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Condemned arranger of murder of journalist Arkadiy Babchenko asked to release him due to disease

Borys Herman, condemned arranger of murder of the writer and journalist and Kremlin critic Arkadiy Babchenko, asked to release him, as to Ukrayinska Pravda. The legal representative for Herman filed a petition asking to release him from penal establishement due to grave disease. No data on sort of disease is revealed yet.

IMI informed May 30, 2018 Arkadiy Bavchenko, who emigrated to Ukraine, was shot dead in Kyiv. As Radio Liberty informed, Babchenko left Russia in February of 2017. He said he did this because Russian authorities could start a criminal case against him at any time.

Later on, it was known that death of Arkadiy Babchenko was staged. This was announced by the head of SBU Vasyl Hrytsak on May 30 at his briefing in Kyiv, Hromadske reports. He also added that Russian special services recruited citizen of Ukraine to kill Babchenko, and paid him 30 thousand dollars for this (leaving 10 more thousand dollars from the total amount allocated for this to himself). The agent who offered the money planned to leave Ukraine and go to Russia via third country after the crime, Hromadske reports. He paid 15 thousand dollars to the person who was supposed to carry out assassination in advance. The Russian agent, according to Hrytsak, also had an assignment to purchase weapons and explosives and to make stashes on the territory of central Ukraine – 30 assault rifles, hundreds of kilograms of explosives, as well as mortar shells and ammunition. This agent was detained in Kyiv three hours before the briefing, head of SBU informed.

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