Journalist Arkady Babchenko's 'Murder' Faked By Ukraine To Uncover Russian Plot

Sergio Conner
May 31, 2018

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist, was supposedly murdered on Tuesday, but his appearance on Wednesday left onlookers baffled.

Earlier today the Kremlin had described the allegation by Ukraine that it was behind the murder of Mr Babchenko as an anti-Russian smear. He said he was approached by the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU, a month ago.

Ukrainian police had said that Arkady Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back Tuesday and found bleeding there by his wife. The Ukrainian man also was supposed to procure large quantities of weapons and explosives, including 300 AK-47 rifles and "hundreds of kilos of explosives", to perpetrate acts of terror in Ukraine, he said.

"I have buried many friends and colleagues many times and I know the sickening feeling", Babchenko said at the news conference. His family was not informed of the plan either, leading him to add: "Special apologies to my wife, Olechka, there was no other option". "But there was no other way".

In 2016, Pavel Sheremet, a renowned reporter, who was a prominent critic of the Russian and Ukrainian governments, was killed by a bomb placed on his vehicle.

'The operation was being prepared for two months.

"We prevented the attempted murder of Babchenko by conducting a special operation", the SBU chief Vasily Hrytsak said at the conference before Babchenko came out, adding that the attempt on his life had been planned by Russian Federation for two months. He then he became a war reporter for several Russian newspapers. The unidentified Ukrainian man in turn allegedly hired an acquaintance to be the gunman, Gritsak said.

"An offer was made to take part in this special operation", Babchenko said.

"I want to say sorry for what you felt".

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Ukrainian police said they had made one arrest in connection with the sting.

Russia's foreign ministry said it was "glad" Babchenko was still alive, but also said the story had a "propaganda effect", according to Russian news agency Interfax.

"We are relieved that #ArkadyBabchenko is alive", it said.

"Let it always happen", she said. "I've given an order to provide Arkady and his family with protection", Poroshenko tweeted.

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". The Kremlin's response to the post was explosive; soon Russian lawmakers and state media were calling for Babchenko's fining, prosecution, and deportation. Ukraine blamed Russian Federation for his "death".

The 41-year-old journalist had spoken publicly about the threats against his life and the fear that drove him to leave Russian Federation.

"Reporters Without Borders expresses its sharp indignation on learning of the Ukrainian secret service's manipulation carried out as part of an information war", Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, said on social media.

Ukrainian experts inspect the damaged vehicle of dead journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. A lot of them were vocal critics of the Kremlin.

Another vehicle bomb killed Ukrainian military intelligence officer Col Maxim Shapoval in June 2017 in what the Ukrainian authorities called a terrorist act.

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