Emergency workers at the crash site of Evgeny Prigozhin’s private jet. Photo/Sputnik/Mikhail Tsaryuk
MOSCOW – Russian investigators have not ruled out foul play in the plane crash that killed Wagner Group boss Evgeny Prigozhin.
Not only that, Russian investigators will consider every possible scenario, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“Obviously there are different versions and they are being considered. “Among them are those that (involve) deliberate cruelty,” he said on Wednesday (30/8/2023).
He urged the media to wait for official news from investigators.
When asked about the Reuters report, which said Moscow rejected an offer of help from Brazil’s aviation authorities, Peskov said there had been no discussions regarding any international aspects and indicated the investigation would be carried out domestically.
The business jet that crashed in the Tver Region last Wednesday was manufactured by Brazilian aircraft company Embraer.
All ten people on board were killed, including Wagner’s boss and several of his closest associates.
Because the flight was domestic, Russia is not obliged to investigate the crash under international rules, Reuters noted in its report.
International incidents are usually overseen under the authority of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and involve the manufacturer.
“If they say they will open an investigation and invite Brazil, we will participate from afar,” Air Brigadier Marcelo Moreno, who heads Brazil’s Center for Aviation Accident Research and Prevention (CENIPA), told the news agency.