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Propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky dies in an explosion in Saint Petersburg

02.04.2023, 19:57

Russian propagandist Maxim Fomin, who used to fight for Russia as part of the so-called "DPR" illegal armed group of the, called himself a war hero, and blogged under the pseudonym Vladlen Tatarsky, was killed in an explosion at the "Street Food Bar #1" in Saint Petersburg (Russia) on April 2. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mediazona writes.

According to the Ministry, the police received reports of the explosion at 18:13.

"The incident killed one person, who turned out to be the war correspondent Vladlen Tatarsky. 16 people were injured, they are being examined by medics," the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported.

The propagandist was holding a meet and greet at the cafe. According to Fontanka, a visitor gifted him a bust figurine, which exploded. The woman handed it over and went back to her seat in the room. The explosion happened in five minutes. Its power amounted to over 200 grams in TNT equivalent. The audience from the first rows suffered the most. Now the woman is wanted by the police. The investigation committee opened a criminal case for murder (Part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code), Meduza writes.

Previously, the cafe belonged to the "Wagner" group owner Evgeniy Prigozhin. The cafe holds weekly meetings of the discussion club "Cyber Z Front", writes Fontanka.

The poster for the event said that the propagandist would tell his audience "how to report from hot spots while bullets are raining down, and what it means to be a war correspondent," Meduza reports.

Propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky (Maxim Fomin) was from Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. He had been detained at the Horlivka prison for robbery since 2011, but after the 2014 Russian invasion, he escaped and joined the Russian militants in their fight against Ukraine. With the start of the full-scale war, the collaborator became a "war correspondent", calling on Russia to kill as many Ukrainians as possible, commit genocide and violence, Babel reports.

As IMI wrote, on September 12, 2022, Maxim Fomin shared a post saying that the infrastructure of Ukraine needs to be destroyed due to the lack of modern weapons in the Russian army. And here is what he himself proposed as steps for Russia's victory in the war:

"My proposals for the situation at hand: 1. Mobilization (yes, no bulletproof vests or helmets, with only AK-47 and T-62, but there is no other way). 2. Industry mobilization. 3. Immediate strike on the Ukrainian Khaganate infrastructure with all the weapons we have (left). 4. A warning nuclear strike on the Snake Island. 5. An ultimatum on the UAF withdrawing from the DPR." Screenshot from Vladlen Tatarsky's (Maxim Fomin's) Telegram channel.

It is worth noting that the Russian authorities previously honored Fomin by inviting him to the signing of the so-called "agreements" on the annexation of the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts by Russia, similar to Russia "recognizing" the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on the eve of the full-scale invasion. On September 30, Fomin-Tatarsky, rejoicing at the event, recorded a video address, promising the following: "We will beat everyone! We will kill everyone! We will rob whomever we need! Everything will be just as we like it! Let's go, God bless!"

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