London Police investigates propagandist Graham Phillips
The Metropolitan Police's War Crimes Team are probing British pro-Kremlin propagandist Graham Phillips, The Sun reports.
According to the media, Phillips taunted Ukraine PoWs Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner in videos following their capture. Interrogating Aiden, 28, the propagandist accused him of being a mercenary and uploaded the 44-minute video to YouTube. During the iterrogation, Aiden is handcuffed, injured and distressed. The video was filmed in a jail in occupied Donetsk, where he had been thrown, facing death penalty.
The police believes Phillips breached the Geneva Convention which bars filming designed to “humiliate” PoWs.
Aiden Aslin has returned home to Newark, Nottingham, after a prisoner swap. He confirmed cops had quizzed him about the role of Phillips, who moved to Ukraine to live.
“He (Phillips – Ed.) spoke to me like my fate had been sealed. It was like he knew I was going to be executed. He was complicit in my torture. He’s a war criminal, scum. I want him prosecuted," Aiden said.
The Metropolitan Police said they continue to engage with the Ukrainian community in the UK to identify potential witnesses and victims.
As IMI reported, in July 2022, the UK sanctioned well-known Russian propagandist, British citizen Graham Phillips.
Since the spring of 2014, Graham Phillips has been actively involved in generating Russian propaganda and cooperating with Kremlin TV channels. In July 2014, he was banned from entering Ukraine, but entered the occupied territories illegally.
In November 2018, Phillips tried to provoke Oleksandr Scherba, Ukraine's ambassador to Austria, into a fight near the Ukrainian embassy in Vienna.
In October 2018, he defiled the grave of OUN leader Stepan Bandera at the Waldfriedhof cemetery in Munich.
In 2017, the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine obtained access to all of Phillips' phone conversations between April 1, 2014, and January 1, 2017. According to the Prosecutor's Office, during his stay in the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Phillips actively cooperated with the militant leaders Arseniy Pavlov (Motorola) and Mykhailo Tolstykh (Givi).
In Ukraine, particularly in the ATO area, the propagandist used a mobile phone with MTS and lifecell SIM cards to communicate with the terrorists about covering their activities and receive information for filming his stories where he interrogates Ukrainian PoWs.
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