Russian Journalists Killed in Africa Investigating Kremlin-Linked Mercenaries

Three Russians producing a documentary about mercenary forces close to the Kremlin were gunned down in the Central African Republic this week. The journalists were shot dead in an ambush while driving across the war-torn country. The news outlet they were working with said they were investigating Russian military contractors operating in the Central African Republic, where President Faustin-Archange Touadéra is looking to Russia as a provider of arms and military training amid a bloody civil war. It is not clear who killed Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguyev, who continued to pursue independent investigative reporting despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on press freedoms and in the face of violence often perpetrated against journalists. Just in recent weeks, two other Russian journalists died in unexplained circumstances in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Source: The Washington Post

Posted on: August 2, 2018