Saichenko’s Forced Confession?

Update, 11:55 PM: The journalists have been released! For some odd reason, they flew out of Ukraine on Ramzan Kadyrov’s plane. (Kadyrov is the head of Chechnya.) At least they appear to be no worse for the wear…

Several days ago, two Russian journalists, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko with the pro-Russian news agency LifeNews were captured by anti-Russian forces in Ukraine. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty obtained and translated a video in which Saichenko makes a purported confession of breaking the law. I’ve embedded it below:

(Click here to watch on the RFE/RL website.)

What do you think? Do you think Saichenko’s confession was made under duress? He certainly doesn’t look very happy in that video (not that many people would be happy about being arrested).

As of this writing, the two men still have not been released and even those who do not agree with LifeNews’s reportage on Ukraine have urged the authorities to release them.

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Natalie K.

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