'Murdered' Russian journalist turns up alive at news conference in Ukraine

'Murdered' Russian journalist turns up alive at news conference in Ukraine

Vasyl Gritsak, head of Ukraine's security service, initially appeared at the conference before inviting Mr Babchenko to join him. Some called for Babchenko to be stripped of his Russian citizenship.

Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker and an adviser to the country's interior minister, said that the investigaion would 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", The Guardian reported.

In a post to Facebook just hours after news of Babchenko's death emerged, Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman said, "I am convinced that the Russian totalitarian machine could not forgive his honesty and principled position".

Soon after the attack Ukrainian police said they believed that Babchenko was killed because of his work as a journalist, but added that they would investigate other theories.

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"Fear brought him here", Yury Matsarsky, a former reporter for Kommersant FM radio working in Kyiv, told Current Time, the Russian-language TV network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA.

Babchenko, a Putin critic, lived in the Ukrainian capital after receiving threats at home for saying he did not mourn the victims of a Russian military plane crash.

"I was lucky. A second birthday, it turns out", Mr Babchenko wrote.

The murder will further strain ties between Ukraine and Russian Federation, post-Soviet allies who fell out following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Kremlin leader in 2014.

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Babchenko, 41, was a highly regarded war correspondent who had himself twice fought in the Russian military in Chechnya during the 1990s.

He described his experience in the Chechen conflicts - which saw Moscow suppress a separatist insurgency in the North Caucasus - in a book published in English under the title "One Soldier's War". He then he became a war reporter for several Russian newspapers.

In Ukraine, Babchenko worked for the Crimean Tatar television network, ATR, and reported frequently on Russia's support for separatist militants in eastern Ukraine.

This past March, Babchenko spoke at "Putincon" in New York City, a conference featuring a number of Putin critics on the eve of the 2018 presidential election in Russian Federation.

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His criticisms attracted the fury of pro-Kremlin officials and activists, as well as state media, and for years he endured regular abuse and threats.

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