Russian Investigative Journalist Dies After Fall From Balcony

Russian Investigative Journalist Dies After Suspicious Fall From Balcony

Borodin, a Yekaterinburg-based investigative correspondent for the independent news website Novy Den, died yesterday after falling on April 12 from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment, local media and his employer reported.

Borodin's friend, Vyacheslav Bashkov, wrote on Facebook that Borodin contacted him early in the morning on Wednesday, the day before the fall, and told him that there was a man with a gun on his balcony, and that several others in masks and camouflage clothing were lurking in the stairwell leading to his apartment building. He died Sunday at a hospital.

The 32-year-old scribe worked for new website Novy Den and wrote about the February 7 deaths of Russian mercenaries known as the "Wagner Group" who were killed in an attack on a US-held base in Syria. Officially, his death was being investigated as a suicide.

An unnamed spokesperson for Yekaterinburg's branch of Russia's Investigative Committee, the agency tasked with probing serious crimes, told the state news agency TASS that Borodin's apartment was locked from the inside and "there is no evidence of foul play".

Local police said they did not see any foul play, but his death prompted intense speculation among friends and colleagues. He asked Bashkov to find him a lawyer.

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An hour after that, Borodin called Bashkov again to say the officers were conducting a drill.

He said that Borodin was alarmed, but not hysterical or drunk. "But he didn't write anything; and on the 13th, the media reported that Maksim had been found under his balcony and he was in the emergency room".

In March, Borodin wrote about found bodies of supposedly Russian mercenaries.

Borodin regularly covered high-profile corruption cases and crime in Russian Federation.

On February 7, a group of Russian mercenaries with tanks and artillery attacked territory held by USA -backed opponents of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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