Russian journalist who 'died' shows up alive in Ukraine

02 June, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Last night, local police reported that Mr Babchenko was shot in his apartment building in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

Arkady Babchenko's wife reportedly told authorities she believed he was shot because of his professional work.

Ukraine's chief of security services, Vasyl Gritsak, said Ukrainian police had detained one suspect involved in the real plot against Babchenko, a former rebel fighter in eastern Ukraine - in other words, one allied with Russian Federation in the fighting there.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko blamed Moscow for wanting to kill Babchenko, and congratulated his country's security services for becoming stronger in the face of "Russian aggression".

"Olechka, I am sorry, but there were no options here", Babchenko declared.

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He fled Russia after he received threats for saying he did not mourn the victims of a Russian defence ministry plane crash in 2016.

Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, welcomed the news that the journalist is in fact alive but said "it's obvious that a propaganda effect was part of this story". Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the killing was "an act of state terrorism on the part of Russian Federation".

"I am outraged by this horrific act", OSCE media-freedom representative Harlem Desir said in a statement.

In the wake of the purported death, Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Facebook he was convinced that "the Russian totalitarian machine didn't forgive his honesty and integrity".

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the global affairs committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament, compared Ukraine's allegations to Britain's claims that Moscow was behind the nerve gas poisonings of a Russian former spy and his daughter in England.

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Hours before pretending to have been fatally shot, Babchenko wrote on Facebook that he narrowly escaped death exactly four years ago when the Ukrainian military refused to take him on a helicopter heading to the front line in eastern Ukraine.

Referring to Babchenko on Tuesday, Russia criticized Ukraine for not doing enough to investigate the murders of independent journalists on its soil.

The murder of Babchenko has become the latest incident in the string of killings of journalists in Ukraine.

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, told Russian news agencies Wednesday that Russia would be happy to help with the investigation if Ukrainian authorities requested it.

All 92 people on board were killed, including members of the Russian Army's renowned choir, the Aleksandrov Ensemble, who were traveling to give a performance for Russian troops in Syria.

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Another renowned journalist, Pavel Sheremet, a native of Belarus who had worked for Russian media outlets in the past, was killed in a auto bombing in central Kiev in July 2016.

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