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Bomb blast in Saint Petersburg claims life of Russian military blogger

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Russian news agencies reported that a bomb explosion in a cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia, killed the well-known Russian military blogger, Vladlin Tatarsky, on Sunday.

They quoted the Interior Ministry as confirming Tatarsky’s death and saying 16 people were injured.

Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, had more than 560,000 followers on Telegram and was one of the most influential military bloggers who made often critical comments about Russia’s war in Ukraine.

He was among hundreds of attendees at the Kremlin’s lavish ceremony last September to announce Russia’s annexation of four partially occupied regions of Ukraine, a move most countries at the United Nations have denounced as illegal.

And he appeared in a video on that occasion: “We will defeat everyone, we will kill everyone, we will take away everyone we need. Everything will be as we like.”

A Saint Petersburg website said the blast occurred on Sunday in a cafe that was once owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Wagner’s private army fighting for Russia in Ukraine.

There was no indication of who was behind the explosion.

If Tatarsky was deliberately targeted, this would be the second assassination on Russian soil of a high-profile figure linked to the war in Ukraine.

Russia’s Federal Security Service accused Ukraine’s intelligence services last August of killing Daria Dugina, daughter of nationalist ideologist Alexander Dugin, in a car bomb attack near Moscow that President Vladimir Putin called “evil”.

Ukraine denied involvement.

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