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Prigozhin, a Russian mercenary from the Wagner Group, is celebrated as a people’s hero at a funeral

Prigozhin, a Russian mercenary from the Wagner Group, is celebrated as a people’s hero at a funeral

At funerals for Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Wagner Group mercenary who died in a plane crash, dozens of people celebrated the team leader as a patriotic hero of Russia who spoke truth to power.

The plane crash happened 40 days ago and so far nothing has been explained.

The Embraer private jet in which Prigozhin was traveling to St. Petersburg crashed north of Moscow, killing all 10 people on board, on August 23 — including two other top Wagner Group leaders, four of Prighozin’s bodyguards and three crew members.

It is still unclear what caused the plane to crash, two months after Prigozhin unsuccessfully attempted to mutiny.

The Kremlin said on August 30 that investigators were considering the possibility that the plane was shot down on purpose.

His mother, Violetta, and son, Pavel, laid flowers at his tomb in the former imperial capital of Saint Petersburg.

Supporters waved black flags of the Wagner Group, which show a skull and the slogan “Blood, Honor, Country, Courage”.

In Eastern Orthodoxy, it is believed that the soul makes its final journey, to heaven or hell, on the 40th day after death.

See also: Russia confirms death of Yevgeny Prigozhin in plane crash

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Source: CNN Brasil