Russia rejects claims it was behind journalist’s killing

Moscow, May 30: Russia on Wednesday rejected accusations that it was behind the murder of a journalist who was openly opposed to President Vladimir Putin and had been forced to flee the country in 2017 after receiving threats. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman had claimed Russia was responsible for the death of Arkady Babchenko, 41, who was shot multiple times outside his home in Kiev on Tuesday evening and died before he got to the hospital. “I am certain that the Russian totalitarian machine could not accept his honesty and principles. He was a true friend of Ukraine who told the world the truth about Russian aggression,” Groysman had said on Facebook. However, Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov told Interfax that the accusations were “stupid” and said that Ukrainian authorities were “delirious and deliberately trying to provoke Moscow”. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “We demand that the Ukrainian authorities make every effort to promptly investigate.” (IANS)