The Russian government posthumously awarded the journalist the Order of Valor Vladlen Tatarskyknown for his specialization in military subjects, who died on Sunday after an explosion in a cafeteria in Saint Petersburg.
“For courage and bravery shown in the performance of professional duty, I award the Order of Valor to Maxim Fomin (Vladlen Tatarsky), military correspondent (posthumously),” reads the decree signed by the president Vladimir Putinas reported on Monday by the news agency TASS.
The Order of Valor is awarded to citizens who fight against crime, the protection of public order, the rescue of people, as well as military service “in conditions associated with the risk of life” in the framework of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The explosion, which injured another 30 people, including 24 hospitalized, occurred at a cafeteria on the St. Petersburg University promenade where Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fominstarred in a meeting with the public.
Numerous videos broadcast on social networks show Fomin, born in Donbas, in eastern Ukraine, receiving a figure, apparently a statue, in which the explosive was hidden, which had a power of about 200 grams of TNT accompanied by shrapnel. .
Russian security forces detained on Monday Darya Trepovasuspected of killing the military blogger.
“On suspicion of participation in the explosion in a cafe in St. Petersburg, employees of the Investigative Committee of Russia, together with the operational services, detained Daria Trepova,” the Investigative Committee reported on Telegram.
This morning it was learned that Trepova, 26, had been declared wanted by the Russian Interior Ministry.
According to the part of this Monday from the Russian Ministry of Health, 10 of the 32 injured in the attack in which Tatarsky died are in serious condition.
Trepova herself confirmed that she carried the bomb disguised in a statuette that was delivered to the blogger during the conference. However, she refused to say who gave her the artifact.
Trepova was already in the crosshairs of the Russian authorities in February 2022, when she was sentenced to 10 days of administrative arrest for an unauthorized action against the military campaign in Ukraine.
The attack against the pro-Russian military blogger is reminiscent of the one who killed in August Daria Dugindaughter of the leader of the Neo-Eurasianist Movement, Alexandr Duginconsidered close to the Kremlin.
The Russian journalist died when a bomb exploded in the underbody of her vehicle as she was driving on a road on the outskirts of Moscow.
The Russian authorities accused the Ukrainian secret services of being behind the attack, a point that the kyiv government flatly denied.
The head of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhinto which the place where the attack was carried out belonged, said today that on this occasion it would not accuse Kiev of the attack on Tatarsky.
“I think it is the work of a group of radicals that is hardly related to the (Ukrainian) government,” said Prigozhin, who confirmed that he had given the premises to a patriotic group for the organization of various events.
Prigozhin stated that the cafeteria was his property, but that he has since handed it over to “patriotic” activists who have been holding meetings there.
Prigozhin’s statements deny the official version and they are a new example of how Wagner’s boss is less and less aligned with the Russian authorities.
With information from Europa Press and EFE
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