Electric shock, beatings, imitation of the death penalty: a British soldier spoke about the torture he was subjected to in Russian captivity
British soldier captured by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine says he was forced to listen to ABBA's "Mamma Mia" on repeat while being tortured, reports New York Post.
“I thought I would die. It was hell on earth,” said Sean Pinner, 48, one of five Britons released last week.
“The last six months have been the worst days of my life. I never want to listen to ABBA songs or see a loaf of bread again. I'm just lucky to be home," he continued.
“I hated them anyway, so it was really torture,” he said.
In addition to ABBA, he says, the ruthless Russians forced him to listen to Cher's "Believe".
Pinner, who was brought home by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the former owner of the Chelsea football club, was captured during the siege of Mariupol in April.
He said he survived the ordeal on only stale bread and dirty water.
Pinner described in detail how he was kept in a state of constant shock and tension. He was subjected to a mock execution after being sentenced to death along with compatriot Aiden Eslin in June.
“I knew it was bad, so I called my wife and gave her my dying message. But she didn’t even cry,” said Pinner, who served in the Ukrainian army on a contract basis.
“She just yelled at me that I am a warrior and that I will survive. Those were the last words I heard from her, and they supported me,” he told the British news agency.
“It turned into a massacre when the Russians ambushed us with mortars and artillery. There were so many bodies that it looked like a zombie apocalypse,” Pinner said.
“I was surrounded by Russian separatists. They stripped me and stuck a knife in my thigh for no reason. They beat the life out of me for 20 minutes,” he continued.
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The former soldier told how the kidnappers applied electric current to him.
“It was a severe shock. Each time they did it for 40 seconds. It seemed like they were just doing it for fun," Pinner said.
“A guy came in, put a gun to the back of my head, cocked the trigger and said, ‘You’re about to die!’” he said. “I thought this was the end for me. Then he started laughing and said he was joking and hit me with a gun.”
In addition to Pinner and Eslyn, Britons Dylan Healy, Andrew Hill and John Harding were released after Saudi Arabia brokered a secret deal between Russia and Ukraine.
The men returned to the UK on 22 September.
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