Russian journalist turns up alive after faking death to foil murder plot

Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reported murdered in Kiev on Tuesday, turned up alive in a news conference on Wednesday. The Ukrainian Security Service explained to a stunned room that Babchenko, who has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kremlin policy in Syria and Ukraine, had faked his death to help capture assassins who really were trying to kill him and 29 other people. Babchenko, fighting tears, apologized for putting his wife and other supporters through the ordeal. “I’m sorry but there was no other way of doing it,” said Babchenko, 41. The security service said it had detained a Ukrainian man recruited by Russia to hire an assassin to carry out the killings.

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