Doctors of a regional hospital in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod have brought writer Zakhar Prilepin out of a medically induced coma, governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Gleb Nikitin says.
“About Zakhar: he was brought out of a medically induced coma, he’s conscious; according to the doctors — he’s stable and is in a good mood,” he reports.
In the morning of 6 May, it was reported that the car the writer was in was blown up in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia. Prilepin was hospitalised in critical condition, his security guard Alexander Shubin was killed in the explosion.
Russia’s Investigative Committee detained a suspect. The agency posted a video in which the detained, 29-year-old Donetsk region native Alexander Permyakov, claims that he was acting on the orders of Ukraine’s special services.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused the Security Service of Ukraine (SUB) of carrying out the assassination attempt on Prilepin’s life. A SUB representative told Ukrainska Pravda that he could neither confirm nor deny the involvement of Ukraine’s special services in the explosion.
The Crimean Tatar partisan movement Atesh claimed responsibility for the attack.