Babchenko's case: Russian journalists are in list of potential victims

Source : 112 Ukraine

As Matvey Ganapolsky said, he and Yevgeny Kiselyov have signed a paper on non-disclosure during the conversation at SBU
23:50, 1 June 2018

The journalists Matvey Ganapolsky and Yevgeny Kiselyov were summoned to the Security Service of Ukraine on the case of the assassination attempt against Arkadiy Babchenko, as they said on air of Pryamy, where they work, reports.

As Ganapolsky said, they have signed a paper on non-disclosure during the conversation at SBU.

“It is obvious that the meeting was connected with Babchenko’s case. Then, it was about the problems of the safety of the journalists, who work in Ukraine now. If to say what can be said, then it is all about the fact that we have to be attentive. Because those people who organized the attempt against of murderer of Babchenko will certainly try to perform a revenge. This is why we have to be careful,” he noted.

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He also said that SBU conducted a lot of work to prevent Babchenko’s murder.

“They have been working really hard to keep Babchenko safe. This is all I can say,” the journalist noted.

In his turn, Kiselyov, a Russian journalist, added that the conversation in SBU was about their personal safety.

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“It was not a closed briefing for the elitists, it was really about our safety in particular,” Kiselyov stressed.

Ganapolsky has also said that there were other people from the list in SBU.

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“I repeat it again. We did not see the list. But it is clear that people who were present there are included in the list. Therefore, I may call it a meeting on security for those who are in the list. That is pretty much it,” Ganapolsky noted.

Earlier, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, that 47 were people included in the list of potential victims along with Arkadiy Babchenko. They were informed about the danger. 

On May 29 it was reported that Arkadiy Babchenko, a Russian journalist, was murdered in Kyiv. He was allegedly shot in his apartment. Ukraine’s police suggested that the murder of the journalist was connected with his professional activity. There were also reports on Russia’s connection.

Vasyl Hrytsak, the Head of SBU, at the briefing stated that Arkadiy Babchenko is alive, but the murder of Russian journalist was ordered by Russian special forces. Ukrainian citizen was enlisted for that.

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

Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed that he knew about the staging of Babchenko's murder. At the same time, the OSCE has condemned the fact that Ukrainian institutions spread fake information on the “murder” of Arkadiy Babchenko, a Russian journalist. 

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