"Murdered" Russian Journalist Shows Up at Press Conference

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Harlem Desir, the media freedom representative at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said he was "horrified" by Babchenko's death.

Mr Gerashchenko said Mr Babchenko's killer was waiting for him on the staircase inside the journalist's building and shot him in the back as he was going out to buy bread.

Russian citizen Arkady Babchenko, a journalist and TV host, was shot dead in Kiev Friday.

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His reported murder had triggered a war of words between Ukraine and Russian Federation and sent shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries. He left Russian Federation in February 2017 because he feared for his life, according to Reuters. Babchenko wrote that while he felt no joy over the passenger's deaths, he also felt no sympathy for those killed because they were pawns of Russian state operations. That prompted President Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea and back a war on the two nations' border. 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. As they will be, undoubtedly, while Ukraine attempts to roll up the assassin network in Ukraine that tried to take out Babchenko.

Police told The Moscow Times on Tuesday that Babchenko's work was the likely motive for the killing.

The head of the security service said it had received information about a Russian plot to kill Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko and managed to prevent it. The propaganda's latest target?

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A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said that it was happy that Babchenko was alive, calling the staged assassination a "propagandistic effect", BBC reported, citing RIA.

Even since leaving Russian Federation, it seems something had Babchenko concerned for his safety.

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