Murder of Russian journalists in Africa linked to secretive mercenary group they were investigating, reports claim


Russian investigators concluded the trio were “attacked by unknown people who intended to rob them and were killed when they tried to resist,” according to the foreign ministry.  

But the journalists’ money and film equipment were left on the road, a Khodorkovsky representative told The Telegraph last year.

Mobile phone records and other documents have now shown that their driver was linked to Prigozhin, and they were being followed by Emmanuel Kotofio, an officer of the CAR’s police special forces. 

“The journalists were under the control of people from Yevgeny Prigozhin’s structures starting from the preparation stage,” the Dossier centre said.

Before and after their killing, Kotofio repeatedly called their driver and a Russian instructor under the command of Valery Zakharov,…

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