Serhat TUNAR –TDO- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Moscow's ambassador to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), where three Russian journalists were killed last summer under suspicious circumstances.
Putin issued a decree on January 15 dismissing Sergei Lobanov and naming Vladimir Titorenko to be the new Russian ambassador.
Titorenko has previously served as Moscow's ambassador to Iraq, Algeria, and Qatar.
Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko were shot dead on July 30, 2018, while in the C.A.R. to film a documentary about the Russian mercenary firm Vagner, which was operating in the war-torn African country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry and the C.A.R. government have said the men were killed while resisting a robbery attempt. C.A.R. officials said the perpetrators were Arabic speakers "in turbans."