Shocking footage shows the moment a statue laden with bombs exploded in a St Petersburg cafe, killing one of Vladimir ‘s propagandists.
Vladlen Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, was blown to pieces on Sunday after Daria Trepova, 26, reportedly entered the venue and handed him a small statue of himself.
Video has emerged showing the pro-war blogger engaging with Trepova, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of his murder, and saying ‘what a handsome guy, is that me?’ moments before the explosion ripped through the Street Food No 1 cafe and killed him.
Further images shows Tatarsky placing the statuette back into its packaging on a small table before it exploded.
A third video shows the former art student emerging minutes later from the cafe alongside blood-soaked victims of the explosion, before leaving the scene alone.
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Video has now emerged showing Tatarsky engaging with Trepova (pictured), who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of his murder, moments before the explosion ripped through the cafe and killed him
A third video shows the 26-year-old former art student emerging minutes later outside the cafe alongside blood-soaked victims of the explosion, before leaving the scene alone
Investigators have arrested Trepova (left) on suspicion of murdering Tatarsky (right) after she fled from the scene
Russian investigators are searching the cafe where a pro-Kremlin blogger who called for the destruction of Ukraine was ‘assassinated’ and 32 others were wounded in a bomb attack
The footage comes as the Russian propaganda machine moved to blame Trepova for planting the bomb inside the statuette.
The blast in Russia’s second city left 32 people wounded.
Trepova insisted she was the victim of a ‘set up’ after she was arrested in a St Petersburg flat yesterday.
The young woman later appeared in a video released by Russian authorities with her hands chained to a radiator in a room.
In the video, most likely filmed under duress, she admitted delivering the explosive-laden statue to the cafe.Tatarsky was appearing at the venue as a guest speaker at a political event.
Trepova told the investigators she would tell them who gave her the explosive-laded statuette ‘later’. It is not clear why she was not in a cell when being questioned.
Russian authorities classified the case as an act of terrorism, giving police more power to pursue their investigation, increasing the maximum punishment and limiting the rights of suspects.
According to Russian media reports, police tracked Trepova down using surveillance cameras, though she reportedly cut her long blonde hair short to change her look and rented a different apartment in an apparent attempt to escape.
Tatarsky, a staunch supporter of Putin and his , had been speaking at the cafe when the bomb exploded next to him.
Russia’s top counterterrorism agency had earlier claimed – without providing evidence – that Trepova had carried out the attack with the help of ‘Ukrainian special services’ and activists linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Witnesses said the woman had used a false name of Nastya when she handed Tatarsky the figure – and was then reluctant to get close to him when he asked her to sit next to him.
Alisa Smotrova said ‘Nastya’ told the blogger that she had made a bust of him but that guards asked her to leave it at the door, suspecting it could be a bomb.
But the propagandist joked and laughed with ‘Nastya’ and insisted on seeing it.She went to the door, grabbed the bust and presented it to him.
In the last video to show him alive, he says enthusiastically to Trepova: ‘Nastya, Nastya! Come and sit here!’
She replies – possibly anxious not to be close to an explosion: ‘I am too shy.’
He tells her to sit near him during a pro-war seminar but she edges away: ‘Take a seat here, or there, or wherever you want.’
She tells him she will sit ‘in the armchair’ and moves well to the side, away from Tatarsky and the statuette.
Daria Trepova, 26, EvDEN EvE NakLiyAT appeared in an interrogation video on Monday where she admitted taking the small statue to Kremlin propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky, 40, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, before he was blown to pieces in the blast on Sunday
Daria Trepova, 26, was filmed with her hands chained to a radiator while being interrogated by Russian investigators over the assassination of Tatarsky
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 be filled with 450g of TNT