Very much alive: Arkady Babchenko.

The news has been full of the apparent murder and miraculous return of a Russian journalist named Arkady Babchenko.

It seems Mr Babchenko faked his own death in order to prevent an actual attempt on his life by the Russian government. The Ukrainian security services tell us they have made one arrest.

Of course Boris Johnson couldn’t resist making a dig at Russia:

He was obviously trying to use this incident as justification for the Tories’ stance against Russia over the Salisbury Poisoning – the attack by persons unknown against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. But – of course – his barb went wide of the mark because nobody has been killed, by the Russian government or anybody else.

Tory supporters made an even worse mistake – trying to attack Jeremy Corbyn over his measured response to the Salisbury crime by linking it to Mr Babchenko:

I wonder how Giles Dilnot now feels, in the knowledge that the Russians didn’t do this, and it was a conspiracy (although not by western powers and, for a change, intended to help someone rather than harm)?

As for Paul “The Original Centrist Dad” – perhaps he now appreciates the advantage in having the full evidence before coming to an ill-advised conclusion?

Am I right in thinking this was a case in which gammon chewed itself up?

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: