Rastorguev, Radchenko and Jamal killed in CAR

Jamal, Rastorguev and Radchenko worked in Africa on a film about the Russian military mercenaries.

In the Central African Republic, killing Russians – the journalist Orhan Cemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and Director Alexander Rastorguev.

They drove the CARS to work on a documentary film about the activities of the Russian private military campaigns Wagner. Корреспондент.net tells details.


Who killed Russian journalists in Africa

War correspondent Orhan Dzhemal, the Director-documentarian Alexandr Rastorguev and operator Kirill Radchenko went to the CAR July 27 for the film about activities in the country of Russian private military companies .

The work was carried out within the framework of a joint project with the online resource Centre management investigations funded by ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and specializiruetsya on the investigation of Russian officials and businessmen close to the regime.

On Tuesday, July 31, became aware of their murder. First about the death of Russians told the French AFP news Agency. According to the newspaper, three Russians stopped at a checkpoint and then killed by “unknown armed men”.

The bodies found to the North of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, and delivered Tuesday morning to the base of the UN mission in sibut.

Their driver survived and gave testimony about the attack.

“Several armed individuals jumped out of the greenery at the roadside and opened fire on the vehicle”, – he said.

Journalists Orkhan Jemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko killed in the Central African Republic, where they smali material on the activities of the PMC “Wagner”. We remember and grieve pic.twitter.com/1LFWWvfWz1

— MBH Media (@MBKhMedia) July 31, 2018.

Among those killed were in possession of a press card of the Russian media, however, the Embassy of the Russian Federation about the Russian journalists in the country knew nothing. The Russian foreign Ministry said that the crew arrived on tourist visas.

Russian authorities are preparing to send the dead journalists home. In Sledkom the Russian Federation initiated a criminal case under article murder of two and more people.

According to the organization for which the film was shot, the scene was missing hardware and a considerable amount of money.

Deputy editor-in-chief of the control Center investigations Anastasia Gorshkova told the Rain details of travel journalists.

The group arrived in the Central African Republic on Saturday, 28 July, and the next day went to the base PMC Wagner in the presidential Palace, the former head of state, dictator Jean Bedel Bokassa. They were not allowed into the territory, demanding the accreditation of the local military Department.

Central African Republic – one of the poorest countries. Outside the capital there is no electricity anywhere / Getty

On the same day near the hotel, two police officers demanded and received from journalists a bribe (about 100 dollars) for “illegal use of filming equipment.”

Sunday evening, July 29, the group had to go to a meeting with his “fixer” (the assistant-the consultant – ed.) of the UN mission by the name of Martin in another city, located 400 kilometers from Bangui. The driver for this trip, they recommended that Martin himself.

A Jemal, Rastorguev and Radchenko was about eight thousand dollars, two cameras and other expensive equipment. Departure was scheduled for seven in the evening.

The representative of the authorities sibyu Marceline yo-Yo told the AP that he warned the Russians about the dangers of driving at night.

He also put forward a slightly different version of what happened as the attack itself: according to her crew before the murder was captured about a dozen people in turbans and speaking Arabic.

Source media zones confirmed that members of the crew killed when they went to a meeting with his assistant and was carrying expensive equipment. According to one version, attacked the car, maybe wanted to commit a robbery.

However, the New publisher of the newspaper, which collaborated Jamal, believes this scenario is unlikely because, according to him, the reporter had extensive experience in hot spots.

In turn, the Central African Agency CNC on July 31 reported that in Damara, 75 kilometers from the capital Bangui, the population rebelled against the “Russian soldier mercenaries” who came for training members of the armed forces of the CARS handling a gun and killed one of the locals.

In this regard, said the Echo of Moscow, the attack on Jamal and his colleagues could be revenge for the incident. According to another version, the murder could commit themselves mercenaries.

Another theory: the Russians could be killed by militants of the Muslim rebel movement Seleka.


What is known Jamal, Rastorguev and Radchenko

Orkhan Jemal was born in 1966, from the mid-90s worked in the newspaper Evening Moscow, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta and other publications.

Worked as a war correspondent during the Russo-Georgian war of 2008, and also in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008, the reporter wrote a book “War. Chronicles the five days.”

In August 2014, when the separatists launched a counter-offensive on positions of the Ukrainian army and there was a serious threat to assault Mariupol, Jamal was there, the journalist said the Russian service Bi-bi-si Ilya Barabanov, who was with Orhan.

“Still strongly chromasia Orhan sat behind the wheel of a car and confidently drove through the front line: experiences of a military journalist and authority was enough to solve any dispute at any checkpoint,” said the reporter.

A month ago, Jamal gave an interview to Radio Liberty in which he called himself a Pro-Ukrainian man.

“I – “ill”, I’m Pro-Ukrainian people in this sense. I just think that the local residents, people have the right to revolt and self-determination, and it is right above the right to the integrity of the state. But I was there are many and sometimes quite a long time, and I saw it very quickly ceased to be a local uprising. I will say more – it is generally was not the uprising of the local”, he said.

As said Drums, they Cemal helped bring from captivity of the Ukrainian military, which the local field commander of the DPR was ready to let go.

“The Ukrainian military to go to pick up their prisoners deep behind enemy was afraid and asked for help to the Russian journalists. To find the taxi driver, ready for such an adventure, it was even more difficult. An hour later, Jemal through many friends got in touch with volunteers who agreed to provide for the operation of his Field. After a few hours we were on the Russian border,” – said the journalist.

A colleague of editor Mikhail Zygar said Medusa as Orhan captured the Azov.

“September 1, 2014 Orhan and correspondent of Rain Timur Olevsky was captured by the soldiers of the battalion Azov. Their heads put a bag, put in the basement and a few hours of questioning. And then found out who they released. And Orhan continued to work as if nothing had happened”, – he said.

47-summer rostovchanin Alexander Rastorguev was called one of the most significant and radical Directors of the Russian cinema. Fifteen of his on-screen work, some made in a rare genre documentary Comedy.

One of the most important films of Rastorguev – Maundy Thursday about the soldiers of the Chechen war.

“The match belonged to the group of daring, fearless, socially active documentary filmmakers, worked together with Vitaly Mansky, then with Pavel Kostomarov and Alexey Pivovarov (the three of them made a film Period. The beginning of a long story about the protest movement in Russia). He was not afraid of the most acute and dangerous, so it is Central African project is a non – random continuation of the analytical work of an outstanding filmmaker,” writes Kommersant.

In an interview Session in 2008 on the issue of head as a Director Rastorguev has donated two dozen: “Swing. Hearing. Faith in a miracle. Legalnosti. Rage. The ability to endure. Innocence. Animal instinct. To coachest. Pendulum. Trust yourself. The diversity. Bulldog grip. Tenderness. Fever. Lust for life. Crazy. The ability not to interfere. Raspatory world. Ease. Good luck. Deceit. Mountain. Gift.”

33-year-old photographer Kirill Radchenko 2016 worked with video editors and the operator of the independent Abkhazian network Agency ANNA-News, specializing in military annals. In 2017, the portal has published his photo-reports from Syria.

Radchenko photos from Syria:

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What Wagner does in the CAR

About the Russian presence in the CAR, always the former zone of special influence of France, began in the last year. After 2014, the UN security Council imposed on the country arms embargo, the authorities began to look for other means of fighting with armed rebels.

In 2016, came to power, the current President Faustin-Archange Touadera, contacts between Bangui and Moscow have intensified. Russia began to put in the CAR the weapons went to military instructors. Then there were reports that the CARS have started to operate and non-state actors, particularly PMCs Wagner, writes Kommersant.

French newspaper Le Monde wrote that the use of Moscow was transferred to the Palace of Berengo in the capital and its surrounding 40 acres – a place that “was turned into a military camp”.

Along with the weapons, as stated previously, the Russian foreign Ministry, the CARS arrived five Russian officers and 170 civilian Russian instructors who had to teach the Central African military.

In search of diamonds / Getty

The situation in the Central African Republic were characterized by the experts as extremely unstable and crime. This is due to the religious conflict that started there in 2013.

Then Muslims conquered the Republic’s capital of Bangui and overthrew President françois bozizé, a Christian. Christians in turn began a massacre of the representatives of the Muslim community. To stabilize the situation in the Central African Republic, the UN deployed troops.

“Typical of the African situation: in itself a very poor country – and at the same time rich in natural resources, including diamonds and uranium,” – said the Deputy Director of the Institute of African studies, Dmitry Bondarenko.


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