'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive

30 May, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev Ukraine

However, BBC reports that Babchenko just appeared on a televised Ukranian news conference, and it appears he was part of a sting operation to expose agents who really were trying to kill him.

His reported murder had triggered a war of words between Ukraine and Russian Federation and sent shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries.

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, told Russian news agencies Wednesday that Russia would be happy to help with the investigation if Ukrainian authorities requested it.

Mr Babchenko was reportedly found by his wife bleeding at the entrance to his block of flats, shot several times in the back, and died in an ambulance.

The murder of anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko was widely reported and condemned on Tuesday.

Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s.

Kiev Police chief Andriy Krishchenko said in televised comments that Mr Babchencko's "professional activities" were a factor.

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 Babchenko for what Groysman called his honesty. Prominent Russians to have been murdered in Kiev include journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed in a auto bomb in 2016, and ex-Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, who was shot dead in 2017. The final straw, he wrote in a Facebook post later reprinted by the Guardian, came just a few months before he fled, following his December 2016 post after the crash of a Russian military plane in the Black Sea. Arkady Babchenko was living in Ukraine since February 2017 after facing threats in his country.

He moved to Kyiv last fall, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR.

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