Russian mercenaries captured by ISIS ‘are executed after refusing to reject Christianity and become Muslim’

Two Russian mercenaries reportedly captured by ISIS jihadists are feared to have been executed because they refused to read out a statement saying they rejected their Christian faith and had become Muslim.

Roman Zabolotny, 39, and Grigory Tsurkanu, 38, held in Syria, also refused to say on camera that they had joined the terrorist group.

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  • vwVwwVwv

    Brave Man

    • xavier

      Yup. And shows is IS sterile vindictiveness. Good men who saw up close the depravity and refuse to participate in it

  • jayme

    There are still men with courage and strong beliefs in Russia but they seem to have disappeared from most Western nations.

    • vwVwwVwv

      Realy, how they dont stand up to dictator Putin, the brave ones.

      • k1992

        Is it possible that Putin represents strength and national pride to Russians, and so they are willing to put up with the negatives that come with him (restrictions on freedom, silencing of opposition, etc.)?

        • vwVwwVwv

          No it’s so that, like me, they fear the Dictator after Putin.
          Russians suffer but they fear more suffering.
          Personal brave people can be
          Cowards against the
          own leader.

          Putin is a Stability factor in Russia but an instability factor around the globe.

      • Solo712

        First he is not a dictator (despite what you read in WaPo and NYT) and second he is popular with four out of five Russians because he has courage of his convictions.

        • vwVwwVwv

          To tsho menje rassiju abisnjaish???
          Dude, I am born in the USSR, I am 2-4 times a year there, what’s WaPo?
          Greetings from Germany!

          • Solo712

            Ty ruskij, no ne znaesh raznicu mezhdu prochnym prezidentom i diktatorom. Pomogi mne, ja toljko cheskij: a ty znaesh sluchai gde Putin ne posledoval konsituciju Rossijskoi federacii? I esli net, kakyi on diktator? Gde ego Gulag?

            Privet.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Ot shin Lyblu Tshechiu, wi talantlivie.
            Do you know Putins enemy’s in Russia?
            I mean real enemy’s who seek power and had no fatal exident?

          • Solo712

            Ok, I am glad you are asking about “real enemies” and not journalists like Hillary Clinton who says Putin’s killing them. I don’t know who his “real enemies” are. Khodorkovsky? He is still alive abroad. BTW, we know that it was Khodorkovsky’s security people who killed the mayor of Nefteyugansk. Who else? Kasparov? He’s now a Croatian but I did not hear he was in jail for any length of time even though he called Putin nasty names and organized a boycott of the Sochi Olympics. How about Navalny? Did he have an accident? Kara-Murza – Khodorkovsky’s agent in Russia supposedly was poisoned twice but both times he miraculously survived receiving expert medical care. How about Masha Gessen – well she had no political ambitions I know of – but it was she was a vociferous Putin’s critic who entusiastically promoted rumours about his billions abroad and spawned a ridiculous tale about his Black Sea palace. So what did Putin did to her ?

            She wrote about it in NYT: https://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/a-call-from-the-kremlin/

            Some dictator, let me tell you.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Chodorkovski is broken, many are dead, even on the doorsteps of the Kremlin,
            remember Polonium? “Killed by Security” you don’t know Russian way.
            Russia never admits nothing but it acts and is dictatorial.
            As I told, I don’t hate Putin cuz I fear more
            what will follow him after.

  • tom_billesley

    See, “There is no compulsion in religion” [Quran, Soorat al-Baqarah 2:256]

    • k1992

      Exactly – one can freely choose to be a muslim, or one can freely choose to be executed. No one is forced to do anything.

  • Sid Falco

    They died standing. God bless Holy Russia.

    • Solo712

      Stoikyie muzhiki ! (see movie “Bridge of Spies” for translation).

  • canminuteman

    They are brave, but if it was me I would quite happily pretend to convert to get an opportunity to escape. Dying, just to give them a big F%^& You isn’t worth it.

    • Watchman

      Quite often the choice is given, but there are no guarantees even if you convert you will ever be let free. Sometimes the prisoners are killed anyway for fighting against the islamic state; ISIS believe that the converted and killed prisoners as muslims will be judged by Allah and likely find eternal damnation for fighting against a legitimate Caliphate. There are quite a few stories that captured USSR soldiers were used as sex slaves for months or years after being captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    • The problem is, if you “give an inch, they take a mile”. These men are trained — they know that if they acquiesce on a single issue then they will be expected to give up intelligence, and more people will likely be captured and tortured or killed, including fellow Christians. And the cycle goes on.

  • Do you see that Hillary? Those “evil” Russians, in service to the “evil” Government of Putin, willing to endure unspeakable torture and death to stand for their Christian faith (assuming this is not a propaganda piece). The fact is that these are the kind of Christians who stood against Communism during the Soviet era — likewise willing to be martyred for their faith rather than bow to the Socialist idol. Christians like that played a major role in the collapse of Soviet Communism behind the scenes (the Church was often forced to work clandestinely). As a result Christianity flourished in the former Soviet Union more than ever before — rumour has it that the underground Church even succeeded in converting a KGB General, something unthinkable to the Soviet Politburo, and the General secretly worked for the Church and the liberation of Russia for the rest of his tenure. In other words Putin’s former boss in the KGB was likely a Christian and CIA double-agent working for the West, although Putin probably didn’t realize it at the time.

    Hillary may have been recruited by the KGB in her youth (or perhaps by Cuban or Chinese Communist agents). How else can one explain her irrational anger against a non-Communist Russia today? (Not that the U.S. shouldn’t keep a eagle eye on Russia — nobody is suggesting that, Senator McCain). Hillary would probably go into complete meltdown if Cuba and China were ever fully liberated from Communism — North Korea would be her only consolation! Remember the “Mao uniform” that Hillary often wore during the 2016 campaign? Quite bizarre. Although Mao is long gone, Kim Jong Un often sports similar attire.

  • Mr. Meow

    If this story is true, they wouldn’t have converted if they were Russian Orthodox.

    • DennisBechtel

      no the Russian mercs were orthodox catholics ,they did not submit and were executed. many spetsnaz will now hunt down every member of isis and those who even think of aiding and abetting them ,when the epetsnaz attack it will be during a prayer time ,and they never take any prisoners

  • DennisBechtel

    isis will pay 100 fold for this one ,the Russians spetsnaz is on the move against any isis operatives in the mid east ,they take no prisoners ,only take laptops and disc drives for intel purposes ,they will exterminate every isis member and all who help them in a new York minute .

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  • Jabberwokk

    Welcome home, Warrior.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Usually Russia Pays its bills, not allways, remember the Turks killed Russian Pilotes,
    I hope they will pay, this brave man deserve a high toll!

    • A Hamilton Guy

      The Russians will not forget; When everybody thinks it over, the hammer will fall . They will get everyone of the sobs. Watch your backs you pieces of crap.