A prominent regional journalist investigating crime, politics and the war in Syria has died following a fall from a window of his fourth-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth city. Maxim Borodin, 32, was found by neighbours on the ground outside his apartment on Friday. He died in hospital two days later, without ever regaining consciousness. Mr Borodin was well-known for delving into Yekaterinburg’s criminal underworld. He was among those who broke the story of unreported deaths in the Kremlin’s shadow armies fighting in Syria. He also published investigations into Russia’s religious right, and the violent protests around ”Matilda,” a supposedly blasphemous film depicting a love affair between Tsar Nicholas II and a young ballerina. As one of only few investigative voices in the region, Mr Borodin often felt the brunt of official and criminal displeasure. Just two weeks ago, he was in intensive care with a major head injury. And in October, he was when he was hit over the head with a metal pipe — that attack he linked to his work covering the Matilda protests. Police say there were no signs of forced entry into his apartment, and the door was locked from the inside. But friends and colleagues… Read full this story
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