"Murdered" Russian Journalist Shows Up at Press Conference

Arkady Babchenko's wife reportedly told authorities she believed he was shot because of his professional work

Arkady Babchenko's wife reportedly told authorities she believed he was shot because of his professional work

Arkady Babchenko, the dissident Russian journalist and Kremlin critic reported to have been shot dead in Kiev on Tuesday, has turned up alive in Ukraine.

Investigators will look at "Russian spy agencies' efforts to get rid of those who are trying to tell the truth about what is going on in Russia and Ukraine", Mr Gerashchenko said.

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Ukrainian security officials "confirmed" Babchenko's death to help track down the would-be killers.

A well-known Kremlin critic, Mr Babchenko stood in unofficial elections organised by the opposition in 2012 and denounced Russia's actions in Syria and eastern Ukraine.

"Special apologies to my wife", Babchenko said at the press conference, according to BBC.

Babchenko was a former soldier and one of Russia's best-known war correspondents. He spoke and wrote about leaving the country because of the threats against him and his family.

In February 2017, writing for Britain's The Guardian newspaper, Babchenko said: "I can tell you what political harassment feels like in [President Vladimir] Putin's Russian Federation".

Babchenko called Russian Federation an aggressor, and accused the country of killing children in its air support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The wounded Babchenko was found by his wife and died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

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He said it had received information about a Russian plot and managed to prevent it.

But in Moscow, Russia's Investigative Committee distanced the Kremlin from the killing - saying it had launched its own criminal investigation into Babchenko's death.

Two years ago Pavel Sheremet, a Belarussian journalist known for his criticism of his home country's leadership and his friendship with the slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was killed in a auto bomb attack in central Kiev.

Pro-Kremlin activists unleashed a campaign of harassment against Babchenko, forcing him to flee Russian Federation past year.

Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

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".

After moving to Kiev last autumn he had been working as a host for Crimean TV station ATR.

While studying law in Moscow aged 18, Mr Babchenko was conscripted into the Russian army and served during the Chechen wars from 1994-2000.

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