Prominent Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna killed in Kiev

April 16, 2015 Interfax, Interfax
Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna, who recently stepped down as managing editor of the Segodnya (Today) newspaper, was killed on Dehtyarivska Street in Kiev on Thursday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement available on its website.

Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna, who recently stepped down as managing editor of the Segodnya (Today) newspaper, was killed on Dehtyarivska Street in Kiev on Thursday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement available on its website.

"Two unidentified people in masks shot and killed journalist Oles Buzyna in the Dehtyarivska Street area in Kiev at 1:20 p.m. today," it said.

An investigative police team led by acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Vasyl Paskal is working at the scene.

Anton Herashchenko, a Ukrainian parliamentarian and adviser to the interior minister, said earlier on Facebook: "Notorious journalist Oles Buzyna has just been shot and killed from a dark-blue Ford Focus near 52 on Dehtyarivska Street. The car's license plates were Latvian or Belarusian. Not Ukrainian, that's for sure," Herashchenko said.

"Looks like the extermination of the witnesses in the Anti-Maidan case is continuing," Herashchenko said on Facebook.

"All drivers in Kiev, please call the police if you see a fleeing or a parked car looking this way," Herashchenko said.

He also prompted all those who "had relation to the organization or the financing of Anti-Maidan or other unlawful actions against Maidan and who feels that their lives are in danger" to appeal to law enforcement agencies for protecting them.

Journalist Krystyna Bondarenko said Buzyna had been killed near his apartment block. "Oles Buzyna has been killed. Right near his home. Neighbors heard four shots," Bondarenko said on Twitter.

It was reported earlier that Buzyna had announced his resignation as Segodnya managing editor on March 11. He explained his step by a number of reasons in his blog, including censorship, the lack of powers to change the newspaper's personnel policy, and a ban from the bosses "from communicating with the press, taking part in talk shows, commenting on any situations, and so on."

Buzyna was appointed managing editor of the newspaper Segodnya in January 2015. The Segodnya Multimedia holding company publishing the newspaper belongs to the SKM group owned by businessman Rinat Akhmetov.

Buzyna is also known as a writer and the author of the controversial books titled Vampire Taras Shevchenko (2000), Secret History of Ukraine-Rus (2005), Revival of Malorossiya (2012), The Union of Plough and Trident. How Ukraine Was Invented (2013), and Pre-Kievan Rus (2014).

It was reported earlier that Oleh Kalashnikov, a former Verkhovna Rada deputy of the Party of Regions faction and former President Viktor Yanukovych's close ally, was found dead with a gunshot wound on Wednesday.

Kalashnikov, born in 1962, led the non-governmental organization General-Military Union of Ukraine from 1997. He was a member of the Rada in 2006-2007, where he was elected as a Party of Regions member.

During the 2013-2014 disturbances and the change of government in Ukraine, Kalashnikov was actively involved in the organization of the so-called Anti-Maidan and coordinated its activists' activities.

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