Russians coming from Syria say opposition committing robberies

Russians who arrived in Moscow from Syria on board Emergency Situations Ministry aircraft early on Wednesday are saying they were prompted to leave the country because of armed hostilities, instability, and the opposition's aggression.

One of these people, a teacher at Damascus University, said civilians in Syria are suffering from the Syrian opposition's aggression.

"Various actions on the opposition's part, including robberies, unending bombardments of the city, including the central part, and so on - all this prompted me to leave and evacuate my wife and children," he said.

The man says he did not receive his salary for a long time while working at the university.

"The situation there is difficult, and military actions are under way. I taught at the university for a year without receiving my salary. My 7.5-year-old daughter didn't go to school. Thank Russia for evacuating us from there," he said.

Another man who arrived in Moscow from Syria along with his daughter also mentioned the armed opposition's aggression.

"I was attacked by militants who were even shooting at me, but I managed to flee," he said.

Asked by Interfax whether the armed opposition committed robberies, the man replied, "Yes, this happens, too."

Emergency Situations Ministry officials deployed at the airport are helping the Russians coming from Syria to board buses.

Federal Migration Service officers are helping them to obtain the necessary documents. Some of those coming in were met at the airport by their relatives and friends.

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