A former Russian Islamic State fighter has opened up about his time in Syria and detailed the barbarity he witnessed that inspired him to come up with a plan to fool one of its top leaders into giving him money and letting him leave the country.
The former militant, known only by the pseudonym Zurab, recently sat down for an video interview with RT’s Maria Finoshina and explained that he let his emotions get the best of him when he decided to leave his home in southwestern Russia and travel to Syria and join IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh).
He said that after watching IS recruiting videos, he felt a sense of guilt and responsibility knowing that “Muslim blood is [being] spilled.”
In order to get into Syria, Zurab did like thousands of other foreign IS recruits have done, he went through Turkey.
“We bought a ticket to Istanbul where were were met by a man from Dagestan. He put us on a bus to the Syrian border. At night, we crossed over,” Zurab explained, according to RT’s translation. “They met us and took us to a ‘Sharia house’ where we waited to be transported to the training camp. It was in the village of Atme.”