'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears on Ukrainian TV

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears on Ukrainian TV

Last night, local police reported that Mr Babchenko was shot in his apartment building in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

Russian Federation has called for an investigation but said "bloody crimes" had become routine for the "kiev regime".babchenko, 41, was found bleeding at the entrance to his block of flats by his wife and died in an ambulance.

The Committee to Protect Journalists in NY said on Twitter that "Ukrainian authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation" into Babchenko's murder. He apologized to his wife for putting her through a "nightmare", but said there was no other alternative to playing dead.

However, Russian Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov told Interfax that the accusations were "stupid" and said that Ukrainian authorities were "delirious and deliberately trying to provoke Moscow".

The man allegedly paid to organise Mr Babchenko's killing was detained on Wednesday, he said, showing a video of the arrest.

MR ARKADY BABCHENKO, a Russian journalist and Putin critic.

Babchenko had moved to Kiev in the fall after fleeing Russian Federation, where he was a prominent war correspondent who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the Kremlin.

Simon Otrovsky, a journalist who worked alongside Babchenko, tweeted on Wednesday: "While I am very happy Arkady is alive I am also angry and confused because my fellow reporters and I spent yesterday posting and reading memories we shared of him and feeling very down and out".

Earlier today the Kremlin had described the allegation by Ukraine that it was behind the murder of Mr Babchenko as an anti-Russian smear.

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He served with the Russian regular army, surviving the combat action in both Chechen wars (the 1990s and 2000). Russian officials also criticized Ukraine for failing to provide adequate protection to journalists.

The initial news sent shock waves across Ukraine and Russian Federation, where dozens of journalists have been targeted for assassination for their work.

Babchenko said he was informed a month ago about an alleged Russian plot to kill him.

"An offer was made to take part in this special operation", Babchenko said. His flight from Russian Federation came several months after he wrote in a Facebook post that he wasn't sorry that members of a military band and state TV journalists died in a plane crash on their way to Russia's military base in Syria.

I'm glad he is alive, but he undermined even further the credibility of journalists and the media.

Babchenko thanked everyone who mourned his supposed death, according to the news service.

But the journalist, who became an enemy of the state after panning Kremlin policy including the annexation of Crimea and its support of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, staged the murder to thwart Moscow's planned attack on him.

He faced backlash after commenting on the crash of a Russian plane transporting the world-famous military choir Alexandrov Ensemble en route to Syria.

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