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Journalist Babchenko Alive, Not Slain, Ukraine SBU

BREAKING: The head of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) says Russian journalist and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko is still alive, a day after Ukrainian authorities announced he had been killed by a gunman at his apartment in Kyiv.

‘Murdered’ Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive at news conference

Richard Hartley-ParkinsonWednesday 30 May 2018 3:29 pm

Arkady Babchenko, a critic of Vladimir Putin, was reported to have been shot dead and there were pictures released from the scene.

His wife was said to have found him with three bullet wounds and called emergency services and he died on his way to hospital. However, he was this afternoon seen alive and well at a press conference. Even his wife didn’t know that he was actually in on the act. Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, told a news conference on Wednesday the agency faked Babchenko’s death to catch those who were trying to kill him.

Kiev and national police had said Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building and found bleeding by his wife. He showed up at Gritsak’s new conference on Wednesday and thanked everyone who was mourning his death. Babchenko, 41, one of Russia’s best-known war reporters, spoke and wrote year about leaving the country because of repeated threats that he and his family would be harmed.