May 29, 2018

Update: Russian journalist reportedly shot dead is alive

UPDATE: Arkady Babchenko is alive and appeared at a news conference on Wednesday. He says his death was faked to "expose Russian agents."

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Arkady Babchenko, a prominent Russian journalist, was shot on Tuesday at his home in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, the AP reports. He died in an ambulance on his way to the hospital.

Why it matters: Babchenko was a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin who had moved from Russia in 2017 after receiving death threats and out of concern that he would be jailed, per the AP. His death comes two years after Pavel Sheremet, a Ukrainian-Belarussian journalist, was killed in Kiev by a car bomb. Ukrainian police said they believe Babchenko's murder was because of his work as a journalist, per Meduza.

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