Russian embassy in Damascus perplexed why abducted blogger traveled to Syria
The Russian embassy in Damascus considers Russian traveler, photographer, and blogger Konstantin Zhuravlyov's trip to Syria to be an irresponsible act.
It was reported earlier that Zhuravlyov had likely been captured by Syrian insurgents as a spy.
"We cannot understand why the man, knowing about military actions in Syria, should hitchhike there voluntarily. What did he expect? What do people acting like this man expect?" Russian Vice Consul to Syria Vasily Kartuzov told Interfax on Saturday.
Kartuzov said Zhuravlyov's whereabouts was unknown, and the embassy was contacting relevant services to launch a search for him.
The embassy once again urged Russian citizens not to travel to locations where armed hostilities are under way.
Echo of Moscow radio reported earlier on Saturday with reference to posts by Zhuravlyov's friends in social media that he had been abducted in Syria.
The radio station reported that Zhuravlyov's friends had contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry on the matter. Zhuravlyov planned to travel to Egypt through Syria as part of the travel project Alone in the Desert. He planned to spend three weeks in the eastern part of the Sahara.
Nothing has been heard from Zhuravlyov since the end of September. His last post in the VKontakte social network said, "Going to southern Turkey, the border with Syria," after which his friends raised an alarm. One of them, Oleg Patsai, discovered a report posted on Facebook by the Syrian opposition publication Shamel News, saying that a Russian spy had been captured in Aleppo, known to be as a stronghold of Syrian insurgents.
Patsai posted a link to the Syrian publication that published a copy of Zhuravlyov's passport and promised to release a video showing the captured spy's confession soon.
According to Echo of Moscow, Zhuravlyov earlier made a hitchhiking trip around the world in 777 days.
The Russian embassy in Syria promised to Zhuravlyov's friends to make efforts to have Zhuravlyov released in the near future, Echo of Moscow said.