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Ukrainian ex-con turned Russian propagandist killed in St Petersburg café blast

The Cyber Z Front discussion club gathered in the café.

Ukrainian ex-con turned Russian propagandist killed in St Petersburg café blast
Photo: EPA/UPG

One person was killed and six others were injured in an explosion in a cafe in St Petersburg, Russia. According to preliminary reports in Russian media, propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky was killed, and 16 people were injured.

The cafe on Universitetskaya Embankment (21B), where the explosion occurred, belongs to the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin. On weekends, the Cyber Z Front discussion club meets in this cafe, and today Russian propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky held a recital. The Russian Interior Ministry confirmed his death as a result of the explosion.

Photo: Telegram/Vladlen Tatarsky

Tatarsky was born in Ukraine's Makiyivka. In 2014, he fought in the ranks of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic and later moved to Moscow. Tatarsky justified Russia's attack on Ukraine, stating that Russia "will defeat everyone, kill everyone, rob everyone if necessary".

One of the Russian Telegram channels claims that a statuette exploded in the cafe, which was given to Tatarsky by one of the visitors a few minutes before the explosion. The gift, a gilded bust of a hero, was from a girl artist who is now wanted. The propagandist allegedly placed the bust next to him. According to other reports, the explosive device was planted in advance in the cafe near the place where Tatarsky was sitting.

An advisor to the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhaylo Podolyak, commented on the explosion of a DPR militant in St. Petersburg.

"It's starting to happen in Russia... Spiders are eating each other in a jar. The question 'When will domestic terrorism become an instrument of internal political struggle?' in the country of tightened nuts was a matter of time, like the breakthrough of a ripe abscess," he said on Twitter.

Podolyak does not rule out that "Russia may soon face troubled times. But despite this, Ukraine knows its path and will continue to follow it."

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