The Russian Federal Security Service paid Vyacheslav Pyvovarnyk, the co-owner of Kyiv Consulting Group company, $100,000 for the “murder” of Arkadiy Babchenko, the Russian journalist, which did not take place. Olexiy Tsymbalyuk, the “murderer”, reported it on his Facebook page.
“Pyvovarnyk received $100,000 for Babcheko’s murder from the Federal Security Service,” he wrote.
In his turn, Babchenko supposed that the organization of the attempted murder could cost $250,000.
“My killer Olexiy Tsymbalyuk informs: according to the insider data, Federal Security Service paid Vyacheslav Pyvovarnyk $100,000. Awesome. Hundred for Pyvovarnyk, thirty for Tsymbalyuk, ten for Herman, probably FSB officers got ten each – I think my murder cost this wonderful state quarter of a million,” he wrote.
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.
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.
On June 6, the SBU confirmed that the list published in Strana news agency is authentic to the list received within the special operation.