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Avakov's son was on list of 47, - Herman

Borys Herman suspected in organizing the attempted murder of Babchenko stated that Babchenko was not on the list of 47
18:29, 18 June 2018

Radio Svoboda

Borys Herman suspected in organizing the attempted murder of Babchenko, stated that Babchenko’s name was not on the list of 47.  Yet, there was Oleksandr Avakov, the son of Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov. Herman said it before the session of Kyiv Court of Appeal, as Ukrinform reports.

“Avakov junior was on the list. Babchenko was not,” Herman stated.

He also claims that he is not a Russian agent and the people from the counterintelligence, where he allegedly worked, did not try to find him or his lawyers after the detention.

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According to Herman, the SBU counterintelligence was cooperating with him under an oral agreement. His nickname was “Herb”.

On May 31, the suspected in the organization of Babchenko's murder was detained for two months without a right for the bail.

On June 1, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko claimed that thanks to the staging of the murder of Russian journalist Arkadiy Babchenko, the prosecution got the list of the famous Ukrainian and ex-Russian journalist who should have been killed too. Totally, there are 47 people on the list.

Related: Babchenko's case: court postpones consideration of suspect's appeal on June 18

As we reported the list of the 47 Ukrainian and former Russian journalists and bloggers was published by the mass media on June 5.

Later the SBU opened the criminal proceeding due to the publishing of the list of 47 potential victims.

Ihor Guzhva, the chief editor of Strana.ua claimed that the Security Service of Ukraine confirmed by its statement that earlier published list of 47 potential victims of the Russian special services is authentic. 

Related: Babchenko’s staged assassination: political consequences for Ukraine and the West

On June 6, the SBU confirmed that the list published in Strana news agency is authentic to the list received within the special operation.

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