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What do we know about the attempt on the life of a Russian journalist in Cyprus


Cypriot media reported that local police prevented an attempt on the life of a Russian journalist. His name is undisclosed – as well as the particular media with which he collaborated. The police are not providing details, but the Russian Embassy is looking into the details of what happened. Everything that is known about this case can be found in the Russian media material.

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The name of the journalist targeted by the assailants has not been disclosed. Cypriot newspaper Times complaintsthat he permanently resides in Paphos, Cyprus.

The Russian Embassy in Nicosia said it did not have details of the journalist’s identity and was currently investigating his identity.

“The police notified us of the detainees in the prescribed manner, as is usually done. We are currently trying to find out which Russian journalist we are talking about,” declared at the embassy (quote from RIA Novosti).

The diplomatic mission not only did not release the name of the journalist in question, but also noted that “this supposedly available journalist” had not contacted them. The detainees did not approach the embassy either, the diplomatic service added.

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Two people were arrested – also Russians

According to the Cyprus Times, two Russians have been arrested in connection with the incident, their names are also not given. The first suspect, a 56-year-old man, was arrested over the weekend in Limassol, southern Cyprus. A 62-year-old man was later detained in Paphos, who allegedly “arranged the plan” for the crime. The detainees are suspected of conspiracy to commit murder, the newspaper writes.

Cypriot police confirmed the arrest of two people in connection with the attack on the Russian, but did not provide further details.

“We cannot provide details of this investigation, but we can confirm that two people were arrested in this case last Saturday and Sunday,” he added. said Police spokesman Christos Andreu to TASS news agency.

According to the agency, Andreu did not confirm that the person who was murdered was a journalist.

Possible reason

According to the Cyprus Times, the affair had “political motives”. At the same time, it is reported that investigators are aware of some disagreements between one of the suspects and the journalist, whom they allegedly wanted to kill.

Kathimerini Cyprus Newspaper writing citing Alpha TV that investigators are aware of “personal and financial disputes” between the 62-year-old suspect and the journalist.

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