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‘They said they’d mutilate and kill me,’ says kidnapped Ukrainian journalist

Russian soldiers tortured Oleh Baturin and threatened to harm his family. Now released, he talks about his terrifying eight-day ordeal

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Russian soldiers tortured Oleh Baturin and threatened to harm his family. Now released, he talks about his terrifying eight-day ordeal

Highlights

  • Ukrainian journalist Oleh Baturin, 43, was held captive for eight days in Kherson.
  • He was interrogated, tortured, threatened with mutilation and death, he said.
  • Sunday will mark two weeks since his release.
  • He has always had a reputation as an uncompromising, courageous fighter against injustice, corruption and the violation of human rights.
  • The Russian invaders have only one goal – to break down the citizens of Ukraine, to intimidate them and to destroy independent journalism, to crush civil activists and journalists physically and psychologically,” he said in a speech to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday.