Russian journalist turns up alive after reported murder

Russian journalist turns up alive after reported murder

Russian journalist turns up alive after reported murder

Arkady Babchenko was earlier reported to have been killed in his apartment building in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

But on Wednesday afternoon he was revealed at a news conference with the head of Ukraine's security service to say his death had been faked in an elaborate plot to catch those trying to kill him.

Another praised the Ukrainian-led operation for purportedly finding the killer who received orders to murder of Babchenko - the same reason Ukrainian security services gave for the stunt.

Vasyl Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, announced at a news conference Wednesday that the security agency and the police had solved Babchenko's slaying.

Ukraine's prime minister volodymyr groysman has accused russia of being behind the killing in kiev of the russian journalist arkady babchenko.

"Special apologies to my wife for the hell she's been through these two days", he added. "Separately, I want to apologise to my wife for the hell that she has been through".

The man allegedly paid to organise Mr Babchenko's killing was detained on Wednesday, he said, showing a video of the arrest.

Arkady Babchenko, a fiercely anti-Kremlin Russian journalist who was gunned down in Kiev in a contract-style killing, had many admirers and probably even more detractors.

While Babchenko's wife was undoubtedly happy to find that he remains alive and well, the Russian government expressed outrage at the death hoax, with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova condemning the sting operation as "propaganda", and a "masquerade", according to report by Natasha Betrand of The Atlantic magazine.


Babchenko told the news conference he had previously fled Russian Federation after receiving death threats.

There he was, in the flesh, and very much alive. "The SBU documented that the Russian special services had recruited a citizen of Ukraine for the fulfillment of this cynical plan". The Ukrainian man was also supposed to procure large quantities of weapons and explosives, including 300 AK-47 rifles and "hundreds of kilos of explosives", to perpetrate acts of terror in Ukraine, he said.

Poroshenko welcomed Babchenko with a hug at the presidential administration and said the journalist and his family would be given protection.

Ukraine's shock ploy will further sour ties between Ukraine and Russian Federation, post-Soviet allies who fell out following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Kremlin leader in 2014.

Mr Babchenko had claimed that while living in Russian Federation his home address was published online, and that threats were made by phone, email and social media.

He's known for being critical of many of Putin's policies, including the annexation of Crimea.

He wrote in a post in 2016 that he had "no sympathy or pity" for the victims of a plane crash carrying Russia's Red Army choir to Syria.

Ukrainian authorities had been quick to blame Russia's "totalitarian machine" for his murder, which Moscow denied.

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