Arkady Babchenko tells media he was taken to morgue for staged 'murder'

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Russian journalist smeared with pig’s blood as part of ruse with Ukrainian authorities

The Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko has described how his own death was dramatically faked, in an extraordinary operation involving a make-up artist, pig’s blood and a trip by ambulance to the morgue where he cleaned himself up and watched news of his “murder” on live TV.

Speaking at a press conference, Babchenko defended the tactics used by Ukraine’s security services, and said the plot to kill him was terrifyingly real. After being told a contract had been taken out on his life Babchenko said he wanted “to collect my belongings and disappear somewhere in the North Pole. But then I realised, where do you hide? [Sergei] Skripal also tried to hide.”

Related: By faking Babchenko’s murder, Ukraine has smeared itself | Sophie Pinkham

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