Journalist who exposed Russia’s secret mercenaries in Syria mysteriously fell to his death

Vice News reports:

In February, Russian investigative journalist Maxim Borodin published a series of bombshell reports about the secret, substantial presence of Russian mercenary forces in Syria. On Sunday, he died, following a mysterious fall from his fifth-floor balcony.

Now, a journalists’ advocacy group is calling for an investigation into his “suspicious” death — even though his own editor-in-chief has said there’s not yet any hard evidence of foul play.

Local police said they’re investigating “several versions” of the death of Borodin, 32, who worked for an outlet called Novy Den in the city of Yekaterinburg. The cops said in a statement they “haven’t ruled out that it was an accident.”

“All hypotheses should be considered, including the possibility that he was murdered in connection with his investigative reporting,” Reporters Without Borders said in a press release Monday.

Borodin had helped shed light on Russia’s “shadow army,” the thousands of Russian military contractors secretly fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad in Syria. [Continue reading…]

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