A Russian journalist who was harshly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin was reported dead. But the next day, Arkady Babchenko stunned a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, where he appeared and said he helped government authorities stage his own death to prevent a contract killing. Even his wife and six children did not know he was taking part in a secret Ukrainian undercover operation to catch the people who threatened his life. A piece on Poynter noted that the fake may make it easier for Russians to deny being involved in other dark acts and give fuel to critics who doubt what they see in the news.
Posted on: May 31, 2018