In­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist dies af­ter mys­te­ri­ous fall from fourth-floor win­dow

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - WORLD REPORT -

APROMI­NENT re­gional jour­nal­ist in­ves­ti­gat­ing crime, pol­i­tics and the war in Syria has died fol­low­ing a fall from a win­dow of his fourth­floor apart­ment in Yeka­ter­in­burg, Rus­sia’s fourth city.

Neigh­bours found Maxim Borodin, 32, on the ground out­side his apart­ment on Fri­day. He died in hos­pi­tal two days later, with­out ever re­gain­ing con­scious­ness. Borodin was well known for delv­ing into Yeka­ter­in­burg’s crim­i­nal un­der­world. He was among those who broke the story of un­re­ported deaths in the Krem­lin’s shad- ow armies fight­ing in Syria. He also pub­lished in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Rus­sia’s re­li­gious right, and the vi­o­lent protests around “Matilda,” a sup­pos­edly blas­phe­mous film de­pict­ing a love af­fair be­tween Tsar Nicholas II and a young bal­le­rina.

As one of only few in­ves­tiga- tive voices in the re­gion, Borodin of­ten felt the brunt of of­fi­cial and crim­i­nal dis­plea­sure. Just two weeks ago, he was in in­ten­sive care with a ma­jor head in­jury. In Oc­to­ber, when he was hit over the head with a metal pipe that at­tack he linked to his work cov­er­ing the Matilda protests.

Po­lice say there were no signs of forced en­try into his apart­ment, and the door was locked from the in­side. But friends and col­leagues have said they are sus­pi­cious of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death.

Vy­ach­eslav Bashkov, a lo­cal rights ac­tivist, told The In­de­pen­dent that Borodin had called him early in the morn­ing on 11 April. The jour­nal­ist feared a po­lice raid, says Bashkov. A group of peo­ple in masks and fa­tigues had taken up po­si­tions in his court­yard, and he as­sumed he was the tar­get.

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