The remains of all 10 passengers on Yevgeny Prigozhin's plane that crashed on Wednesday have been identified, confirming the death of the Wagner chief, Russia's Investigative Committee said Sunday.
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has reported that in addition to the three crew members, the following individuals were on board the plane that crashed in the Tver region north of Moscow:
- Yevgeny Prigozhin
- Dmitry Utkin
- Valeriy Chekalov
- Sergey Propustin
- Evgeniy Makaryan
- Aleksandr Totmin
- Nikolay Matuseev
What do we know about them?
CNN has previously reported on Utkin's role as a trusted lieutenant of Prigozhin’s since the beginning of the Wagner Group.
A report from a Russian investigative group run by exiled Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Dossier Center, revealed more details about the other passengers on board:
Valeriy Chekalov: Chekalov was one of the Wagner boss' deputies who had worked with him since the early 2000s, the Dossier Center says. He oversaw all of Prigozhin's "civilian" projects abroad, including geological exploration, oil production and agriculture, as well as the company's logistics.
In July, the US State Department imposed sanctions on Chekalov for acting on Prigozhin's behalf, noting that he had "facilitated shipments of munitions to the Russian Federation."
Evgeniy Makaryan: Makaryan joined Wagner in March 2016, the Dossier Center reported. He was part of the fourth Wagner assault detachment in Syria, which came under fire from American aircraft near Khasham in February 2018.
CNN previously reported that Russia acknowledged suffering heavy casualties in an ill-fated operation against US-backed forces in Syria.
At the time, Moscow insisted the casualties were not Russian troops, saying “servicemen of the Russian Federation did not participate in any way” in the clash. It did not say what the Russians were doing there, but families of the victims say they were military contractors working for Wagner.
Nikolai Matusevich: While the Dossier Center said it could not find a Wagner official with a perfect match for the spelling listed by Russian officials — Nikolay Matuseev — they did find Matusevich, who has been with Wagner since January 2017 and also served in the fourth assault detachment in Syria.
Sergey Propustin: Propustin joined Wagner in March 2015 and fought in a company dubbed Kirill Tikhonovich, which was one of the Wagner group's combat units, according to the Dossier Center.
CNN's Celine Alkhaldi and Katharina Krebs contributed reporting to this post.