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Mysterious death of Russian journalist

Although local police in the Urals Region decided there was “nothing suspicious” about the death of journalist Maksim Borodin, others remain to be convinced. The investigative reporter, who recently wrote an expose of the Russian government’s use of mercenaries in Syria and elsewhere – Putin’s “shadow army” – fell to his death in a five-story plunge from the balcony of his apartment in the city of Yekaterinburg. Despite the official disinterest in the matter, press freedom organizations including the CIoJ have called for an independent investigation.

Borodin is among 58 Russian journalists who have been killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The article “The Journalist Who Exposed Russia’s Mercenary Force Dies in Fall from Balcony” ( appeared first on The Media Line (