An inheritance case was registered in St. Petersburg after the death of Dmitry “Wagner” Utkin, information about this appeared in the register of inheritance cases, and Mediazona drew attention to this.
The case on September 11 was opened by notary Anatoly Akulenko from the Notary Chamber of St. Petersburg – three days earlier he opened a similar inheritance case of businessman and founder of Wagner PMC Evgeny Prigozhin.
In Utkin’s inheritance file, the date of death is indicated as August 23, 2023 – on this day, the Embraer Legacy 600 business jet belonging to Prigozhin crashed in the Tver region. There were ten people on the flight – the founder of the Wagner PMC and his associates, including Utkin, as well as three crew members. Prigozhin’s inheritance file indicated the same date of death—August 23.
As Mediazona drew attention, out of the ten people who, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, were on board the crashed plane and died, four have so far been included in the register of inheritance cases.
In addition to Prigozhin and Utkin, this is the 38-year-old security guard of the owner of Wagner, Yevgeny Makaryan, and the 39-year-old flight attendant Kristina Raspopova. Makaryan's inheritance began to be formalized in Magnitogorsk, and Raspopova's – in Moscow.
All four people have the same place of registration indicated in their death certificate numbers – a multifunctional center in Balashikha, near Moscow. All documents were issued on the same date – August 28, the serial numbers are located nearby: Utkin – 2539, Prigozhin – 2540, Raspopova – 2542, Makaryan – 2545.
As Fontanka wrote, Prigozhin’s alleged body was initially identified only by indirect signs – it was impossible to identify him visually due to damage. Later, the Investigative Committee reported that molecular genetic examinations confirmed the deaths of Prigozhin and Utkin.
Due to the plane crash, a case was initiated under the article on violation of traffic safety rules and operation of air transport (263 of the Criminal Code). The official version of what happened has still not been named.
According to presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the investigation is considering the version that the crash of a business jet near Tver was a “deliberate crime.” At the same time, Russia did not allow the aircraft manufacturer, the Brazilian company Embraer, and the Brazilian authorities to participate in the investigation.
Utkin was allegedly buried at the federal military memorial cemetery in Mytishchi on August 31 – journalists were not allowed there. Later, a RIA Novosti source from the deceased’s entourage confirmed that the commander’s funeral was held in Mytishchi – the burial ceremony was held with military honors.
It was reported that Prigozhin was buried two days before “in a closed format” at the Porokhovskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg, and at the St. Petersburg Northern Cemetery the funeral of one of the leaders of Wagner PMC Valery Chekalov took place.