The bodies of three Russian journalists killed while investigating a shadowy security firm in the Central African Republic (CAR) were returned to Moscow on Sunday, Russia’s Investigative Committee said.
Investigators will now spend at least two days examining the bodies of Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguev and Orkhan Dzhemal, before they are given to their loved ones for burial, Maxim Shevchenko, a friend of one of the dead journalists, told Russian news agency TASS.
The three men were reportedly investigating a paramilitary organization with links to the Kremlin, when their vehicle was stopped by armed men and they were killed in an ambush on Monday.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Friday that the journalists were “attacked by unidentified persons with a goal of robbery and were killed while attempting to offer resistance.”
They were killed near the city of Sibut, about 185 miles north of the capital Bangui