Journalist and blogger Arkady Babchenko reported in his Telegram channel that the Security Service of Ukraine has opened a criminal case against him.
According to Babchenko, there is an orientation for him in the database of Ukrainian border guards, and after crossing the border of Ukraine, he should be detained and taken to a pretrial detention center for pretrial investigation.
Babchenko writes that he does not know under which article the case is being investigated and what was the reason for it. Izdanie SOTA, citing the text of his message, writes that the reason was Babchenko’s posts criticizing the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. “Polytika Strany” edition also assumed the same, notes “Meduza”. Kyiv and, in particular, the SBU did not comment on the information.
- Arkady Babchenko was a military correspondent for “Moscow Komsomol” and “Novaya Gazeta”. In 2017, the journalist left Russia and moved to Kyiv. In Russia, he was declared wanted, included in the list of “foreign agents”, as well as in the list of terrorists and extremists of Rosfinmonitoring.
- In 2018, the Security Service of Ukraine staged the murder of Babchenko, allegedly in order to identify the perpetrators of the present attempt on his life. After the victory of Volodymyr Zelensky in the presidential elections in Ukraine, Babchenko left the country. Recently he lives in Estonia.
- In January 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia placed Arkady Babchenko on the wanted list, according to which article the case was filed against him, it was not reported.