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Police Suspect Suicide In Death Of Kyiv-Based Russian Journalist

Reports from Ukraine say Aleksandr Shchetinin, a Kyiv-based Russian journalist who founded the Novy Region news agency, has been found dead at his apartment.

Ukrainian police said they suspect Shchetinin’s death was a suicide.

Authorities said friends who visited Shchetinin’s apartment on Kostyatynivska Street in Kyiv early on August 28 in order to congratulate him on his birthday found him seated in a chair on his balcony with a gunshot wound to the head and a gun on the ground beside him.

Police said Shchetinin also had written an e-mail to a journalist colleague in which he declared his intention to kill himself.

Based on reporting by TASS, Interfax, UNIAN, and 112 Ukraine