Dmitry Peskov, the official representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has denied allegations regarding the potential role of the Kremlin in the demise of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Group.
According to ABC News, Peskov stated during a press conference on Friday that allegations implicating the Russian Government in planning the jet accident were completely false.
“There is a lot of speculation around the plane crash and the tragic death of the passengers, including Yevgeny Prigozhin,” Peskov said. “Of course, in the West, this speculation is being presented from a certain angle. All of this is an absolute lie.”
Prigozhin was killed on Wednesday in a plane accident en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. In addition to himself, six other passengers and three crew members perished in the disaster.
The incident comes two months after he headed a mutiny against Putin, moving his troops from Ukraine, seizing the southern Russian city of Rostov on Don, and threatening to march on Moscow.