The explosion in April 2023 in a cafe in Saint Petersburg also left around thirty people injured.
I would like to apologize for this what happened. I'm still ashamed, she declared in January to the judges, quoted by the Russian media.
Ms. Trepova claimed to have acted the request of a person in Ukraine whom she only knew under the name of Guechtalt and who the latter had assured her that the booby-trapped statuette contained a microphone.
She also assured that she accepted the mission because of her opposition to the assault launched by Russia against Ukraine, which the victim supported and covered on social networks.
President Vladimir Putin had more generally pointed out the supposed role of Western secret services in attacks described as terrorists on Russian soil.
He also decorated Tatarskyi posthumously, awarding him the Order of Courage.
Kiev, for its part, has never confirmed its involvement in this assassination, and Ukrainian officials had estimated that it was an internal settling of scores within Russian nationalist circles.
Ukraine has been accused by Moscow of several targeted attacks, such as the one that caused the death in August 2022 of Daria Dougina, daughter of the ultranationalist ideologue Alexandre Dugin, or the one who seriously injured in May 2023 the writer Zakhar Prilepin, fervent support of the assault in Ukraine.
Moscow accused Kiev and “agents” of imprisoned opponent Alexei Navalny of being behind the operation.