Russian man traveling in Syria kidnapped by rebels near Aleppo

Posted on October 14, 2013 • Filed under: Conflicts, Middle East, Tourist Kidnapped

According to reports that a Russian tourist traveling in Syria was apparently abducted by an Islamist rebel group, which is accusing him of spying for the Syrian government. Konstantin Zhuravlev, 32, is an experienced traveler and photographer. He was passing through Syria on his way from Turkey to Egypt, and went missing on Sept. 30, his friends say. On Friday, the pro-rebel Shamel News posted an image of Zhuravlev’s passport on its Facebook page, and claimed that he was a Russian spy who was arrested in Aleppo. The message also said footage of his interrogation would be posted soon. Read article

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