Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko shows up at Ukraine press conference alive

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko shows up at Ukraine press conference alive

But on Wednesday, an emotional Mr. Babchenko appeared before reporters saying he had been part of a special Ukrainian operation to thwart a Russian attempt on his life and said he was fine.

Vasily Gritsak, head of the service, told reporters at a press conference that Babchenko's murder had been staged.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said in a social media posting late on Tuesday he was convinced what he called "the Russian totalitarian machine" had not forgiven Mr. Babchenko for what Mr. Groysman called his honesty.

A day earlier it was reported that he had been shot dead at the door of his apartment in Kiev - with numerous commenters in Ukraine blaming Russian Federation for the crime.

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist, was supposedly murdered on Tuesday, but his appearance on Wednesday left onlookers baffled.

Pavel Gusev, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, said the SBU insulted the Russian press corps with their ruse and that Babchenko, a former employee, shared the blame.

Arkady Babchenko, who moved to the city previous year following threats in his homeland, was sacked on after returning from buying bread and died of his injuries in an ambulance, local police said late Tuesday.

Commenting on the revelation that Babchenko is alive, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, "It's of course great news that Babchenko is alive". Reports from that day said that he died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine were topics on which the journalist was scathingly critical of the Kremlin.

In his last Facebook post just hours before the attack, Mr Babchenko recalled how lucky he was four years ago - exactly to the day.

Babchenko left Russian Federation after he criticized the Kremlin in a Facebook post in 2017.

Arkady Babchenko was shot in the back on May 29 outside his apartment in Kyiv, where he lived in exile. "In Russia, dissidents like me are harassed with impunity".

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

Babchenko also spoke about his time fighting in Chechnya, describing the philosophy of hate that he and his fellow soldiers were exposed to-that all Chechen men age 10-60 were enemies that Russian soldiers should "Kill, kill, kill".

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