Putin critic's death faked to foil murder plot

31 May, 2018, 20:53 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Sergei Bobylev  TASS

Arkady Babchenko was said to have been shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building and found bleeding by his wife.

"Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the distressing simulation of Russian exile journalist Arkady Babchenko's murder", Reporters Without Borders said today in a press release.

Ukrainian authorities said the goal of the staged murder was to catch the people who'd actually been planning to kill Babchenko. He in turn had hired a gunman. "$30,000, with $15,000 of which transferred as an advance payment", Gritsak said, adding an intermediary received $10,000. "We know some names but I won't name them". "I want to live more than to die". But there was no other way.

"I apologize to my wife".

"I am sorry, but there were no options here", Babchenko said at the presser.

The murder "was ordered by Russia's security forces", Hrytsak said Wednesday. "I've done my work", he said.

The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation had said it had opened a criminal case into Babchenko's death.

The surprise came as Gritsak held the news conference to announce that Ukrainian police had solved the reported killing. "Law enforcement couldn't fail to understand that news of Arkady Babchenko's murder would bring pain to thousands of hearts around the world".

The reports triggered a statement from the Russian foreign ministry, which said journalists were being killed with impunity in Ukraine.

"What a wonderful day for Kremlin propaganda", Russian journalist Leonid Ragozin tweeted.

"Thanks, Ukranian security services".




"There's one nuance - if somebody's shot now, nobody will believe it", noted journalist Mustafa Nayyem, who became a parliament member, told The Associated Press.

"A mindless and tragic mistreatment of public empathy that discredits so many things at once - Ukraine, Russian liberals, journalists".

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, told Russian news agencies Wednesday that Russia would be happy to help with the investigation if Ukrainian authorities requested it.

News of Babchenko's death had prompted statements from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Committee to Protect Journalists in NY calling for a police probe into the apparent murder.

Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine were topics on which the journalist was scathingly critical of the Kremlin.

The planned attack was "organised from Russian territory" with the aim of "destabilising the situation in Ukraine" and "killing one whom Russia fears most of all", he said. It was not clear if she had been involved in the plot or not.

It was reported earlier this week that the 41-year-old Russian war correspondent was shot three times in the back when he left his apartment to buy bread. He also published several books based on his wartime experiences. "Olechka, forgive me, but there was no other choice", he said.

The freaky scenes were a shock to everyone - including Babchenko's wife, who received an apology from her husband for faking his own death.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, tweeted praising the efforts of security services and saying the operation had to take place for the safety of Babchenko and his family as Russian Federation was unlikely to back down.

In Kiev, he hosted a programme on the Crimean Tatar TV station ATR.

Russian Federation is ranked 148 out of 180 counties on the World Press Freedom Index 2018, compiled by press freedom campaign group Reporters Without Borders.

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