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A Russian investigative journalist, who drew national fame for his stories on Russian mercenaries being killed in Syria, mysteriously fell from his balcony and died a day after camouflaged “security forces” reportedly surrounded his building.
Maxim Borodin, a 32-year-old reporter for Novy Den, was pronounced dead Thursday after plunging from the building in Yekaterinburg, nearly 900 miles east of Moscow. Police are not looking into the death and are ruling it a suicide or accident. But in a country where vicious attacks against prominent journalists frequently go unsolved, some critics are calling for a full investigation.
The journalist had claimed he thought his apartment was about to be raided and asked Bashkov for help in finding a lawyer, according to Radio Free Europe.
But around an hour later, Borodin called Bashkov back and said he was wrong and that the mystery men were taking part in some kind of drill.
Borodin was never heard from again and found badly injured outside the apartment the next morning.
Then, after Mr. Magnitsky’s death in prison, a fourth insider met an untimely end in a plunge from a balcony.
A lawyer connected to murdered Putin foe Sergei Magnitsky has been thrown from a window in Moscow.