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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:09 PM

Russian reporters receive threats after investigating secret military group: editor

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 11:13 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Russian reporters receive threats after investigating secret military group: editor

Anton Zverev
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A group of Russian journalists who investigated the activities of a secretive group of Russian mercenaries in Africa and the Middle East have been subject to a campaign of physical threats and harassment, their editor-in-chief said.

“Proekt,” an independent Moscow-based online news outlet which specializes in investigations, began to publish a series of articles in March looking into the role of a shadowy group of mercenaries known as Wagner.

Around the same time editor-in-chief Roman Badanin said his journalists began to receive emailed threats of physical retribution for their work.

Unknown people tried to break into his staff’s personal accounts on Facebook, the Telegram messenger service and Google mail, he said, and one of his journalists was followed in the street by an unknown man who filmed her with a video camera.

“This is all simply an attempt to make us nervous, to distract from our journalistic work, to make it clear that we’re under surveillance and that they’re watching us,” Badanin told Reuters in an interview.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-media-threats/russian-reporters-receive-threats-after-investigating-secret-military-group-editor-idUSKBN1WU25P

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