Who are Prigogine’s companions in the crashed plane?

Apart from Yevgeny Prigozhin, on board the crashed plane are his right-hand man Dmitry Utkin and five other people. The data is from the Russian Civil Aviation Agency.

The Kremlin has not yet commented on Prigozhin’s death

Here’s what’s known about them, according to data compiled by Russian website Fontanka, Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Center Dossier project and US-based private investigative organization All Eyes.

Dmitry Utkin

Prigozhin’s right-hand man, co-founder and commander of “Wagner”, 53 years old, native of Sverdlovsk region. Detachment Commander in the Second Special Forces Brigade of Military Intelligence. The unit participated in two Chechen wars. Responsible for the military training of “Wagner” fighters.

Valery Chekalov

“Rover”, 47 years old, native of Vladivostok. He is one of Prigozhin’s closest friends. Chekalov has been next to the leader of “Wagner” since 2000. He deals with the logistics of the mercenary army, including contracts for food supplies for the military. Responsible for Prigogine’s international projects such as geological surveys, oil extraction or agriculture. He is connected to “Euro Police” – a company that makes a profitable oil deal with Syria, pays the fighters of “Wagner” and supplies weapons. Subject to US sanctions.

Yevgeny Makaryan

“Makar”, 38 years old from the Chelyabinsk region. The former policeman joined “Wagner” in March 2016. He participated in an assault unit of the private army in Syria.

Sergei Propustin

“Cedar”, 44 years old. He has been a fighter of “Wagner” since 2015. Scout-grenadier. Fighting in Chechnya. He is part of a squad from which many of Prigozhin’s personal guards were chosen.

Alexander Totmin

“Tot”, 31 years old, native of the Altai Territory. Very active on Instagram, where he often posts his photos. According to information on the “Peacemaker” website. Totmin represented Wagner’s interests in Sudan. He was convicted of theft.

Nikolay Matuseev

The Dossier Center Project was unable to find a person of that name in the Wagner lists. It features a man named Nikolay Matusevich who joined the private army in January 2017 and served in the 4th Assault Squad in Syria.

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