'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive :: Kenya

Minnie Murray
May 30, 2018

Vasyl Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, announced at a news conference Wednesday that the security agency and the police had solved Babchenko's slaying.

Boris Johnson had taken to Twitter in the early hours of this morning to tweet about Mr Babchenko, he said: "Appalled to see another vocal Russian journalist, Arkady Babchenko, murdered".

A day earlier it was reported that he had been shot dead at the door of his apartment in Kiev - with numerous commenters in Ukraine blaming Russian Federation for the crime. According to reporters in attendance, at the press conference Babchenko apologized to his wife and said that as a result of the operation, one person has been brought into custody.

Kiev and national police had said Mr Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building and found bleeding by his wife.

Arkady Babchenko, who moved to the city previous year following threats in his homeland, was sacked on after returning from buying bread and died of his injuries in an ambulance, local police said late Tuesday.

A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said that it was happy that Babchenko was alive, calling the staged assassination a "propagandistic effect", BBC reported, citing RIA.

Babchenko ended the news conference by saying, "I've done my work".

Ukrainian police circulated the Babchenko killer's suspect sketch showing 40-45 years old man with grey beard.

"From Babchenko's position, even his Moscow colleagues looked this way: weak, conformist, inclined to endless compromises", Russian journalist Yury Saprykin wrote on Meduza, an independent news site.

Babchenko's murder was the fourth of a Kremlin critic in the Ukrainian capital in two years.

He had been heavily critical of Moscow's annexation of Crimea, its alleged support of separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine, and Russia's involvement in Syria's civil war.

Pro-Kremlin activists unleashed a campaign of harassment against Babchenko, forcing him to flee Russian Federation previous year.

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

"I believe it to be more than a provocation against Russian Federation".

He served in the Russian army during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s and later became a journalist, working as a military correspondent for several Russian media outlets. He moved to Kyiv in the autumn of 2017, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR.

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