What the papers say: Thursday's front pages

What The Papers Say: Thursday's Front Pages
Thursday's front pages: The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Daily Mail and Irish Daily Star
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One story dominates the front pages of Thursday’s newspapers as the plane crash which reportedly killed Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, takes centre stage.

The Irish Times leads with the Prigozhin story and with news that gardaí have completed a major criminal investigation into the leadership figures of the Kinahan cartel.


In an interview with the Irish Examiner, the Garda’s top drug officer has warned open drug use will “surge” if Ireland decides to liberalise its laws.

A hospital has launched a review after newborn babies suffered head injuries while being delivered last year, the Irish Independent reports.


The Irish Daily Mail looks at the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin and asks “Was this Putin’s bloody revenge?”.

The Irish Daily Mirror and Irish Daily Star focus on street crime in Dublin after top gardaí held meetings with city centre businesses over the recent spate of violent attacks.


Police in the North have apologised to a man after it took 15 hours for officers to respond to his report that his life had been threatened, the Belfast Telegraph reports.


All of the British papers carry some mention of the Russian plane crash, with most featuring pictures of Mr Prigozhin – who led a failed mutiny against the Russian military in June – and flaming wreckage from the crash site north of Moscow.

The Daily Telegraph says Mr Prigozhin was one of 10 passengers who died in the crash, with security sources and allies pointing the finger Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Times also says Russian missiles have been blamed and describes Mr Prigozhin as the “Wagner boss who crossed Putin”.

The i says the “Putin critic” was killed 60 days after the mutiny while the Financial Times reports Russian officials said Mr Prigozhin was on board the plane and that the US had warned he was in danger.

The Guardian simply says the Wagner chief was reported dead after the flight from Moscow to St Petersburg came down.

The Sun and the Daily Mirror have no such uncertainty as they both opt for the headline “Putin’s Revenge” over a picture of the crash site.

The Daily Express also uses a picture of the flaming wreckage as it declares Mr Prigozhin “paid the ultimate price” and says the incident was “no surprise”.

And the Daily Star says “no one at all shocked” at the reported death of Mr Prigozhin.

The Metro bucks the trend, relegating the plane crash to a plug as it gives over most of its front page to Indian celebrations after it became the fourth nation to land a mission on the moon.

And The Independent celebrates victory for its campaign as an Afghan pilot is granted asylum after fighting with UK forces against the Taliban.

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