The journalists were carrying out an investigation into Russian mercenaries in Africa
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Novaya Gazeta that Russian diplomats have gone to identify the bodies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they will help the families have the bodies repatriated.
AFP sources say that the three men were killed at a checkpoint by unknown armed individuals. Their bodies were found 23 kilometres from the city of Sibut, and were delivered to a UN base.
“We were doing a joint project on the Central African Republic. They last contacted us two nights ago. It’s hard to speak, really, they were my friends,” the editor in chief of the Investigations Management Centre, Andrey Konyakhin, told the BBC.
The official reported that the Russians were killed on the spot, while the driver survived the attack and told the authorities about the event in the morning of 31 July. He added that the special services of the country had warned the Russian journalists that it was not worth heading out when they did ‘because it was already dark out’.