UKRAINE-RUSSIA-POLITICS-MEDIA

Journalist Arkady Babchenko Reveals His 'Murder' Was Faked

"I'm sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way," he said.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities announced that dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko had been murdered in his apartment in Kiev. The news made global headlines, and was met with condemnation in Europe and the U.S. But in a dramatic turn of events on Wednesday, Babchenko himself appeared at a televised press conference held by the Ukrainian Security Service to discuss his killing, and revealed that his "murder" was staged in cooperation with Ukrainian police to help expose a plot to assassinate him. Here's how the story unfolded.

Babchenko is a veteran Russian war correspondent and critic of the Kremlin. Here he is covering the Maidan protests in Kiev on January 22, 2014. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images Babchenko is a veteran Russian war correspondent and critic of the Kremlin. Here he is covering the Maidan protests in Kiev on January 22, 2014. On Tuesday, it was reported that Babchencko had been shot while leaving his apartment and died on the way to the hospital. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images On Tuesday, it was reported that Babchencko had been shot while leaving his apartment and died on the way to the hospital. Babchenko&#39;s reported killing had appeared to be just the latest in a series of murders of high-profile dissidents and activists in Kiev, which is home to a number of outspoken Moscow critics. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images Babchenko's reported killing had appeared to be just the latest in a series of murders of high-profile dissidents and activists in Kiev, which is home to a number of outspoken Moscow critics. The news of Babchenko&#39;s death was reported widely and met with condemnation. Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/29/world/europe/russian-journalist-killed-kiev.html/"target="_blank">described</a> Babchenko as “another martyr for the freedom of Russia and for peace in Ukraine.&quot; VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images The news of Babchenko's death was reported widely and met with condemnation. Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko described Babchenko as “another martyr for the freedom of Russia and for peace in Ukraine." Memorials to the fallen journalist were quickly erected, such as this one at the Russian Embassy in Kiev. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images Memorials to the fallen journalist were quickly erected, such as this one at the Russian Embassy in Kiev. On Wednesday, a news conference was held in Kiev by the Ukrainian Security Service to provide updates on Babchenko&#39;s murder. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images On Wednesday, a news conference was held in Kiev by the Ukrainian Security Service to provide updates on Babchenko's murder. That is when Babchecnko made his dramatic appearance, telling a room of stunned reporters, &quot;I&#39;m still alive.&quot; He then revealed that his murder had been staged to thwart an alleged plot to kill him coming from the Kremlin. &quot;I know that sickening feeling when you bury a colleague. I&#39;m sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way,&quot; he <a href="https://www.apnews.com/071e708bf9c14e11af25a89e08cf2b4f/&#/39;I&#39;m-alive&%2339;:-Russian-reporter,-Ukraine-police-faked-killing/"target="_blank">said</a>. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images That is when Babchecnko made his dramatic appearance, telling a room of stunned reporters, "I'm still alive." He then revealed that his murder had been staged to thwart an alleged plot to kill him coming from the Kremlin. "I know that sickening feeling when you bury a colleague. I'm sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way," he said.




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