A representative of the Security Service of Ukraine confirmed that the list published in Strana news agency is authentic to the list received within the special operation, as the SBU press office confirmed to BBC.
“The representatives of the SBU confirmed for BBC News that the document published on Strana.ru website comprises same surnames that the list seized during the special operation does,” the message says.
As we reported the list of the 47 Ukrainian and former Russian journalists and bloggers was published by the mass media on June 5.
On June 1, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko claimed that thank 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 be killed too. Totally, there are 47 people on the list.
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.