DAILYKENN.com -- Assassins shot journalist Arkady Babchenko outside his Ukraine apartment. He died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.
Then he showed up at a news conference.
Apparently Ukrainian security officials got wind of a planned assassination, then staged the murder to smoke out the assassins. One was arrested.
From bbc.com ▼
Ukraine staged the murder of a Russian dissident journalist in Kiev on Tuesday in what it said was a sting operation to foil a Russian assassination plot.
Arkady Babchenko sent shock waves around the world when he arrived at a news conference on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after being reported dead.
Ukrainian security chief Vasyl Hrytsak said a sting had been set up to catch hitmen paid by Russian forces.
Russia described events in Kiev as an "anti-Russian provocation".
Ukrainian police say they made one arrest.
Babchenko's wife said on Tuesday she had found her husband at the entrance to their apartment block with bullet wounds in his back, and he was reported to have died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.
That story was widely reported by media around the world, until Wednesday's sudden and extraordinary development.
There were gasps and applause at the press conference in Kiev as Babchenko entered the room. He thanked the Ukrainian security services for saving his life and said he had had no choice but to take part in the sting.
"I did my job," he said. " I'm still alive."
"I have buried many friends and colleagues many times and I know the sickening feeling," he added. "I am sorry you had to experience it. But there was no other way."
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