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Russian investigative journalist dies after balcony fall

AFP  |  Moscow 

A Russian who wrote on Moscow's "shadow army" in has died after falling from the of his fifth-floor flat, but investigators said today they were not treating the death as suspicious.

fell from his apartment in Yekaterinburg, a major city in the Urals, last week and died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday, agencies reported.

He worked for the service Noviy Den (New Day) and recently wrote on the deaths of employees of the so-called "Wagner Group", the private army is using in

"There are no grounds for launching a case," the local investigative committee told the TASS agency today.

"Several versions are being considered, including that this was an unfortunate accident, but there is no sign a crime has been committed," it said.

The local committee told AFP it would not comment on the incident to

But Harlem Desir, the for freedom of the media at the and Co-operation in said Borodin's death was "of serious concern".

"I call on the authorities for a swift and thorough investigation," he said on Monday.

has a disturbing record of attacks on reporters, with 58 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:10 IST