Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Prominent Russian journalist shot dead in Ukraine

Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, said Babchenko's murder had been faked to catch the people who were planning to assassinate him.

The book led to work as a war correspondent for a number of Russian newspapers, reporting on the country's involvement in one nearby conflict after another: the Second Chechen War, the 2008 invasion of Georgia, and 2010 ethnic clashes in Kyrgystan.

The head of Russia's Human Rights Council said the council condemns the murder and will demand that Kiev conduct a thorough investigation.

Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker and an adviser to the country's interior minister, said that the investigaion would look at "Russian spy agencies' efforts to get rid of those who are trying to tell the truth about what is going on in Russia and Ukraine", The Guardian reported. He had been critical of the Kremlin in recent years. He said that the attacker shot Babchenko in the back as he stepped out of his apartment to buy bread.

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

An unidentified gunman shot dead a prominent Russian journalist in Ukraine on Tuesday, likely for his professional activities, the Kiev police said. He left Russian Federation in February 2017 because he feared for his life, according to Reuters.

He had been denounced by pro-government politicians in Russia over comments on social media about the Russian bombing of Syria, and over his characterization of Russia as an aggressor toward Ukraine. Ukrainian prosecutors alleged that Mr Voronenkov, who had toed the Kremlin line while serving as a Russian MP but turned into a Kremlin critic after his 2016 move to Ukraine, was killed on orders from a Russian crime lord. A Moscow native, he first rose to prominence in Russia in the early aughts, following the publication of One Soldier's War, a memoir about his time fighting with the Russian army in its war with Chechnya and an indictment of how Russia treats its own-the young men conscripted into its army, as well as the Chechens living on Russian land.

Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

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