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Russian FSB officers shot dead three people in Voronezh who were suspected of preparing sabotage at military and energy facilities in the region, the FSB press service reported on November 23. As The Moscow Times found out, two of the three killed were playing airsoft, as well as role-playing games based on the STALKER video game, which is being developed by the Ukrainian company GSC Game World.
in the FSB claimedthat the sabotage was allegedly prepared by “members of a conspiratorial cell of supporters of the Ukrainian nationalist ideology.” The suspects – “the ringleader and his two accomplices” – were killed while trying to detain them on the outskirts of Voronezh. The security service said that the suspects put up armed resistance, after which they returned fire.
The Moscow Times journalists talked to representatives of the Voronezh airsoft community and found out that one of the dead was a local resident Vladimir Kotovsky, and the second was known by the pseudonym Stalker Fosgen. One of the interlocutors of the publication said that Kotovsky was “an ordinary techie, a hard worker,” who was a supporter of Alexei Navalny, and “Phosgene was an anarchist, a rebel and supported Ukraine.”
Journalists of the publication found that on video recordingscirculated by the FSB after the murder of three suspects, is a man in clothes that Stalker Phosgene used to wear. The room itself, shown in the video, corresponds to the room in which Phosgene photographed an airsoft rifle for a sale announcement.
As The Moscow Times notes, in the Vesti program on the Rossiya-1 TV channel, in a story about the FSB operation in Voronezh, they showed a banner with an emblem in the form of a green wolf’s head in profile and the inscription “Will” – the emblem of the Svoboda group from the game ” STALKER. In the plot of “Russia-1” the banner was called “the flag of the far-right nationalist party “Volya””.