Russian propagandist Zakhar Prilepin “heavily injured” in car bombing in Nizhny Novgorod

Zakhar Prilepin
Zakhar Prilepin
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According to a source from Russian media outlet RBC, Prilepin was returning to Moscow from Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine, and had come to Nizhny Novgorod Oblast to visit family, the Telegram channel SHOT alleged. His car is said to have exploded after he returned to it after stopping to eat, at around 10:40 a.m. Moscow time.

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Russian media sources claim that Prilepin was wounded in the blast, but remained conscious, while a source close to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs stated that Prilepin was in critical condition and had been hospitalized with both legs broken. However, Prilepin’s spokesperson claimed that he was in “good condition,” and Nikitin reiterated that Prilepin was “okay.”

Russian partisan movement “Atesh” claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that they had been “hunting for Prilepin since the beginning of the year.”

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“(We) got him,” a Telegram channel claiming to belong to Atesh wrote after the bombing.

“It’s just the beginning for the Ruscists [a Ukrainian portmanteau for ‘Russian fascist’ - ed]. And it happened – he was driving his flashy Audi Q7 to visit relatives in Nizhny Novgorod. But he wasn’t alone – he had a surprise on the bottom of the car. The surprise worked. Zakhar is in the hospital.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the incident.

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Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed the U.S. and Britain for the attack but provided no evidence to support the accusation.

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