Russian journalist and Putin critic Arkady Babchenko shot dead in Kiev

High-profile Russian journalist and Putin critic Arkady Babchenko has been shot dead at his Ukraine apartment, police say.

Babchenko, 41, who had gone into exile, was reportedly found bleeding by his wife at the property in the capital, Kiev, today.

An ambulance was called, but he tragically died on the way to hospital.

Reports claim Babchenko – who had been fiercely critical of the Kremlin – was shot in the back, although these are unconfirmed.

Taking to Twitter tonight, The Telegraph’s Russia correspondent, Alec Luhn, described the war veteran as a "friendly, lively guy".

He wrote: "Arkady Babchenko, one of Russia’s best-known war correspondents, has been shot dead at his flat in Kiev, which remains the capital of high-profile assassinations. Such a friendly, lively guy. What a shame. RIP."

It is thought Babchenko had fled Russia for Ukraine last year.

The journalist, who was born in 1977, fought as an 18-year-old conscript in the first Chechen War from 1996 to 1998. He then volunteered to return for six months in 2000 during the second Chechen War.

He was a law graduate and published One Soldier’s War, which told of his experiences in the Russian Army, in 2006.

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