On 12 April 2018, investigative Russian journalist Maksim Borodin was severely injured after falling from his fifth-floor balcony in Yekaterinburg. He was placed in a coma, but died from his injuries on April 15th.
In the months leading up to his death, Borodin gained national attention after he wrote about the deaths of several Russian citizens, reported to be Wagner PMCs, in a confrontation with US-backed forces in eastern Syria in early February. Throughout February and March, Borodin interviewed the relatives and commanders of those killed, and attended their funerals in the town of Asbest. Borodin also had a reputation for conducting investigatigating prisons and corrupt officials in his native Sverdlovsk Oblast.
The day before his fall, Borodin told his friend that he had seen armed, camouflaged men near his flat. Following this, he attempted to find a lawyer. Later, however, Borodin called his friend again and said he had made a mistake, and that he thought the men had been taking part in some kind of training exercise.
Following Borodin's death, Polina Rumyantseva, the editor of Novy Den (Borodin's employer), said in an interview that reporters from the paper had visited his apartment and had not seen any signs of a struggle. The investigators believed that Borodin had gone on the balcony to smoke and had fallen. Still, Rumyantseva stated "If there's even a hint of something criminal, we will make it public".
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