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Russian journalist Babchenko turns up alive after reported murder
A dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kyiv dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday, May 30, in the middle of a televised briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service. Ukrainian authorities had said on Tuesday that Arkady Babchenko, a 41-year-old critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russian policy in Ukraine and Syria, had been shot dead at his apartment and that his wife had found him in a pool of blood. His reported murder touched off a war of words between Ukraine and Russia, a flurry of condemnations from European capitals and Washington, and shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries. But on Wednesday, an emotional Babchenko appeared before reporters saying he had been part of a special Ukrainian operation to thwart a Russian attempt on his life, and that he was fine.