It was his birthday today, Censor.NET reports citing Kyiv Operatyvnyi's Facebook.
"Shchetinin's friends came to wish him a happy birthday, but found the journalist dead on the balcony. He sat on a chair with a gunshot wound to the head (a gun was under the chair). According to information from reliable sources, the case is being investigated as a suicide, as Alexander sent an e-mail to one of his family members declaring his intention to commit suicide," the report reads.
The last Shchetinin's post on Facebook seems quite strange in the context: "I'm scared. I do not know how to live". It was Shchetinin's reaction to the occupation of Crimea.
Alexander Shchetinin was a famous blogger and founder of the Novyi Region news agency. The journalist gave up his Russian citizenship and became a Ukrainian citizen. Shchetinin called Vladimir Putin his personal enemy and criticized 'fascist dictatorship' established in Russia by Putin.