The Ukrainian gardener captured and tortured by invading Russian troops

Captured and taken to Crimea, Igor Kurayan suffered brutally at the hands of Russian interrogators for almost a month before being released. He tells Rory Sullivan how he suffered

Saturday 07 May 2022 16:16
<p>Igor Kurayan</p>

Igor Kurayan

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Before Russian troops invaded Ukraine in late February, Igor Kurayan lived in the Black Sea city of Kherson, where he ran a shoe business and where, as a keen gardener, he relaxed by caring for his plants.

But now the 54-year-old Ukrainian is in a rehabilitation clinic in the centre of the country, recovering from the physical and mental trauma of being detained by the Kremlin’s forces for almost a month.

Speaking to The Independent days after he was released in a prisoner exchange, Mr Kurayan claimed his captors abused him.

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