Russian Journalist Reported Dead Shows Up Alive at Press Conference

Russian Journalist Reported Dead Shows Up Alive at Press Conference

The head of the Ukrainian Security Service said the suspected organizer of the alleged hit plot was detained Wednesday, suggesting the bogus killing was aimed at flushing him out.

A well-known Russian journalist and writer who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday in the middle of a briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service, shocking the world.

He did not specify what those planned acts were, but the SBU said it had received information about a plot to kill 30 people in Ukraine, including Mr Babchenko, but had managed to prevent it.

The Ukrainian president's office referred journalists on Wednesday to comments by Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who said it was too early to draw conclusions but that there was "an astounding similarity to the methods Russian Federation uses to provoke political destabilisation". Russian Federation had demanded on Tuesday that Ukraine conduct a full investigation into his death, though many suspected that Moscow was behind the attack.

"Thanks to Arkady and the Ukrainian security chiefs, for not allowing this scenario to be carried out in our country".

The next day, however, Babchenko appeared alive and well at a police press conference, revealing that his death had been faked in order to uncover an assassination plot against him. He told reporters Wednesday that his fake death was part of an operation with the security services in Ukraine that took two months to prepare.

"Special apologies to my wife, Olechka, there was no other option", he continued.

He later defiantly promised on Twitter to "die at 96 after dancing on Putin's grave".

After news broke of his apparent death, Moscow and Kiev began blaming each other for what happened.

Well known for being a critic of the Kremlin, he also stood in unofficial elections organised by the opposition in 2012, and also denounced Russia's actions in Syria and eastern Ukraine.

Reporters Without Borders also condemned the faked death. The soldiers were headed to perform for Russian troops based in Syria.

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

"To me, it's crossing a line big time".

Babchenko's resurfacing immediately brought cheers of jubilation from his colleagues at Radio Free Europe in Ukraine.

He said: "Four years ago General Kulchitsky wouldn't take me on his helicopter because there wasn't the space".

Babchenko is a well-known war correspondent in Russian Federation. He repeatedly said he faced death threats.

He later became a journalist and worked as a military correspondent for several Russian media outlets.

He wrote about his experience as a young soldier in the Chechen campaigns in a book published in English under the title "One Soldier's War".

Russia's foreign ministry has soundly denied any involvement in a plan to kill Babchenko, saying the entire spectacle is merely "fanning anti-Russian hysteria".

Outside the apartment where Arkady Babchenko wasn't killed, people wept as though he was.

In recent years his increasingly bombastic posts pushed the boundaries of good taste and some of his colleagues and followers stopped reading him on Facebook.

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