Russian journalist reported killed in Ukraine shows up to news conference

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko speaks to the media during a news conference at the Ukrainian Security Service on Wednesday

"He said in that press conference that one of those people had been captured, and the security services - the ones who staged his death - they said that they were trying to catch Russian agents", he added.

Update, May 30, 2018, 10:50 am: On Wednesday, Arkady Babchenko showed up alive at a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, according to the Associated Press and other journalists in attendance.

Babchenko, 41, one of Russia's best-known war reporters, spoke and wrote about leaving the country because of repeated threats that he and his family would be harmed.

The head of Russia's Human Rights Council said the council condemns the murder and will demand that Kiev conduct a thorough investigation. His wife found him bleeding and called an ambulance, but he died on his way to the hospital.

So it seemed like Russian business as usual in the murder of Arkady Babchenko, who reported from Ukraine and offered strongly critical commentary about Putin and his regime.

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Having been called unpatriotic over a piece a year ago on Russia's intervention in Syria, Babchenko complained of an atmosphere of hate toward his work.

Babchenko served in the Russian army during the first separatist war in Chechnya in the 1990s and later started his journalism career, working as a military correspondent for several Russian media outlets.

Kiev Police chief Andriy Krishchenko said in televised comments that Mr Babchencko's "professional activities" were a factor. He left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed. Ukrainian prosecutors alleged that Voronenkov, who had toed the Kremlin line while serving as a Russian lawmaker but turned into a Kremlin critic after his 2016 move to Ukraine, was killed on orders from a Russian crime lord.

Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

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