Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central…

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Denis Pinchuk, Tom Balmforth

Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would try to find those responsible for the murder of three journalists working for his online news organization in Central African Republic who he said had been reporting on Russian mercenaries.

Orhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were working for TsUR, which is financed by Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky, when they were ambushed on Monday. [nL5N1UR790]

“I will make efforts to identify those responsible,” Khodorkovsky, who now lives outside Russia, wrote on social media, giving no further details on what he intended to do.

TSuR’s deputy chief editor Anastasiya Gorshkova was quoted by Russia’s TV Rain as saying the group arrived in Bangui on Saturday on an assignment to report on Wagner Group, a Russian group of private military contractors.

Local and international media have reported Wagner has operated in Central African Republic since Russia this year delivered light arms to its security forces and said it deployed 175 military and civilian instructors to train them.

Wagner is a secretive organization that, people with ties to the group have told Reuters, carried out clandestine combat missions on the Kremlin’s behalf in eastern Ukraine and Syria.

Russian authorities deny the group’s contractors are carrying out their orders. Reuters has been unable to contact the group.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a journalism advocacy group, said given the volatility of the country, it was plausible that the journalists had been victims of a financially motivated attack – although other motives were possible.

Related: “What Are Russian Military Contractors Doing In The Central African Republic?”

https://www.rferl.org/a/explainer-what-russian-military-contractors-are-doing-in-central-african-republic/29405290.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-centralafrica-violence/kremlin-critic-vows-to-find-killers-of-russian-tv-crew-in-central-african-republic-idUSKBN1KM5N1


Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would try to find those responsible for the murder of three journalists working for his online news organization in Central African Republic who he said had been reporting on Russian mercenaries.

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