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The assassination of Russia military blogger in St Petersburg’s bomb blast could be a ‘message to Wagner chief’

3rd Apr 23 4:16 pm

On Sunday a Russian military blogger, Vladlen Tatarsky who has been highly critical of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine was “assassinated” on Sunday when a bomb exploded at a café in St Petersburg.

At least 32 people were injured in the bomb blast and reports say that 10 are in a serious condition in hospital.

According to Russian news agency TASS, anti-terrorism officials have accused the Ukrainian intelligence services of being behind the bomb blast which killed Tatarsky.

They claim that “agents” from the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) who are a banned campaign group which was set up by Vladimir Putin opposition figure Alexei Navalny were involved.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has said that a woman has been detained over the bomb blast and Daria Trepova, 26, has been detained.

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Russian media have said that a CCTV recording shows Trepova walking into the café carrying a box and within minutes of her leaving the café blew up killing Tatarsky.

Investigators claim a bomb was placed inside a bust which was inside a box to kill the military blogger which was given to him as a gift.

However expert Philip Ingram told Sky News that the “assassination” of the blogger could be a “message” for the Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin.

The  former senior military intelligence officer Ingram said that the bomb blast could have been carried out by Russian officials.

Ingram said that the military blogger was seen as part of Prigozhin’s inner team” who was supportive of the Wagner chief.

He said that there is much speculation that the bomb blast “could have been sending a message to Prigozhin” and that the Wagner chief does not believe that Ukraine was behind the attack.

“That translates into real tensions on the ground,” Ingram added.

Ingram was asked if Ukraine was not behind the attack, then who could it have been, he said, “it could have been the Russians.

“It could have been the FSB [Russian security service], it could have been someone in the centre, trying to send a message to Prigozhin.”

Ingram described the bomb attack at the café in St Petersburg as “something spectacular that we’ve seen in the past.”

He added that Russia “like[s] to do something spectacular because it’s all about sending the message.”

He also said that Tatasky also known as Maxim Fomin was very “critical” publicly about the Russian Foreign Ministry and since the war in Ukraine started those who have criticised Putin’s war “have fallen out of windows have fallen down the stairs… expanding on that is a possibility.”

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