Pro-Kremlin television station Tsargrad TV has reported, citing its own sources, that Prigozhin’s body has been provisionally identified, but that DNA analysis was still pending, according to the DPA news agency.
The crash, which remains shrouded in mystery, has ignited speculation about how Prigozhin, an outspoken critic of top Russian defence officials, met his fate – if his death is officially confirmed.
The Grey Zone Telegram channel, which is affiliated with Prigozhin’s Wagner mercenary forces, suggested the plane was shot down, but offered no evidence to support its claim.
Top Wagner commander Dmitry Utkin was also reportedly on the plane.
Russia’s aviation authority Rosaviatsiya said an investigation was under way into the cause of the crash but offered no preliminary theory as to what may have happened.