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Zabolotny was reported to have been a devout Orthodox believer who went to Syria in order to protect Christians from terrorists. Both men were believed to be fighting for a group called Wagner private army.
Ruslan Leviev, founder of Conflict Intelligence independent investigation group, said the pair were mercenaries despite the reluctance of the Russian government to acknowledge the presence of mercenary soldiers in the area.
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"Our experience of watching this conflict tells us that Wagner private army mercenaries are the first to fight," he said."We think it is a strategy of the Defense Ministry of Russia: sending mercenaries to the hottest places, we avoid losses among official soldiers and keep the image of a successful combat operation."
A Russian group had offered to pay $1 million to ISIS for each of the men if they were freed. Aleteia reports that the Russian Orthodox Church this week declared them to be...
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