Pre-war Russian blogger Vladlen Tatarsky killed in café explosion after woman ‘gave him statue with bomb inside’

An explosion ripped through a cafe RussiaSunday in the second-largest city, where a well-known military blogger and staunch supporter of the war in Ukraine. Some reports said that a bomb was embedded in a bust of the blogger given to him as a gift.

US officials said Vladlen Tatarsky was killed when he led a discussion in the café on the bank of the Neva River in the historic heart of St. Petersburg. About 30 people were injured in the blast, the Russian Health Ministry reported.