'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is alive

30 May, 2018, 19:22 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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The wounded Babchenko was found by his wife and died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turned up at a news conference in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday less than 24 hours after police reported he had been shot and killed at his Kyiv apartment building.

A Russian journalist and Kremlin critic, reported to have been shot dead in Ukraine, has appeared alive at a news conference.

Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian lawmaker who also moved to Ukraine, said Wednesday that Babchenko continued being threatened after he settled last fall in Kyiv, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station.

Babchenko, known as one of Russia's best war reporters, spoke about having to leave the country because of threats that he and his family would be harmed.

Ukraine's security services said they wanted both to prevent Babchenko's murder and to get proof of Putin's gangsterism in Ukraine.

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Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s.

Mr Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed. The incident killed all 92 passengers on board, including the members of a renowned Russian military choir and several staffers for state news agencies.

Ukrainian police circulated the Babchenko killer's suspect sketch showing 40-45 y.o. man with grey beard.

Babchenko left Russian Federation past year after he said he received a slew of death threats for his reporting.

"Now in Russian Federation, the most important enemy is the United States", Babchenko added. "For years I was afraid to go into the entryway, because I thought that someone would beat me over the head". Babchenko inexplicably linked back to this episode in a tweet on Monday, with the comment, "When the president's representative openly posts an offer to have you killed".

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