RSF calls for full probe into reporter’s death in Yekaterinburg

first_img News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Maxim Borodin’s Facebook page News RSF_en April 16, 2018 – Updated on April 17, 2018 RSF calls for full probe into reporter’s death in Yekaterinburg May 21, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a full and impartial investigation into journalist Maxim Borodin’s death as a result of a fall from the balcony of his apartment in Yekaterinburg, in the Urals. All hypotheses should be considered, including the possibility that he was murdered in connection with his investigative reporting, RSF said.In what circumstances did the 32-year-old Borodin, who worked for the Novy Den news agency, fall from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment on 12 April? He died from his injuries yesterday without ever recovering consciousness.Borodin covered very sensitive subjects including crime and corruption. He had been the subject of comment at the national level several times in recent months in connection with his reporting on the involvement of Russian mercenaries in Syria, the scandal surrounding the oligarch Oleg Deripaska and the controversy about the Russian film “Matilda.”“We extend our heartfelt condolences to Maxim Borodin’s family and colleagues, and we demand a full and impartial investigation into his death,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “In view of the highly sensitive nature of his investigative reporting, all hypotheses must be given serious consideration, including the possibility that he was murdered in connection with his reporting.”The Investigative Committee, which is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes in Russia, says it is examining sereval leads but thinks the possibility that Borodin was murdered is “unlikely.” His apartment door was locked on the inside when the police arrived.But local human rights defender Vyacheslav Bashkov said he received a call from an alarmed Borodin the day before the deadly fall and, according to friends, he had reported several attacks in recent months.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF has repeatedly condemned the chronic impunity for murders and physical violence against journalists in Russia. May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionCouncil of Europe Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further Follow the news on Russia Organisation Help by sharing this information Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionCouncil of Europe last_img read more