Russian Journalist Shows Up to Dispel Reports of His Own Murder

Hugh Fox
May 30, 2018

The Kremlin described such allegations as part of an anti-Russian smear campaign. "Special apologies to my wife", he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was happy to see that Mr Babchenko was alive, but said Ukraine had used his story as propaganda. "The first and the most obvious version is his professional activities", he said. Ukrainian prosecutors alleged that Voronenkov, who had toed the Kremlin line while serving as a Russian lawmaker but turned into a Kremlin critic after his 2016 move to Ukraine, was killed on orders from a Russian crime lord.

Authorities had received information about a Russian security services plot to kill Babchenko and managed to prevent it.

He went on to thank the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU, for saving his life and said the most important thing was that what he called other big acts of terror had been thwarted.

According to reports, Arkady Babchenko died on the way to hospital after his wife found him bleeding at their apartment building in Kiev yesterday.

"Russia's totalitarian machine didn't forgive him his honesty", Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman said on Facebook. The police have released a drawing of the suspected murderer. Investigators from Australia and the Netherlands last week blamed Russian Federation for the tragedy. It is claimed they were from the Wagner Group, a private army Moscow is said to be using in Syria.

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive
Mr Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s. In the fall, Babchenko moved to Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR.

"This is a terror attack against the journalism community both in Russian Federation and Ukraine".

Police, who said he had multiple gunshot wounds in his back, are working on the theory that he was killed because of his work.

Babchenko was well-known for his criticism of the Kremlin.

The media watchdog for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) condemned Babchenko's slaying and called for the killer to be swiftly brought to justice.

On Wednesday, May 30, he appeared at a press conference held by Ukraine's National Security Agency, where officials announced the apprehension of the man who planned the murder.

In early 2017, after spending years fearing he would be arrested, beaten, or worse, Babchenko left Russian Federation.

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Babchenko said: "A major effort is being organized. We know some names but I won't name them".

Russian Federation said it was happy that Mr Bachenko was alive after all.

"I believe it to be more than a provocation against Russian Federation". He worked with Moskovsky Komsomolets, TVC and Channel One (Army Store).

He had been scathingly critical of the Kremlin in recent years.

In Kiev, he hosted a programme on the Crimean Tatar TV station ATR.

Two years ago, Pavel Sheremet, a Belarussian journalist known for his criticism of his home country's leadership and his friendship with the slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was blown up in a vehicle bomb in central Kyiv.

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