Yesterday it was reported that staunchly anti-Putin Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and killed in his apartment in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Immediately following the news, Moscow was blamed for the hit based on it’s history of eliminating critics of the Putin regime.
With the journalism world in mourning over Babchenko’s death, Ukrainian officials held a press conference to address his murder, but the gathered press was left in a state of shock when in walked none other than Arkady Babchenko himself. He was very much alive.
The 41-year-old Bachenko took to the podium and started his remarks by apologizing to his wife for putting her through thinking he was dead for 24 hours. He went on to explain that he faked his own death because he alerted of a Russian backed plot to actually kill him by the Ukrainian secret service a month ago. Working with the Ukrainians, Babchenko faked his own death in an operation to arrest the hitman and give the impression that the murder had been carried out. He said it was the only option.
This is the Russian version of the Bryan Colangelo Twitter story. Insane.