Govt staged fake mur­der of jour­nal­ist

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION -

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 shock­waves around the world when he ar­rived at a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, less than 24 hours after he was re­ported dead.

The head of Ukraine’s se­cu­rity ser­vices, Va­syl Hryt­sak, said the elab­o­rate sting was set up to catch hit­men paid by Rus­sian forces. Po­lice said they had made one ar­rest. He thanked the Ukrainian se­cu­rity ser­vices for sav­ing his life and said he had no choice but to take part. Babchenko said he was in­formed a month ago about an al­leged Rus­sian plot to kill him.

Rus­sian for­eign min­istry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova said in a state­ment that the staged mur­der was “a mas­quer­ade” done for “pro­pa­gan­dis­tic ef­fect”.

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