A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that efforts to release the five Russian citizens who were previously detained in South Sudan have been successful.
In a statement to the TASS news agency, Zakharova indicated that the release of the Russian citizens, including blogger Ilya Varlamov and founder of the news website Mediaazona, Peter Verzelov, came “as a result of efforts made,” and that work is underway to organize their departure from southern Sudan.
While the Russian Embassy in Uganda indicated that the released persons will spend the night in Kapoeta (where they were detained) to go, on Thursday, to the capital, Juba.
Earlier in the day, Varlamov and Verzelov reported that they and three other citizens of the country had been detained by the security services at the airport in Kapoeta, southern Sudan, as they attempted to go to Juba.
The Russian embassy in South Sudan confirmed that the detainees sought refuge in it by requesting consular support.