Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Anti-Kremlin Russian journalist shot and killed in Ukraine

Anti-Kremlin Russian journalist shot and killed in Ukraine

Arkady Babchenko, a dissident Russian journalist reportedly assassinated in his apartment in the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday, emerged very much alive on Wednesday, his death apparently staged as part of an elaborate sting operation.

Arkady Babchenko appeared at the news conference called by the head of the Ukrainian Security Service to thank everyone who was mourning his death, the Associated Press reported.

The book led to work as a war correspondent for a number of Russian newspapers, reporting on the country's involvement in one nearby conflict after another: the Second Chechen War, the 2008 invasion of Georgia, and 2010 ethnic clashes in Kyrgystan.

"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.

Kiev and national police had said Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building and found bleeding by his wife.

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Russian citizen Arkady Babchenko, a journalist and TV host, was shot dead in Kiev Friday. He was also vocal against Russia's ongoing military campaign in Syria. The country's security services said Babchenko's death was faked to foil a plot to take his life.

Mr Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed.

The 41-year-old Babchenko served in the Russian army during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s and later became a journalist. Ukrainian prosecutors alleged that Mr Voronenkov, who had toed the Kremlin line while serving as a Russian MP but turned into a Kremlin critic after his 2016 move to Ukraine, was killed on orders from a Russian crime lord.

Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

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