Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Russian opposition journalist shot dead in Kyiv

Ukrainian police officers guard in the entrance to a house where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance in Kiev Ukraine Ukraine Staged Murder of Kremlin Critic Arkady Babchenko
Glenn Montgomery | 30 May, 2018, 19:23

Babchenko, 41, one of Russia's best-known war reporters, spoke and wrote about leaving the country because of repeated threats that he and his family would be harmed.

Arkady Babchenko was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a veteran of the Chechen wars.

"The first version is his professional activity", said Kyiv police Chief Andriy Kryshchenko on the TV news channel 112, when asked what police suspected was behind the shooting.

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, widely reported to have been assassinated in Kiev on Tuesday, is alive and well.

A top lawmaker says Russia is willing to help Ukraine investigate the murder of a Russian journalist.

Ukrainian authorities have said they think Babchenko was killed because of his work.

The Russian foreign ministry responded by saying that journalists were being killed with impunity in Ukraine.

"Special apologies to my wife", Babchenko said at the press conference, according to BBC.

Mr Babchenko was reportedly found by his wife bleeding at the entrance to his block of flats, shot several times in the back, and died in an ambulance.

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, told Russian news agencies Wednesday that Russia would be happy to help with the investigation if Ukrainian authorities requested it. "The Ukrainian government can't guarantee basic freedoms". In one, he said he felt no regret about the deaths of Russian army choir members and others from a December 2016 plane crash as they were heading to perform before Russian troops in Syria. "Now, for the most part, the people that Russians hate-it's all of you".

The journalist left Russian Federation in February 2017 after he claimed he had been receiving threats and shared concerns he might be jailed.

He moved to Kiev, where he worked for a Crimean television station and produced coverage critical of Russia's military actions in Ukraine.

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