Russian Journalist Thought To Be Murdered Is Actually Alive

Russian Journalist Thought To Be Murdered Is Actually Alive

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko surprised everyone Wednesday by showing up alive at a news conference on Ukrainian television, a day after he was reported dead, telling reporters his death was faked as part of a special intelligence operation. Here's how the story unfolded.

He had been denounced by pro-government politicians in Russia over comments on social media about the Russian bombing of Syria and over his characterisation of Russia as an aggressor towards Ukraine.

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, listens for a question during a news conference with Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service and Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko at the Ukrainian Security Service on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

"So now every time a journalist is murdered, those responsible will unleash their bots and propagandists to say it's fake news". "Olechka, I am terribly sorry", he said, "but there were no other options".

To the applause and gasps of the press, Babchenko took the floor and apologized to the friends and family who mourned for him and were unaware of the plan. She wrote that the journalist smirked on live TV and told the reporters present, "I did my bit of the job".

"That's bad news. In Kiev, was shot by well-known Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko".

"I want to congratulate his family, all of us and the entire world, which is watching it, and congratulate Babchenko with a third birthday", Gritsak wrote on his Facebook page.

"Murdered" Russian Journalist Shows Up at Press Conference
In early 2017, after spending years fearing he would be arrested, beaten, or worse, Babchenko left Russian Federation . Often critical of political leaders, he had received threats and been harassed on several occasions.

Babchenko had been scathingly critical of the Kremlin in recent years.

Tweet reads: Arkady Babchenko is alive!

Babchenko, 41, is one of Russia's best known war reporters.

The Ukrainian police said they were searching for the man they believed to be responsible for the assassination and even released a sketch of the suspected killer. USA Today reported Babchenko strongly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the country's backing off separatists in eastern Ukraine, and Russia's involvement in the Syrian civil war, where it backs dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Babchenko, a Kremlin critic, left Russian Federation a year ago after criticizing the Moscow government.

He said it had received information about a Russian plot and managed to prevent it. From what we're hearing, something like $30,000 were offered in exchange for this contract killing, and there were supposed to be other killings in Ukraine, as well.

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