Ukraine admits faking death of anti-Kremlin journalist

Ukraine admits faking death of anti-Kremlin journalist

"[Babchenko] showed up at Gritsak's news conference on Wednesday and thanked everyone who was mourning his death", AP reported.

"He said in that press conference that one of those people had been captured, and the security services - the ones who staged his death - they said that they were trying to catch Russian agents", he added.

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev, Ukraine November 14, 2017.

Ukrainian police stand in front of the entrance to the home of Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kiev, Ukraine, May 29, 2018.

"Babchenko is a journalist not a policeman, for Christ sake, and part of our job is trust, whatever Trump and Putin say about fake news".

The 41-year-old is one of Russia's best-known war reporters.

Arkady Babchenko, who moved to the city past 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.

"I'm still alive", he said.

He travelled to the conflict in Ukraine, which continues to claim lives, and criticized the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17, which killed 298 people. Babchenko wrote that while he felt no joy over the passenger's deaths, he also felt no sympathy for those killed because they were pawns of Russian state operations.

Arkady Babchenko was a Russian writer, journalist and military correspondent.

Authorities had received information about a Russian security services plot to kill Babchenko and managed to prevent it.

Babchenko was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, speaking out against Russia's annexation of Crimea and against Russian involvement in Syria. Ukrainian prosecutors alleged that Voronenkov, who had toed the Kremlin line while serving as a Russian lawmaker but turned into a Kremlin critic after his 2016 move to Ukraine, was killed on orders from a Russian crime lord.

In early 2017, after spending years fearing he would be arrested, beaten, or worse, Babchenko left Russian Federation.

Babchenko himself apologized for the pain the news of his death had caused, telling those present: "I have been forced to bury my friends and colleagues many times and I know the sickening feeling".

"The first and the most probable version is his professional activity", Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko said at a televised press briefing when asked what police suspected lay behind the murder. "In Russia, dissidents like me are harassed with impunity".

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