CIA chief’s eerie warning to Prigozhin one month before deadly plane crash

Russia: Footage allegedly shows crash site of jet carrying Prigozhin

CIA Director William Burns gave an eerie warning to Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin just one month before he died in a plane crash outside Moscow on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on July 20, Burns said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin might still get even with Prigozhin for the mutiny he organized against Russian armed forces in June.

The CIA chief called Putin “the ultimate apostle of payback” and said he would be “surprised if Prigozhin escaped further retribution.”

Burns said at the forum last month: “If I were Prigozhin, I wouldn’t fire my food taster.”

This comment suggested the Wagner leader could be killed, for example, by food poisoning.

Burns also said he believed Prigozhin was in Belarus at the time: “He’s moved around a bit…I think he’s been in Minsk lately. I’m not sure he has any plans to retire in the suburbs of Minsk, but he spent time in Russia as well.”

Burns’ warning came just one month before Prigozhin’s deadly plane crash on Wednesday, in which he was named on the passenger list of a private jet that went down in a fiery crash north of Moscow.

Seven passengers and three crew were onboard the Embraer aircraft, and all 10 people are dead.

The plane had been en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg when it crashed, TASS news agency reported.

The business jet is said to have crashed in the Tver region, and the Russian Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed mercenary chief Prigozhin was on the passenger list.

The Russian Civil Aviation Authority has also confirmed that all onboard have died.

Rosaviatsiya, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, said: “An investigation has been launched into the Embraer plane crash that occurred tonight in the Tver region.

“According to the passenger list, among them is the name and surname of Yevgeny Prigozhin.”

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TASS news agency reported that the aircraft had been in the air for less than half an hour.

The 62-year-old leader had organized a mutiny in late June, moving his troops from Ukraine and seizing the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, then threatening to march on Moscow.

The move came after months of tension with the Russian military over the Ukraine conflict, but the standoff was settled by a deal which allowed Wagner troops to move to Belarus.

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