MOSCOW, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. Andrey Borodin, our colleague, the chief producer of the Ukraina.ru publication, who for many years headed the RIA Novosti bureau in Ukraine, died. This happened on Thursday in one of the Moscow clinics.
Colleagues and friends say about him: “A big and cheerful person.” He came to the journalism faculty of Moscow State University after the army, from the Marine Corps – he was taken to the Navy for his height and physical data. A connoisseur of Spanish, he studied in Cuba, then worked there for many years as a correspondent for the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, could spend hours talking about how beautiful Havana was in the spring, what was the main thing in Latin American politics in the 1980s, and why Cuban medicine was one of the best.
After that, already in Moscow, from the beginning of the 1990s, I worked at Interfax, the newspapers Segodnya, Russky Telegraf, RBC.
Since 2011, Andrey Borodin headed the RIA Novosti representative office in Ukraine. The Maidan, the return of Crimea to Russia, the war in Donbass – everything happened before his eyes, the work was worth serious efforts and nerves. In May 2018 – eleven hours of a search of his apartment by SBU officers, the closure of the representative office by the Ukrainian authorities and return to Moscow.
He dreamed of continuing to work in Ukraine, but, unfortunately, the body could not stand the complications caused by the coronavirus infection. Andrei Borodin was 61 years old.