Murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was faked

30 May, 2018, 19:22 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Ukrainian police officers guard in the entrance to a house where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance in Kiev Ukraine

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.

But in a stunning development, he appeared alongside Ukrainian security officials in a news conference broadcast live on Ukrainian television.

Babchenko died of his wounds in an ambulance after his wife found him covered in blood at their home, police said, according to Reuters.

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.

A top lawmaker says Russia is willing to help Ukraine investigate the murder of a Russian journalist.

Kiev Police Chief Andrei Krishchenko told the press that "the first and most obvious" possible motive for the killing was Babchenko's work that's always been critical of the Russian president.

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


Ukrainian authorities have said they think Babchenko was killed because of his work.

It not immediately clear whether Babchenko's wife and friend were aware of the security operation. He was also vocal against Russia's ongoing military campaign in Syria.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry board member Anton Gerashchenko confirmed that Babchenko had been shot several times in the back in a stairway and died of those wounds.

Mr Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s. "Now, for the most part, the people that Russians hate-it's all of you".

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

He moved to Kiev last autumn, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR.

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