From patriot to pariah: the man caught in a propaganda war over a Ukrainian nuclear power plant

A former deputy spokesman for Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant who helped tell the world that Russian troops had seized the strategic site is now in exile, no longer in his post and, according to a his ex-employer, is suspected by Ukrainian intelligence of collaborating with Russia.

Andriy Tuz’s journey from Ukrainian patriot to pariah included an encounter with Russian intelligence and a video of June – which he said he was forced to record after being tortured by Russian intelligence agents – where he states previous public comments he had made about the Russian bombing of the factory were untrue. “Now I understand the information was not true,” he said in the video.

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