Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Leonid Bershidsky: Russian journalist lives to tell the tale of his murder

Leonid Bershidsky: Russian journalist lives to tell the tale of his murder

Russian Federation reacted to the staged murder of Babchenko: the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation opened a criminal investigation, Russia's Foreign Ministry demanded that Ukraine conducts an on-the-spot investigation of the journalist's murder.

His wife told authorities they suspected Babchenko was killed for his professional work, Reuters reported.

The head of the Ukrainian Security Service says investigators have identified a Ukrainian citizen who allegedly was paid $40,000 by the Russian security service to organize and carry out the killing of an exiled Russian journalist.

His wife was also at home when the shooting occurred, media reports said.

The astonishing turn of events brought harsh criticism from Russian Federation and the worldwide media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.

Flowers lay under a picture of the 41-year-old anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko on the memorial wall of Moscow's journalists house in Moscow on May 30, 2018. "It is always very unsafe for states to play with facts and especially on the backs of journalists".

In both cases, Ukraine's government blamed Russian Federation for being involved.

Russia's state-run RT network used the incident to draw parallels with the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this year in England, which the West blamed on Russian Federation, implying that both incidents were faked.

"The logic is the same - to defame Russia", Kosachev told the state news agency Tass.

Babchenko himself apologized for the pain the news of his death had caused, telling those present: "I have been forced to bury my friends and colleagues many times and I know the sickening feeling".

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That's not a healthy approach - as our bodies are built to consume food and water, he pointed out, we are also built to sleep . Researchers set out to find out how lack of sleep during the week and weekend might impact on a person's mortality rate.

Vasyl Gritsak announced at a news conference Wednesday that the security agency and police had solved Arkady Babchenko's slaying, which turned out to have been faked. He then confused everyone there by inviting the supposed victim into the room.

Another journalist, Sergiy Grishyn, said "Babchenko will have to give me money for pills" for the stress he'd suffered. "I'm sorry for making you live through this".

One person is reportedly in Ukrainian custody, but the news has prompted confusion in Ukraine and a backlash from Russian Federation which was widely accused of ordering Babchenko murder.

The murder of Babchenko has become the latest incident in the string of killings of journalists in Ukraine.

"I can now reveal details of the SBU special operation, thanks to which we were able not only to thwart a cynical provocation, but also document the Russian special service's preparations for this low crime", Gritsak added. He repeatedly said he faced death threats.

Mr Babchenko said that the plan had been prepared for two months. "Thanks, Ukrainian security services", tweeted Lindsey Hilsum, worldwide editor for Channel 4 in the UK.

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

Arkady Babchenko, a prominent journalist and critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, where he had fled into exile following threats, police said on Tuesday. He spoke and wrote about needed to leave Russian Federation because of threats against him and his family.

In recent years, most of his journalistic reports and opinion pieces have been published on his Facebook page, which has nearly 200,000 followers. In one particularly controversial article, he said he did not feel any sadness for the deaths of Russian army choir members in a December 2016 plane crash. His wife was said to have found him bleeding from his wounds.

Russian Federation said Ukraine had used Babchenko as a propaganda tool.

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