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The country's security services said Babchenko's death was faked to foil a plot to take his life. Ukrainian police said late yesterday evening that Mr Babchenko, 41, had been shot multiple times in the back as he arrived home at his flat in Kiev.

"Today in Kiev, famous Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and killed on the threshold of the apartment where he lived, He was a consistent opponent of the Putin regime and a friend of Ukraine", he said.

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist and fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was reported to be assassinated on Tuesday in Ukraine, but then showed alive up at a news conference alive on Wednesday.

The Committee to Protect Journalists in NY said on Twitter that "Ukrainian authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation" into Babchenko's death.

The plane, carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria in December 2016, killing everyone on board.

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The journalist left Russian Federation in February 2017 after he claimed he had been receiving threats and shared concerns he might be jailed. In a 10-minute speech delivered in Russian, Babchenko talked about the 1999 bombings of four apartment buildings, acknowledging a theory out loud that is despised by the Putin administration: That the bombings were not, as the Kremlin claimed, the work of Chechen terrorists, but rather that they were a government operation, orchestrated by Putin to justify the Chechen war and help him ascend to power.

Ukrainian police circulated the Babchenko killer's suspect sketch showing 40-45 y.o. man with grey beard.

Arkady Babchenko, who was scathingly critical of the Kremlin, was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Tuesday.

Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

At the event, he also shared his fears prior to leaving Russian Federation, comments that would prove to be eerily prescient given Tuesday's shooting outside his home: "For years I thought I'd be arrested", Babchenko said then.


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