Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner Group chief who died in a plane crash last week, has been buried in a cemetery on the outskirts of St Petersburg, Russia.
The funeral took place on Tuesday, away from the glare of the media and in stark contrast to the brazen, self-publicising style with which Prigozhin had fanned his reputation far beyond Russia for ruthlessness and ambition.
Secrecy had surrounded the funeral arrangements for the Wagner mercenary boss who was killed in a plane crash on August 23, two months to the day after he staged a mutiny in the biggest challenge to President Vladimir Putin’s rule since he rose to power in 1999.
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Two other top Wagner figures, four bodyguards and three crew members were also killed when Prigozhin’s Embraer Legacy 600 private jet crashed north of Moscow.
It is still unclear what caused the plane to crash, but villagers near the scene told Reuters news agency they heard a bang and then saw the jet plummet to the ground.