ISIS Claims Video Shows Beheading of Russian Spy

It claims the execution is retaliation for Russia's bombings in Syria
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 3:40 PM CST
ISIS Claims Video Shows Beheading of Russian Spy
ISIS fighters march in Raqqa, Syria. The terrorist group released a video Wednesday it claims shows the beheading of a Russian spy.   (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

ISIS released a video Wednesday it claims shows a Russian jihadist beheading a Russian spy, NBC News reports. In the video—titled "You Shall be Disappointed and Humiliated O Russians"—the victim identifies himself as Magomed Khasiyev from the Chechen Republic. According to Arutz Sheva, the 23-year-old admits in the video to spying on ISIS to give the Russian government information on the more than 600 Russian citizens who have joined the terrorist organization. In the video, Khasiyev claims he was pressured into working for the Russian Foreign Ministry's security service, the AP reports.

The beheading appears to be in retaliation for Russia's bombing campaign in Syria. NBC reports the executioner says in the video—while speaking Russian—that airstrikes "have done nothing but kill peaceful Muslims." He goes on to threaten both Putin and Russian citizens with further attacks, according to Arutz Sheva. "You will not find peace in your homes," CNN quotes the executioner in the video. "We will kill your sons … for each son you killed here. And we will destroy your homes for each home you destroyed here." The video has not been authenticated, nor has there been any confirmation the victim was actually a spy. (More ISIS stories.)

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