Anti-Putin Journalist’s ‘Murder’ Faked by Ukrainian Security Service

Anti-Putin Journalist’s ‘Murder’ Faked by Ukrainian Security Service

Arkady Babchenko was reported to have been shot in his apartment in Kiev on Tuesday, in a high-profile murder thought to be related to his prominent journalism work. Here's how the story unfolded. Groysman added that Babchenko was "a true friend of Ukraine", due to his commitment to reveal "the truth about Russian aggression".

Mr Babchenko, who rose to fame as a war correspondent in Russia, lived in the Ukrainian capital after receiving threats at home for saying he did not mourn the victims of a Russian military plane crash.

The head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Vasyl Gritsak, said that investigators had determined that Russian authorities had paid a Ukrainian national $40,000 to kill Babchenko.

The staged murder was done when Arkady's wife found him lying in a puddle of "blood" in front of their building. "I've been at the funeral of many friends and colleagues, and I know this nauseous feeling".

"Special apologies to my wife, Olechka; there was no other option", Babchenko said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted his congratulations to the Ukrainian Security Service and said he had given an order to provide Babchenko and his family with protection.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "We demand that the Ukrainian authorities make every effort to promptly investigate". "I did my job and I'm still alive".

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In the autumn, Babchenko moved to Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR. "Also I would like to apologize to my wife for the hell she went through in those two days".

Moscow has an extensive track record when it comes to assassinating journalists, but incidents like these may sow doubt about future claims concerning the Russian government's involvement in targeting journalists.

Babchenko had been scathingly critical of the Kremlin in recent years.

Babchenko, a prominent war correspondent, is extremely critical of Russia's annexation of Crimea, and was forced to flee Russian Federation in February 2017 because of threats to him and his family.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, condemned the murder of Ukrainian journalist Arkady Babchenko, which took place on 29 may in Kiev.

Babchenko fled Russian Federation in 2017, writing on social media he no longer felt safe living there. He traveled to the conflict in Ukraine and criticized the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17, which killed 298 people.

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