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Indian Nationals Allegedly Duped into Joining Russian Forces

Indian Nationals Allegedly Duped into Joining Russian Forces
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Syed Nawaz Ali, a head constable in the Karnataka Police, is filled with anxiety after learning about the reported death of a 30-year-old man from Telangana during Russia’s war with Ukraine. Ali’s son, Syed Ilyas Hussaini, 22, along with Mohammed Sameer Ahmed and Suqain Mohammed, had traveled to Russia for promised jobs in Moscow but were allegedly deceived into fighting in the war. Distraught families are now appealing to the Indian government for assistance in bringing their loved ones back from the warzone.

Ali, who wrote a letter to the deputy commissioner and sought help from local representatives, expressed desperation, saying, “I want to see my son come back alive.” The victims were initially promised security guard positions with a monthly salary of Rs 70,000.

Hussaini, who previously worked in Dubai, was enticed by an agent offering job opportunities in Moscow. Ali recounted, “He is not reachable, and we do not know whether he is alive. I beg the government to save my child.” In a recent call, Hussaini mentioned being posted at the border and the possibility of deployment to the war field, indicating the urgency of the situation.

Similar cases have emerged, including the death of Hyderabad resident Mohammed Afsan, who went to Moscow in November and reportedly lost his life in the conflict. Afsan and others were allegedly misled by agents who promised jobs in Moscow but instead sent them for a 15-day training in Ukraine. The Indian Embassy in Moscow confirmed Afsan’s death and assured efforts to repatriate his remains.

The tragic fate of Indian nationals caught in the Russia-Ukraine conflict highlights the need for urgent intervention and assistance from the Indian government to bring these individuals back home safely.

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