Controversial journalist. The reaction to the murder of Arkady Babchenko

Controversial journalist. The reaction to the murder of Arkady Babchenko

Military journalist shot dead in Kiev. The attitude was contradictory: if everyone recognized the talent of his statements lately called rigid and unnecessarily provocative.


In Kiev killed a Russian military journalist Arkady Babchenko. The journalist was shot in the stairwell of his apartment, he died in the ambulance.

In Russia the attitude to Arkady Babchenko ambiguous, including colleagues and those who knew him personally — from “a hero’s not bent”, to “a radical and a traitor.” Fame Babchenko received as a military journalist. He fought himself — passed both Chechen campaigns, and then wrote about the war, about the 2008 conflict in Georgia, about the Donbass and Syria.

Recent statements Babchenko about the Russian authorities became more rigid. In 2017 he had to leave the country — in his own words, because of the threats that were regularly delivered to his address and the address of his family. Provoked them including the scandalous statement Babchenko about the fact that the victims of the crash of Tu-154 over the Black sea, which killed the dancers of the Alexandrov ensemble, journalists, soldiers, and Dr. Lisa is not worthy of regret.

Unnecessary provocation of some posts Babchenko say even his friends, who often argued with him. They say that the threats he began receiving as of 2014.

Talent Babchenko military journalist and author of books about the war have noted, even those who ideologically with him totally disagree. At least the talent shown on a certain stage.

Decided to stick some Christian behaviors — either good or nothing. I find it easier not to say anything good about this man after all of his work, especially in Ukraine, is difficult to say. He is completely irrational hated Russia, infernal-a derogatory attitude toward their fellow citizens. At the same time, he to me was very nice, it was quite corrosive, a professional journalist. Don’t know, at some point something switched in my head, and he began to hate the country so as not many hate her.Alexander Kots, a military correspondent of “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

From October 2017 Arkady Babchenko was the leading program “Prime: Babchenko” on the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR.

Judging from what told Business FM Ukrainian journalists, as well as according to the page in Facebook the Babchenko, the Ukrainian agenda he was interested in. He wrote mainly about the events in Russia, sometimes about what his life might be in danger, the last time the day before the death, remembering the post from four years ago from journalist Marina Yudenich, which hinted that Ramzan Kadyrov need to host a tea party with Arkady Babchenko.

This episode will clearly be an argument in the debate has already begun about who is behind the murder Babchenko. Directly or indirectly in the death of the journalist the Russian authorities have accused many members of the opposition. Some were limited to just condolences. The tenor of most reports from those who supported Babchenko, — “incomprehensible”.

Ilya Yashin, Ksenia Sobchak, Yevgeny Roizman, Ilya Ponomarev, Dmitry Gudkov — this is not a complete list of those who responded to the news of the murder of a journalist. Among the commentators on the network are also a lot of gloating. But how about Babchenko in a radio interview, said the publisher of “Novaya Gazeta”, his former employer, Dmitry Muratov:

We haven’t worked together for the last few years, went our separate ways, but he clearly was a man who left a remarkable trace in the “Novaya Gazeta” — in the first place, of course, stunning reports 2008-2009, the Russian-Georgian war. Babchenko was a soldier who was not afraid to go to war, but the war is hated. He was a real pacifist. I don’t agree with a thousand of his assessments of people and events, but I do know that he was a very kind man and a humanist. We will do everything to help a family in Arcadia. Soldiers don’t have to leave so that his family would be without help.Dmitry Muratov, the publisher of “Novaya Gazeta”

According to Ukrainian law enforcers, the main version of the cause of the murder was professional work. Messages about how this can be beneficial to his death, mass. Ukraine in this light appears as a country where journalists are killed — and this at a time of arrival of the high guests from Germany, and during the presentation of the book of interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.

Russia has continued to accuse the alleged persecution of the irreconcilable critics of the government and to ruin them. Anyway, it is obvious that this assassination will have serious political consequences. It is also obvious that another high-profile provocations, to whom it was profitable, the journalist, which can be treated in different ways, took a life, what different can not be treated.