Journalist Who Faked Death Had Come to Israel After Fleeing Russia

Arkady Babchenko at the Western Wall in June 2017. PHOTO: The Times of Israel/Facebook

Arkady Babchenko, whose maternal grandmother is Jewish, came to Tel Aviv after being forced to leave Prague over visa issues; praised country for its openness before moving to Kiev

31 May 2018

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL — The Ukrainian journalist who faked his own death as part of a bizarre plot to collar those seeking to kill him briefly lived in Israel after fleeing Russia.

Arkady Babchenko, a critic of the Kremlin, was said to have been shot dead in his apartment building in the capital city of Kiev on Tuesday. Ukraine blamed Russia for the “death” of Babchenko, but on Wednesday brought him out, alive, during a press conference, announcing that the ruse had been designed to thwart an assassination plot.

Babchenko, whose maternal grandmother is Jewish, reportedly fled from Russia to the Czech Republic, Israel and finally Ukraine in 2017 after death threats were made against him over reporting and a Facebook post critical of the Russian regime. […]

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