Russian Journalist Who Reported on Secretive Paramilitary Dies


The city of Yekaterinburg, Russia, last week.

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MOSCOW — A Russian journalist who had reported recently on clandestine Russian paramilitary groups in Syria died on Sunday after falling via the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg, the authorities there said.

The journalist, Maksim Borodin, 32, was hospitalized in a coma after he was found sprawled out below his balcony inside city’s Kirov district on Thursday, according to fresh Day, the local news agency where he had worked. On Sunday morning, he died.

Investigators summoned to the scene had found the door to his apartment locked via the inside, a police spokesman, Valery Gorelykh, told the local E1 news agency. “Those facts suggest that will no one left the apartment as well as also that will there were probably no strangers there,” he said.

While the police are still investigating Mr. Borodin’s death, This kind of is usually not being treated as suspicious, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Yet in a country where opposition activists as well as also muckraking journalists are routinely attacked as well as also sometimes killed in connection with their work, that will assertion was met with derision in some quarters. The doubters pointed to a telephone call Mr. Borodin made the day before he fell.


Maksim Borodin

fresh Day

inside call early Wednesday, he told a friend, Vyacheslav Bashkov, that will there was a man which has a gun on his balcony, as well as also that will several others in masks as well as also camouflage clothing were lurking inside stairwell leading to his apartment. In an interview, Mr. Bashkov said that will Mr. Borodin had called back an hour later as well as also said he had been mistaken as well as also that will he thought the armed men were probably taking part in a training exercise.

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