30 May 2018

‘Murdered’ Russian journalist turns up alive after staged death

Europe Editor and Presenter


The Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko – reportedly murdered in Kiev – turned up alive and well at a news conference in Ukraine. The Ukranian security services said the murder had been staged to expose Russian agents in their country. Mr Babchenko’s wife was not ‘in’ on the subterfuge – she’d said her husband was shot in the back as he left their apartment. He has now apologised to her.

We discuss the story with Russian journalist Konstantine von Eggert, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and Misha Glenny, author of the book McMafia which exposed Russian organized crime and an authority on eastern Europe.