Captured three years ago in captivity in Syria, traveler and blogger from Tomsk Konstantin Zhuravlev returned to Russia. It is reported TASS with reference to the Center of public relations (TSOs) FSB of Russia.
“On the territory of the Russian Federation returned the citizen of Russia Zhuravlev Konstantin Vladimirovich, 1981 year of birth, which is traveling around the world in October 2013 was captured in Northern Syria by one of the armed groups and forced to hold for three years”, — have informed in FSB.
Produced after the intelligence Agency with the participation of Zhuravleva necessary procedural actions, he was handed over to relatives, the statement said.
The FSB did not specify how the Russians managed to return home.
Zhuravlev, known for its Hiking travels in various countries of the world, was captured when he was hitchhiking from Turkey to the Sahara via Syria. Almost immediately after crossing the Turkish-Syrian border Zhuravlev was a prisoner of the Islamist group “Liwa Al-Tawhid”, fighting against the government forces of Bashar al-Assad, who accused the Russians of spying for Damascus.
Fellow Syrian security service later explained that Zhuravlev entered the territory of Syria, without having the official reason that is punishable by imprisonment means that the authorities cannot assume responsibility for destiny of the Russian.
However, Damascus promised to do everything possible to free Russian traveler from captivity. In Russia it was a criminal case under article “kidnapping by an organized group”.
During the whole time that Zhuravlev was captured by militants, Russian diplomats have contacted the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition groups and “external parties” to secure the release of the traveler.