'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears at press conference

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears at press conference

"[Babchenko] showed up at Gritsak's news conference on Wednesday and thanked everyone who was mourning his death", AP reported.

He said investigators would be looking at "Russian spy agencies' efforts to get rid of those who are trying to tell the truth about what is going on in Russia and Ukraine".

Arkady Babchenko, a prominent Russian journalist, author, and a longtime Putin detractor who fled Russia in February 2017, was fatally shot outside his apartment on Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukrainian police had said the Babchenko was gunned down as he opened the door of his flat in Kiev last night by an assassin who had been waiting for him in a stairwell.

Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Russian Senate, called the SBU ruse "a stage in a series of delusional actions of the Ukrainian authorities directed at Russia" and compared it to the murky case of the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal in the UK.

"I am sorry, but there were no options here", Babchenko said at a news conference.

Reports said that his wife found him in their apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, with multiple gunshot wounds in his back.

Appearing with Mr Gritsak and very much alive was Babchenko, 41, one of Russia's best-known war reporters. He spoke and wrote about leaving the country because of the threats against him and his family.

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This past March, Babchenko spoke at "Putincon" in New York City, a conference featuring a number of Putin critics on the eve of the 2018 presidential election in Russian Federation.

Shortly after Babchenko's death was announced, Moscow and Kiev began blaming each other for the killing of the journalist, who is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and left Russian Federation in 2017, saying he no longer felt safe.

Police said that they had made one arrest in connection with the extraordinary operation.

On Feb. 27 previous year, he wrote on Facebook that he had left Russian Federation.

Babchenko used his time in the press conference to apologize to his loved ones for putting them through the pain of grieving for his death.

Babchenko left Russian Federation after he criticized the Kremlin in a Facebook post in 2017.

Babchenko was 19 when he was sent to fight in Russia's first Chechen campaign in the 1990s as a conscript.

He relocated to Kiev, where he began working for a Crimean television station and produced coverage critical of Russia's military actions in the region.

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