Foreign Ministry demanded that Ukraine conducts an on-the-spot investigation of the journalist's murder.

Authorities announced on Tuesday that Babchenko's wife discovered him with gunshot wounds at their apartment and he died en route to a Kiev hospital. The Kiev police chief told the Ukrainian television station 112 that the obvious motive for the murder was Babchenko's professional activity. Babchenko showed up one day after he had purportedly been killed in a police ruse to try to catch a person who ordered him shot.

The head of the security service said it had received information about a Russian plot to kill Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko and managed to prevent it.

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

The journalist spoke at a televised press conference in which he apologized to friends and loved ones and thanked Ukraine's security services for saving his life.

"It is always very risky for a government to play with the facts, especially using journalists for their fake stories", he said in a statement.


Russian Federation has rejected Ukraine's allegation that Moscow was behind the murder.

Some liberals drew parallels with the case of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter who were targeted with a potent nerve agent in Britain in March. He then startled everyone there by inviting the 41-year-old reporter into the room.

"I did my job and I'm still alive". Money has already been transferred.' Money, as far as I know, 40,000 dollars.

"I would like to apologise for what you have all had to go through", Mr Babchenko, who looked on the verge of tears at times, told reporters. The unidentified Ukrainian man in turn allegedly hired an acquaintance to be the gunman, Gritsak said.

Babchenko was killed less than a month after Putin was inaugurated for his 4th Kremlin term and as Russian Federation gears up to host the World Cup later this month.

Babchenko said he was not allowed to go into the details of his false death.


"They came to me a month ago". He said the most important thing was that what he called other big acts of terror had been thwarted.

Ukraine admitted Wednesday it had staged the murder of anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko in order to foil an attempt on his life by Russian Federation, a stunning development in a case that had attracted global headlines.

In April 2015, Oles Buzina, another prominent journalist who was critical of Ukraine's authorities, was shot dead in Kiev.

All 92 people on board were killed, including members of the Russian Army's renowned choir, the Aleksandrov Ensemble, who were traveling to give a performance for Russian troops in Syria.

Several Russian lawmakers said at the time that Babchenko should be stripped of his citizenship over the comment, and Russian state media called him a traitor.

Russian state media mocked Ukraine for solving a murder it had staged itself, while the Russian Foreign ministry said it was happy that Babchenko was alive, but said Ukraine has used his story as propaganda. Babchenko did not take the intimidation too seriously, according to Ponomarev.


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