Russian Blogger Varlamov Was Detained in South Sudan
OREANDA-NEWS. Russian blogger Ilya Varlamov was detained in South Sudan. This was reported on its official website.
The blogger was detained in the city of Kapoeta, where he flew to Juba, the capital of the republic. Together with Varlamov, they detained his wife, as well as the founder of the Mediazon portal, Pyotr Verzilov, and two other Russians.
As the blogger himself said, after the arrest, “some local military or security officers arrived and began to search our luggage. And they saw the remote control of the drone, and the drone was taken from me at the airport of Entebbe in Uganda. we launched the drone, although we did not launch it, in the end they took us off the plane and detained us, we are now in some incomprehensible department. "
The whole group was arrested. According to him, the security forces tried to take away their phones, but they managed to stay in touch and contact the embassy.
The embassy confirmed that the Russians had asked for consular assistance.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is aware of the detention of several Russian citizens in South Sudan, the Russian Embassy in Uganda and South Sudan (concurrently) is in contact with them and is making efforts to release them, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova told reporters.