A number of soldiers have been in Russian captivity since the invasion of Ukraine. Until now, one could only vaguely imagine what would happen to them there. A released Briton now tells of the torture methods he had to endure every day.
In an interview, a British man who was released through a prisoner exchange in the Ukraine war reported that he was tortured in Russian captivity. He was repeatedly beaten with a baton during interrogations and forced to sing the Russian national anthem, Aiden Aslin told British newspaper The Sun. Aslin is one of five Brits who were flown out of Russian captivity to Riyadh on Wednesday.
During interrogation, Aslin was hit in the forehead and then fell to the ground. An officer knelt down next to him and said in Russian: "I am your death." The man then pointed to Aslin's back. "He showed me his knife and I realized he stabbed me with it," said the 28-year-old, who showed multiple scars on his back.
The Brit later said he was locked in a solitary cell with lice, cockroaches and no natural light and was "treated worse than a dog". The newspaper wrote that his guards "played the Russian national anthem on a continuous loop" and forced him, under threat of further beatings, to stand up and sing along.
Aslin was freed as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. The prisoners from Russia were transferred to Saudi Arabia. Ukraine had accused Russia of torture shortly after the exchange.