Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Russian investigative journalist dies after falling from balcony

Russian investigative journalist dies after falling from balcony

Miksim Borodin, who published a number of stories about the deaths of dozens of alleged Russian mercenaries who attempted to storm a USA facility in Syria in February, died Sunday after falling five stories from his Yekaterinburg apartment balcony April 12.

Russian reporter Maxim Borodin took the fatal tumble Thursday from his fifth-floor apartment balcony in Yekaterinburg.

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". No note was found at the scene.

Borodin's friend, Vyacheslav Bashkov, on April 15 wrote on his Facebook page that Borodin contacted him at 5 a.m. on April 11 and said that "security forces" wearing camouflage and face masks were on his balcony and in the interior staircase of his building. He believed they were waiting for a court order to search his apartment and asked Bashkov to find him a lawyer.

Bashkov said that Borodin had called back an hour later and said he had been mistaken and that he thought the armed men were probably taking part in a training exercise.

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A woman, who says she knew Borodin, told The New York Times to be cautious in reporting potential foul play. "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 recent weeks, he wrote extensively about the deaths in February of Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria, identifying several fighters from the Urals city of Asbest who had been killed.

Mr Prigozhin was indicted by the USA in February on charges that he funded the "troll factory" alleged to have tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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

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