Russia identifies TWO female suspects over bombing that killed Putin blogger: Cops hunt anti-war activist ‘seen carrying explosive-laden statue into cafe’ while second woman is ‘in hospital’ following St Petersburg blast
- Pro-Putin war blogger Vladlen Tatarsky, 40, was killed in the blast on Sunday
- Investigators are searching for Daria Trepova, said to have carried out attack
Russian investigators are today desperately searching for a woman suspected of carrying out the assassination of one of Vladimir Putin’s propagandists at a cafe in St Petersburg.
Vladen Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, was blown to pieces yesterday after a woman, said to be Daria Trepova, 26, entered a cafe and handed him a small statue of himself that was reportedly laden with explosives.
Tatarsky, 40, a staunch supporter of Putin and his invasion of Ukraine, had been speaking at a political event at the Street Food No 1 cafe when the bomb exploded next to him, killing the propagandist and injuring 32 others.
Now, police have put Trepova on Russia’s wanted list on suspicion of murdering Tatarsky after she fled from the scene. A video is believed to show her walking to the cafe carrying a box containing what may have been the statuette said to contain 450g of TNT.
But 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.
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 contain 450g of TNT
Investigators have put Trepova (pictured) on Russia’s wanted list on suspicion of murdering Tatarsky after she fled from the scene
Vladen Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, was blown to pieces yesterday after a woman, said to be Daria Trepova, 26, entered a cafe and handed him a small statue of himself that was reportedly laden with explosives
Russian investigators are searching the cafe where a pro-Kremlin blogger who called for the destruction of Ukraine was ‘assassinated’ and 30 others were wounded in a bomb attack
Images from inside the cafe appear to show Trepova handing Tatarsky a bus 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.
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Trepova and her boyfriend, Dmitry Rylov – also in his 20s and a member of the so-called Russian Liberation Army, had previously been detained at anti-war rallies in Russia.
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, reports Izvestia.
The direction of the flight was not reported but there were suggestions she aimed to reach Georgia via Turkey.
Investigators searched Trepova’s flat but she was not found, while her mother was reportedly taken from the home and taken to a police station.
A report by Telegram channel VCK-OGPU claimed it had access to Trepova’s private web exchanges with a friend in a secret web chat.
This suggested she had come to St Petersburg from Moscow late last week and intended to fly abroad – to Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, via Istanbul.
Trepova, a former shop worker in St Petersburg, reportedly had breakfast with her friend yesterday.
After the explosion Trepova reportedly messaged her friend to say: ‘I could have died there, I’d rather have died there, I was set up’.
Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted he had owned the cafe where the explosion killed Tatarsky.
But the plot thickened further after Russian investigators said they had identified a second female suspect, Maria Yaran, 40, (pictured) as being involved in the blast. She is reportedly in hospital in St Petersburg following the bombing
An image shows Daria Trepova on Russia’s wanted list as published by the Interior Ministry
Well-known Russian military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky (pictured) was killed in a bomb blast in a cafe in St Petersburg on Sunday
A view of the scene of an explosion at the ‘Street bar’ cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday
Russian investigators work at the side of an explosion at a cafe in St. Petersburg on Sunday night
The moment of the explosion that killed Kremlin top war blogger Vladlen Tatarsky and wounded more dozens of people
Tatarsky was killed in a blast at Street Food Bar No. 1, located in the St Petersburg city centre, on Sunday
‘I have indeed passed the cafe to a patriotic movement called Cyber Front Z,’ he said. ‘They were doing various seminars there.
‘It is indeed similar to the murder of Darya Dugina [daughter of a Putin ideologue who was killed aged 29 last year in a car explosion]. I would not blame the Kyiv regime for it.
‘I think it was a group of [Ukrainian] right wing radicals who did it, which is unlikely to be linked to the government.’
Police told RBC media that ‘the explosion was at a height of 60 centimetres from the floor’, adding that the bomb contained between 300 to 450 grams of TNT. ‘The explosion was to the right of Tatarsky,’ police added.
One report said that security in the cafe – where Tatarskyn was taking part in a seminar – had stopped Trepova bringing the statuette into the meeting because it was feared to be an explosive.
A witness said: ‘The girl who brought the figurine was sitting a little further away from me, and when she started talking about all this, she said that they didn’t let her in at the entrance.
This is the moment Tatarsky was handed a statuette that is believed to have been hiding the bomb that exploded at Street Food Bar No. 1
Investigators work at the site of an explosion in a cafe in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday
‘She said they had said ‘there could be a bomb’. She said exactly that. She literally asked [Tatarsky] for permission: ‘Allow me to bring it in anyway?’
‘And Vladlen says: ‘Bring in it… we will check if there is something inside. Those were his words.’
A video shows Tatarsky vowing the destruction of Ukraine.
He said: ‘We’ll conquer everyone, we’ll kill everyone. We’ll loot whoever we need to, and everything will be just as we like it.’
Some Russian outlets immediately blamed the Ukraine authorities for the blast but it is unclear for now if this was the case.
The pro-Putin speaker of the Russian senate Valentina Matviyenko said: ‘Vladlen wrote the truth, he wrote simply, brightly.
‘As a result he became a target for our enemies, who are afraid of the strength of our spirit, our people’s will.
‘And Vladlen not only fought in the militia, collected help for our soldiers, but, most importantly, he formed the people’s understanding of the special operation.
‘And I’m sure he did a lot for our future victory.’
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