Russian Federation reacted to the staged murder of Babchenko: the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation opened a criminal investigation, Russia's Foreign Ministry demanded that Ukraine conducts an on-the-spot investigation of the journalist's murder. "I would like to apologize for what you all had to go through ... because I've buried friends and colleagues many times, and I know it's a sickening-vomiting feeling when you have to bury your colleagues", he said.
The Ukrainian security service had orchestrated the death fake-out in an effort to apprehend those who were already actively trying to murder Babchenko.
Babchenko praised the operation, however, and thanked the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU, for saving his life.
Kyiv police chief Andriy Krishchenko said in televised comments late on May 29 that police were assuming Babchenko was targeted for his work. She called the police.
Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017 after receiving threats, living first in the Czech Republic, then in Israel, before moving to Kiev. He moved to Kiev in the fall, where hosted a program on a Crimean Tatar television network, the Associated Press reports.
Arkady Babchenko, a fiercely anti-Kremlin journalist who had been reported shot and killed in Kiev, showed up alive Wednesday at a news conference to explain that police faked his death to catch the man who ordered a hit on him.
Babchenko revealed the SBU had learned of Moscow's "serious" plan to kill him two months ago and warned him about it one month ago, suggesting he agree to a sting operation.
Several Russian journalists and other dissidents have been killed in recent years in Kiev.
"The first to speak out was Vitaly Milonov, a State Duma deputy who is famous for his homophobia and obscurantism".
"I'm sure that the Russian totalitarian machine did not forgive him his honesty and his fidelity to principle", Groysman said in a Facebook post. He called Russian Federation an aggressor.
"Then a "beat "em up game" emerged online where players are asked to 'deal with the enemies of the homeland using your own fists and boots". They aren't investigating why the plane crashed but instead are persecuting me". "A real friend of Ukraine who told the truth about Russian aggression".
Babchenko was killed less than a month after Putin was inaugurated for his 4th Kremlin term and as Russian Federation gears up to host the World Cup later this month.
Former Russian state television journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a auto bomb in July 2016 while driving near his home in Kiev. The case has remained unsolved. A few hours after his stunning appearance, Babchenko triumphantly took to Twitter to say he will live to the age of 96 and dance on the grave of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Gritsak said the elaborate ruse aided investigators in identifying a Ukrainian citizen who allegedly was paid $40,000 by Russian to organize and carry out the killing.