Babchenko case: Identities of some journalists, who were allegedly put a hit on, made public

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko said June 1 that as a result of the special operation to prevent assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko the investigation obtained a list of 47 individuals who could become targeted by the Russian secret services. According to the law enforcer, the list mainly consists of well-known Ukrainian and Russian journalists who have already been warned of the danger they are facing while efforts to ensure their protection are being made.

Journalist Iryna Romaliiska wrote in her blog on Censor.NET on June 2.

"We know from the posts and comments by Oleksii Bratushchak, who scrutinized the footage, made outside the building of the SBU, and talked with our colleagues, that Tetiana Danylenko, Yurii Makarov, Osman Pashaiev, Serhii Ivanov, Yulia Mostova, Aider Muzhdabaev, and Vitalii Portnikov came to the meeting. Yevhen Kyseliov and Matvii Hanapolskyi said on air of Priamyi TV channel, which they work for, that "this meeting was connected with the Babchenko case and the security of journalists currently working in Ukraine." Serhii Ivanov said in an interview with TSN: "We have been warned that we are at risk and could potentially become targets of militants handled by the Russian secret services. We were offered protection but I have not yet made a final decision on this matter." And this morning I learnt from Kateryna Serhatskova that she had also been invited to this meeting but failed to attend it. However, no one has contacted her ever since!!! She has received no messages, no protection so far," Romaliiska said.

It also became known that the SBU spoke to Otar Dovzhenko, Detector Media NGO think tank chief.

Hromadske Radio reported that journalists Pavlo Kazarin and Serhii Hryshyn attended the meeting at the SBU too.

Russian writer and war correspondent Arkady Babchenko reportedly died of gunshot wounds to the back after he was attacked entering his apartment in Kyiv’s Dniprovskyi district on May 29.

On May 30, it turned out that Babchenko was alive and unharmed while the SBU conducted successful special operation to detain those who plotted attempt against him.

On May 31, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv imposed a 60-day pretrial detention without bail option against Borys Herman suspected of masterminding assassination attempt against Babchenko.

On June 1, Ukraine’s top prosecutor said that Babchenko’s staged assassination helped the investigation obtain a list of 47 individuals who could potentially be put a hit on by the Russian secret services.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3069408