Libyan Government of National Accord freed two captured Russian ‘spies’

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The internationally recognized Government of national accord (GNA) of Libya freed two captured Russians, learned citing TASS.

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The staff of the National Values ​​Protection Fund Maxim Shugaley and Samer Sueifan are no longer in prison – men were transferred to a villa in Tripoli. According to the source, the Russians live in good conditions.

It is noted that earlier men flew to Istanbul with the head of the GNA, Faiz Saraj. A TASS source said that they were spotted on the same plane as the prime minister, while the Russians returned with him to Tripoli.

On May 18, the GNA prosecutor general’s office accused the men of trying to interfere in the country’s presidential election and meeting with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former leader of the country, Muammar Gaddafi.

Sociologist Maxim Shugaley and translator Samer Sueifan were arrested in May 2019. In Libya, they believe that they tried to get a meeting with Gaddafi. The third suspect left the country before the Libyan intelligence services began.

At the beginning of 2019, the National Values ​​Protection Fund launched a project to study public opinion and analyze the current situation in Libya. It includes desk research, a set of field studies and expert interviews with key political actors in this country.

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Ruling the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed during the civil war in 2011. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, the city of Tobruk has a parliament that supports the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west in Tripoli, the government of national accord.


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