Adrien Bocquet asked for asylum in Russia. Photo/Sputnik/Nina Zotina
PARIS – A former French soldier and military volunteer, Adrien Bocquet, is alleged to have sought asylum in Russia.
RIA news agency reported on Wednesday (11/1/2023), citing “unnamed sources familiar with the situation”.
The Frenchman has previously made repeated trips to Ukraine and Donbass and claims he has witnessed war crimes committed by Ukrainian forces.
“A former French soldier, Adrien Bocquet, has approached the Russian authorities and asked them to grant him political asylum,” the source told RIA.
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The source added that the asylum application should be submitted by mid-December. Russian authorities have so far not commented on the development.
Bocquet first traveled to Ukraine as a volunteer delivering humanitarian aid last spring.
At the time, he reportedly visited Lviv and Kiev as well as suburbs, including Bucha.
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Kiev has accused Russian troops of mass killings of civilians in the city, which Russian troops withdrew in late March. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations.