Shevchenkivsky district court in Kyiv arrested Boris Herman, the suspect in the organization of the attempt on the life of Arkadiy Babchenko, the Russian opposition reporter who lives in Kyiv. The jury ruled that Herman remains in custody for two months without the right for a bail.
Herman insists he never ordered or prepared the murder; according to him, he was involved in the secret operation of Ukraine's special services, which was supposed to reveal the supply channels of Russian saboteurs and influence agents in Ukraine.
According to Interfax-Ukraine news agency, in April, Herman offered Oleksiy Tsymbayuk, the veteran of Donbas conflict, to kill Babchenko. However, Tsymbalyuk turned to the SBU (Ukraine's state security service, - 112 International), and the authority involved him in the special operation, which aimed to prevent the murder. Herman handed Tsymbalyuk the money - the advance for the kill job and the funds to buy the weapon. On May 29, Ysymbalyuk told Herman that the murder took place. Eventually, both were detained.
Prosecutors asked the court to leave Herman in custody - which was eventually granted; the lawyers announced that they would appeal against the decision.
As is known, the Ukrainian media reported that Russian reporter Arkadiy Babchenko was killed in Kyiv. The police immediately suspected that the reason was Babchenko's professional activity; it also looked for the Russian trail in the murder.
The day after that, on May 30, Head of the SBU Vasyl Hrytsak revealed the truth - Babchenko was alive, and the 'murder' was staged due to the well-planned special operation. The Ukrainian authority confirmed that the murder was ordered by the Kremlin.
Arkadiy Babchenko is the Russian journalist, war-time correspondent and the writer. He served with the Russian regular army, surviving the combat action in both Chechen wars (the 1990s and 2000). Later, he prepared a number of reports during the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008. Since 2012, the Russian government has been prosecuting him for critical reports against the incumbent authority.
In 2017, he and his family left Russia due to constant threats. Since August 2017, he lived in Kyiv, working as a TV host.