If mystery legend Agatha Christie was alive today, any plot for her newest novel could not have been any more finely crafted than what went down in Russia. Fox News has reported that Arkady Babchenko, the “fierce anti-Kremlin Russian journalist who was reported dead in Ukraine’s capital showed up to a news conference on Wednesday very much alive.” He simply strolled right into a new conference, as a matter of fact.
Authorities were in on the ruse, all done to ferret out who it was that was really trying to kill the man. Vasily Gritsak, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, admitted the whole ploy, all done to catch the real killers.
As people gasped in utter dismay at this Lazerous moment, Babchenko thanked his mourners and proclaimed, “I’m still alive.”
The crazy plan worked, too. A man from Ukraine was to be “paid $40,000 by the Russian security service to organize and carry out the killing.” This is all data that would never have become known if the death had not been faked as it was. That man, who has not been named, hired someone who he knew “had fought in the separatist war in eastern Ukraine” as the killer.
Ukrainian politician, Anton Gerashchenko, had said on his Facebook posting that the journalist died on Tuesday and was found bleeding to death by his wife in the staircase of their Kiev apartment home. He is said to have died on his way to the hospital.
Reuters has found that even the writer’s wife was not aware that the whole thing was staged (likely for her protection). The murder scene looked so real that his spouse totally believed that he was dying right before her grieving eyes.
No one involved will say how this realism was achieved. Still, he does get to be one of the few people who has ever lived who know what people really think of him after he died, as strange as that sentence is to read.
“I’m sorry, but there was no other way of doing it,” confessed the seemingly resurrected man. “Separately, I want to apologize to my wife for the hell that she has been through.” She was in such a state of shock that she could not speak, even to him. She was utterly traumatized.
Sky News reported that police had been saying that that Babchenko was shot “multiple times in the back.” The motive for wanting him dead was thought to be related to his job, another detail common in works of fiction, oddly enough. “The first and the most probable version is his professional activity,” declared Kiev Police Chief Andriy Kryshchenko yesterday, when the killing was thought to have been real.
A sketch of the would-be killer was released and it shows a “man between 40 and 45 years old with a grey beard and wearing a hat.” The journalist had fled from Russia a year ago and settled in Ukraine, a move not without reason when one considers the poisonings extant in that country for those who anger Putin and others.
Prior to his move, he “served in the Russian army during the two wars in Chechnya in 1990’s and became one of Russia’s best-known war reporters.”
When the death was thought to be an authentic tragedy, politicians in Ukraine blamed the Kremlin without hesitation. “Putin’s regime takes aim at those who cannot be broken or intimidated,” stated Gerashchenko on Facebook.
Similarly, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said,”Russian totalitarian machine” had not forgiven Babchenko for his “honesty and principled stance,” Sky News confirmed.
“This is the height of cynicism against the backdrop of such a brutal murder. It is anti-Russian bluster instead of talking about the need to conduct a thorough, objective investigation,” proclaimed Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as he displayed a living Babchenko for all of the world to see.
The plan, while quit trying for his wife and others who loved him, worked. As odd, backward, and seemingly illogical as it was, this Hollywood idea worked.
In the twisted sphere of Russian politics, at this point, who can be shocked by anything…even a dead man walking into a new conference?
Путинский режим метит в тех, кого нельзя сломать или запугать. Сегодня в Киеве на пороге квартиры, где он жил, был…