Part of murdered Russian journalists' equipment found in CAR
Part of the items was found in the hotel, part - in the car, on which they moved, told Maria Zakharova.
The Central African Republic Gendarmerie stores laptops, hard drives and mobile phones of Russian journalists killed on July 30 (military correspondent Orkhan Dzhemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and director Alexander Rastorguyev). The police officers found some of the equipment in the car, the rest - in the hotel, where the journalists put up. RBC quotes official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova.
A source in the CAR, familiar with the investigation into the murder of journalists, confirmed to RBC that the local police have at least one hard drive. It was found at the National Hotel in Bangui, the capital of the CAR.
The editor-in-chief of the Investigation Control Centre (TsUR), Andrey Konyakhin, told RBC that only Dzhemal had a laptop with him. According to the instructions, journalists had to back up the footage every day and store it on several discs. "They should have left the hard drives with film footage at the hotel," he says. In total, journalists had six HDs of 2 terabytes each.
Laptop, hard drives and a mobile phone of a journalist can become important evidence in the investigation of the murder, Zakharova said at a briefing at the Foreign Ministry on August 9. It is known that this phone had two SIM cards - Russian and local. According to her, Russia is preparing inquiries to the mobile communication operator in the CAR with a request to provide information about calls and SMS made on this phone.
Also, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told that on August 7 the staff of the Russian Embassy in the CAR held a meeting with the national Central African Republic Gendarmerie. According to her, the diplomats questioned the driver who transported the journalists; he is the only survivor of the attack. From the testimony of the driver, it follows that on July 30 at about 11 am the journalists went to Bambari, a city in the east of the country. On the way, they made a stop in the town of Damara, where they spent several hours shooting. After that, they asked the driver to take them to the city of Dekoa, which is located north.
At 6:30 pm they were stopped by a patrol and the police strongly recommended them not to go further. "However, the journalists insisted on the trip and, the conflict broke up," Zakharova said. In the end, the patrol agreed to pass them. In general, Zakharova added, the driver repeats his testimony.
Russian journalists Orhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were killed in the CAR on July 30. At the site of the murder, there was found a car with holes from the bullets. As the TSuR that sent journalists on a business trip reported that journalists planned to shoot a documentary about the activities of the Russian private military company Wagner in the republic.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.