Zakhar Prilepin: Russian pro-war writer hit by car bomb out of coma

A Russian pro-war writer who was seriously injured in a car bomb on Saturday is out of a medically induced coma, his spokeswoman says.

Zakhar Prilepin, a vehement supporter of Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, was hurt while driving in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region. His driver died.

Investigators claim that a suspect, Alexander Permyakov, has admitted working for Ukraine.

On Sunday, Prilepin’s spokesperson said the writer was “feeling well”.

“He is in as good spirits as can be given the situation. He’s well. He passed along his thanks to his family,” state media quoted his spokesperson Yelizaveta Kondakova as saying.

Nizhny Novgorod Governor Gleb Nikitin wrote on Telegram that the writer’s condition was “stable” and that “his mood is cheerful”.

The extent of the injuries Prilepin suffered in the explosion – which also killed his driver – are unclear.

On Saturday the Russian interior ministry said he suffered a concussion and fractures, but offered no further detail.


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