Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko ALIVE after faking death in Kiev, Ukraine

Arkady Babchenko left Russia in 2017 saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed

FACEBOOK ARKADY BABCHENKO Arkady Babchenko left Russia in 2017 saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed

A Russian journalist who was reported to have been killed in Ukraine has shown up at a news conference in Kyiv.

The Committee to Protect Journalists tweeted a statement skeptical of the sting operation.

So it seemed like Russian business as usual in the murder of Arkady Babchenko, who reported from Ukraine and offered strongly critical commentary about Putin and his regime.

Russian Federation said it was happy that Mr Bachenko was alive after all. Moscow has an extensive track record when it comes to assassinating journalists, but incidents like these may sow doubt about future claims concerning the Russian government's involvement in targeting journalists.

Babchenko said he was not allowed to go into the details of his false death.

Babchenko profusely apologised to his friends, his colleagues, and his family for the ordeal, saying "I'm sorry, but there were no other options". Hrytsak said Russian Federation had sought to pay $40,000 for his death and that those behind the real assassination plot had been apprehended.

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. He also thanked the Ukranian Security Service for saving his life.

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Ukraine's shock ploy will further sour ties between Ukraine and Russian Federation, post-Soviet allies who fell out following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Kremlin leader in 2014.

Mark Galeotti, a veteran commentator on Russian Federation said the Ukrainian sting operation would play into Moscow's hands.

"The important thing is my life has been saved and other, bigger terrorist attacks have been thwarted", he said.

Babchenko, 41, fled his native Russia for Ukraine past year after receiving death threats for criticizing Russian military involvement in Syria. He spoke and wrote about leaving the country because of the threats against him and his family. It was reported that his wife found him and called the ambulance.

Arkady Babchenko, a known critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been living in Ukraine since 2017.

Babchenko did not take the intimidation too seriously, Ponomarev said Wednesday before the fact that the slaying was staged came out. Gritsak added that the detained Ukrainian national's coconspirators consist of former participants of Kiev's ongoing military operation in eastern Ukraine. "It's a second birthday for me".

"In order to better document the customers and organisers of the crime - the representatives of the Russian special services - they had to be assured that the hired killer had successfully completed the order".

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