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Prigozhin Plane Crash

Former Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led the private mercenary group to a short-lived mutiny against Russia's defense ministry in June, reportedly died yesterday after a jet crashed 60 miles northwest of Moscow, according to Russia's aviation agency. All 10 people—three crew members and seven passengers—aboard the plane were killed.

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency has launched an investigation into the crash, which was reportedly caught on video (see here). The plane was headed to St. Petersburg from Moscow before losing signal, according to flight data. The plane did not appear to lose altitude before losing signal. All 10 bodies were recovered near the town of Kuzhenkino in the Tver region.

The crash comes a day after Prigozhin, 62, made his first public video appearance following the attempted rebellion. The mutiny was seen as a challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin's authority, and in exchange for dropped charges, the group was exiled to Belarus. Read about Prigozhin's background here.

See updates on the war here.

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