Oleg Kashin, a Russian journalist who was brutally attacked in 2010, told HuffPost UK that while the development was undoubtedly good news, those close to Babchenko might not be so pleased: "What is better- to be killed or to be part of this Macabre show?"
"Thank God he's alive", she said, wiping tears from her eyes and hugging a visiting reporter.
Babchenko served in the Russian army and fought during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s. He said he had left the country because threats had been made against him and his family.
Tens of thousands of people signed a petition to strip him of his Russian citizenship and Babchenko's home address was published on line.
Babchenko did not take the intimidation too seriously, Ponomarev said Wednesday before the fact that the slaying was staged came out. He's known for being critical of many of Putin's policies, including the annexation of Crimea.
Babchenko left Russian Federation past year and had told people that he feared for his life.
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Mr Babchenko's reappearance elicited gasps, then cheers and applause from journalists at the briefing.
Deloire insisted the fake set-up "would not help the cause of press freedom".
Ukrainian officials led by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman accused Russian Federation of being behind the killing of the Kremlin critic, a charge that Moscow batted back.
"It is the state lying, even if it was brief", he added.
Babchenko, 41, rose to fame as a war correspondent in Russian Federation. He was given US$40,000 to organise the murder, US$30,000 for the killer and US$10,000 for being an intermediary, it said.
Two years later, Mikhail Beketov suffered brain damage and lost a leg after a brutal assault in 2008 following his reporting and campaign against a highway project against Moscow. Kasparov - who moved to NY five years ago because of fears for his safety - called the episode "a freaky charade". The Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Vasyl Hrytsak, said the operation had been planned for two months. His attackers were never found.
Mr Babchenko was in favour of the uprising in Kiev that ousted a Moscow-backed regime in 2014. He apologised to her at the press conference. It was an effort born out of frustration with the death of another reporter, Pavel Sheremet, who died in a July 2016 auto bombing in Kyiv.
Kashin has written on a wide range of social and political issues, some politically sensitive.