Still picture from the video showing captivity of the Cossack Roman Zabolotniy in Syria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QkDaZNGxsY

09 October 2017, 18:34

Video of Cossack Zabolotniy’s captivity in Syria posted

Today, a video has been posted on the YouTube showing an interrogation of the Cossack Roman Zabolotniy by militants immediately after his capture. Zabolotniy tried to speak Russian with one of the militants and said that he had "information about weapons."

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Roman Zabolotniy, who was executed by militants of the “Islamic State” (IS), a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court, was carrying out his military mission in Syria; this was reported by Anatoly Kotlyarov, a Rostov City Duma Member, and one of the Cossack’s friends. Both Zabolotniy, and another executed Russian Grigory Tsurkanu, were contractors of the so-called “Wagner Private Military Company (PMC)”; they were captured on September 28, after a retreat of Syrian government troops, the “Novaya Gazeta” reported on October 5.

According to Victor Vodolatsky, a former Ataman of the All-Great Don Cossack Army and now a Russian State Duma MP, Zabolotniy was executed after his refusal to become a militant.

Today, the attention to the above video posted on the YouTube video hosting showing the captured Roman Zabolotniy and Grigory Tsurkanu, was attracted by the Conflict Intelligence Team and the Directorate-4 Telegram Channel, which is monitoring the activities of terrorist groupings on the Internet.

"The video shows Roman Zabolotniy – he is trying to talk to a militant and says that he has some information about weapons. Grigory Tsurkanu sits with his back to the cabin, with a bandage on his eyes. Also Roman says that they were on the way to headquarters with some information; and they were not in Deir ez Zor," the Conflict Intelligence Team reports.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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