Ukraine Faces International Fury Over Staged "Fake News" Murder Of Russian Journalist

On Tuesday, headlines were filled with reports out of Ukraine - which not a single journalist decided to fact-check - that a prominent anti-Putin journalist, Arkady Babachenko, had been murdered in his Kiev apartment - "shot three times in the back" after returning from the store to buy bread. Immediately, the echo chamber shouted "Putin's fault."

The next day, Babachenko showed up at a press conference, where Ukrainian authorities announced that his death had been an elaborate hoax in order to catch his actual assassins who they claim are now in custody. 

The scheme has received massive international backlash - from horrified journalist colleagues who were kept in the dark and thought, to the Kremlin, to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) - which called the staging "intolerable" and "inadmissible."

“Arkady Babchenko is still alive and can continue to do his job as a critical journalist: the news is excellent,” said Philippe Leruth, the president of the IFJ, in a statement

But in falsely spreading the news of his murder, the Ukrainian authorities have gravely harmed the credibility of information, and their brief communication risks being seen as a propaganda operation,”

Journalist Sophie Pinkham writes in The Guardian of the rollercoaster of emotions she and fellow journalists experienced over their friend, concerns they had for their own safety, and the damage this has done to Ukraine's credibility

No one had trouble believing this story; no one even considered questioning it. It was gruesomely familiar, similar to the many horrifying stories we’d already heard from Russia, Ukraine, and other countries where journalists are killed for their reporting.

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Would they be killed, too? We agreed that it was unlikely that the Ukrainian government would find Babchenko’s killer. If anyone would discover the truth, it would be journalists. And by investigating the killing, they might very well be risking their own lives.

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For me, for my visiting friend, and for many others, relief soon gave way to doubts about the ethics and the wisdom of this “special operation. On Facebook, the Ukrainian MP Anton Herashchenko tried to explain why it had been necessary to disseminate an artist’s sketch of a supposed killer “with a Caucasian appearance”.

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Ukraine has an increasingly serious problem of ultranationalist attacks on ethnic and other minorities, as well as journalists.)

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In its endless one-upmanship against Russia, Ukraine has once again cut off its nose to spite its face, severely undermining its own credibility and that of journalists. This stunt also seems a gratuitous blow to what is left of public sincerity, compassion, and trust. Next time a journalist is killed in Ukraine (and, unfortunately, it seems certain that there will be a next time), even the least cynical observers, the kinds of people who wept all night over Babchenko’s supposed death, will likely wonder whether they should believe in a tragic death until they’ve inspected the corpse themselves. -The Guardian

According to Tuesday's media "reports", the journalist, Arkady Babachenko, was shot three times in the back in his apartment building in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last Tuesday after going out to buy bread - his wife finding him in a pool of blood after she came out of the bathroom following the "murder." He was pronounced dead in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. 

Following his "death," Ukrainian officials confirmed Babachenko had been shot and said it was believed he had been targeted due to his work as an anti-Putin journalist. Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchneko told the BBC that the killer waited for Babachenko near his Kiev apartment and then shot him from behind. 

A neighbor told local media that the assassin had probably used a silencer, since they didn't hear any shots. 

Ukrainian authorities patted themselves on the back during Wednesday's press conference, while Gerashchneko likened it to a spy novel. 

"After all, the hero of Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes successfully used the method of staging his own death for the effective investigation of complex and intricate crimes. No matter how painful it was for his family and Dr. Watson," he wrote on Facebook.

And in doing so, Ukraine has significantly damaged its credibility when it comes to making sweeping claims of aggression by Vladimir Putin. What's more, as we noted earlier, the number of Russian journalists killed under Putin has actually dropped from an average of 5 per year to between 1 and 2 per year.

Still not great, but it certainly dispels the notion that the problem has worsened under Putin. Meanwhile, Ukraine also continues to be a deadly place for journalists - though who knows if anyone will believe it the next time one goes down. 

Comments

Adolfsteinbergovitch Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:20 Permalink

Sacred lie.

Vlad the hetero is always wrong. 

And hasbara boys drive German luxury cars. 

I suppose this "journalist" will get another Jewish prize for showing off his great courage. 

???ö? JimmyJones Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:48 Permalink

George Sorrows dirty tricks.  He's on the run now.  

Stupid Ukrainians wanted into the EU club when everyone else is bailing.

Talk about losers.  Ignorant Euromaidan Nazi tools.  Right up George Sorrows alley.

His agenda to remake the USA has cratered. Now he's forced to retreat to the EU to save that shithole from self-demolition.

Obama administration was right one time: "FUCK THE EU."  

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HowdyDoody CuttingEdge Thu, 05/31/2018 - 15:01 Permalink

Now if Ukraine agreed to take excess Islamic refugees

There are already 'carefully vetted moderate rebels' trained by the CIA/Pentagram operating in Ukraine. This is not a good idea, as Russia has already invoked the relevant UN Article relating to self defense from the terrorists. I can see a good cleanup of Ukraine coming soon if the clowns keep up doing a babchenko.

 

 

 

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GreatUncle Looney Thu, 05/31/2018 - 13:08 Permalink

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* IN LATEST NEWS ALSO IT TURNS OUT THE SKRIPALS WERE ONLY PRETENDING

*TO HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO NOVICHOK BY THE UK GOVERNMENT

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Copycat ... tomorrows news will be? Whatever you pretend it is.

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silver140 skbull44 Thu, 05/31/2018 - 15:22 Permalink

Yesterday, every parasitoid corporate fascist news outlet reported that he had been assassinated by the Russians. I was thinking that, like the Brits did to the Skripals, the Ukrainians had made a victim out of him and either he was dead or disappeared. It makes little difference because, like BoJo, the public won't be made aware that he is still alive and will still believe the propaganda that, again, the Russians killed another person, somehow. Frameups of Russia will continue to occur until a majority of the NATO states brainwashed populace is convinced by the parasitoid spooks into accepting a war with Russia as necessary.

A parasitoid is an organism that lives in close association with its host and at the host's expense, and which sooner or later kills it.

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BritBob Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:29 Permalink

Russia/Ukraine – Crimea (If it ever went to court Russia would Probably lose).

As successor states to the Soviet Union, both Ukraine and Russia are signatories to the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Adopted in Helsinki in 1975, the document sought to promote détente during an era of Cold War geopolitical tensions in Europe.

Part 3 – Inviolability of frontiers

Part 4 - Territorial Integrity of each of the participating states

For relevant facts (1 page) Same as Spain & Gibraltar

Gibraltar – Helsinki Accord 1975 https://www.academia.edu/32824301/Gibraltar_-Helsinki_Accord_1975 (1 page)

In the same respect, Spain's claim to Gibraltar has also been signed away.

Mike Masr BritBob Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:33 Permalink

Crimea is overwhelmingly ethnic Russian. Imagine you are living in Crimea in 2014 when the US backed Banderist neo-nazis are brought to power in Kiev amidst a violent and undemocratic regime-change.

What are you hearing out of Kiev in the media? You are hearing that your language will be outlawed. Television stations and radio will stop broadcasting in your language. Schools will stop teaching your children in your language. You are also hearing that “Moskals” (a derogatory term for Russians) will be killed. Doesn't this mean you, your friends and family? You see on television coming from Kiev nazi symbols, torchlight parades and fascists salutes. Didn't 27 million of your people die fighting these fucking bastards in WW II? Would you want to live under this type of regime that truly loathes, hates your people? Or would you want out of Ukraine?

Today Ukraine is a failed state, a banana republic even more corrupt than before Maidan. A failed state without the rule of law. The Ukraine today is a parasite "beggar" nation feeding on IMF loans and hand outs. Ukraine mercilessly shells and murders its own innocent Russian speaking civilians in the Donbass.

The people of Crimea made their decision and voted out of Ukraine to rejoin Russia. Can you blame them?    

 

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JuliaS Mike Masr Thu, 05/31/2018 - 13:56 Permalink

Correct, and Crimea now enjoys much higher standard of living due to secession. When the railroad portion of the bridge is finished, they will be almost entirely independent from Ukraine. The bridge possesses a great threat as it not only links Russian territories in the area, but also prevents underwater craft from sneaking in, in order to spy. My heart feels that it will be sabotaged before the project is completed. It is highly vulnerable to all sorts of attacks.

To me such outcome seems almost inevitable. The question is, whether any specific side is going to claim responsibility for such terrorist act and what the Russian response will be. I'm sure they already have a response protocol in place. They've been turning the other cheek when provoked. That time it won't be the case.

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Trogdor Thu, 05/31/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

Anyone who's ever seen a person who's been shot to death can tell that guy is still alive and well in the picture ... gotta love the "transparent" blood and a nice rosy complexion.... and who the fuck would stop to take a picture before rendering aid?? 

And they did it to catch an "assassin" ... rrrriiight.  I wonder how, in the Liberal version of Reality, THAT was supposed to work....