Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Russian journalist's fake murder in Ukraine involved pig's blood, morgue

Russian journalist's fake murder in Ukraine involved pig's blood, morgue

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turned up at a news conference in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday less than 24 hours after police reported he had been shot and killed at his Kiev apartment building.

"I have buried acquaintances, I have buried colleagues, I have buried friends, I am exhausted of burying them", said Babchenko, who fought in Russia's two wars in Chechnya before becoming a war journalist. "I have buried acquaintances, I have buried colleagues, I have buried friends, I am exhausted of burying them", he said, adding he wanted to create a new life for himself.

Britain said Russian Federation was culpable for the poisoning, an allegation Moscow denies.

Babchenko, 41, is a critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russian policy in Ukraine and Syria.

His reported murder touched off a war of words between Ukraine and Russian Federation, a flurry of condemnations from European capitals and Washington, and shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries.

"Once the gates of the morgue closed behind me, I was resurrected", Babchenko said.

"Everything is over from yesterday", Mr Babchenko said.

Arkady Babchenko had been pictured lying face-down in a puddle of blood in a graphic photo released Tuesday, when news of his assassination was announced. "But to get the information from the Russian source, we needed to show them something - some proof that we'd done the job - to win their trust", German said in court.

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"Then I watched the news and saw what a great guy I had been", he said, referring to media tributes to him after his death was widely reported. Then you can teach me how to protect my family.

"We will post on our website a copy of this dossier with blurred personal data", the SBU head said.

Head of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak says a man, recruited by the Russian special services to organize the murder of Russian opposition journalist Arkadiy Babchenko, was supposed to illegally purchase weapons to plant arms caches in central Ukraine.

The security service declined to say who the other 29 people were but said it had detained a Ukrainian citizen recruited by Russian Federation to find someone to kill Babchenko.

He said he had initial doubts about whether the threat against him was real, but went along with the fake death scheme because he feared for his life.

However, Babchenko later hit back at what he described as "the keepers of morality, who are dissatisfied with the fact that I somehow wrongly, in their opinion, did not die".

They had to believe the plan to kill Babchenko had succeeded "and force them to take a number of actions that will be documented by the investigation", he wrote on social media.

"Relieved that Arkadiy #Babchenko is alive!" tweeted the office of Harlem Desir, media representative of the European security and rights watchdog OSCE. "It is the duty of the state to provide correct information to the public".

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