Russian Journalist Reported Dead Shows Up Alive on Ukrainian TV

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But the former war correspondent was smeared in swine blood with the help of a makeup artist, he said during a joint interview in Kiev on Thursday. Babchenko's wife, he wrote, had called to say that the journalist had been shot in their home and was taken to the hospital. "Measures were taken to resuscitate me but it was not successful and I died, where the doctor established death".

"After staging the murder Babchenko - "you come up, do investigate" - raises serious doubts about whether law enforcement to protect ordinary Ukrainians, as the whole struggle is their media-production character". Once he was inside the morgue and the doors were closed he "came back to life".

When someone comes to you and says here's an order for your killing, do you say: "I'm thinking about the media's reputation!"

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko (C), who was reported murdered in the Ukrainian capital on May 29, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko (R) and head of the state security service (SBU) Vasily Gritsak attend a news briefing in Kiev, Ukraine May 30, 2018.

The person recruited for the killing and the mastermind of the plot have both been arrested, the Security Service said.

"I was shaking that night", said Ekaterina Makarevich, a journalist who used to work for Russia's Ren-TV channel and also moved to Ukraine for "ideological reasons".

While welcoming the fact he was alive, media outlets and the Committee to Protect Journalists, an global media watchdog, have raised questions over the ethics of the operation, its impact on public trust in the media and its potential exploitation by Russian Federation.

Babchenko's faked death caused real shock in Ukraine, where other journalists have been killed in recent years.

"They [Ukrainian authorities] are all, like, 'We are kinda bored, we have nothing to do".

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In his first detailed comments since the incident, he said the plot, which saw him doused in pig's blood and driven to a morgue, was the "only way" to thwart a genuine threat. "We will hope all the same that in some future courtroom will see the facts put on the table that really deserved such sacrifices from Babchenko and his family".

Having been called unpatriotic over a piece a year ago on Russia's intervention in Syria, Babchenko complained of an atmosphere of hate toward his work.

Babchenko also responded to critics who have said that the ruse may ruin the credibility of journalists and the West, raising a number of ethical questions.

"I would like to apologize for what you all had to go through... because I've buried friends and colleagues many times, and I know it's a sickening-vomiting feeling when you have to bury your colleagues", he said. "You want good? Give me a United Kingdom passport and protection. Then I could go to sleep". "F--ing smart--s".

Vasyl Gritsak, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, announced at a news conference that the security agency and the police had solved Mr Babchenko's killing. His wife, according to the version that was reported Tuesday, had found his body after he had been shot several times by the entrance to their apartment in Kiev.

The group told CBS News that the staged murder was "distressing". It later emerged from police that he died in the ambulance.

An editorial in Russian daily Vedomosti argued that the Babchenko operation "blurred the border between truth and fiction" and would lead to more distrust towards the media. "We are following the actions of the Ukrainian authorities and are looking forward to further details on this case", Maja Kocijancic tweeted.

Arkady Babchenko said the plot was the only way to save his life. "Wish it was always like that".

Senior Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev compared the Babchenko case to the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, something used "by hook or by crook to defame Russia".

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