Brit captured by Russians in Ukraine tells of horrific extent of Russian torture

Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to the Daily Star’s newsletter

We have more newsletters

A Brit captured by Russian troops has told of the torture he suffered at the hands of President Vladimir Putin's men.

Dylan Healy, along with fellow Brit Paul Urey, was captured while on an aid mission in Ukraine.

And speaking to The Sunday Mirror, Healy has told how the pair were both ordered out of their cars and forced to kneel by the side of a road with a gun pointed at their heads.

READ MORE: Russia 'kidnaps' boss of Ukraine's biggest nuclear power plant 'jeopardising its safety'

“All he had to do was pull the trigger and we were gone – we were completely silent,” he recalled.

“He asked us if we had any last words and we said no.

“Then he fired a shot into the mud in the middle of the two of us.”

The pair survived the initial ordeal, but Paul, 45, was killed while in captivity in his cell, with Kremlin sources claiming it was due to “stress and medical reasons”.

Dylan, a former chef, was taken with Paul to a facility in Mariupol, and was subjected to days of torture by the infamous FSB, which is Russia's federal security service.

He said: “They shouted at you if you slept – they waterboarded me.

“They put me on a table, put a rag in my mouth and poured water in until I was choking.

“They wanted to know how we’d got behind the lines and why – and if we were British spies.

  • Russia 'kidnaps' boss of Ukraine's biggest nuclear power plant 'jeopardising its safety'

“There were regular beatings, every day – they had old-style police batons and my ribs were broken.

“The Russians have a love of Tasering, they had these long prongs which they put in your skin.”

They were then taken to Donetsk – which Putin formerly annexed earlier this week – and placed in a cell which Dyland describes as being the size of a mattress.

But strangely, they were forced to listen to extremely loud heavy metal music by German band Rammstein, and US metal groups Slipknot and AC/DC.

The volume was so loud that it “broke the speakers”.

  • War-hungry Vladimir Putin could take fight against the West to space, expert warns

The torture music featured the same 63 songs on a loop lasting just four hours, which helped Dylan to keep track of time.

He was there four two weeks, before being taken to another prison in Makiivka – there, they were allowed toothbrushes and to watch football.

On July 8, Dylan was charged with “mercenary activities”, given a 14 year jail term and told he would face the death penalty.

However, he was taken to a room of armed guards and told to sign a confession to “minimise risk to ourselves”.

But that didn't stop the beatings.

On the way back to their jail, Paul was pulled out of the police van, and that was the last Dylan saw of him alive.

“They did something to make him scream for 10, 20 seconds,” he recalled.

  • Putin's propaganda mouthpiece bemoans 'worrisome' war as 'West is mocking us'

“I don’t think I’ll ever hear someone scream like that again – that was the last time I saw Paul alive.”

Dylan – and four others – were taken back to court on August 15.

He changed his plea to not guilty, which didn't help matters.

He was then “cuffed, bagged and gagged” and thrown into another van with many other people inside – including fellow Brits John Harding, Shaun Pinner, Aiden Aslin and Andrew Hill

He said: “I was given the best right hook to the face I have ever received in my life.

  • Vladimir Putin accuses West of 'embracing Satanism' in bizarre self-pity rant

“I thought we would end up in a ditch or mass grave somewhere.”

However, the next thing he knew, alongside four other Brits, he was taken out of the van and onto a Russian airstrip where Saudi Arabian representatives told them that they'd be safe.

Alongside former Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich, they were flown to Saudi, then on to Heathrow, and he is now a free man.

To get more stories from Daily Star delivered straight to your inbox sign up to one of our free newsletters here .


  • For more of the latest news from the world of the Daily Star, check out our homepage
  • China has opened secret police stations around the world – including two in London

  • Liz Truss to 'plan goodbye drinks soon' as BoJo 'returns for sympathy', psychic predicts

  • Planes at Heathrow Airport collide as emergency services flood tarmac

  • UK, EU and United States are all 'running out' of weapons to send to the Ukraine

  • Vladimir Putin
  • Russia
  • Russia Ukraine war
  • Ukraine

Source: Read Full Article