Russian Journalist Oksana Baulina Killed in Kyiv Rocket Strike

A Russian journalist has been killed during shelling by Russian forces at a shopping center in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, according to reports.

Oksana Baulina, 42, was reporting for independent Russian investigative news website The Insider when she was caught up in shelling by Russian forces, the news site said in a statement.

The journalist, who formerly worked for the Russian opposition leader Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, was “filming the destruction after Russian troops shelled” Kyiv’s Podil district, the statement read.

Baulina was one of two people who were killed in the attack on the shopping center, and two others who accompanied her were wounded and hospitalized, the outlet reported.

“Oksana went to Ukraine as a correspondent, she managed to send several reports from Lviv and Kyiv,” the statement said. “The Insider expresses its deepest condolences to Oksana’s family and friends.”

“We will continue to cover the war in Ukraine, including such Russian war crimes as indiscriminate shelling of residential areas which result in the deaths of civilians and journalists,” the publication added.

Baulina’s career spanned from stints with lifestyle magazines including Time Out Moscow and In Style, and she later became a producer for Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.

At least five journalists have now died since Russian forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Last December The Insider, which is on an official Russian list of “foreign agents,” was fined for breaking a law that requires it to attach a disclaimer to its publications and subjects it to increased bureaucratic scrutiny.

The Insider has worked with Dutch-based website Bellingcat on projects including an investigation into last year’s nerve agent poisoning of Kremlin critic Navalny.

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court fined The Insider 1 million roubles ($13,600) for failing to identify itself as a foreign agent. Repeated violations of the law can lead to an organization being closed altogether.

The designation also requires outlets to regularly report on their earnings and spending to the justice ministry.

Baulina’s colleagues took to Twitter to mourn her death.

Former colleague Alexey Kovalyov in a Twitter post remembered Baulina as a “journalist with a phenomenal sense of moral clarity.”

Baulina was a “courageous and honest, excellent journalist,” Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said. “[S]he was our steadfast upstander and would always help. I don’t even know how to speak about her death and can’t even imagine all of this.”

Bellingcat investigative reporter Christo Grozez remembered her as “an amazingly brave Russian journalist” who was “killed by her own country’s army shelling civilian areas in the Podil district in Kyiv.”

“She was killed while reporting on the damage caused by the shelling,” Grozev added.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Isabel van Brugen


Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.

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