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The news about the wreck of the Embraer Legacy 600 business jet in Russia’s Tver region of the Russian Federation became a top topic in the Ukrainian and Western media after it became known that the plane belonged to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of PMV "Wagner", and he himself was listed on the passenger lists.

Detector Media decided to track under which headlines Ukrainian and foreign mass media spread this information, which hid the temptation to declare the leader of Russian terrorists dead as soon as possible.

"A private plane crashed in Russia. Prigozhin was probably on board - media" - "Dzerkalo tyzhnia"

"Yevgeny Prigozhin was among the passengers in the plane that crashed in the Russian Federation" - "Hromadske Radio"

"Prigozhin's plane crashed in Russia, he was among the passengers – Russian media" - "UNIAN"

"The plane Prigozhin was allegedly on crashed in Russia: it could have been shot down by air defense" - "Delo".

"Prigohyn is listed among the passengers of the plane that crashed – Russian media with reference to Federal Agency for Air Transport" - "Interfax Ukraine".

Certain media were ambiguous when reporting that the business jet belonged to Prigozhin, and the information in the headline could be perceived as if the terrorist had crashed together with his plane.

"Prigozhin's business jet crashed 50 kilometers from Putin's residence" - NV

"Prigozhin's plane crashed in Russia – Russian media" - "Korrespondent".

But some media still could not refrain from unequivocal conclusions, reporting the death of the leader of the Russian mercenaries as a fact that has already been proven.

"Terrorist Prigozhin was eliminated on a plane in the Tver region" — "Censor.NET."

"The top of the Wagner group has been destroyed. A plane with Prigozhin and Utkin crashed near Moscow" — "Liga".

"Prigozhin's plane crashed in Russia, everyone on board died, including the head of Wagner himself" - "Informator".

"Prigozhin's plane crashed in Russia. Russian media writes that the leader of the Wagner group and his deputy Utkin were shot down" — "Novynarnia".

In the text of the news itself, Novynarnia, with reference to the Russian Telegram channel SOTA, reports: "Federal Agency for Air Transport claims that the Wagner leader himself was among the passengers." The Russian media wrote about it on August 23." At the same time, when following the link to the SOTA channel, we read the following: "The Ministry of Emergency Situations announced the death of 10 people who were on board the private plane of PMC "Wagner", which fell."

Divergent information from various media sources created confusion for readers in their understanding. Headlines indicated that Prigozhin was among the plane's passengers, while the content of the news articles stated that the certainty of his presence was "uncertain," or that he was merely listed on the passenger roster.

"Prigozhin's plane crashed over the Tver region: inside was the head of the PMC "Wagner" himself" — Channel 24.

Instead, in the text of the news Channel 24 wrote: "Whether Prigozhin himself was on board is currently unknown. However, the Russians report that he was on the passenger list."

"Russia claims: Prigozhin was in the plane that crashed" - "Glavkom".

Instead, in the text of the news Glavkom wrote: "In the plane that crashed today in the Tver region of the Russian Federation, Yevgeny Prigozhin was among the passengers. This is reported by the mass media with reference to Federal Agency for Air Transport."

"Russian air defense shot down Prigozhin's plane: he was on board" - "Focus".

At the same time, in the text of the news itself, the journalists of "Focus" provided a link to the Telegram channel of their publication, which reported the opposite: "Seven people were on board the Embraer 600 business jet - all of them died as a result of the disaster. It is unknown whether Prigozhin himself was among them."

"Yevgeny Prigozhin was flying in the plane that crashed in the Tver region of the Russian Federation" - Facts ICTV.

In the very first paragraph of the news they told: "In the Russian plane that crashed in the Tver region, among the passengers was the head of Wagner's private military company (PMC), Yevgeny Prigozhin."

"Pryigozhin was on board the plane that crashed in Russia" - "RBK-Ukraine" with reference to the own information of the Russian publication "Fontanka".

A number of Western mass media reported on the Prigozhin plane crash in a restrained and informative manner.

"Wagner’s Prigozhin listed as passenger in Russian plane crash that killed 10" — The Washington Post

 "Wagner boss Prigozhin on passenger list of crashed plane " — BBC.

"Wagner Mercenary Chief Prigozhin Dies in Russia Plane Crash" - Wall Street Journal

Without waiting for official confirmation of Prigozhin's death, the New York Post reported on his death. In addition, the leader of the terrorist group "Wagner" was called a "dissident" by the publication for some reason.

"Russian dissident Yevgeny Prigozhin died after a plane crash near Moscow: Wagner group".

After 10:00 p.m. on August 23, information appeared in the Russian media: Federal Agency for Air Transport confirmed that the head of PMC "Wagner" Prigozhin and commander Dmytro Utkin were on board the plane that crashed in the Tver region of the Russian Federation.

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