As per media reports, authorities are presently investigating the cause of the crash, which took place on Wednesday, exactly two months after Prigozhin led his fighters in a brief mutiny against Russia’s military leadership.
“There’s not much that happens in Russia that [Russian President] Putin’s not behind. But I don’t know enough to know the answer,” US President Joe Biden said in reaction to the news.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an aide to the Ukrainian president, remarked that the plane crash might signify "a message from Putin to Russia’s elites leading up to the 2024 elections. ’Beware! Disloyalty equals death.’"
The news of his purported demise has raised concerns about the future of the numerous Wagner fighters stationed in Africa, Belarus, and other regions around the world.