Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

‘I’m alive’: Russian reporter, Ukraine police faked killing

Arkady Babchenko's wife reportedly told authorities she believed he was shot because of his professional work Arkady Babchenko's wife reportedly told authorities she believed he was shot because of his professional work
Jay Anderson | 31 May, 2018, 20:55

When she turned on a broadcast of the press conference at which Ukrainian officials revealed the hoax, and Babchenko himself appeared, she couldn't believe her eyes.

To applause and gasps, Babchenko took the floor and apologized to the friends and family who mourned for him and were unaware of the plan. Olechka, I'm sorry, but there were no options here either.

Moscow hopes foreign partners and global institutes will draw appropriate conclusions from the situation around the simulated assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.

Making things even stranger, it is now being said by the regime that the entire saga was a lie created to entrap an actual would-be murderer that was planning to kill Arkady Babchenko on the orders of the Russian government.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia's Federal Security Service, also flatly denied any Russian involvement in the killing.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov previously described allegations by the Ukrainian government as "the height of cynicism" and called for other countries to push Kyiv to offer better protection for journalists as they were being killed "with impunity". "I'm sorry for making you live through this", he said. "$30,000, with $15,000 of which transferred as an advance payment", Gritsak said, adding an intermediary received $10,000.

Hyrtsak told reporters the Ukrainian security service had received information indicating Russian Federation wanted Babchenko dead, and that they conspired to fake Babchenko's death as part of a plan to capture the would-be killers. He said Ukrainian law enforcement had been aware of a contract on his head for two months.




That man in turn approached a former Ukrainian volunteer soldier to carry out the killing, Hrytsak said. On February 27 past year, he wrote on Facebook that he had left Russian Federation.

"The important thing is my life has been saved and other, bigger terrorist attacks have been thwarted", he said.

Babchenko is a well-known war correspondent in Russian Federation. He said his comments had resulted in thousands of threats, his home address being published online and calls for him to be deported.

Babchenko had been scathingly critical of the Kremlin in recent years. In December 2016, Babchenko had written a Facebook post - about the Kremlin's actions in Aleppo, Syria - which was deemed "insufficiently patriotic" by authorities.

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko may have been the last person reporters expected to see at a news conference in Ukraine's capital about his shooting death.

Babchenko did not take the intimidation too seriously, Ponomarev said Wednesday before the fact that the slaying was staged came out.

Just hours before the shooting was reported, Babchenko wrote on Facebook that he considered the day a "second birthday" because it was the fourth anniversary of his missing a flight on a Ukrainian military helicopter that later was shot down in the conflict between Ukraine and Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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