Friday, August 25, 2023

On board was Wagner commander Dmitri Utkin, who gave the group its moniker


The flight manifest for the plane that crashed north of Moscow on Wednesday contained undoubtedly another prominent name notwithstanding Yevgeny Prigozhin - that of Dmitri Utkin, his long-lasting lieutenant in driving the Wagner private military organization. Wagner arose during President Putin's most memorable attack on Ukraine in 2014, when its soldiers of fortune battled close by supportive of Russian separatists in the Donbas district. The Wagner leader around then was Utkin, a resigned Russian unique powers official said to be entranced by Nazi history and culture. The gathering's name came from Utkin's tactical call sign, which is said to have been taken from the writer Richard Wagner, Hitler's number one. Putin granted Utkin military distinctions in 2016.

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