Russian journalist Babchenko turns up alive after reported murder

KIEV, May 30 (Reuters) - A Russian dissident journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive and well on Wednesday in the middle of a briefing about the killing by the Ukrainian state security service.

The head of the security service said it had received information about a Russian plot to kill Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko and managed to prevent it.

Babchenko thanked the Ukrainian security service for saving his life.

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Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko (L) speaks during an interview with foreign media in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko touches his face during an interview with foreign media, with a portrait of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko seen in the background, in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko smiles during an interview with foreign media in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko speaks during an interview with foreign media in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko speaks during an interview with foreign media in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko speaks during an interview with foreign media, with a portrait of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko seen in the background, in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko (R) holds his portrait while listening to deputy chief of the Crimean Tatar channel ATR Aider Muzhdabaiev at the office of the channel in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko (C) greets acquaintances as he visits the office of the Crimean Tatar channel ATR in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko (L) visits the office of the Crimean Tatar channel ATR in Kiev, Ukraine May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reported murdered in the Ukrainian capital on May 29, speaks during a news briefing by the Ukrainian state security service in Kiev, Ukraine May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev, Ukraine November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Vitalii Nosach
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko (C), who was reported murdered in the Ukrainian capital on May 29, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko (R) and head of the state security service (SBU) Vasily Gritsak attend a news briefing in Kiev, Ukraine May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev, Ukraine November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Vitalii Nosach
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko smokes a cigarette during an interview in Kiev, Ukraine November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Vitalii Nosach
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko attends an interview in Kiev, Ukraine November 14, 2017. Picture taken November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Vitalii Nosach
Police cars are seen parked in front of an apartment block where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A Ukrainian police officer guards near an apartment block where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian police officers guard in the entrance to a house where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian police officers guard as flowers are placed near the entrance to a house where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
People gather outside an apartment block where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian police officers guard in the entrance to a house where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Police cars are seen parked in front of an apartment block where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Ukrainian police officers guard in the entrance to a house where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, in Kiev, Ukraine May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Flowers lay under a picture of the 41-year-old anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko on the memorial wall of Moscow's journalists house in Moscow on May 30, 2018. - The prominent Russian war correspondent and former soldier was shot dead on May 29 evening in an apparent contract-style killing in the stairwell of his building in Kiev. He had moved to the Ukrainian capital last year following a campaign of harassment in Moscow. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 30, 2018: A portrait of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was shot dead in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 29, 2018, on a memorial wall by the offices of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
The portraits of killed Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko are seen on a fence of Russian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, 30 May, 2018. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, late evening on 29 May 2018. "Arkady Babchenko was killed by three gunshots to the back in the stairwell of his building as he came home from the store," wrote on the Facebook journalist Osman Pashayev. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
National guard soldier stands near the portraits of killed Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko on a fence of Russian embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, 30 May, 2018. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot and died of his wounds in an ambulance, late evening on 29 May 2018. "Arkady Babchenko was killed by three gunshots to the back in the stairwell of his building as he came home from the store," wrote on the Facebook journalist Osman Pashayev. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; writing by Matthias Williams; editing by John Stonestreet)

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