(BBC) Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to the victims of Wednesday’s plane crash, describing Prigozhin as a “talented businessman”.
In a televised address, he said the Wagner boss “made serious mistakes in life, but also sought to achieve the necessary results”.
And he warned that the investigation into the crash would take time.
Authorities say all 10 people on the plane were killed when it crashed near Moscow – and that passengers included Prigozhin and his right-hand man Dmitry Utkin.
There’s continued speculation about what happened.
UK defence sources have told the BBC that Russia’s FSB intelligence agency is most likely to be responsible.
The Wagner mercenary group was very active in Ukraine, until Prigozhin led a short-lived mutiny against the Russian military leadership in June – which Putin called “treachery” at the time.
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