President Putin claims hand grenade fragments WERE FOUND in the bodies of victims in Prigozhin’s plane crash


Vladimir Putin has suggested his nemesis Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane was brought down by a hand grenade that exploded inside the aircraft while the Wagner chief and his fellow mercenaries were drunk or high on drugs.

Wagner’s death

Weeks after Prigozhin, 62, had led a revolt against the Kremlin, he was travelling by private jet from Moscow to St Petersburg on August 23rd when it burst into flames.

The executive Embraer jet then plunged to earth, killing Prigozhin, his bodyguards and other Wagner commanders including Dmitry Utkin.

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Immediately, fingers were pointed at President Putin, who had fallen out spectacularly with Prigozhin over the war in Ukraine.

But in an apparent attempt to distance himself from responsibility, Putin suggested the explosion was as a result of a hand grenade detonating inside the aircraft by accident.

‘Fragments of hand grenades were found in the bodies of those killed in the crash,’ Putin told the Valdai forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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‘There was no external impact on the plane – this is already an established fact.’

Putin’s story about Wagner’s death

Putin also suggested that the hand grenades could have detonated while they were being handled by Prigozhin or his Wagner mercenaries who were drunk or high on cocaine.

He also claimed that 5kg of cocaine had been found during a search of Prigozhin’s private mansion in St Petersburg earlier this year.

The despot said he thought it was wrong for crash investigators not to conduct alcohol and drug tests on the deceased when their bodies were recovered from the crash site.

‘Unfortunately, no examination was carried out for the presence of alcohol or drugs in the blood of the victims,’ he said.

‘In my view, this should have been carried out, but it wasn’t.’

But former Wagner commander Marat Gabidullin, who left the group in 2019, dismissed Putin’s claims.

‘I don’t believe this. I never noticed any signs that [Prigozhin or Utkin] used drugs. And neither of them drank,’ Gabidullin told The Times.

Since the conflict began, several opponents of Putin have met a grisly end.

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