Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko (R) takes his portrait from deputy chief of the Crimean Tatar channel ATR Aider Muzhdabaiev as he visits the office of the channel in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Ukrainian law enforcement chiefs Friday met Western diplomats to brief them on Kyiv's decision to stage a contract-style killing of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, which has prompted widespread criticism. Around a dozen diplomats went to Ukraine's Prosecutor-General's Office for a meeting behind closed doors that lasted nearly two hours, AFP journalists saw.It claims the murder plot was organized by the Russian secret services and envisaged killing not only Babchenko but also some 30 others.The way the murder was staged has attracted much criticism, particularly from organizations representing journalists, which questioned the need for such extreme tactics.
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