Lavrov asks Central African Republic to speed up investigation into Russian journalists' deaths

At a meeting with Foreign Minister of Central African (CAR) Republic Sylvie Baïpo-Temon during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked to speed up the investigation into the murder of three Russian journalists committed in July 2018.

Lavrov also said that Russia is ready to help CAR to normalize the situation in the country.

Russian journalists Orkhan Jemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, were killed on July 30, 2018, close to the settlement of Sibu in the Central African Republic. The film crew went to CAR on assignment for Investigation Management Center and the former head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Journalists were investigating the activities of the Russian Private Military Company Wagner.

The Central Investigation Department of Russia opened a criminal case under the article "murder of two or more persons" of the Criminal Code. The Prosecutor General's office supervises the investigation.

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