Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the staging of the death of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Ukraine is an anti-Russian provocation.
On Tuesday Ukrainian authorities confirmed the death of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, stating that he had been found shot dead in his apartment. Earlier on Wednesday, however, the Ukrainian Security Service announced that the journalist was alive, justifying that death was a staging to save his life.
“A direct consequence of the obviously intended propaganda effect was that it misled the entire international community, which responded quickly to information from Ukraine about the murder of a media official. This is a regular anti-Russian provocation,” the Ministry stated.
The Representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for Media Freedom issues, Arlem Desire, lamented the decision by the Ukrainian authorities to disclose false information about the death of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.
“I am relieved to know that Arkady Babchenko is alive and I regret the decision to spread false information about a journalist’s life. The state’s duty is to provide the public with the correct information,” Desir wrote on his Twitter account.
Babchenko himself spoke to reporters when it was revealed he was not killed. He said that a month ago he was informed about the murder plot being prepared against him and that he was proposed to participate in the operation. According to the journalist, the preparations took two months.
“I, perhaps, would like to apologize for what you all had to go through … I wanted to apologize to my wife for the hell she had to go through these two days,” Babchenko said.
Commenting on the incident with Babchenko, the official representative of the Russian chancellery, Maria Zakharova, described the fact that the journalist is alive as “the best news,” while stressing that history has incorporated an obvious “propaganda effect” of Kiev.
In an op-ed run today here on FRN, EiC Joaquin Flores wrote a summary of the whole situation. He comes to the stunning conclusion that the entire story was probably a cover for a Kompromat shake-down gone wrong somehow, involving Babchenko’s closet homosexuality.