A Russian journalist who wrote on Moscow's "shadow army" in Syria has died after falling from the balcony of his fifth-floor flat, but investigators said today they were not treating the death as suspicious.
"There are no grounds for launching a case," the local investigative committee told the TASS news 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 foreign media.
"I call on the authorities for a swift and thorough investigation," he said on Twitter Monday.
Russia has a disturbing record of attacks on reporters, with 58 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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