Moscow administration ordered "annihilate Wagner in Syria", Russian journalist Zakharov claimed after Russian mercenary group Wagner’s leader Yevgeny Prigozhin’s death.
In addition to this, it turned out that Prigozhin's activities were blocked by Moscow.
The helicopter in which Wagner leader Prigozhin, who launched an uprising against Russian leader Putin two months ago, crashed last week. The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed that Prigozhin was among those killed when the private jet crashed in the Tver region.
"Prigozhin was a talented man with a complicated destiny, but he made serious mistakes in his life. He achieved the results he needed for himself, as in recent months, when I asked him to do so for the common cause," Russian President Vladimir Putin says after Prigozhin's death.
New details about Prigozhin's death have just emerged.
Although Russian leader Vladimir Putin gave Wagner's leader permission to operate abroad, it was revealed that the Russian Defence Ministry blocked the group's movements in Syria and Africa.
Shortly before the crash of the plane in which Prigojin was traveling, Sergei Shoigu's deputy, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, was in Syria. Following the visit, the Syrian authorities asked the mercenaries of the Wagner Group to leave the country by the end of September.
Shoigu allegedly tried to stop the landing of aircraft used by the Wagner Group in the Syrian capital Damascus. It is also alleged that Shoigu asked Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to give the order through the Damascus Embassy.
According to the journalist Zakharov, the planes allocated by the Ministry of Defence of the Central African Republic to the Wagner Group would not be able to use Syria. Wagner was already prohibited from using Russian aircraft for the delivery of ammunition and mercenaries.
It was revealed that Sergei Shoigu's deputy Yevkurov also contacted Libya and worked to end the Wagner presence there.
The plane reportedly carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the mercenary group Wagner, which dragged Russia to the brink of civil war, crashed near Moscow. It was stated that Wagner leader Prigozhin was also on the private jet that crashed. It was announced that 10 people, including 3 crew members, died on board. The Russian Civil Aviation Authority, which published the passenger list, announced that Prigozhin and Wagner's number two, Dmitry Utkin, were also on the plane.