‘Suicide bomber in skullcap’ fired from work
Media outlets had distributed a photo of a bearded man in black clothes and called him the possible mastermind behind the terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg subway.
Fontanka.ru and a federal TV channel had named Andrei Nikitin, a native of Bashkiria, the most probable mastermind behind the terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg subway. As a result, he lost his job. The man told this in an interview to IslamNews information agency:
— This story has seriously complicated my life. Yesterday I could not fly home – other passengers refused to fly together with me. In addition, I lost my job: today my employer in Nizhnevartovsk announced my termination as per request of the Regional Investigations Directorate, — he complained.
To refresh background: after the tragedy in the St. Petersburg subway, Fontanka.ru had published a photo of a bearded man with a skullcap and in black clothes; then other media outlets have distributed it as a portrait of a mastermind behind the terrorist attack. However, the man came to a police station to prove that he has nothing to do with the attack.
Later, Andrei Nikitin booked a flight ticket from St. Petersburg to Vnukovo airport in Moscow to get home, but the passengers refused to fly together with him. Then the man was detained in Moscow for the second time but released soon.