Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko: Ukraine faked his murder

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko: Ukraine faked his murder, by the BBC. Yesterday we ran a short item on his apparent murder, as another of the 40 odd Russian journalists killed under Putin. Not this time.

Ukraine staged the murder of a Russian dissident journalist in Kiev on Tuesday in what it said was a sting operation to foil a Russian assassination plot.

Arkady Babchenko sent shock waves around the world when he arrived at a news conference on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after being reported dead.

Ukrainian security chief Vasyl Hrytsak said a sting had been set up to catch hitmen paid by Russian forces.

Russia described events in Kiev as an “anti-Russian provocation”. …

Babchenko said he had been informed a month ago about an alleged Russian plot to kill him. He said he had agreed to co-operate with a counter-operation and had been in constant contact with Ukrainian security services over the course of the past month.

The truth is often hard to find when Russia is involved.