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How pig blood, make-up artist and a morgue were used to fake anti-Kremlin Russian journalist’s murder

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turned up at a news conference in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev less than 24 hours after police reported he was killed. Ukrainian police said the death was faked to foil a plot to take his life.

world Updated: May 31, 2018 20:30 IST
Associated Press, Kiev (Ukraine)
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Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko (pictured) said he was taken away in an ambulance from the scene of his faked murder to a morgue, where he changed clothes and began watching the news.(AFP/File Photo)

Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist who faked his own death in order to evade what he says was Kremlin’s plot to assassinate him, said on Thursday that pig’s blood and a make-up artist were used to help stage the incident.

In a joint interview in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Babchenko said he was taken away in an ambulance from the scene of his faked murder to a morgue, where he changed clothes and began watching the news.

Babchenko detailed the deception to reporters on Thursday for the first time since Ukrainian authorities revealed that they had staged his death to foil an alleged plot on his life by Moscow’s security services.

Also read: Anti-Kremlin Russian journalist shows up in Ukraine after being ‘shot dead’

He told fellow reporters at a news conference in Kiev that he could have refused when Ukrainian officials approached him with the idea for the ruse about a month ago. He says he agreed of his own volition.

Kiev police said on Tuesday that the 41-year-old Babchenko had been shot to death inside his apartment building, but announced the next day that he was alive and they had detained a suspect in the case.

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine were topics on which the journalist was scathingly critical of the Kremlin.

First Published: May 31, 2018 20:30 IST