An alleged “Russian” spy who was beheaded in a video released by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was an orphan pressured into spying after being arrested with drugs, it has been reported.
Magomed Khasiev, 23, was beheaded by one of his own countrymen in a brutal execution video released by the extremist group late on Wednesday.
The video shows Mr Khasiev, seated and wearing an orange jump suit, explaining in detail how he was recruited by the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency to the KGB, and infiltrated into Isil before the group’s internal ‘security service’ allegedly unmasked him.
It then cuts to a stony beach, where a Russian-speaking Isil member issues a direct challenge to Vladimir Putin and theRussian people before cutting Mr Khasiev’s head off with a knife.
While the filmed “confession” must be open to doubt, details of Mr Khasiev’s life have been confirmed by Russian journalists.