“I stayed up, they used me! ’’: A Russian anti-war protester, held on charges of ‘blowing up a blogger’s assassination with a booby-trapped Putin’, has pleaded not guilty to being arrested before ‘confessing’ to the bombing while shackled to a cooler.
A Russian art school graduate has claimed she was the victim of an “operation” after she was arrested on suspicion of planting an explosives-laden bomb that killed a pro-Kremlin military blogger. Daria Trepova (pictured), 26, was questioned and later arrested over the assassination of Kremlin propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky, 40, in a St Petersburg cafe on Sunday. She was photographed chained to a radiator while being questioned by investigators about Tatarsky’s assassination. ‘I prepare!’ They just used me! Trepova reportedly pleaded after her arrest yesterday, before later admitting to carrying the statue. Read the full story:
Video of the alleged bust killer accused of killing a Putin blogger using an explosive-laden bust shows him smiling as she flees after the blast – just hours before she is taken away in handcuffs. Trepova’s husband also insisted she was “framed” for the attack, after the alleged killer previously claimed to have been “set up” but admitted to having carried the explosives-laden statue to the café. The footage shows Trepova entering an apartment building in Saint Petersburg with a briefcase over her shoulder and pulling out a large bag. Read the full story:
The Russian Investigative Committee said today that it had detained Trepova (pictured) in a rented apartment in St. Petersburg on suspicion of assassinating Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin. Russia’s top anti-terrorism agency had earlier claimed – without providing evidence – that Trepova carried out the attack with the help of “Ukrainian special services” and activists linked to imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. According to Russian media reports, Trepova was tracked down by police using surveillance cameras, even though she had cut her long blonde hair to change her appearance and rented a different apartment in an apparent attempt to escape. Read the full story:
It came after a chilling video surfaced showing Trepova, a St Petersburg resident previously arrested for taking part in anti-war rallies, walking to a café carrying a box containing what may be a statuette filled with 450 grams of TNT. – Just minutes ago it exploded. The Russian Interior Ministry this morning put Trepova on Russia’s most wanted list on suspicion of killing Tatarsky after she fled the scene – but she was arrested within hours of the arrest warrant being issued. According to Russian media reports, Trepova told investigators that she was used as a transporter to deliver the explosive device, but did not know it was hidden in the bust of the statue. Read the full story:
Trebova’s partner, Dmitry Rylov – also in his 20s and a member of the so-called Russian Liberation Army – insisted they had been “created”. Rylov, who was previously arrested at anti-war rallies in Russia, told TODAY: ‘I think my wife was made up. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be able to do such a thing of her own free will. Yes, we and Daria do not support the war in Ukraine, but we believe that such actions are unacceptable. I’m 100 percent sure she wouldn’t have agreed to such a thing if she had known. Read the full story:
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