The car in which Zajar Prilepin, a well-known writer close to Vladimir Putin, was traveling exploded

Russian nationalist writer Zajar Prilepindefender of the war launched by the Kremlin against Ukraine, he was hurt this Saturday when an “explosion” occurred in his car, the authorities indicated, who quickly accused kyiv and the West.

The writer’s driver died in the explosion, according to the Russian Investigative Committee, which opened an investigation for a “terrorist act.”

“One person died in the explosion and the writer Zajar Prilepinwho was in the car, was injured,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The incident took place in the Russian region of Nizhny Novgorod (central-west), where the writer is from. The ministry said a suspect was detained in the area.

Anonymous medical and security sources, quoted by Russian news agencies, claim that Prilepin suffered leg injuries.

According to the investigative committee, the writer was in his car “with his family” when the explosion occurred.

Zajar (Prilepin) suffered minor fractures, his life is not in danger,” said the governor of the region of Nizhny Novgorod.

Russian nationalist writer Zakhar Prilepin. Capture

After knowing the first details, the spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharovaaccused Ukraine, United States, the United Kingdom and the NATO of being behind this “terrorist” act.

“Direct responsibility of the United States and the United Kingdom. we pray for Zajar”, wrote the spokeswoman on Telegram.

A leading figure on the Russian literary scene, translated in many countries, the 47-year-old writer has been committed since 2014 to the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, with whom he fought.

Since then, this veteran of the wars of Chechnya in the 1990s he regularly traveled to eastern Ukraine and defended President Vladimir Putin and his massive offensive against Ukrainereleased on February 24, 2022.

Very present in the Russian media, he is also active in patriotic and traditionalist movements in Russia.

In recent weeks, drone attacks, sabotage and alleged attacks have multiplied on Russian territory.

The Kremlin takes aim at Kiev, as a broad counter-offensive by the Ukrainian armed forces is announced, and just days before Russia’s May 9 celebrations commemorating the victory of Soviet troops against Nazi Germany.

In early April, an influential military blogger, Vladlen Tatarskiialso a fervent supporter of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, died in an explosion in a cafe in the center of St. Petersburg.

At the end of August, Daria Dugin, the daughter of Russian nationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin, was killed when her car exploded in the Moscow region.

(With information from AFP)

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