In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist dies

Kuwait Times - - International -

MOSCOW: A Rus­sian jour­nal­ist who wrote on Moscow’s “shadow army” in Syria has died af­ter fall­ing from the bal­cony of his fifth-floor flat, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors said yes­ter­day they were not treat­ing the death as sus­pi­cious. Mak­sim Borodin fell from his apart­ment in Yeka­ter­in­burg, a ma­jor city in the Urals, last week and died from his in­juries in hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, news agen­cies re­ported. He worked for the news ser­vice Noviy Den (New Day) and re­cently wrote on the deaths of em­ploy­ees of the so-called “Wag­ner Group”, the pri­vate army Moscow is us­ing in Syria. “There are no grounds for launch­ing a case,” the lo­cal in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee told the TASS news agency yes­ter­day. “Sev­eral ver­sions are be­ing con­sid­ered, in­clud­ing that this was an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent, but there is no sign a crime has been com­mit­ted,” it said. —AFP

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