The European Union has argued on Wednesday in favor of a quick and transparent investigation into the murder of three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR), a representative for the EU diplomatic service said.
"We have seen the reports on the three Russian journalists that have been killed in the Central African Republic and we extend our condolences to the families and friends of the journalists. Swift and transparent investigations are needed in order to bring the perpetrators to justice," he noted.
On Tuesday, the Russian Embassy in the Central African Republic reported the murder of three people near the town of Sibut, north of the CAR capital Bangui. The Russian Foreign Ministry later reported that journalist passes for Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal were found with the bodies that were discovered on July 30. Based on this fact, the Russian Investigative Committee launched a criminal case under the article "Murder."
The editor-in-chief of the radio station Ekho Moskvy, Alexei Venediktov, earlier told TASS that war correspondent Orkhan Dzhemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and documentary director Alexander Rastorguyev had been working in the CAR on a documentary. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova affirmed that the relatives of the deceased will be provided all the necessary help.