Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

'Dead' Russian journalist shows up alive at Ukrainian news conference

'Dead' Russian journalist shows up alive at Ukrainian news conference

Ukrainian police said Tuesday that Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back Tuesday, found bleeding there by his wife and died on the way to the hospital.

"In order to better document the customers and organisers of the crime - the representatives of the Russian special services - they had to be assured that the hired killer had successfully completed the order".

The reporter, however, apologised to his wife for putting her through "this hell she had to live through for three days...but there was no other option".

Russia's foreign ministry has soundly denied any involvement in a plan to kill Babchenko, saying the entire spectacle is merely "fanning anti-Russian hysteria".

"I apologize to my wife".

The freaky scenes were a shock to everyone - including Mr Babchenko's wife, who received an apology from her husband for faking his own death.

Today's official narrative from the regime is that Arkady Babchenko is alive and well having not been shot or been the victim of any altercation.

"I am outraged by this horrific act", Mr Desir said in an earlier statement.

The journalist thanked the Ukrainian Security Service and apologized to friends and family over the "hell" they went through following his reported death. He explained the operation was successful after Ukraine's security services arrested the suspect.

For much of the night after reports of Babchenko's death were announced, and into the following day, people gathered in the apartment building's courtyard to place flowers and photographs and to mourn the reporter.

Babchenko is a well-known critic of Russia's policies toward Ukraine.

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"Law enforcers could not fail to understand that the news of the murder of Arkady Babchenko would be a pain in thousands of hearts around the world".

Outside the apartment where Arkady Babchenko wasn't killed, people wept as though he was.

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he was appalled by the murder of "another vocal Russian journalist" and it was vital that those responsible were brought to justice.

A number of Kremlin critics have been killed in Ukraine in recent years, with one gunned down on a Kiev street in broad daylight and another whose auto exploded.

Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian lawmaker who also moved to Ukraine, said Babchenko continued to be threatened after he settled past year in Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station.

Its not clear whether Russian Federation was involved in the plot to trick Babchenko's enemies.

The planned attack was "organised from Russian territory" with the aim of "destabilising the situation in Ukraine" and "killing one whom Russia fears most of all", he said.

The 41-year-old served in the Russian army during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s and later became a journalist. "Olechka, forgive me, but there was no other choice", he said.

He has hosted a programme on the Crimean Tatar TV station ATR for the past year.

The astonishing turn of events brought harsh criticism from Russian Federation and the global media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.

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