Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev, Ukraine November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Vitalii Nosach
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Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko Thursday defended faking his own murder with the cooperation of the Ukrainian security services, after the shock operation was criticized by fellow reporters.Babchenko made a scarcely credible reappearance at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday, more than 12 hours after the Ukrainian authorities reported he had been shot dead at his home in a contract-style killing.After initial expressions of relief that Babchenko was alive, many fellow journalists have sharply criticized the staging of his death for undermining the credibility of the profession.Babchenko's staged killing fooled the world's media and led to press freedom groups raising fears about the impact it could have on the work of journalists around the globe.Other commentators urged the media to focus on the fact that Babchenko is alive.Grytsak said the authorities had arrested the alleged mastermind of a plot against Babchenko, saying a Ukrainian citizen named only as G. had offered to pay a hitman to carry out the killing after being recruited by Russian special forces and paid $40,000 .
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