'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive

Hugh Fox
May 30, 2018

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist and fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was reported to be assassinated on Tuesday in Ukraine, but then showed alive up at a news conference alive on Wednesday, according to several reports.

But in a stunning development, he appeared alongside Ukrainian security officials in a news conference broadcast live on Ukrainian television.

Arkady Babchenko, a prominent Russian journalist, author, and a longtime Putin detractor who fled Russia in February 2017, was fatally shot outside his apartment on Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Babchenko, known as one of Russia's best war reporters, spoke about having to leave the country because of threats that he and his family would be harmed.

"I call on Ukraine authorities to conduct immediate and full investigation", Harlem Désir, the media freedom representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe wrote in a tweet, saying that he was "horrified" by the news.

Babchenko left Russian Federation past year after he said he received a slew of death threats for his reporting.

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Contrary to previous reports from multiple worldwide news sources, it seems that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is actually still alive.

He had been denounced by pro-government politicians in Russia over comments on social media about the Russian bombing of Syria, and over his characterization of Russia as an aggressor toward Ukraine. He left Russian Federation in February 2017 because he feared for his life, according to Reuters.

Mr Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s. The wounded Babchenko was found by his wife and died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. "Now, for the most part, the people that Russians hate-it's all of you".

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In the fall, Babchenko moved to Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR.

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