'Slain' reporter used make-up, pig's blood to fake death

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Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turned up at a news conference in the Ukrainian capital Wednesday less than 24 hours after police reported he had been shot and killed at his Kiev apartment building.

Arkady Babchenko detailed the deception to fellow reporters for the first time since Ukrainian authorities revealed they arranged to make it look like the Kremlin critic was shot dead to foil an alleged plot on his life by Moscow's security services. Pictures of his body in a pool of blood were published and officials suggested Russian Federation was behind the assassination, something Moscow flatly denied.

"Once the gates of the morgue closed behind me, I was resurrected", Babchenko said.

"But then I realized, where do you hide?"

However, Babchenko later hit back at what he described as "the keepers of morality, who are dissatisfied with the fact that I somehow wrongly, in their opinion, did not die". "Skripal also tried to hide", he said.

He said that a make-up artist had come to his apartment to give him the appearance of a shooting victim, that he was given a T-shirt with bullet holes in it to wear, and that pig's blood was poured over him.

While "still pretending to be dead", Babchenko said that he was taken in an ambulance to the morgue, CNN reported. Did you want Babchenko killed?...

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman had said in a social media posting late on Tuesday that he was convinced what he called "the Russian totalitarian machine" had not forgiven Babchenko for what Groysman called his honesty. "Then I watched the news and saw what a great guy I had been".

Asked about his next steps now, he said: "I plan to get some decent sleep, maybe get drunk, and then wake up in two or three days".

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who remains a closer ally to the West than Putin's Russian Federation, revealed he was aware of the plot to fake Babchenko's death. But Babchenko reappeared on Wednesday in the middle of a press briefing about his own murder. At a subsequent meeting of German and the proposed triggerman, German said he had received orders for about 30 other killings, including that of a former officer of Russia's Federal Security Service, Lutsenko said on Ukraine's Inter TV channel.

And to top off Arkady Babchenko's staged murder, they even took him to the morgue.

He also claimed that Ukrainian counterintelligence agents deliberately offered the Babchenko job to the war veteran Alexey Tsymbalyuk, because he is "a priest" and they knew they could count on him not to murder anyone.

"We had already thought out how it would happen, that the murder would take place on the landing when I opened the door" to go inside, Babchenko said. "This was done only for the benefit of Ukraine".

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