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    Was the Truth ‘Assassinated’ With Arkady Babchenko?

    For nearly 24 hours, the world thought Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist, was dead. Then he showed up at a press conference, where Ukrainian officials said his staged assassination in Kiev was a sting to catch Russian agents at work. While they hailed the operation as a success, it merely added to the maelstrom of disinformation and propaganda that’s helped mobilize pro-Russian and Ukrainian combatants for the past four years. As those caught in the crossfire await details of the intricate deception scheme, they’ll undoubtedly be wondering: What else is fake?

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