Russian Journalist found dead in Kiev

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Alexander Shchetinin  Russian journalist found dead in Kiev

Alexander Shchetinin was found with a bullet wound to the head on Saturday night
Alexander Shchetinin was found with a bullet wound to the head on Saturday nightCREDIT: FACEBOOK

Ukrainian authorities have launched a murder enquiry after a Russian journalist was found dead at his home in Kiev.

Alexander Shchetinin, the founder of the Novy Region (New Region) website, was found with a bullet wound to the head in his apartment in the Podol district of Kiev around midnight on Saturday.

A gun and spent cartridge were found near the body, which was discovered by two friends who arrived to celebrate his birthday.

“Until all the facts are established, until the examination and forensic examination is complete, we are investigating it as a murder. The main lines of enquiry are suicide and connections with his professional activities,” said Kiev police chief Andrey Kryschenko.

Mr Shchetinin founded Novy Region news agency in Russia’s Urals region in 1998. He quit the company following the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, complaining of unacceptable pressure on the editors from the Russian state.

He subsequently launched a new site under the same name in Ukraine, where he had lived since 2005.

Mr Shchetenin publically criticized both Vladimir Putin, who he called a “personal enemy” running a “fascist dictatorship,” and Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, who he accused of corruption.

His is the second death of a prominent journalist to strike Kiev in little over a month.

Pavel Sheremet, an award-winning writer and broadcaster who had worked in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in central Kiev on July 20.

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