Former French soldier seeks asylum in Russia


Adrien Bocquet has sought asylum in Russia. Photo/Sputnik/Nina Zotina

PARIS – A former French soldier and military volunteer, Adrien Bocquet, has allegedly sought asylum in Russia.

This was reported by the RIA news agency on Wednesday (1/11/2023), citing “anonymous sources familiar with the situation”.

The Frenchman has already made repeated trips to Ukraine and the Donbass and says he has witnessed war crimes committed by Ukrainian troops.

“A former French soldier, Adrien Bocquet, has turned to the Russian authorities and asked them to grant him political asylum,” the source told RIA.

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The source added that the asylum application should be submitted by mid-December. Russian authorities have so far not commented on the development.

Bocquet first went to Ukraine as a volunteer to provide humanitarian aid this past spring.

At the time, he reportedly visited Lviv and Kiev as well as the suburbs, including Bucha.

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Kiev accused Russian troops of mass killings of civilians in the city, which Russian troops withdrew in late March. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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