“I can understand perfectly how the report of my illness got about, I have even heard on good authority that I was dead. James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness. The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
Mark Twain — Letter (May 31 1897)
“I am confident that the Russian totalitarian machine did not forgive him [Arkady Babchenko] his honesty and principled stance.”
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman
May 30 2018 — Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko, who was reported to have been shot dead, has appeared reasonably alive at a news conference today. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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This was the main story on the BBC news this morning. They reported that his wife found him “in a pool of blood” and that he had been shot in the back inside his apartment building (but outside his apartment).
The BBC interviewed several “experts” who all said how it was the Russians who killed him. They said it had all the signs of a “professional hit”.
In an ‘extraordinary’ development, the high-profile critic of the Kremlin appeared live on Ukrainian TV.
Today, Associated Press posted the following Tweet:
“We’ve deleted a tweet linking to a story about attacks on Russian journalists that referenced the supposed death of Arkady Babchenko. Ukrainian police, who said Tuesday that the reporter was killed in Kiev, now say authorities faked his death to foil a plot to take his life.” (
The ‘Moon of Alabama’ posted the best, no-nonsense, short and simple analysis of this story.
“This will not go down well for Babchenko or the Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister officially accused Russia of killing the man. But it turns out the the Ukrainian state faked the murder. Babchenko comes back from the dead, proving that the accusations against Russia were false. Just as one false claim is undone the Ukrainian security service says that Russia ordered the failed assassination? Why would anyone now believe a word of what they say?
Russia should be happy. Both affairs, the Skripal and the Babchenko stunt, have been proven to be factless propaganda against Russia.
The German “journalist” union deleted its tweet and an editorial (pic) demanding sanctions against Russia from its website. Tomorrow it will be back attacking those who say that such “journalism” is fake news and propaganda.
More people will wake up to these obvious manipulations. They will ask questions. The usual accusers will have to become more cautious in raising their propaganda claims. Their propaganda “killings” will – in the end – kill their propaganda.”
‘Dead’ Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko is alive
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