Blogger Ilya Varlamov and Pussy Riot member and publisher of Mediazona Pyotr Verzilov have been detained in South Sudan. The reason for the detention, according to Varlamov, was a drone remote control found in his luggage. According to the latest data from the Russian Foreign Ministry, on Wednesday evening, the detained Russians were released, according to the BBC Russian Service.
« As a result of the efforts undertaken, the detained Russians were released. At present, issues related to their departure from South Sudan are being resolved, » said a spokeswoman for the ministry, Maria Zakharova.
No charges were brought against the Russians, they will spend the night in the city of Kapoeta and go on Thursday to the capital of South Sudan, the city of Juba, TASS reports, citing the Russian embassy in Uganda.