MOSCOW, may 30 — RIA Novosti. Accusations of Ukrainian authorities to Russia after the murder of journalist Arkady Babchenko are the height of cynicism, said press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
“Against the backdrop of this brutal murder so Russophobic rend the air instead of talking about the need for a thorough and impartial investigation”, — he added.
Peskov called the incident a tragedy and expressed condolences to the family of the journalist. However, he added that the Kremlin strongly condemn the killing.
“And we hope that the present, not ostentatious investigation to identify those behind this murder is,” said the spokesman.
The investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case about the murder of Babchenko and expressed willingness to provide Ukrainian colleagues for assistance in the investigation.
Killed at the door of the apartment
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who from 2017, lived in Kiev and worked on the ATR TV channel, was killed yesterday evening when he was returning home from the store. In the stairwell, the door to the apartment, he brought back a few bullets. The journalist died in the ambulance.
Ukrainian police opened a case of premeditated murder. I came to a sketch of the suspect. This is a man of 40-45 years old with a gray beard and a dark blue baseball cap, height 175-180 cm, medium build. He was dressed in a denim jacket and jeans.
According to the police, the offender could be accomplices. A neighbor said that the killer probably used a silencer, as shots could be heard.
The police reported that Babchenko was shot from a Makarov pistol on the crime scene found three empty shells of caliber nine millimeters under PM.
The head of national police Sergey Knyazev admits that the killer could be a professional. “Lovers linger at the scene of the crime,” he told reporters.
The Prince added that it is unprofessional to disclose details of the investigation.
Kiev police said that it is considering several versions of what happened, including the professional activities of the deceased. However, senior Ukrainian officials have routinely accused of involvement in the crime in Russia.
One of the first with this version was made by the Verkhovna Rada Deputy Anton Gerashchenko. He said the actions of Russian secret services, who allegedly eliminate those who interfere with “continue to poison the minds of Russians the truth about what is really going on in Russia and Ukraine”. How exactly poison the minds of Russians true, Gerashchenko said.
The head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry Pavel Klimkin, though noted that it is too early to say who might be behind the murder Babchenko, but said that Russia is “different tactics for destabilization of Ukraine”. Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, for his part, said that he is convinced of the involvement of Russia: “the Russian totalitarian machine hasn’t forgiven him for honesty and integrity”.
In Russia, the murder Babchenko associated with the insecurity of journalists in Ukraine. As noted by the foreign Ministry, the level of physical violence, of murders of media workers is steadily growing, and investigations do not lead to the punishment of criminals. “Bloody crimes with total impunity have become routine for the Kiev regime,” — said in comments to the Agency.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the killing Babchenko tragedy. However, he noted that Russia is not the first time unfounded and unsubstantiated blame.
“Fashion, by asking the authors of this kind of doing international business, it is very sad, but as you can see, many of her catch,” said the Minister.
Speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, for his part, recalled that several high-profile murders of journalists remain unsolved.
“The attempt is to move all Russia — it is in fact not only cynical and wrong, but also says that the Ukrainian side is either not in control of what is happening on their territory, or just uses it as a pretext for accusations. And one bad, and another bad, because here it is possible to suspect that these are some forces in Ukraine”, — he told reporters.
The credibility of Kiev under the threat
Babchenko’s murder has received wide publicity beyond the borders of Ukraine. With calls for a more rapid and thorough investigation was made by the Committee to protect journalists, the United Nations, the foreign service of the EU, the representatives of Germany, USA and other countries.
Public organizations are also demanding a speedy investigation of this crime. This encouraged, in particular, “reporters without borders” and Amnesty International.
While Amnesty International the killing of Babchenko put in one row with the murders of Elder Oleg and Pavel Sheremet.
“This, in light of the growing number of violent attacks in Ukraine as a whole, enhances our deep concern about the ability and willingness of Ukrainian authorities to protect journalists, activists and other vulnerable groups, to ensure freedom of expression,” said Director of the Ukrainian Bureau of the organization Oksana Pokalchuk.
According to her, the fact that the responsibility for these crimes no one is attracted, jeopardizing the credibility of the Ukrainian government and its ability to counter violence against journalists and civil society in General.”