Inconveniently for Mr Johnson’s narrative – and credibility – Babchenko turned up unscathed at a globally-televised press conference a few short hours later.
Johnson wasn’t the only one.
Two well-known centrist tweeters piled on, in evident eagerness to exploit Babchenko’s then-death to attack Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters over the statesmanlike position he took after the Salisbury poisoning:
Think it’s safe to say their hasty tweets didn’t age well.
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