Russian reporter Alexander Shchetinin was found dead in his flat in Kiev on the night of Aug. 27, the 112 Ukraine television channel reported on Aug. 28.
"Shchetinin’s friends found him on the balcony as they came to congratulate him on his birthday," the television channel said. "He was sitting on a chair, with a bullet mark on his head (there was a gun under the chair)."
The Ukrainian media say the investigation is now looking into the possibility of suicide, as they say the reporter had allegedly sent an e-mail message to a friend in which he wrote about his intention to commit suicide.
Alexander Shchetinin is a Russian journalist and the founder of the Novy Region (New Region) information agency.
UPDATE: Shchetinin had financial problems, one of his former colleagues told TASS on Aug. 28.
"Because of overdue wages, practically all the staff quit his internet portal, and he even had to sell his car and flat to make ends meet somehow," she said, adding that Shchetinin had family problems.
Kiev police chief Andrei Krishchenko said earlier on Aug. 28 that law enforcers are considering a version of murder, but added that "there is also substantial evidence of suicide."