Vladimir Putin referred again this Thursday to the death of the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhinthis time to distance ourselves from the fact.
Since the plane in which the Wagnerite leader was traveling, along with his trusted circle, crashed on August 23 in the Tver section in unusual circumstances, Putin has been accused by the opposition, the paramilitaries and the international community for being behind the event.
However, Putin assured that the accident occurred without the intervention of external factors – which rules out the hypothesis that it was shot down– and pointed out that remains of grenades.
“In the bodies of those killed in the air disaster, hand grenade fragments. There were no external factors“This is an already confirmed fact, the result of the analyzes carried out by the Russian Instruction Committee,” he said and pointed out that Wagner’s own members, the opposition and Western politicians were responsible for this fact.
At the same time, the president regretted that the specialists did not carry out medical tests on “the blood of the deceased” in search of alcohol and drugs since “after the event in Prigozhin’s campaign in St. Petersburg, the Federal Security Service found not only 10 billion rubles (USD 100 million) in cash, but also five kilograms of cocaine.”
Presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov also supported the version recently communicated by Putin and categorically denied that he gave the order to execute the Wagner leader.
Despite the certainty that the Government assures about the results of the investigation, the truth is that it is a single campaign. Since the news broke, the Kremlin prohibited the participation of international institutions in the investigations and it was even learned that the Interstate Aviation Committee – which is in charge of incidents and accidents in the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – will not investigate these events in accordance with international standards.
Even the offer of the Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents of Brazil (Cenipa), and the Brazilian Aeronautical Company (EMBRAER) – manufacturer of the ship – to participate in the investigations has been ruled out and the head of the aviation agency Rosaviatsia civilian, Alexandr Neradko, was removed from his position after confirming the tragedy.
During his presentation this Thursday at the Valdai Debate Club, in the seaside resort of Sochi, Putin took the opportunity to highlight the new link between the Kremlin and the Wagners. In that sense, he said that several thousand former officers of the group signed contracts with the Armed Forces from Russia, something that, until then, had not been possible given Prigozhin’s opposition.
“They want to. And if they want, it means that they will take part in military actions,” he celebrated after a meeting with former Wagner commander, Andrei Troshev, in which they discussed the creation of “volunteer units” in the Ministry of Defense.
Likewise, he ruled out that Wagner was a private paramilitary group since these organizations are prohibited by law in the country. Instead, he maintained that it was an entity that received state funding and whose label was placed by the opposition press.
(With information from EFE)