Russian citizen Konstantin Zhuravlev, who is traveling around the world in October 2013 was captured in Northern Syria, returned home. This was reported in the press service of the FSB, reports “Interfax”.

“On the territory of the Russian Federation returned the citizen of Russia Zhuravlev Konstantin Vladimirovich, 1981 year of birth, which is traveling around the world in October 2013 was captured in Northern Syria by one of the armed groups and forced to hold for three years”, – said journalists the press-service of the Ministry.

According to him, after the necessary procedural actions of the crane were handed over to relatives. In Russia under the reference of relatives Zhuravleva earlier a criminal case was initiated under part 3 of article 126 of the criminal code “Kidnapping by an organized group”, reminds TASS.

Russian diplomats in recent years had contact with the Syrian government, opposition groups, as well as “external parties” to secure the release of a Russian citizen traveller, who was captured in Syria, the Agency said.

The Russian foreign Ministry after complaints of relatives Zhuravleva joined the efforts for his release. At the same time, the Ministry noted that the traveller entered the territory of Syria, anyone without prior notice and without a visa.

The diplomats emphasized that Zhuravlev was not up to the Consulate in Damascus, the Russian foreign Ministry said that knew nothing about his presence in Syria to the release of information about the disappearance of a traveler.

A Russian citizen, Tomsk blogger and traveler Konstantin Zhuravlev was captured in early October of 2013 in Northern Syria by an armed group “Liwa al-Tawhid”. The militants declared it, not knowing the Arabic language, “a Russian spy” and promised to make a decision about his fate “at the end of a Sharia investigation.” In January 2014 there were first messages that it can exchange for staying in custody of fellow rebels.

In Russia returned the traveler, who for three years was in captivity in Syria 14.10.2016

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