Ukraine tries flushing out Russian assassins with the ol' "dead journalist" trick

Charlene Craig
May 30, 2018

But in a stunning development, he appeared alongside Ukrainian security officials in a news conference broadcast live on Ukrainian television. It came less than 24 hours after his wife said she had found him bleeding to death on the floor of their apartment, shot in the back.

"I call on Ukraine authorities to conduct immediate & full investigation", he tweeted.

A Ukrainian lawmaker who serves as an adviser to the interior minister said on Facebook that investigators would be looking at "Russian spy agencies' efforts to get rid of those who are trying to tell the truth about what is going on in Russia and Ukraine".

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"Special apologies to my wife", Babchenko said at the press conference, according to BBC.

The murder of anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko was widely reported and condemned on Tuesday.

Mr Gerashchenko said Mr Babchenko's killer was waiting for him on the staircase inside the journalist's building and shot him in the back as he was going out to buy bread.

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He had been denounced by pro-government politicians in Russia over comments on social media about the Russian bombing of Syria, and over his characterization of Russia as an aggressor toward Ukraine. Prominent Russians to have been murdered in Kiev include journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed in a vehicle bomb in 2016, and ex-Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, who was shot dead in 2017.

So it seemed like Russian business as usual in the murder of Arkady Babchenko, who reported from Ukraine and offered strongly critical commentary about Putin and his regime.

The plane, carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria in December 2016, killing everyone on board.

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Mr Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed.

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