After Ukrainian authorities announced his fatal shooting by a gunman in Kiev, journalist Arkady Babchenko appeared
in a television broadcast presented by Ukraine's security services. Babchenko stated that false reports of his death were conceived as a part of a longstanding operation to foil
an actual planned assassination. Two suspects have been detained in connection with the attempted killing.
Ukrainian authorities had previously accused Russian security forces of ordering the supposed killing of Babchenko, who was an outspoken critic of the current Russian leadership and fled to Ukraine in 2017. Russia had dismissed these allegations as false provocations.
In other Ukraine news, domestic gas company Naftogaz has asked a Swiss court to freeze
the European assets of Russian company Gazprom. This request is part of an attempt to enforce an earlier ruling which required Gazprom to pay Naftogaz $2.6 billion and resume gas supplies to Ukraine.
After the trial of two suspects in the killing of two teens sparked mass protests, Georgian President Georgi Margvelashvili met
with the leader of the demonstrations in Tbilisi. Protesters allege that political connections prevented the real killers from being prosecuted and believe that the two convicted suspects were innocent. Although chief prosecutor Irakli Shotadze stepped down on May 31, President Margvelashvili has refused to accede to demands for his resignation.
In other news, Tbilisi subway workers held a citywide strike
on June 4. City authorities have stated that they have no intention of meeting the workers' demand for a pay raise.
A new law passed by Kazakhstan's parliament establishes
current President Nursultan Nazarbaev as permanent head of the recently created Security Council. The life term of this position would ensure a continued role in the country's leadership regardless of Nazarbaev's future presidential status.