Ukraine says it faked journalist’s death to thwart Russian plot

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) shocked the world Wednesday, trotting out dissident Russian journalist and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko to a press conference a day after Ukrainian authorities announced he had been killed by a gunman outside of his Kiev apartment. SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak said Ukrainian security officials faked Babchenko’s death in an effort to catch people it says were involved in a Russian plot to kill the journalist, RFE/RL reports.


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