Russia rejects Ukrainian allegation it behind journalist’s killing: TASS

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected a Ukrainian allegation that Moscow was behind the murder of dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev, calling it part of an anti-Russian campaign, the TASS news agency reported.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his counterpart from Mozambique Jose Pacheco in Moscow, Russia May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Babchenko, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in Ukraine on Tuesday where he had fled into exile following threats.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said in a social media posting late on Tuesday he was convinced that what he called “the Russian totalitarian machine” had not forgiven Babchenko for what Groysman called his honesty.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Maria Kiselyova; editing by John Stonestreet

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