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Assad’s rivals claimed that they killed the high-ranking Russian military official

August 09, 2012, 11:47 UTC+3
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The Free Syrian Army, which is fighting against President Bashar Assad has made a statement on Tuesday that its fighters killed Russian advisor of the Syrian defence minister Gen. Vladimir Kuzheyev. Shortly after that it turned out that the general is alive and the opposition hoped to oust Russia from the participation in the conflict settlement in Syria.

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported that the rebels noted about the murder of “Russian General Vladimir Petrovich Kodzhiyev”, who allegedly worked as an advisor of the Syrian defence minister, and about the death of his interpreter. The video the Free Syrian Army is not for nervous people, the newspaper noted. A certain officer of the rebels at the background of the flag of the Syrian opposition threatens to punish all “supporters of the bloody regime”. One epithet in the statement of the militant – “Russian snakes” is ostensible. The video footage shows some papers with the stamps, but does not show the bodies of dead people and does not specify, where, when and under what circumstances the general was killed. Up to the tone of the militant in front of the video camera, the most precious trophy of the rebels turned out to be an identity card on the Arab language with the photo of the Russian general.

Unexpectedly allegedly killed in Syria reserve Maj. Gen. Vladimir Petrovich Kuzheyev refuted personally the rumours about his death to several Moscow journalists, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported. “I thank the media for a close attention to my modest personality. For me personally the information about my alleged death in Syria was unpleasant to me. I am much concerned that this information worried much my relatives and acquaintances. My telephone has been ringing almost for half a day today,” he stated to them. “I want to confirm that I am sound and healthy and live in Moscow being in full health. For me personally it is unpleasant for me, as the reserve general I realize that this information is not only a provocative act against me, but also a provocation against my country,” he pointed out.

One can assume that some old papers fell in the hands of the militants. As a result a provocative video was made, in which the commander of the rebels acts as the speaker. This is an episode of the psychological war against Russia, which disagreed with the foreign interference in Syrian affairs. It was a quite badly made, false video footage, the newspaper underlined.


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