MOSCOW – The Assassination of the Puncture of the Victims of a Punitive Movement in Ukraine.
A photo of the victim, a dissident Russian journalist, showed him lying face down Tuesday in a vermilion pool of his own blood. Kiev, Ukraine's capital.
Then on Wednesday, the journalist, Arkady Babchenko, to all appearances very much
"First of all, I would like to apologize for all this, because I know the horrible feeling when you have to bury your colleagues, "Mr. Babchenko told stunned reporters after the gasps died down.
The staged death, said Vasily S. Gritsak, the head of Ukraine's security service, which is a sting operation aimed at stopping a real assassination plot against Mr. Babchenko. It was a separatist was in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine and Russia constantly praise charges and countercharges accusing each other of various forms of skulduggery. And they often accuse each other of fabricating claims. The announcement by the Ukrainian authorities that they had, in fact, the Babchenko killing offered the Russians a rare chance to claim the high ground. Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a blistering statement, saying Ukraine would be better off solving real crimes, like the killing of two journalists in Kiev in 2015 and 2016.
"Matters of life and death in Ukraine, as well as trust The Russian Statement said that
Both the story of Mr. Babchenko's death and that of his resurrection
Various voices, especially from the world of journalism, called the bad idea in an era when battling fake news has become a daily problem – and when real news is dismissed as fake news whenever politicians from Washington to the Kremlin
Critics said Ukraine's actions would only help the Kremlin raise doubts now when it's time to shoot down a civ ilian airliner over ukraine in 2014 that killed nearly 300 people, and the retired Russian spy and his daughter in Britain in March.
Reporters Without Borders condemned the Ukrainian Security Services, calling it "dangerous
Russian-funded attacks against targets in Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials defended their actions. Mr. Gritsak said there was no doubt that "the assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was ordered by Russian intelligence."
One Ukrainian Parliament member, writing on Facebook, found justification in literature. Even Sherlock Holmes, he said, faked his own death "to effectively investigate difficult and complicated crimes."
Mr. Babchenko, 41, was a former correspondent, fled Russia last year after his criticism of the Kremlin for the wars in Ukraine and Syria prompted a nationalist campaign of intimidation against him. Russian singers, dancers and musicians, who died in a plane crash en route to Syria to perform.  Given that history, Mr. Babchenko's "killing" appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks, many of them fatal, on outspoken foes of President Vladimir V. Putin, both inside Russia and beyond. Before Mr. Babchenko's death was staged, officials in Ukraine and Russia accused the other country of ordering the killing and then lying about it.
Ukrainian security officials did not fully explain how their ruse was supposed to work. One man, a Ukrainian, is already in custody, they said.
Mr. Babchenko said that he had started to pay $ 40,000 to Mr. Babchenko.  The authorities identified as having been arrested in a white shirt on a city street.
Mr. G., they said, had a veteran of the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine to carry out the killing. But the hit man secretly agreed to cooperate with the security services, the official said, pretending to carry out the killing and collecting a $ 30,000 fee. (Mr. G. kept $ 10,000 for himself, they said.)
It was not entirely clear from their description, but it appeared that the payment was a picture of the corpse.
The killer was killed in a bombing raid
Mr Babchenko and his family were in the operation, without specifying which family members knew about it. Mr. Babchenko has been avoided.
Just before his putative assassination, Mr. Babchenko posted a comment on his Facebook page about how he escaped death when a general
The post prompted an outpouring of comments that this time,
Iuliia Mendel contributed reporting from Kiev, Ukraine , and Ivan Nechepurenko and Oleg Matsnev from Moscow.