bloodthirsty killer maniac Putin. Integrity is everything. Putin and his clannish oligarchs don't have integrity. Ukraine must never trust them.
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It is very unlikely but... if the Kremlin had made a mistake and killed the wrong person I think this could be the end of Putin. His close followers would not feel protected by him. Imagine Prigozhin showing up in Kiev. I think he would no longer sustain Putin and his war perhaps call for a new revolution in Russia. The Kremlin would exactly tell the same while Prigozhin would try to get out in silence.