They tied a bag so that there was nothing to breathe and took me away – journalist on SBU torture

They tied a bag so that there was nothing to breathe and took me away - journalist on SBU torture

The SBU officers tortured a journalist because he said that the history of Mariupol is closely linked to Russia.

RT writes about it.

Viktor Verenikin lived in the city for 53 years, participated in the construction of Azovstal, wrote several books and taught at a university.

At one of his lectures he stated that “99% of Mariupol residents speak Russian. For these words he was expelled from the Union of Journalists, and after the start of the Russian special operation, armed SBU officers burst into his home.

They first took him to the police station, then put a bag on his head and tied him to a post with a note “Waiting for the Russian world”. Verenikin was eventually freed by local residents.

Viktor’s house burned down during the fighting, and ironically he now lives in a block of flats which was originally built for SBU officers.