16 Apr 2018 13:10

OSCE calls for thoroughly investigating Yekaterinburg journalist's death

YEKATERINBURG. April 16 (Interfax) - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is concerned about the death of journalist Maxim Borodin in Yekaterinburg, the OSCE said on Twitter on Monday.

"Death of journalist Maxim Borodin in Russia is of serious concern. I call on the authorities for a swift and thorough investigation," the statement on behalf of OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir said.

The Novy Den news agency, for which the deceased journalist worked, said on its website that Borodin had fallen out of a fifth-floor window in unclear circumstances on April 12. He died on April 15, never regaining consciousness.

The Investigative Committee's branch in the Sverdlovsk region told Interfax its division in the Kirovsky district of Yekaterinburg was conducting a preliminary inquiry.

"There are no reasons to open a criminal investigation. There are no signs indicating that a crime was committed," the Sverdlovsk branch said.

Investigators are pursuing several theories, including that the fall was an accident, it said.