Tatarsky regularly referred to Ukraine as a terrorist state. Because of this, in mid-January 2023, he found himself on Kyiv’s sanctions list, which means, among other things, that the person in question is not allowed to enter Ukrainian territory for ten years. At the time, Tatarsky commented that it had the same effect as if the Islamic State had banned him from entering its territory.
“It won’t affect me in any way. Ukraine is a terrorist state and I don’t want anything to do with it,” he responded to 360tv.ru. Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, was born in April 1982 in Makiivka, i.e. on the territory of present-day Ukraine. Makijivka is an industrial city in Donbass. At the beginning of this year, Russian soldiers here suffered perhaps the biggest losses since the beginning of the war, after a Ukrainian missile attack on the barracks.
In September of last year, Tatarsky appeared on Russian television after the Ukrainians were liberating their towns of Izjum, Bucha and Irpin and found in them terrible evidence of the barbaric acts of Russian soldiers. In the mass graves lay mainly civilians with their hands tied behind their backs and nooses around their necks.
Meanwhile on RT’s show “Beautiful Russia,” propagandist argues that Russia shouldn’t worry about the way events like Bucha are being perceived or covered in the West. Instead, he says, Russia should lay into that: “Yes, that’s how we are… We’ll show you even more. Fear us!” pic.twitter.com/q1e2wJhi2q
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“Yes, we are like that. Fear us! We will show you even more so that they are afraid of us,” commented Tatarsky on Russian television.
Body with noose and severed scrotum. Izjum gives terrifying testimonies. Just let them be afraid of us, they say on Russian TV
He dared to criticize Putin. For softness
The Russian war correspondent also criticized military commanders and President Vladimir Putin himself for being too soft on Ukraine.
He expressed another controversial opinion after Russia illegally and in violation of international law annexed four regions in Ukraine to its territory.
Tatarsky commented: “And it is. We’ll beat them all, kill them all, rob who we have to. Everything will be as we want. God with you.”
560,000 people followed Tatarsky’s views on Telegram, a popular social network in Russia. He died on Sunday evening in St. Petersburg after an explosion in a cafe, which, according to the DPA agency, still belongs to the owner of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. The explosives were hidden in the statuette that Tatarsky was given. A young woman suspected by the authorities is on the run.
The debacle of the Russian security services. The suspect in the assassination of Tatarský escapes
The war in Ukraine
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