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Ukraine: Pro-Russian Journalist Assassinated in Kiev. Vladimir Putin Reacts.

Translated Sunday 3 May 2015, by Gene Zbikowski

“This isn’t the first political assassination. Ukraine is having to deal with a whole series of murders of this type.”

On the occasion of his annual appearance in a televised question-and-answer program, Russian president Vladimir Putin reacted to the assassination of a pro-Russian Ukrainian journalist in Kiev.

Early in the afternoon on April 16, Oles Buzina, 45, was gunned down by two hooded men. He had been publishing opinion articles in the daily newspaper Sogodnya. Last year he unsuccessfully ran for Parliament as a Russian Bloc candidate. His attackers have not been identified.

This assassination comes less than 24 hours after the death of a former deputy and supporter of former president Viktor Yanukovich. He, too, was found gunned down in Kiev on April 15. Oleg Kalashnikov had a sound knowledge of the groups that opposed the pro-European “Maidan” movement, which swept Yanukovich away in February 2014.

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