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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Rebels Still Holding As Many As 200 Hostages In Donetsk
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The head of the Donetsk Regional Administration, Serhiy Taruta, said earlier this month that as many as 200 citizens are still being held hostage by separatists in Donetsk. Eight OSCE monitors, part of an internationally brokered deal which included Russia, remain in captivity despite calls for their release. The peace deal that seems to be falling through as we speak was in part supposed to resolve this problem.

Now, Ollie Carroll reports that it is getting harder and harder for the hostages to get free, and the price tag for that freedom keeps going up. It seems that the 'Donetsk Peoples' Republic' would like to finance a large part of their efforts through hostage taking: