Russian investigative journalist dead: 'This is not suicide'

Russian investigative journalist dead: 'This is not suicide'

World April 15, 2018 22:24

yekaterinburg - Russian investigative journalist Maksim Borodin has died from his injuries after a fall from his apartment. The authorities treat his death as suspected suicide. His chief editor does not believe that.

Borodin (32) was found at the bottom of his apartment on April 12th. He has not been conscious since then. He died on Sunday. According to the police, the cause of death is 'probably not of criminal origin': the door was shut from the inside, the keys were inside and there was no sign of burglary, writes RadioFreeEurope.

According to a friend, Vyacheslav Bashkov, Borodin called on 11 April about masked men from the security service surrounding his apartment. They were wearing camouflage clothes. Borodin sounded startled, but not hysterically. He thought his apartment would be searched and asked Bashkov to arrange a lawyer.

Later he called back. It was a false alarm, Borodin said. He was mistaken. In reality it was an exercise, Bashkov heard from his friend. The former did not call back and expected a Facebook post from Borodin- but it did not come. A day later came the news that he had been found with serious injuries.

Polina Rumyantseva, the chief editor of Novy Den for whom Borodin worked, told earlier that she does not believe in suicide.

Borodin wrote a lot about crime and corruption. Recently, he published a lot about Russian fighters who were active in Syria and had attacked US-backed rebels. Then a lot of Russian fighters were killed. Borodin has identified a few Russians as inhabitants of the city of Asbest, in his region near the Ural Mountains.

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