Ukraine accuses Russian Federation in Kiev assassination of journalist critical of Putin

Hannah Rogers
June 2, 2018

MOSCOW, Russia - Russia's embattled liberal community was reeling Wednesday, May 30, from the murder of fiercely anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko who was gunned down in Ukraine after leaving Moscow following a campaign of harassment.

Babchenko thanked everyone who mourned his supposed death, according to the news service.

The murder investigation does the security Service of Ukraine (SBU) together with investigators to the police.

Babchenko fled Russian Federation for Prague before settling in Kiev previous year following repeated threats against his family. As a result of the operation, one person has been captured'.

The military veteran served in the Russian forces in the 1990s in Chechnya before becoming a writer and an outspoken critic of the Kremlin's use of force in Syria, Ukraine and other conflicts.

Gerashchenko said Babchenko's killer was waiting for him on the staircase inside the journalist's building and shot him in the back as he was going out to buy bread. "We urge the Ukrainian authorities to do their best to make the investigation swift", the Ministry said in a statement, extending condolences to relatives of the slain journalist.

The contract hit was ordered by the Russian special service, the SBU said.

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Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

All 92 people on board were killed, including members of the Russian Army's renowned choir, the Aleksandrov Ensemble, who were traveling to give a performance for Russian troops in Syria.

We will remind that the journalist Arkady Babchenko was killed in Kiev on may 29 at the entrance to his home with three bullets in the back.

"I've promised to die when I'm 96, having danced on Putin's grave and taking a selfie while standing on an Abrams [tank] on Tverskoi Boulevard" in Moscow", he wrote.

Over the last two years, the streets of Kiev have witnessed the murders of two Russians critical of the Kremlin, former lawmaker Denis Voronenkov and investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet.

"I am convinced that the Russian totalitarian machine could not forgive his honesty and principled position", Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman posted on Facebook Tuesday. "That's why his murder is openly provocative". Violent crimes and total impunity have become routine for the Kiev regime. "From Babchenko's position, even his Moscow colleagues looked this way: weak, conformist, inclined to endless compromises", Russian journalist Yury Saprykin wrote on Meduza, an independent news site. Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kiev on July 20, 2016, when an explosive device detonated under the auto he was driving.

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