Syria rebel group says killed Russian general

A Syrian rebel group said on Wednesday it had killed a Russian general working as an adviser to Syria’s ministry of defence in an operation on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, but within hours Moscow vociferously denied the report.

Russian officials presented a man they said was Vladimir Petrovich Kuzheyev before a television camera at the Defence Ministry in response to reports an officer by that name had been killed. The ministry called the claims a ‘bald-faced lie’.

“I want to confirm that I am alive and well. I am in good health and I’m living in Moscow,” said a balding white-haired man described as Kuzheyev, a reserve general, in Defence Ministry footage obtained by Reuters.

The man in an open-necked blue and white striped shirt repeated the statement in at least two takes, his words prompted by a man from behind the camera.

A group calling itself the Hawks Battalion said in a video statement that it had killed a Russian general named Vladimir Petrovich Kochyev, showing what the rebels said was a copy of his ID issued by the Syrian military and written in Arabic.

The difference between the spellings of the names may be due to the way the Cyrillic and Arabic letters were transcribed.

The rebels said the operation in which he was killed took place in the western Ghouta region on the edge of Damascus.

ID PICTURE

The video also showed a photo of Kochyev and another Russian officer posing with Syrian chief of staff Fahed al-Freij. The man in the Defence Ministry footage resembled an older and fuller faced version of the general in the ID picture.

Kuzheyev did not make clear whether he had been in Syria. But Interfax news agency quoted a security source as saying he had been there advising the Syrian Defence Ministry before being transferred to the reserve in 2010.

Russia is one of the few countries that has backed Assad diplomatically ever since the popular uprising against his rule began 17 months ago. It is believed to have several hundred military personnel in Syria, but might be reluctant to be publicly associated with army operations against the rebels.

In the video, Lieutenant Majid Sayyed Ahmad of the Hawks Battalion said: “With the help of God, the Russian adviser for the minister of defence for military scientific affairs, General Vladimir Petrovich Kuzheyev, has been eliminated with his personal translator, Ahmad a-Ayyouq”.

“A number of Syrian army documents have been also seized, together with reports about the opposition and the Free Syrian Army, adding to the achievements on the road to the liberation of Syria from the Assad gang,” said Ahmad, who gave his title as “commander of operations and special assignments”.

The same group, described by an opposition source as a professional unit led by officers who had defected from the Syrian army, claimed responsibility for the assassination of four of President Bashar al-Assad’s top lieutenants in Damascus last month.

Among the documents the video showed was a letter from Freij, who is also the defence minister, asking the head of Russian military advisers in Syria to extend Kochyev’s term.

Reuters

  • Moe2000

    He was not killed he just went on TV in Russia.

    • Patience2

       Him??  Or his body double??  Saddam had quite a few ‘doubles’,  how many does Pu-tan have?

      • 5thDrawer

        Looks like they used staples to hold the picture on … 🙂

        • dateam

          remember when i told you what happens if they kill a russian?

        • dateam

          remember when i told you what happens if they kill a russian?

        • Patience2

           Riiiight!  I hadn’t noticed.  How funny!!

      • Moe2000

         conspiracy theorists?

      • 73Corty77

        Typical of you patience, Always one sided.

    • 73Corty77

      No No No Moe, If the free Syrian Ass Holes and the western media say he was killed them he must have been. Please Moe, stop telling lies,

  • Moe2000

    He was not killed he just went on TV in Russia.

    • 73Corty77

      No No No Moe, If the free Syrian Ass Holes and the western media say he was killed them he must have been. Please Moe, stop telling lies,

  • Moe2000

    He was not killed he just went on TV in Russia.

    • Patience2

       Him??  Or his body double??  Saddam had quite a few ‘doubles’,  how many does Pu-tan have?

      • 5thDrawer

        Looks like they used staples to hold the picture on … 🙂

        • dateam

          remember when i told you what happens if they kill a russian?

        • Patience2

           Riiiight!  I hadn’t noticed.  How funny!!

      • Moe2000

         conspiracy theorists?

      • 73Corty77

        Typical of you patience, Always one sided.

    • 73Corty77

      No No No Moe, If the free Syrian Ass Holes and the western media say he was killed them he must have been. Please Moe, stop telling lies,

  • lil

    Ok so the UN security council is held back from helping the peoples of Syria by China and Russia. Now we find out that Russia is fighting on the side of Asid who has killed over 20 thousand of his own people. This sounds absurd but if you know the big picture about the oil and elitists it would make more sense. You see, these are also the people behind the banking circus and they are trying to run the cost of oil up to 150$ a barrel. The plan is to have all of the eastern countries be under rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and believe you me if the muslim brotherhood is in charge they will raise the price of oil. Once the price of oil is at 150 a barrel they will open up  Alaska for oil. One of the largest deepest oil wells in the world has already been dug and they are just sitting and waiting. I have heard they are about 8 months behind schedule.  Mean while the banks are collapsing all western civilization countries such as Europe and USA. So the step is have their Global Economies. They rule the press’, that is why Obama was elected. How else could a non American with hatred towards the this country and a socialist agenda become president without question, without experience, Just basically snaked charmed his way into office with empty words? Talk about lipstick on a pig. This is where my research has led me and if you do not like my comment please dont call me names.

    • 5thDrawer

      No names, Lil anti-socialist person. 😉

    • Moe2000

      United States proven oil reserves were 21 billion barrels (3.3×109 m3) in 2006 according to the Energy Information Administration.[3] This represents a decline of 46%, or 18 billion barrels (2.9×109 m3) from 39 billion barrels (6.2×109 m3) in 1970. U.S. crude production peaked in 1970 at 9.6 million barrels per day (1.53×106 m3/d), after the supergiant Prudhoe Bay field was found in Alaska. It has declined 47% to 5.1 million barrels per day (810×103 m3/d) by 2006.[4] United States crude oil
      production has been declining since reaching a smaller secondary
      production peak in 1988 (caused by Alaskan production). Total production
      of crude oil from 1970 through 2006 was 102 billion barrels (16.2×109 m3), or roughly five and a half times the decline in proved reserves.

      Middle East proven reserves over 700 billion.

  • lil

    Ok so the UN security council is held back from helping the peoples of Syria by China and Russia. Now we find out that Russia is fighting on the side of Asid who has killed over 20 thousand of his own people. This sounds absurd but if you know the big picture about the oil and elitists it would make more sense. You see, these are also the people behind the banking circus and they are trying to run the cost of oil up to 150$ a barrel. The plan is to have all of the eastern countries be under rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and believe you me if the muslim brotherhood is in charge they will raise the price of oil. Once the price of oil is at 150 a barrel they will open up  Alaska for oil. One of the largest deepest oil wells in the world has already been dug and they are just sitting and waiting. I have heard they are about 8 months behind schedule.  Mean while the banks are collapsing all western civilization countries such as Europe and USA. So the step is have their Global Economies. They rule the press’, that is why Obama was elected. How else could a non American with hatred towards the this country and a socialist agenda become president without question, without experience, Just basically snaked charmed his way into office with empty words? Talk about lipstick on a pig. This is where my research has led me and if you do not like my comment please dont call me names.

    • 5thDrawer

      No names, Lil anti-socialist person. 😉

    • Moe2000

      United States proven oil reserves were 21 billion barrels (3.3×109 m3) in 2006 according to the Energy Information Administration.[3] This represents a decline of 46%, or 18 billion barrels (2.9×109 m3) from 39 billion barrels (6.2×109 m3) in 1970. U.S. crude production peaked in 1970 at 9.6 million barrels per day (1.53×106 m3/d), after the supergiant Prudhoe Bay field was found in Alaska. It has declined 47% to 5.1 million barrels per day (810×103 m3/d) by 2006.[4] United States crude oil
      production has been declining since reaching a smaller secondary
      production peak in 1988 (caused by Alaskan production). Total production
      of crude oil from 1970 through 2006 was 102 billion barrels (16.2×109 m3), or roughly five and a half times the decline in proved reserves.