3 August 201818:33

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova's reply to a media question on the investigation into the death of Russian journalists in the Central African Republic


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Question: What are the initial results of the investigation in the CAR?

Maria Zakharova: On August 1, the investigative bodies of the CAR opened a criminal case regarding the death of Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Konstantin Radchenko in that country on July 30.

On August 1 and 2, CAR law enforcement officials, with the support of UN experts, inspected the scene of the crime and interrogated witnesses in the city of Sibut and the villages near which the crime was committed. A working meeting with the participation of the CAR gendarmerie and representatives of the Russian Embassy in Bangui is scheduled for today. The participants will sum up the intermediate results of the investigators’ work.

The preliminary information from the investigation is that unidentified individuals attacked the Russian journalists with a view to robbing them and killed them when they resisted. The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR joined the investigation by sending four experts.

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