Flowers, candles and tributes were left for Yevgeny Prigozhin following a plane crash. People gathered at the makeshift memorial in front of the “PMC Wagner Centre” in Saint Petersburg Wednesday night to leave tributes for Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin after Russian authorities said he was on a plane that crashed with no survivors.
Russian People pay tribute to Wagner's Prigozhin outside the group's office in St. Petersburg pic.twitter.com/pwadyVcYL4
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A Video showed members of the public unfurling a large banner outside the Wagner private military company’s headquarters that read, “Wagner PMC. We are together.”
People also placed flowers, lit candles, and left Wagner PMC chevron patches near the Wagner Centre entrance. Earlier Wednesday, Russia’s aviation agency said Prigozhin was on board a private jet that crashed north of Moscow, killing all on board.
Supporters and admirers of the Wagner PMC Group have seen gather outside of a Cafe owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin in the City of St. Petersburg, with many leaving Flowers to pay tribute to the Wagner boss. The PMC holds significance in significant involvement in the ongoing conflict, especially in Bakhmut.
To pay tribute to the Wagner boss and other Wagner officials who lost their lives in a tragic plane crash yesterday, the headquarters of PMC Wagner group in Petersburg lit the windows in the shape of a cross. They also remembered and mourned the soldiers who died on the battlefield.
🚨BREAKING: In "tribute" to Yevgeny #Prigozhin, #DmitryUtkin, and other Wagner leaders who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash earlier today, the headquarters of the #WagnerPMC group in #StPetersburg, #Russia, is currently illuminated in the shape of a cross. pic.twitter.com/tCSxJ3h519
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The Russian authorities yesterday declared the demise of the Wagner chief and the other passengers boarded. However, there is still no statement has been given by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin, also known as Putin’s chef, is believed to be the closest person to President Vladimir Putin.
According to the locals and eyewitnesses, the crash occurred 300 kilometres northwest of Moscow; they heard two explosions, first while the plane was in the air and about to hit the ground, the other when it crashed.
It is believed to have been shot by Russian defence Ministry. After the failed Wagner coup attempt on June 24, Western intelligence and other Military experts anticipated an assassination attempt on Prigozhin. It was seen as Putin’s revenge for the mutanity Wagner attempted in June 2023.