A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of Russian fighters in Syria has died after falling from his fifth-floor flat.
Maxim Borodin was found severely injured by neighbours in Yekaterinburg on Thursday. He died at a hospital on Sunday.
Local officials said no suicide note was found and the cause of the fall remains unclear. However a friend revealed that Borodin had said his flat had been surrounded by security the day before.
Vyacheslav Bashkov said Borodin had contacted him at five o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, April 11, saying there was ‘someone with a weapon on his balcony and people in camouflage and masks on the staircase landing’.
Local officials said no suicide note was found and the cause of the fall remains unclear. (Picture: Facebook) He told him he had been looking for a lawyer but later said he was wrong and that the security men had been taking part in some sort of exercise.
Authorities said the door of his flat had been locked from the inside, indicating that no-one else had either entered or left the flat.
The chief editor of Novy Den, where Borodin worked, said before he died that she could not rule out a crime, adding there was no reason for him to kill himself.
Prigozhin was indicted by the US in February on charges that he funded the ‘troll factory’ alleged to have tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.