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Ukrainian police said yesterday Mr Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back and found bleeding there by his wife.

The suspected organizer of the alleged hit plot was detained Wednesday, Gritsak said, suggesting the bogus killing was aimed at flushing him out, and he showed a video of the arrest. "I'm sorry for making you live through this".

Babchenko told the news conference he had previously fled Russian Federation after receiving death threats.

"I would like to apologize to my wife for the hell she went through in those two days".

Yulia Volodymyrivna, Babchenko's downstairs neighbor, said she was terrified by reports that a gunman had been in the building.

Moscow hopes foreign partners and worldwide institutes will draw appropriate conclusions from the situation around the simulated assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.

Having been called unpatriotic over a piece past year on Russia's intervention in Syria, Babchenko complained of an atmosphere of hate toward his work. He said he was approached by the Ukrainian Security Service, or SBU, a month ago.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities announced that dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko had been murdered in his apartment in Kiev.

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

"Law enforcers could not fail to understand that the news of the murder of Arkady Babchenko would be a pain in thousands of hearts around the world".


Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday finding out Babchenko was still alive came as the "best news".

Babchenko made a name for himself with his poignant reportages from the frontlines, including the conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000 people.

"We think this should attract very tough worldwide reaction which will move the Ukrainian authorities towards active measures to resolve the situation", said Mr Peskov.

Arkady Babchenko had reportedly been shot dead on Tuesday at his home in Kiev, but it turns out the Russian journalist and Kremlin critic is very much alive.

In a statement after news of Babchenko's apparent death, Russian lawmaker Yevgeny Revenko told state-owned RIA Novosti news agency: "Ukraine is becoming the most unsafe country for reporters".

Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian lawmaker who also moved to Ukraine, said Babchenko continued being threatened after he settled last fall in Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station.

Its not clear whether Russian Federation was involved in the plot to trick Babchenko's enemies.

Flowers lay under a picture of the 41-year-old anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko on the memorial wall of Moscow's journalists house in Moscow on May 30, 2018.

In one, he said he felt no regret about the deaths of Russian army choir members and others from a December 2016 plane crash as they were heading to perform before Russian troops in Syria.


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