Revealing the identity of the second suspect in the attempted Babchenko

Publishing “Strenia” posted a photo of the citizen of Ukraine, which, according to security Service of Ukraine (SBU), prepared for the murder of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.

Source in law enforcement told the newspaper that this man’s name is Taras Stelmashenko. It is, as was stated by the Deputy head of the Main investigation Department of the SBU Bogdan Tivodar, is a citizen of Ukraine.

About the detention of citizen T. SBU said on June 15. Tivodar reported that this man led a group of three Ukrainians who “have been instructed and trained in Rostov-on-don to commit terrorist acts on the territory of Ukraine”. “Training and education, as follows from the materials of the criminal case was carried out by representatives of the Russian special services,” added Tivodar.

At the place of residence of a citizen in the course of conducting a search seized firearms and ammunition. “At the present time, there are reasonable grounds to suspect that T. citizen involvement in the preparation of terrorist acts”, — said the representative of the SBU. The man was suspected of committing a crime under part 1 article 263 (“Illegal weapon handling and explosives”), as well as in the organization of preparation of a terrorist attack.

Information about the murder of Babchenko in Kiev, appeared in the media on 29 may. Ukrainian law enforcement bodies have confirmed the journalist’s death — he was allegedly shot dead on the doorstep of his apartment. The next day, the security Service of Ukraine said that Babchenko was alive, and his death was staged within the framework of a special operation to prevent real crimes.