Journalist Andrei Babitsky has passed away. His death was reported by historian Grigory Pernavsky. Andrei Babitsky was 57 years old. He died in his apartment in Donetsk on the night of April 1, Donbass Today reports.
The cause of death, time and place of farewell are not reported.
The son of film director Marat Aripov and screenwriter Zoya Babitskaya, Andrei Babitsky graduated from the Philological Faculty of Moscow State University. In 1987-1989, as an employee of Sergei Grigoryants’ magazine Glasnost, he was repeatedly arrested for human rights activities. From 1989 to 2014 he worked as a correspondent for Radio Liberty (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia). He worked in hotspots, including during the first and second military campaigns in Chechnya. In January 2000, he was detained by riot police as he was leaving besieged Grozny on suspicion of links to the militants. According to the then head of the Russian Interior Ministry Vladimir Rushailo, photos of the executions of Russian soldiers were confiscated from Mr. Babitsky, as well as a pass signed by field commanders, which gave him the right to move freely in the location of gangs.
In February 2000, Andrei Babitsky was exchanged for more than three captured Russian soldiers, after which he was detained in Makhachkala a few weeks later with a forged passport, and later fined by a court for using forged documents. Mr. Babitsky himself called his arrests and the exchange of operations by Russian special services. In September 2004, he was detained at the Vnukovo airport in Minsk for hooliganism while trying to fly to Beslan. In July 2005, the American television channel ABC aired an interview with Chechen militant leader Shamil Basayev, which Andrei Babitsky took from him, which caused Moscow’s sharp outrage. The Russian Foreign Ministry has stated that it will not extend the accreditation of the ABC correspondent in Moscow.
It is noteworthy that in 2014, Mr. Babitsky was first suspended from work for Radio Svoboda for supporting Russia’s position on Crimea, and later fired. He himself explained his dismissal by publishing a video of civilians killed by Ukrainian security forces, which was posted on the website of the Moldovan edition of the radio station.
In 2015, he headed the work on launching a television channel in Donetsk. In recent years he was the author of the publication “Ukraine.ru”, collaborated with the online newspaper “Vzglyad” and the portal Life.