The Babchenko stunt may end up feeding the Kremlin spin machine | Shaun Walker

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Shock and awe will soon give way to questions about whether it was advisable to play with the truth

As dramatic plot-twists go, it was top drawer: gasps all round at a press conference about a murder investigation, as the star guest turns out to be the victim himself, smirking and very much not dead.

The had not been shot in the back by an assassin, as Ukrainian government officials and gruesome leaked photographs had led everyone to believe. In fact, he had faked his own death as part of a top-secret Ukrainian security services operation to catch real would-be killers operating on Moscow’s orders.

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