A Russian writer who supported the war against Ukraine was seriously injured in a car explosion on Saturday. The explosion killed the driver, leaving Zakhar Prilepin with a broken leg and concussion.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the explosion a “terrorist bombing”. The New York Timesreports that a device has been installed under Prilepin’s vehicle.
The incident happened in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, about 250 miles from Moscow. Related press report.
A Ukrainian suspect, who was previously convicted of robbery, has been arrested.
“The search for possible accomplices continues,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement. BBC. Nizhny Novgorod Governor Gleb Nikitin said an investigation was underway into the cause of the explosion.
Prilepin, a staunch supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin since 2014 after the merger Crimeaboasted of his military involvement to reunify Ukraine with the Kremlin, according to Al Jazeera TV station.
He is the third supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to have been targeted in an explosive attack since the war began in 2022. Darya Dugina—daughter of one of his right-hand men. Putin—was killed just outside Moscow in August, and is a military blogger. Vladimir Tatarsky was killed in a cafe in St. Petersburg in April.
Zakharova blamed Ukraine, according to The Associated Press, and claimed that “Washington and NATO have nurtured another cell of international terrorism.”
“[It’s the] direct responsibility of the US and UK,” she said. We are praying for Zakhar.”