This is a continuation of a story posted HERE on 3/05 about Ivan Safronov, a military correspondent for a Russian news agency who died after falling from a fifth-story window on Friday. Quite a few people are now speculating that he might have been killed for his critical reporting. The plot continues to thicken, and is reporting that Safronov was investigating sales of weapons by Russia to Syria and Iran.

According to the story Safronov told people at his newspaper that he had “received information” about the sale of Sukhoi-34 fighter jets to Syria and S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran via Belarus. According to sources at the business daily, the arms were being sold “via Belarus to avoid the west accusing Russia of arming rogue states”.

The paper Safronov wrote for, Kommersant, said he had called from a major Middle East arms fair in Abu Dhabi in late February to say that he had “irrefutable confirmation” of the sales, and after returning to Moscow he had spoken to his colleagues about the “signature by Russia and Syria of contracts for the Pantsir CI anti-aircraft system, Mig-29 fighter jets and Iskander tactical missiles.”

Safronov also told his colleagues he could not write the story immediately because he had been warned about the risk of an international scandal and about an inquiry by the FSB (a KGB successor agency) security service for divulging secrets.

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