Russian investigators confirm death of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in plane crash

All 10 bodies recovered from the scene of the crash have been identified following genetic testing

Russia's Civil Aviation Agency says mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigizhin was aboard a plane that crashed north of Moscow. Picture: Getty Images

Russia’s investigative committee has said it has confirmed that Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the mercenary group Wagner, was killed in a plane crash.

Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said in a statement that forensic testing identified all 10 bodies recovered at the site of Wednesday’s crash and the findings “conform to the manifest” of the plane. The statement did not offer any details as to what might have caused the crash.

Russia’s civil aviation authority earlier this week said Prigozhin, 62, and some of his top lieutenants, were on the list of the passengers and crew members on board the plane.