A veil of mystery surrounds the death of Russian journalist Oksana Baulina: attack or attack?

young woman with red hair, Oksana Baulina He was reporting from the city of kyiv for the investigative portal The Insider. He had reported on the war like so many other correspondents based in the besieged capital. On Wednesday afternoon, he was in the parking lot of the Retroville shopping center, 13 kilometers from the center, when the white van he was in exploded.

The journalist died instantly. His body was left lying on the side of the vehicle, on the cement punished by shrapnel. Another person was killed and two others were injured in the attack.

The event was set to be broadcast live on Al Jazeera. At that time, the Arab Channel’s envoy was reporting on the missile which, a few days earlier, had fallen in the same mega-mall, leaving a death toll of 8.

The correspondent speaks and perceives the noise but tries to continue his scenario. His film crew, on the other hand, points to the dust cloud and goes to the site of the explosion, where the dead bodies and seriously injured people lie. Another publicized tragedy of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But maybe with greater mysteries and policy implications.

Attack or attack?

Oksana thus became the seventh journalist to die during this war. But unlike previous deaths, that of this woman of Russian nationality, supports other readings.

It is not yet clear whether it was an attack or an attack. There is talk of another Russian missile, but two missiles usually do not land in the same place.

It could be a drone attack, but there’s nothing in sight. Missiles fired from a distance, according to experts, can in no way be so surgically precise. No one explains Oksana’s murder in the way it should be clarified and the war, which goes on and does not stop, threatens to throw it into oblivion.

It is not yet clear whether it was an attack or an attack.  Photo: Francisco Argerich Hoffmann / Envoy Clarín

It is not yet clear whether it was an attack or an attack. Photo: Francisco Argerich Hoffmann / Envoy Clarín

A hypothesis

The main hypothesis is that Oksana was wanted as a target to be eliminated by the Russian army. The Insider, the site he worked for, is among the declared media “foreign agent” by the Putin government because it receives funding from abroad.

But before joining this site as a journalist, Oksana had worked closely as a producer for the Anti-Corruption Fund of Vladimir Putin’s main opponent, Alexander Navalny. Tuesday, March 22, Russian justice pronounced a new sentence against Navalny: nine years in prison, which will be added to the two and a half years he is already serving.

As notified by his team of defenders via Telegram, the magistrates found the defendant guilty of the accusation of fraud. They accuse him of embezzling $25,000 in donations to his organization. Navalny is locked in the deceptive labyrinths of Russian digitized Justice.

Oksana Baulina press accreditation.  Photo: Twitter

Oksana Baulina press accreditation. Photo: Twitter

When The Insider was declared an extremist, Oksana left Russia to continue reporting from the outside about corruption in your country. As soon as the war broke out, he settled first in Lviv, then in kyiv, the capital.

It’s strange that he was in the parking lot of the mall in the afternoon, two days after what happened there. There was no journalistic reason to go back there. But stranger is what reveals just observing how the truck turned out.

Bugle He went to check the site the next morning, less than 24 hours after the murder. Again fresh blood stains were visible on the asphalt.

The area was barely cordoned off and only one soldier guarded it. She asked for the pictures to be taken only to the vehicle and not at the front of the mall. The van does not appear to have been hit by a missile, but destroyed by detonation. There are bullet holes in a glass and also in another of the cars that were damaged around him.

Corn nobody asks questions. And no one is investigating anymore.

Ukrainian government sources rule out the possibility that Russian infiltrators committed an attack on the correspondent. It’s speculation. There is no evidence in sight. But it is known that in the capital kyiv, special agents have been looking for Russian and Chechen spies who have been infiltrating the population since before the start of the war, which ended a month ago on Thursday.

Another, more absurd possibility indicates that the Russian journalist could have been assassinated by Ukrainian forces accuse the Russians of a new murder of press workers.

But it’s a bit tinged with paranoia and highly improbable. What is concrete so far is that there are only questions about this crime scene in the Podilski district, a few minutes from the political center of the capital.

Kyiv, special envoy