Reuters reveals Colombia's ELN says it killed Russian hostage; risks peace talks with gov't
Reuters exclusively reported that Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group said a Russian-Armenian citizen it held hostage for six months was killed in April while trying to escape. The startling admission made in an interview with Reuters, drew swift reaction and risks throwing current peace talks with the government into jeopardy. The rare interview with a senior ELN commander was widely published and broadcast locally and internationally. President Juan Manuel Santos called a meeting with his defense minister and military junta to establish what had happened, following the Reuters story.