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Hammered & Beheaded: Investigative Paper Wants Atrocities Of Alleged Russian Mercenaries In Syria Probed After Graphic Video

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Hammered & Beheaded: Investigative Paper Wants Atrocities Of Alleged Russian Mercenaries In Syria Probed After Graphic Video

A screenshot from the footage showing the execution.

RT reports (source):

A disturbing clip of an execution in Syria has prompted a Russian newspaper to investigate links between the torturers and the shadowy Wagner Group. Claiming to have uncovered one of the “mercenaries,” it wants Moscow to step in.

The extremely graphic footage, said to have been filmed in Syria in 2017, documents the brutal torture and murder of an alleged Syrian deserter by Russian-speaking men dressed in tactical clothing. The man is accused of fighting for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The video, which triggered the Novaya Gazeta (NG) investigation, had surfaced in the media before but its full version, showing what happened to the tortured man and revealing those filming the execution, appeared on social media only recently.

Hammered & Beheaded: Investigative Paper Wants Atrocities Of Alleged Russian Mercenaries In Syria Probed After Graphic Video

A screenshot from the footage showing the execution.

Identified by the paper as Abdullah al-Ismail, 32, the suspected army deserter is shown being pushed to the ground, repeatedly hit with a sledgehammer and beaten unconscious. The group then beheads him and cuts off his arms. Disturbingly, the new footage shows them posing with the mutilated, hung-upside-down corpse, and then proceeding to douse and burn it.

While the men in the clip do not identify themselves as part of any force, NG sought to find proof of media claims they belonged to the so-called Wagner Group of mercenaries.

Hammered & Beheaded: Investigative Paper Wants Atrocities Of Alleged Russian Mercenaries In Syria Probed After Graphic Video

A screenshot from the footage showing the execution.

NG used an online tool to compare an image of the only man with his face uncovered – the one filming the atrocity – to social media profiles, and said it came up with a perfect match to a certain Stanislav. The paper cited previously uncovered evidence of Stanislav fighting for Wagner, and published a scan of his passport with the surname censored.

The NG report then addressed the Russian authorities, suggesting an investigation into the people in the video should be opened. Failing that, they hope to uncover their identity with the help of friends and the internet.

When asked about the footage of the execution, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had not watched it but that it was not an issue for the president’s administration to look into, as the incident has nothing to do with the Russian Army operation in Syria. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied it has any knowledge of the Wagner Group’s operations.

Very little is known about the private mercenary group and the information available is based on media reports, sources and rumors. The mercenaries, said to be made up of Russian army veterans, have been accused of participating in covert operations in Syria, Ukraine and the Central African Republic.

Further muddying the waters are over-hyped and sometimes dramatized Western media reports, as was the case with Sky News, who apparently used a Russian actor to pose as a mercenary fighter in a TV report. The actor later revealed details of Sky’s staged report to RT in 2016.

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  • RGtz98

    Can you talk about the SAADF (Syria) looking to purchase the HQ-9 AA since apperrantly the S-300 are ineffective.

    • Amin Mansouri

      your comment still doesn’t cover the crime commited by these faggots, they should be done the same

    • Jens Holm

      your comment still doesn’t cover the crime commited by these faggots, they should be done the same…

  • J Roderet

    “Novaya Gazeta” is not a source that we should trust. It is a liberal fifth-columnist propaganda organ, controlled by the traitor-oligarch, Alexander Lebedev. The traitor Gorbachev also partially owns it.

    • Amin Mansouri

      your comment still doesn’t cover the crime commited by these faggots

      • Icarus Tanović

        It does.

      • Tudor Miron

        No one knows who this faggots are, is it even real (NG is well known for fake movies in white helmets style) but every and where it was filmed.

        • Jens Holm

          Maybee they should send You an arm.

      • Tommy Jensen

        I guess all mercenaries are a dirty pack, only hunting for money, rapes, drugs, killings and booze.

    • Jens Holm

      I only can see the source is completly irrelevant. This is terrible. One like me might understand he was killed by a bullet – And that was it.

  • Amin Mansouri

    Now nobody wants to comment about this. Many hypocrite ignorants here

    • Lazy Gamer

      War always brings out our worst side and this applies to everyone. Some however are more readily and willingly beasts.

      • Jens Holm

        Yes, a defence could be this fellow just have killed some friends of those soldiers, but I dont accept that as any choise.

    • Jens Holm

      Yes, people even defend using hammers and cutting arms.

    • S Melanson

      I just posted a comment on this article and encourage your feedback.

  • Amin Mansouri

    Imagine how many crimes have been commited by these scumbags without anybody knowing

    • Jens Holm

      You are right. I am sure all parts there do that but some more and some less.

  • Tudor Miron

    This so called paper (good for toilet at the very best) should not be called Russia – it is Ruzionic to its core. That’s the main voice of ruzionic liberasts spreading lies and trying to poison our society for many years.

    • Jens Holm

      Thats no needed. It already is dirty. So many cant even be elected to be elected.

    • S Melanson

      Ironically I said the same thing in my critique – good as toilet paper and not much else.

  • MeMad Max

    A former Afghanistan commander was interviewed and was asked, “were you ever afraid of the americans or the russians”, and his reply was(essentially) he was never afraid of the americans but pissed his pants when fighting the russians….

    • Tommy Jensen

      In the sovjet days the Russians were without mercy.

      • Jens Holm

        ….And now they smile before they slap You.

      • verner

        you’ve gone soft in de head?

    • Amin Mansouri

      however, russians where f*cked hard

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    This is nothing. Communist-Russians did this to 45,000,000 humans in the Gulags and not one single one was ever tried for it. The Holodomor-genocide is the 2nd worst genocide in human history right after the Genghis Khan genocides of 127,000,000 humans over a 300 year period.
    http://ihr.org/

    • Jens Holm

      Some links about the numbers might be nice.

    • 1691

      Communist Russians were jews.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Correct.
        And jewish cruelty is still amongst the worst throughout history.

      • Jens Holm

        You too.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      There was no Holiday in the Moor you nazi liar.

  • Its disappointing to see things like this, but this is the exception not the rule, unlike the islamic savages

  • Max

    Peskov’s response is pathetic
    What does he mean it’s not a matter for the presidential administration?
    These are Russian citizens commiting barbaric crimes on foreign territory. This alone should be enough for an investigation to be opened. Nevermind the fact that Wagner is in Syria with the Russian govt’s blessing, however they legally cover it.

    • You can call me Al

      Are they fuck, you dildo.

  • 1691

    Do the dirty deed and blame it on the Russians. Is is news?

  • S Melanson

    The video is at least two years old and it is regarding a single execution of an alleged army deserter by alleged mercenaries that are speculated to have among them Russians.

    Even if true, if this is all one can come up with to smear Russia, then my opinion of Russia actually is higher. Consider how much has been documented just recently on crimes against civilians by US, Turkish and their jihadist proxies. Then there is Yemen and even the corrupt UN has reported US backed Coalition responsible for majority of civilian deaths including children.

    Now we have, based on flimsy evidence, alleged Russian mercenaries involved in a killing of a alleged deserter several years ago. The methods were brutal but this is a military soldier and desertion in time of war is punished by execution. Suppose the speculation is all true, it is mercenaries, not Russian military, and is this all they can dig up given the plentiful evidence of atrocities going on all the time by other nations and proxies.

    I am yet to see credible and compelling evidence that Russian military commits atrocities on a regular basis.

    If this article were printed out, I would tape it to a roll of toilet paper so that it might serve some useful purpose.

    • You can call me Al

      1. They were certainly not Russian attackers.
      2. This was done to the East of Palumera ….. sounds dodgy to me.

      I think we could have been submitted by the White Helmets and somehow linked to the head honcho of TWH that allegedly committed suicide, that’s why it comes out now.