IS Video Purportedly Shows Beheading Of Russian Officer In Syria
May 10 2017
And like other beheading videos released by ISIS, it features the victim reading a confession and urging Russian forces to surrender before the gruesome death was recorded.
"This idiot believed the promises of his state not to abandon him if he was captured", a narrator said, before a bearded militant beheaded the Russian man using a knife.
In a previous video released by ISIS, Mr Petrenko was named as a Russian Federal Security Service colonel. "But during this I was discovered and arrested by the security services of the caliphate", the man said. Further footage claimed to show the aftermath of Russian bombing raids in Syria.
Isil first claimed to have captured a Russian FSB officer called Evgeny Petrenko in September 2016.
"All members of the Russian armed forces in Syria are alive, in good health, and performing their duties in combating global terrorism as a part of their units", the defense ministry stated. He was shown supposedly confessing to infiltrating jihadi groups in the Caucus, Turkey and Syria, where he allegedly contacted Chechen militant Omar al-Shishani, who has since been killed in a U.S. air strike.
However Russian Senator Vikor Ozerov apparently said, "there would be hell to pay", if the footage was proved authentic.
Russian Federation has been directly involved in the war in Syria since 2015, and has been targeting both IS and moderate rebel groups.
The country is a major actor in the war in Syria, supporting strongman president Bashar al-Assad against a proliferation of rebel groups, including Isis.
The Russian defense ministry says about 30 Russian servicemen have been killed since the start of the Kremlin's operation there in September 2015, Reuters concluded.