For one day, the family and friends of Arkady Babchenko were led to believe that the Russian journalist had been the victim of an assassination.
In Russia, it’s not a far-fetched idea so nobody thought to question it. Within 24-hours, they received the shock of a lifetime when Babchenko appeared in a press conference, alive and well.
Apparently, the journalist worked with Ukrainian authorities to expose an assassination plot against him. The 41-year-old is often critical of the Kremlin which, in Russia, can be a death sentence.
To increase the realism of Babchenko’s faked assassination, the journalist was forced to keep away from family and friends. As expected, his miraculous return was met with a mixture of shock, joy and anger.