moscow - The Russian investigative journalist and writer Arkady Babchenko, who was rather critical of, among other things, the annexation of the Crimea and the interference of Russia in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, was liquidated on Tuesday evening in his apartment in Kiev.
His wife found the journalist severely injured in peeing blood after she left the bathroom. According to witnesses, he was shot in the back. Later he died of his injuries in an ambulance.
The 41-year-old Babchenko fought earlier in the Russian army, including in Chechnya, before becoming a journalist and being extremely critical of the politics of the Kremlin. Last year he fled Russia, after numerous death threats.
The murder of Babchenko, who wrote for the popular newspaper Moskovkski Komsomolets as well as for the pronounced Kremlin-critical magazine Novaja Gazeta (the New Newspaper), has arrived as a shock in the Russian journalistic community. 'We are all wild at the moment,' said a reporter in Moscow. 'How long will this continue?'
The Dutch reporter Olaf Koens was also stunned by the murder of Babchenko, whom he regarded as a friend. 'G * d fucking. The Russian writer, journalist and especially my friend Arkadi Babchenko has just been murdered in Kiev. Shot in port of his own flat in his back. Everyone calls each other. Is it right? Yes, it's true. Unbelievable ', he writes on Twitter.