Russian authorities are investigating the fall that lead to the death of a 32-year-old investigative journalist as an accident or something else but not as a crime.
Miksim Borodin, who published a number of stories about the deaths of dozens of alleged Russian mercenaries who attempted to storm a U.S. facility in Syria in February, died Sunday after falling five stories from his Yekaterinburg apartment balcony April 12.
“There are no grounds for launching a case,” the regional Russian Investigative Committee told the TASS state news agency in a statement Monday. “Several versions are being considered, including that this was an unfortunate accident, but there is no sign a crime has been committed.”
The door to the apartment was found locked from the inside after Borodin’s fall. The keys were found inside, leading police to claim there was no foul play. “Those facts suggest that no one left the apartment and that there were probably no strangers there,” police spokesman Valery Gorelykh told local news agency E1. There was no suicide note in his apartment, either, police said.
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