Russian opposition journalist shot dead in Kyiv

30 May, 2018, 19:21 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev Ukraine

It not immediately clear whether Babchenko's wife and friend were aware of the security operation.

Ukrainian authorities had said on Tuesday that Babchenko, a 41-year-old critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russian policy in Ukraine and Syria, had been shot dead at his flat and that his wife had found him in a pool of blood.

A police officer guards near the apartment block where Babchenko was shot.

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However, BBC reports that Babchenko just appeared on a televised Ukranian news conference, and it appears he was part of a sting operation to expose agents who really were trying to kill him.

Contrary to previous reports from multiple global news sources, it seems that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is actually still alive. Arkady Babchenko was living in Ukraine since February 2017 after facing threats in his country. He had served in the Russian army during the two wars in Chechnya in 1990s and became one of Russia's best-known war reporters. The final straw, he wrote in a Facebook post later reprinted by the Guardian, came just a few months before he fled, following his December 2016 post after the crash of a Russian military plane in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry board member Anton Gerashchenko confirmed that Babchenko had been shot several times in the back in a stairway and died of those wounds.

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Babchenko, 41, rose to fame as a war correspondent in Russian Federation.

At the event, he also shared his fears prior to leaving Russian Federation, comments that would prove to be eerily prescient given Tuesday's shooting outside his home: "For years I thought I'd be arrested", Babchenko said then.

Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine were topics on which the journalist was scathingly critical of the Kremlin. "For years I was afraid to go into the entryway, because I thought that someone would beat me over the head".

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