Ten people have been killed in a private jet crash north of Moscow – with the Russian Civil Aviation Authority saying Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was on the passenger list.
Seven passengers and three were on board the Embraer aircraft, which was en route from Moscow to St Petersburg, Russian State-sponsored news agency TASS has reported.
The BBC have now also confirmed that Prigozhin has died.
The incident follows the heightened risk of Prigozhin being assassinated following the failed Wagner coup that he led in June.
The shocking news also follows confirmation this morning that Putin has sacked Sergei Surovikin, AKA “General Armageddon”, as head of the Russian air force.
Surovkin’s whereabouts are still unconfirmed, and he has not been sighted since the failed 23-24 June mutiny.
Once commander of Russia’s overall invasion of Ukraine before being replaced and put in charge of the air force, Surovikin has not been publicly fired but the news agency RIA cited an unnamed source stating the following:
“Ex-chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces Sergei Surovikin has now been relieved of his post, while Colonel-General Viktor Afzalov, head of the Main Staff of the Air Force, is temporarily acting as commander-in-chief of the Air Force”.
The Kremlin has neither confirmed nor denied the statement, but it is important to note that the RIA is controlled by the Russian state itself.
Surovikin had been supportive of Prigozhin and his war criminal-riddled mercenary group Wagner, but it is unclear if he directly helped Prigozhin during the attempted coup.