A Russian soldier recently returned from fighting in Ukraine went to teach schoolchildren about Russia’s military campaign there before later beating up his neighbors, Russian news outlet Ostorozhno Novosti reported on its Telegram channel. It is the latest report of a fighter from Ukraine returning to commit acts of violence in Russia.
The man from the Saratov region in southern Russia had returned from Ukraine on Nov. 13 to his home town of Atkarsk and visited a school the next day to teach children about the war, Ostorozhno Novosti said.
Later that evening “an outrageously cruel and senseless incident” occurred as a married couple were “brutally” beaten in the courtyard of their home, the head of the local district, Viktor Yelin, wrote on his Telegram channel. Yelin confirmed that the man detained was a soldier.
The soldier — named by Ostorozhno Novosti as Dmitry Kiryukhin — had visited the school to take part in a curriculum called “Important Conversations.” It was introduced by Russia’s education ministry after the invasion of Ukraine to ensure children to receive a patriotic education.