Russian General Denies Being Killed in Syria
August 8, 2012
Photo: Major-General Vladimir Kuzheyev, who Syrian rebels said they killed outside Damascus, speaking to reporters Wednesday.
A military general called a news conference at the Defense Ministry on Wednesday to deny a claim by a Syrian rebel group that he had been killed in clashes outside Damascus.
Major-General Vladimir Kuzheyev worked for some time as an adviser to Syria’s Defense Ministry on military schools, but he moved to Moscow after being transferred to the military reserves, Interfax reported.
“I am grateful to the media for their great interest in poor little me. As a human being, it was very unpleasant for me to hear about my supposed death in Syria,” Kuzheyev told reporters, adding that his phone has been ringing nonstop with calls from worried family and friends.
“I want to confirm that I am alive and well, I am in good health and live in Moscow,” he said.
He said the claim of his death was a provocation against Russia and him personally.