'Dead' anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko appears at news conference

Arkady Babchenko's wife reportedly told authorities she believed he was shot because of his professional work

Over the last two years, the streets of Kiev have witnessed the murders of two Russians critical of the Kremlin, former lawmaker Denis Voronenkov and investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet.

Before ushering Mr Babchenko into the room, Mr Gritsak said investigators had identified a Ukrainian citizen who had been recruited and paid $US40,000 (£30,137) by the Russian security service to organise and carry out the killing.

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital, has shown up at a news conference very much alive.

Arkady Babchenko appeared at a press conference of SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak broadcast on Ukrainian television to break the news that his alleged murder had actually been staged, as a means of exposing Russian agents, according to Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Ukrainian police said Tuesday that Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back Tuesday, found bleeding there by his wife and died on the way to the hospital.

On February 27, 2017, he wrote on social media that he had left Russian Federation.

"I have been forced to bury my friends and colleagues many times and I know the sickening feeling", Babchenko told reporters, noting his wife was not even aware of the morbid plot to fake his death.

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"The actions apparently designed for a certain propagandistic effect have directly ended up in the entire world to be hoodwinked after it had responded lively to news from Ukraine on a journalist's killing", the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement: "We demand that the Ukrainian authorities make every effort to promptly investigate".

Many of Babchenko's contemporaries expressed relief that he was still alive.

Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian lawmaker who also moved to Ukraine, said Babchenko continued to be threatened after he settled past year in Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station. However, Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service, claimed such allegations are "nonsense" and a "provocation". He then he became a war reporter for several Russian newspapers.

Mr Babchenko, a Putin critic, has lived in the Ukrainian capital since receiving threats at home for saying he did not mourn the victims of a Russian military plane crash.

The planned attack was "organised from Russian territory" with the aim of "destabilising the situation in Ukraine" and "killing one whom Russia fears most of all", he said. Gritsak added that the detained Ukrainian national's coconspirators consist of former participants of Kiev's ongoing military operation in eastern Ukraine. The helicopter was overloaded and he was not permitted to fly. He traveled to the conflict in Ukraine and criticized the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17, which killed 298 people.

"And I was lucky". Ten hours ago he wrote about his second birthday.

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