Cute Russian girl blows up pro-Ukraine War Blogger in St Petersburg cafe

Cute Russian girl blows up pro-Ukraine War Blogger in St Petersburg cafe
Опубликовано: Tuesday, 04 April 2023 05:08

The Russian woman arrested on suspicion of assassinating one of Vladimir Putin’s propagandists in a bomb attack has today admitted she carried the statue laden with explosives into a cafe in St Petersburg – but insisted she had been ‘set up’.

Daria Trepova, 26, was filmed with her hands chained to a radiator while being interrogated by Russian investigators over the assassination of Kremlin propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky, 40.

In the video, where Trepova kept looking away from the camera as she spoke, the anti-war activist admitted taking the statue to Tatarsky at the Street Food Bar No. 1 cafe before he was blown to pieces in Sunday’s blast.

Trepova told the Russian investigators she would tell them who gave her the explosive-laded statuette ‘later’. It is not clear why Trepova was not in a cell when being questioned.

But Trepova, who had appeared in a video said to show her carrying the explosive-laden statuette into the cafe, had earlier insisted that she had been ‘set up’ and ‘was being used’ after she was arrested on suspicion of Tatarksy’s murder.

Tatarsky, a staunch supporter of Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, had been speaking at a political event at the cafe when the bomb exploded next to him, killing the propagandist and injuring 32 others in what the Kremlin claimed was a ‘terrorist attack’.

Daria Trepova, 26, was filmed with her hands chained to a radiator while being interrogated by Russian investigators over the assassination of Tatarsky

A video is believed to show Daria Trepova, 26, walking to the cafe carrying a box containing what may have been the statuette said to be filled with 450g of TNT

Daria Trepova in a selfie

Daria Trepova in a selfie

Russia’s Investigative Committee today said they had detained Trepova in a rented flat in St Petersburg on suspicion of carrying out the assassination of Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin.

According to Russian media reports, police tracked Trepova down using surveillance cameras, though she reportedly cut her long blonde hair short to change her look and rented a different apartment in an apparent attempt to escape.

In the interrogation video, Trepova said she understood why she has been detained. When asked why, she said: ‘For… I’d put it this way, for being at the assassination site of Vladlen Tatarsky.’

‘I brought the statuette there that exploded,’ Trepova said. When asked who gave her the statuette, she replied that she would say ‘later’.

Russia’s top counterterrorism agency had earlier claimed – without providing evidence – that Trepova had carried out the attack with the help of ‘Ukrainian special services’ and activists who are linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

It came after chilling video appeared to show Trepova, a St Petersburg resident who had been previously detained for taking part in anti-war rallies, walking into the cafe carrying a box containing what may have been statuette filled with 450g of TNT – just minutes before it exploded.

The Russian Interior Ministry had this morning put Trepova on Russia’s wanted list on suspicion of murdering Tatarsky after she fled from the scene – but she was arrested within hours of the arrest warrant being released.

According to Russian media reports, Trepova told investigators that she was used as a carrier to deliver the explosive device, but didn’t know that it was hidden in the bust of the statue.

Trepova’s partner, Dmitry Rylov – also in his 20s and a member of the so-called Russian Liberation Army – insisted that she had been ‘set up’.

Rylov, who had previously been detained at anti-war rallies in Russia, said today: ‘I believe that my wife was set up. I am in full confidence that she would never be able to do something like that on her own volition.

‘Yes, with Daria we really do not support the war in Ukraine, but we believe that such actions are unacceptable.

Suspect Daria Trepova, 26, with her partner Dmitry Rylov. Rylov, also in his 20s and a member of the so-called Russian Liberation Army, insisted that she had been ‘set up’.

‘I am 100 per cent sure that she would never have agreed to such a thing if she had known.’

According to him, she ‘completely misunderstood the purpose’ of the statuette she gave to Tatarsky.

The plot thickened further after Russian investigators said they had identified a second female suspect, Maria Yaran, 40, as being involved in the blast. She is reportedly in hospital in St Petersburg following the bombing.

Witnesses said that Trepova had used a false name of Nastya when she handed Tatarsky the statuette inside the cafe – and was then reluctant to get close to him when he asked her to sit next to him.

One witness, Alisa Smotrova, said ‘Nastya’ told Tatarsky that she had made a bust of the blogger but that guards asked her to leave it at the door, suspecting it could be a bomb.

But Tatarsky joked and laughed with ‘Nastya’ and insisted on seeing the statuette. She then went to the door, grabbed the bust and presented it to Tatarsky.

Smotrova said: ‘They took out [of the box] the sculpture, it’s a golden head in a helmet. I don’t even know if it looks like [Tatarsky]. Hard to say…

‘He put it down [on a nearby table] without a second thought. And then continued asking questions [to his seminar audience].’

Smotorva said an explosion followed and described people running in panic, some hurt by shattered glass and covered in blood.

She said: ‘We were sitting in the second part of the hall. Everyone ran, and we [decided]: we must run. And we ran.

‘Those nearby, of course, were already covered in blood and ran away. The windows exploded too. We ran to the exit.’

Images from inside the cafe appear to show Trepova handing Tatarsky a bust of himself before she began walking back to her seat.

‘Tatarsky stopped her, and asked her to sit next to him,’ a witness claimed, adding that she said she was shy and didn’t want to sit too close.

The National Anti-Terrorist Committee claimed, without presenting evidence, the attack on Tatarsky was ‘planned by Ukrainian special services’ with the involvement of people who have cooperated with an anti-corruption foundation created by jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

It noted that the arrested suspect was an ‘active supporter’ of Navalny’s group.

Trepova had a ticket for a flight from Pulkova airport in St Petersburg last night following the blast, but she did not show up for it, Izvestia reported.

The direction of the flight was not given but there were suggestions she aimed to reach Georgia via Turkey.


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