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Russian federal agents want to see a copy of the personnel file on the journalist who recently faked his death in Ukraine


The Russian authorities are still investigating Arkady Babchenko’s May 29 death hoax in Kyiv, where Ukrainian officials staged the journalist’s murder to flush out a network of terrorist-assassins supposedly hired by Russian intelligence. Moscow denies any involvement in a plot on Babchenko’s life.

Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee has mailed a formal request to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta (where Babchenko worked in 2011), asking for a copy of his personnel file and a write up of his “characteristics” as an employee.