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Murder of propagandist Tatarsky: Trepova accused of terrorism

Tuesday, 4 April 2023, 15:25
Murder of propagandist Tatarsky: Trepova accused of terrorism

The Russian Investigative Committee accused Darya Trepova, a suspect in the case about the murder of Russian propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky, of committing a terrorist act.

Source: website of the Investigative Committee of Russia

Details: Trepova is accused of violating two articles of the Criminal Code of Russia: "a terrorist act committed by an organised group causing the intentional death of a person" and "illegal carrying of explosives committed by an organised group."


The materials of the investigation contain information that on 2 April, "following the instructions of the persons acting from the territory of Ukraine", Trepova brought a bust stuffed with explosives to a café and handed it to a "war correspondent" Maxim Fomin, who called himself Vladlen Tatarsky. As a result of the explosion that followed, Fomin died, and over 30 people who were in the café received injuries of various degrees of severity.

The investigation asks the court to arrest Trepova.

Earlier, different Russian news outlets reported that Trepova was recruited via Telegram; she was promised a position of a media editor in Kyiv.



  • On 2 April, an explosion occurred in a cafe in the centre of St Petersburg that had previously belonged to Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of the Wagner Group Private Military Company, killing "war correspondent" (military blogger) Vladlen Tatarsky and injuring 30 other people.
  • Russian secret forces have supposedly detained Darya Trepova, a resident of St Petersburg, on suspicion of murdering propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky.
  • Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War have assumed that forces inside Russia may have been involved in his murder, and it could have been a "warning" meant for Prigozhin.
  • Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee has accused Ukrainian secret services and supporters of Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation of murdering collaborator and propagandist Maxim Fomin, who called himself the war correspondent Vladlen Tatarsky.

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