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Russia says DNA confirmed Prigozhin was killed in plane crash, three people shot and killed in alleged Florida hate crime, and more

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1. Russian investigators say DNA confirmed Prigozhin killed in plane crash

Russian investigators said Sunday that DNA tests had confirmed Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was one of the 10 people killed last week when his private jet crashed during a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Russia's Investigative Committee said "molecular-genetic examinations" showed that all 10 people who had been on a passenger list provided by Russia's aviation agency were among the dead. Prigozhin was on the list, as was Dmitry Utkin, "his right-hand who helped found the Wagner Group," Reuters reported. Pro-Wagner Telegram channels have questioned whether Prigozhin, who led a brief mutiny against Russia's military leadership two months ago and was known for taking security precautions to avoid assassination attempts, was really on the plane.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.