Pro-Russian activist shoots pro-Russian PM?

Euronews reports:

Slovakian media has identified the shooter as 71-year-old Juraj Cintula, a self-described writer who previously worked as a security guard and is allegedly linked to pro-Russian group Slovački branci.

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is currently in hospital following a shooting that occurred following his cabinet’s away-from-home session in the town of Handlova. 

Slovakian outlets have identified the shooter as the 71-year-old Juraj Cintula.

According to the daily newspaper Dennik N, the suspected perpetrator is a self-described writer from the small western town of Levice and a founding member of the Rainbow Literary Club. 

Hungarian investigative journalist Szabolcs Panyi has unearthed Facebook posts reportedly showing Cintula as a sympathiser and supporter of the pro-Russian paramilitary group Slovenskí Branci, known for its links to the Kremlin. 

Slovenskí Branci has been accused of attempting to recruit young men across Slovakia for its paramilitary organisation. In a post from January 2016, Cintula is seen holding a speech next to members of the group wearing camouflage.

The shooting is a deplorable act. The motivation is rather strange as the PM he shot is very pro-Russia himself. I guess we’ll know more in time.