First journalist to report on Wagner mercenary deaths in Syria dies in Russia

In the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, New Day News journalist Maxim Borodin apparently fell out of the window of his fifth-floor apartment. He was found unconscious and taken to the local hospital, where he later passed away.

Polina Rumyantseva, chief editor of New Day News, considers it possible that the journalist’s death was neither accidental nor suicide.

“In order to understand what happened, we need to gain access to the apartment, and we are working on this. If there are any signs of crime, we will inform everyone,” she said. Rumyantseva claims that Borodin would have had no reason to commit suicide.

Maxim Borodin was one of the journalists who reported on the death of Wagner Group mercenaries in Syria after the airstrike by the international coalition.

On February 7, pro-government armed groups in Syria attacked the headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, where several American advisers were present. In response, the US-led coalition made an airstrike that killed more than 100 people. It later came out that the strike had hit Russian mercenaries in the Hisham region who were trying to capture a local oil deposit.

Russia’s Defense Ministry denies that any Russians were killed in the airstrike. The department claims that no Russian soldiers were in the region of the incident, and that it was only “local militia” who were acting independently of the Russian command.

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