Anti-Putin Russian journalist shot dead in Ukraine capital

30 May, 2018, 20:24 | Author: Carlos George
  • Arkady Babchenko

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko wasn't killed on May 29.

Babchenko died of his wounds in an ambulance after his wife found him covered in blood at their home, police said, according to Reuters.

Babchenko, who became one of Russia's most famous war correspondents after writing a memoir of his service as a conscript in the Chechen wars, went into exile in 2017 saying he had received multiple threats to himself and his family. He became the target of pro-government politicians in Russian Federation after he criticised the country's policy in Ukraine and Syria. The unidentified Ukrainian man in turn allegedly hired an acquaintance to be the gunman, Gritsak said.

Harlem Desir, the media freedom representative at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said he was "horrified" by Babchenko's death.

A day earlier it was reported that he had been shot dead at the door of his apartment in Kiev - with numerous commenters in Ukraine blaming Russian Federation for the crime.

Shortly after Babchenko's death was announced, Moscow and Kiev began blaming each other for the killing of the journalist, who is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and left Russian Federation in 2017, saying he no longer felt safe. Babchenko did not take the intimidation too seriously, Ponomarev said Wednesday before the fact that the slaying was staged came out.

Commenting on the revelation that Babchenko is alive, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, "It's of course great news that Babchenko is alive". He was gunned down on Tuesday by someone waiting for him in the stairwell at the entrance to his home.

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A police officer guards near the apartment block where Babchenko was shot.

Arkady Babchenko, a long-time critic of the Russian government, who was living in the Ukrainian capital while reportedly working on a paperwork to immigrate to the European Union, was revealed on Wednesday to be alive at a media briefing held by the SBU.

"The motherland will always dump you, my son", he used to say, a quote widely shared by liberal Russians on social media after his murder.

"Bloody crimes and total impunity have become routine for the Kiev regime". Investigators from Australia and the Netherlands last week blamed Russian Federation for the tragedy.

Babchenko took part in the war in Chechnya as a soldier. The incident killed all 92 passengers on board, including the members of a renowned Russian military choir and several staffers for state news agencies.

Having been called unpatriotic over a piece past year on Russia's intervention in Syria, Babchenko complained of an atmosphere of hate toward his work. "I call on Ukraine authorities to conduct immediate & full investigation", he tweeted. In 2017, Babchenko left Russian Federation, after which he lived in the Czech Republic and Israel, in August 2017 he moved to Kiev, where he conducted a program on the television channel ATR. The helicopter was overloaded and he was not permitted to fly. The helicopter was shot down by pro-Russian rebels, leaving 14 people dead.

"And I was lucky".

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