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#Babchenko: Russian journalist critical of Putin shot dead in Kiev




Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, 41 (pictured) was shot and killed in Kiev today (30 May). His wife found him bleeding at their apartment. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Babchenko’s killer was waiting for him in the stairwell of his building. He shot him in the back.

Babchenko was a prominent war correspondent. Last year, he moved to Kiev, where he worked for Crimean Tatar TV station ATR. He left Russia in February 2017, saying he was receiving death threats.

“We call on Ukrainian authorities to identify and prosecute the killer and the masterminds,” said EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez, reminding impunity still persists in Ukraine for the murder of another prominent journalist, Pavel Sheremetwho was killed by a car bomb in Kiev in 2016.

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is the largest journalists' organization in Europe representing more than 320,000 journalists in 37 countries. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or subscribe to their fortnightly newsletter EFJ FOCUS for updated news.

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