Brussels 24 March 2022 – Oksana Baulina, a Russian journalist with the investigative media outlet The Insider, was killed when Russian troops shelled a residential neighbourhood in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, the media outlet said on Wednesday. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) once again condemn the Russian army’s shelling of civilian targets.
Baulina had worked for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation until it was declared an extremist organisation last year. This led her to leave the country and continue reporting on corruption in Russia for The Insider, the media outlet said.
After Russia invaded Ukraine a month ago, Baulina published several reports in The Insider from Kyiv and Lviv in western Ukraine . “The Insider expresses its deepest condolences to Oksana’s family and friends”.
Baulina’s colleagues have mourned her loss on social media:
Sergiy Tomilenko, head of the Ukrainian journalists’ union, confirmed Baulina’s death in a statement on Facebook, saying she was reporting on the aftermath of a shelling when she was hit by fresh gunfire. Earlier, Tomilenko’s group said a cameraman from a local television station in the besieged southern city of Mariupol had also been killed.
At least five other media workers have been killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine:
Yevheniy Sakun, a Ukrainian cameraman for LIVE TV, killed on 1 March during a rocket attack on the Kiev TV tower;
Ukrainian journalist Viktor Dedov, killed on 11 March in Mariupol after his flat was bombed;
Brent Renaud, American journalist shot dead in Irpin on 13 March;