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Killed Russian journalist did not ask for protection – police chief

He did not have the status of a witness or person in need of protection.

Killed Russian journalist did not ask for protection – police chief
Arkadiy Babchenko
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Russian opposition journalist Arkadiy Babchenko, who was killed in Kyiv yesterday, had not contacted police about any threats, neither had he requested protection, Kyiv police chief Andriy Kryshchenko has said on the air of 112 Ukrayina TV.

"At least, the Kyiv police have not had any reports from him. We have not had any criminal proceedings mentioning him as a witness or person in need of protection," he said.

According to Kryshchenko, police consider Babchenko's professional activities to be the prime reason for murder.

Babchenko was shot on the doorsteps of his apartment in Kyiv on 29 May. His friends said that he had constantly received threats and that it was a contract killing.

Police have published an identikit photo and continue to interview residents and neighbours of Babchenko's condominium.

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