Russian journalist Babchenko alive, murder staged as Ukraine secret service operation

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive at news conference

Arkady Babchenko had reportedly been shot dead on Tuesday at his home in Kiev, but it turns out the Russian journalist and Kremlin critic is very much alive. His wife was said to have found him bleeding from his wounds.

Some revealed further details about the case, like the fact that he alleged his wife didn't know and that he faked a broken leg as part of the operation. He has now apologised.

The head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Vasyl Gritsak, said that investigators had determined that Russian authorities had paid a Ukrainian national $40,000 to kill Babchenko.

But on Wednesday, he showed up at the news conference and thanked everyone for mourning his death.

Babchenko, one of Russia's best-known war reporters, has spoken and written about leaving Russian Federation because of threats he and his family faced and finally relocated to Ukraine, according to AP.

"The first version is his professional activity", said Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko on the TV news channel 112, when asked what police suspected lay behind the murder.

"Olechka, I am terribly sorry", he said, addressing her at the press conference, "but there were no other options".

Police initially reported that Babchenko had been shot in the back while leaving his Kiev apartment and died en route to the hospital.

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However, he then walked into a press conference on Wednesday 30 May, stating that he had staged his death with the help of Ukrainian security services.

"We have prevented an attempted murder of Babchenko by carrying out a special operation", Hrytsak said.

Babchenko had fled Russian Federation for Ukraine earlier this year, saying he no longer felt safe in the country.

He said that he became convinced that Russian government agencies were involved when he saw information on him which could only be accessed by Russian special services.

Babchenko's murder was the fourth of a Kremlin critic in the Ukrainian capital in two years.

The Russian internet news site Kommersant, citing a source close to the Ukrainian prosecution, reported that the assassination was "almost certainly a provocation by outside parties".

Shortly after Babchenko's death was announced, Moscow and Kiev began blaming each other for the killing of the journalist, who is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and left Russian Federation in 2017, saying he no longer felt safe.

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