KEMEROVO, February 10 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian man, who was kidnapped in Syria last December and released earlier this week, returned home on Sunday, a district administration official told RIA Novosti.
Viktor Gorelov, 66, arrived to Moscow from the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Saturday. He arrived to his home city of Novokuznetsk in Siberia on Sunday morning after being held by Syrian rebels for 54 days.
Gorelov was abducted in Syria on December 17, along Abdessattar Khassun, who has double Russian-Syrian citizenship, and Italian national Mario Belluomo. The three men were taken hostage on December 12 by Syrian rebels while on their way from Homs to Tartus, the home of a Russian naval base.
Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the three hostages were released in exchange for captured rebel fighters.