Russian Foreign Ministry did not confirm the release of two Russians in Libya

20 July 2020

The Russian Foreign Ministry does not confirm the data that the Russians detained in 2019 in Libya, employees of the Foundation for national values protection (FZNC) Maxim Shugaley and Samir Seifan were released. "The Russian Foreign Ministry does not confirm," the Ministry said in response to a question.

On Sunday, Al-Hadath TV channel, citing its own sources, reported that the Russians transferred to the Turkish side arrived in Istanbul on Saturday. The channel did not provide other details.


Earlier, the Prosecutor General's office of the authorities in Tripoli accused Shugalei and Seifan of interfering in the internal affairs and elections of Libya, conducting public work in the country without the permission of local authorities and security agencies. In addition, according to the Prosecutor General's office, Russians went to places that they were not allowed to visit.

On July 18, comment by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova indicated that Russia had received written assurances from the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya that the issue of their release would be resolved in the near future.


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Based on materials from TASS