Russian Grigory Turcanu, captured by militants grouping “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia), fought in the irregular units. On Tuesday, October 3, reports the Telegram-channel 4 Directorate responsible for monitoring activities of terrorists.
The found that Turcanu was involved in the fighting in the South-East of Ukraine, and also in Yugoslavia. His current trip to Syria is not the first, he was there as part of the private military company “Slavonic corps,” was in Hong Kong and host in their ranks former Russian military.
The second captive, Roman Zabolotnyi, according to Directorate 4, also participated in the conflict in Ukraine is a Cossack of the don Cossacks.
Earlier, on 3 October under control of the IG of the Agency “Amak” has distributed a video captured by the Russians. One of the two men seems to Zabolotnyi Roman Vasilyevich, refers to the year and place of his birth (1979, village Dawn Aksay district, Rostov region), and also reports that he was captured in the ISIS offensive near the Syrian village of Shuli. In addition, he calls the second person’s name — Turcanu Gregory M. (1978, Domodedovo district, presumably, the Moscow region). The whole video was silent. On the faces of both visible traces of beatings.
Later, the Russian defense Ministry commented on the video, saying that in Syria there have been no incidents of captured Russian soldiers.
Mercenaries in Russia is a criminal offence under article 359 of the criminal code. A mercenary is a person who acts in order to obtain material compensation and not a citizen of a state involved in armed conflict or hostilities, does not reside permanently in its territory, and not a person directed to perform official duties.