Russian opposition journalist shot dead in Kyiv

30 May, 2018, 19:25 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev Ukraine

Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, told a news conference on Wednesday the agency faked Babchenko's death to catch those who were trying to kill him.

He went on to thank the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU, for saving his life and said the most important thing was that what he called other big acts of terror had been thwarted. It came less than 24 hours after his wife said she had found him bleeding to death on the floor of their apartment, shot in the back.

"I call on Ukraine authorities to conduct immediate and full investigation", Harlem Désir, the media freedom representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe wrote in a tweet, saying that he was "horrified" by the news.

Babchenko, 41, was shot and killed in his apartment, according to police.

Kiev Police chief Andriy Krishchenko said in televised comments that Mr Babchencko's "professional activities" were a factor.

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A Russian journalist critical of President Vladimir Putin appeared at a press conference in Ukraine on Wednesday after being declared dead on Tuesday.

Ukraine's security services said they wanted both to prevent Babchenko's murder and to get proof of Putin's gangsterism in Ukraine. He was also vocal against Russia's ongoing military campaign in Syria.

Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed. The Kremlin's response to the post was explosive; soon Russian lawmakers and state media were calling for Babchenko's fining, prosecution, and deportation.

The plane, carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria in December 2016, killing everyone on board.

He moved to Kiev in the fall and worked as a host for ATR, the Crimean Tatar TV station.

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