|Babchenko\s death greatly exaggerated|
Well, here is proof positive that Putin was not behind the assassination.
The Associated Press is now reporting that Babchenko has shown up at a news conference very much alive:
Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, told a news conference on Wednesday the agency faked Babchenko’s death to catch those who were trying to kill him.
Kiev and national police had saidHere's an AP report from a day earlier:
Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building and found bleeding by his wife.
He showed up at Gritsak’s new conference on Wednesday and thanked everyone who was mourning his death.
Arkady Babchenko, who was scathingly critical of the Kremlin, was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Tuesday...Ukrainian authorities have said they think Babchenko was killed because of his work. Several Ukrainian politicians blamed the Kremlin for the killing. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed those comments as cynical.From British foreign minister Boris Johnson (This morning!) :
From NBC yesterday:Appalled to see another vocal Russian journalist, Arkady Babchenko, murdered. My thoughts are with his wife and young daughter. We must defend freedom of speech and it is vital that those responsible are now held to account.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 30, 2018
A Russian journalist harshly critical of the Kremlin was shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday. The national police said they are assuming Arkady Babchenko was targeted because of his work...Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker who serves as an adviser to the interior minister, said on Facebook that investigators would be looking at "Russian spy agencies' efforts to get rid of those who are trying to tell the truth about what is going on in Russia and Ukraine."From The New York Times yesterday:
A Russian journalist who fled his homeland last year to escape a campaign of intimidation that he said “was so personal, so scary that I was forced to flee” was shot and killed on Tuesday in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
The killing of the journalist, Arkady Babchenko, a former war correspondent who stirred fury among Russian nationalists with his sharply critical coverage, is the latest in a series of attacks, many of them fatal, on outspoken foes of President Vladimir V. Putin, both inside Russia and beyond.
Neocon Jay Nordlinger wrote this at National Review yesterday (since deleted, copy of cache here.):
They came for him at his apartment in Kiev yesterday. They shot him in the back three times as his wife was in the bathroom....
The chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, the organization behind the Oslo Freedom Forum, is Garry Kasparov, the onetime chess champion who became a human-rights champion. In a statement, he said, “Arkady Babchenko’s murder is a cowardly act by those threatened by the truths he told. . . . Arkady persisted in telling the truth because he believed in a free, democratic, and humane Russia.”
One by one, they are killed — not just journalists, but any critic of the Putin regime.