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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kommersant Reporter's Fall Ruled a Suicide

The investigation into the mysterious death of Kommersant defense reporter Ivan Safronov, who fell from his apartment building in March, has been halted, Kommersant reported Wednesday.

The case was halted because Safronov died "as a result of his suicidal actions," Kommersant reported, citing the Central Administrative District branch of the City Prosecutor's Office.

"If later on we discover any new circumstances surrounding Safronov's death, we are prepared to resume the investigation," Anton Serous, head of the investigative team at the central district branch, told Kommersant.

City Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said she could not comment because the case had been passed on to the newly formed Investigative Committee, a semi-autonomous body under the auspices of the Prosecutor General's Office.

Kommersant editor Andrei Vasilyev declined to comment Wednesday.

Safronov plummeted to his death from the fifth story of his apartment building March 2. He was 51.

Kommersant has said Safronov was working on a sensitive story about Russian arms sales when he died, and colleagues and relatives have complained the death was not properly investigated.

Prosecutors said a security camera at the entrance of his Moscow apartment building revealed nothing suspicious.

MT, Reuters