Russian Reporter Maxim Borodin Dies After Mysterious Balcony Fall

A journalist who had been investigating the deaths of alleged Russian mercenaries in Syria died in a hospital on Sunday after falling from his balcony within the Russian metropolis of Yekaterinburg.

Maxim Borodin, a 32-year-old reporter for the Yekaterinburg-based Ria Novy Den information company, was identified for his protection of high-profile corruption and felony circumstances. He fell from his fifth-floor balcony on Thursday, The New York Instances reported, and neighbors discovered him critically injured on the foot of the constructing. He was rushed to the hospital, the place he died from his accidents three days later.

A spokesman for the inside ministry for the Sverdlovsk area instructed CNN that Borodin’s residence was discovered locked from the within, suggesting that “nobody exited the residence and almost definitely there have been no strangers in there” on the time of his fall.

Native investigators stated they have been contemplating a number of attainable causes of dying however that no crime was suspected right now, the BBC reported.

A few of Borodin’s pals and colleagues, nevertheless, have expressed skepticism at this evaluation. One good friend, Paulina Andreevna, stated in a Fb publish that Borodin had been hospitalized earlier this month after a stranger attacked him exterior his residence. Final October, an assailant reportedly hit Borodin over the pinnacle with a metal pipe shortly after he’d reported on a controversial film about Tsar Nicholas II. 

“[Borodin’s] work was very harmful,” good friend and native civil rights activist Vyacheslav Bashkov instructed The Guardian this week. “He was top-of-the-line.”

As Maxim had massive plans for his private life and profession, there’s nothing to help a verdict of suicide.
Paulina Rumyantseva, editor-in-chief of Ria Novy Den

Bashkov stated Borodin had contacted him early within the morning on the day earlier than his fall to say that males in “camouflage and masks” have been surrounding his residence. He reportedly described “somebody with a weapon on his balcony” and others “on the staircase touchdown.”

However Borodin later referred to as again to say he could have been mistaken in regards to the masked males and that they have been safety personnel participating in a coaching train, Bashkov stated.

Paulina Rumyantseva, editor-in-chief of Ria Novy Den, stated Borodin’s fall might have been the results of foul play or an accident. However suicide, she stated, was an unlikely trigger. 

“As Maxim had massive plans for his private life and profession, there’s nothing to help a verdict of suicide,” she instructed CNN.

As an investigative journalist, Borodin had written about many delicate topics over the course of his profession. Most lately, he’d reported on the February deaths of alleged Russian mercenaries linked to a shadowy paramilitary group often called the “Wagner Group” in Syria. 

Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin is suspected of bankrolling the Wagner Group. The U.S. indicted him in February on expenses of backing the so-called troll manufacturing unit that spearheaded Russian efforts to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

1000’s of Wagner mercenaries are allegedly concerned in army operations in Syria. In February, dozens — or probably a whole bunch — of them reportedly died in a conflict with U.S. troops close to the city of Deir al-Zour. Because the New Yorker famous, it was the primary time in half a century that Russian and U.S. army forces had engaged in direct fight.

Media watchdog teams have referred to as for an neutral investigation into Borodin’s sudden dying.

On Monday, Harlem Désir, the Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe’s consultant on freedom of the media, expressed shock and “critical concern” over what had occurred.

Journalism is a dangerous occupation in Russia, a nation thought-about among the many worst on this planet for press freedom. 

In accordance with the European Federation of Journalists, extra members of the media have been murdered in Russia than wherever else in Europe in current many years. Between 1990 and 2015, 346 journalists and media employees have been killed on the continent; one-third of those murders occurred in Russia, the group stated. 

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