Russian soldier behind Ukraine memoir says he was kidnapped and interrogated

  • Pavel Filatyev wrote a memoir about his time fighting in the Ukraine. He fled from Moscow to a secret location last week.
  • On Monday, he was detained by special operations agents in the middle of the night, he said.
  • He said he was interrogated for up to eight hours before finally being released.

A Russian paratrooper said he was kidnapped by special operations agents and interrogated for eight hours afterward. publish a detailed account of the Ukrainian wara human rights group that works with him said in a statement shared with Insider.

Pavel Filatyev, who served in the Russian Army’s 56th Airborne Regiment, fled Moscow last week and is currently at an undisclosed location in Europe.

in a Tuesday Live Stream With Vladimir Osechkin, the head of the rights group, which Insider has translated, Filatyev said he was sleeping in a hotel room when eight men woke him up around his bed.

“They didn’t really talk to me, they just gave orders: get up,” Filatyev said. “Since I was in a hotel and my visitors somehow managed to get into my room, I thought this was not good news.”

The men then handcuffed him, put him in a white Land Cruiser in front of the hotel and drove for an hour to “what looked more like a military base than a police station,” he said.

“I kept thinking: this is it. I dodged the bullet in Ukraine, but here I meet my end,” he told Oschekin.

Filatyev said he was tied to a chair and waited up to six hours before an interpreter arrived. He was then interrogated for eight hours, he said.

The men took her phone and read all her social media accounts and emails, Filatyev said. They accused him of being an “intelligence officer” – they do not say for whom – and of selling “secret data to the Americans about the war in Ukraine”, he added.

“They made it clear that they are not interested in my attitude towards the war or my political views,” Filatyev added.

“I was under the impression that they were a department to combat extremism, not the police. They had many theories that I was an extremist and a terrorist. That was the reason why they did not allow me a lawyer or my phone,” he said.

The interpreter was also “absolutely exhausted” after the interrogation, he said.

Filatyev said he was finally released after about 16 hours in detention.

It is not clear who the men were. Filatyev said that they “were not in uniform, they did not show identification and they did not present me with any explanation or accusation”, and that he believes that they were definitely not Russian policemen.


Filatyev spent months fighting on the front lines in southern Ukraine before being wounded and evacuated to Moscow in July.

While in recovery, Filatyev recounted his experiences in a 141-page book. memory titled “ZOV” – a reference to Russia pro-war symbol.

The memoir, which he posted on the Russian social media platform VKontakte earlier this month, is the most detailed account of a Russian soldier fighting in Ukraine so far.

It mainly depicts the chaos within the Russian military in Ukraine, which included frightened commanders, unmotivated soldiers, and disdain for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He was able to escape from Moscow last week with the help of

While Filatyev did not mention who the agents worked for. Osechkin, the group’s founder, accused Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and Federal Security Service (FSB) of kidnapping Filatyev.

“Why slander and brazenly lie?” he said she said in a Monday statement. “Why do you defame and slander a modest and courageous paratrooper, who served Russia and the Russians for a long time, and try to make him look like a terrorist and extremist, setting him up for arrest on false grounds and unfounded suspicions?”

Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and Federal Security Service did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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