Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravichyus was killed when he tried to take civilians out of Mariupol, the Project found out . A militiaman from the “DPR” Pavel Musienko (call sign “Pate”) may be involved in his murder.
The death of the director became known in April. He went to Mariupol to shoot a sequel to his film.
The Project talked to the participants in the events, who said that on March 27, Kvedaravičius tried to take three women out of Mariupol, one of whom had a one-month-old baby. There was also a driver with them.
As one of these women, a resident of Mariupol, Angelina Sosnovskaya, told the publication, the minibus in which they were going to leave was parked in a neighboring district of Mariupol, and it was three kilometers to walk to it. Due to heavy shelling, they walked for a day in short dashes. When they were passing through the courtyard of a house on Bohdan Khmelnytsky Boulevard, Kvedaravičius and the driver were detained. It turned out that the base headquarters of the military from Russia and the "DPR" was located in this house.
The women were hidden by the residents of one of the apartments. They went to the Russian military several times and persuaded them to let the men go. As a result, only the driver of the car was released. He said that he and Kvedaravičius were undressed, they were looking for tattoos and traces of weapons or body armor, and a bruise was found on the director's back. Sosnovskaya suggests that the bruise was from her bag he was carrying.
Kvedaravičius never returned. The women themselves went to the bus and met his wife Anna Belobrova there. Anna went in search of her husband and on April 2 found his body on a pile of garbage near the place where he was last seen alive.
Residents of houses on Khmelnitsky Boulevard confirmed that at the end of March, the area of the house where the director was killed was controlled by fighters from the “DPR” and the Russian military. One of the "DNR" had the call sign "Pate". The “project” found two servicemen from the “DPR” with such call signs on social networks. One of them, Pavel Musienko, was identified by women from the Kvedaravičius group with uncertainty from a photograph. The editors wrote him a message in Odnoklassniki, but he replied that he had not participated in the battles in Mariupol. However, a representative of the Lithuanian investigating authorities investigating the murder of Kvedaravičius told the publication that Pavel Musienko, aka "Pate", "is in the field of view of the investigation, his involvement in the detention of Kvedaravičius is being established."
Initially, it was reported that Kvedaravichyus died under shelling in Mariupol. This version was invented so that his wife could take his body through the territory of Russia.