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Russian journalist faked own murder in Kiev

Arkady Babchenko, file

Arkady Babenko, a Russian journalist, was complicit in faking his own murder in order to break up a real murder plot, it was revealed the day after he was supposedly killed.

From the Guardian (“Arkady Babchenko reveals he faked his death to thwart Moscow plot“):

Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist whose murder was dramatically announced by Ukraine on Tuesday, emerged very much alive on Wednesday and said he had faked his own death in order to thwart a plot by Moscow to kill him.

Smiling, and looking a little sheepish, Babchenko appeared before a surreal press conference held by Ukraine’s SBU security service. He apologised to his wife for the “nightmare” he had caused her but said there had been no alternative to playing at being dead.

“Olechka, I am sorry, but there were no options here,” Babchenko declared. “I’m sorry for making you live through this. I’ve buried my own friends and colleagues many times myself.”

Ukrainian officials announced on Tuesday that Babchenko, a veteran war correspondent, had been shot three times in the back as he left his apartment in the capital Kiev to buy bread. His wife discovered him lying in a puddle of blood and Babchenko died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, they said.

Ukraine’s prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, promptly blamed the Kremlin for Babchenko’s “death” and suggested he had been targeted because of his professional work. To complete the picture, the authorities released a sketch of the likely assassin. It revealed a bearded middle-aged man wearing a baseball cap.

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