A notorious Scottish football hooligan who left to fight the Russian army in Ukraine has not been heard from for months.
Robert Grady was one of a number of Brits to go to the country after Vladimir Putin’s barbaric full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year.
His whereabouts are currently unknown after his social media posts dried up.
Grady is a former member of the Capital City Service, a casual’s firm associated with Hibernian FC in Edinburgh.
In April 2022, the AWOL former hooligan was captured in a video wearing body armour and holding an assault rifle.
He said: “My name is Rob. I’m a 61-year-old grandfather from Scotland. I’ve travelled to Ukraine to help Ukraine fight the Russians.
“I’ll do anything I can in my power to save Ukraine from Putin. Everybody in the world please help Ukraine.”
He has claimed to be a part of Ukraine’s Territorial Army, which contains the International Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine, made up of foreign volunteers, the Daily Star reports.
Grady’s last social media post was in August when he updated his profile picture to a Ukrainian coat of arms placed on the front of the Scottish flag.
A post shortly before showed Grady in combat gear and shorts, holding an assault rifle.
Previous posts include various pics of Grady in Ukraine holding a weapon and even one of him in front of a tank.
One friend commented a joking, calling Grady “Rambo,” to which the Scot replied, “old goat more like.”
He confirmed he was back in Ukraine in July this year.
In the summer of last year, a Georgian commander said there were around 3,000 British volunteers fighting in Ukraine against Russia.
Estimates from the commander are unofficial but said that Brit volunteers were the second largest group of foreign fighters, ahead of the US and behind Georgia.
The experience of British volunteers in Ukraine was recently laid bare in the BBC documentary ‘Brits in Battle: Ukraine.’
James Dee, from Pontefract in the UK, joined in April 2022 and said coming under fire made him feel “strange.”
He said: “It was strange, it made it feel real. I wanted to kill them.
“There was a high chance they had killed some of my very good friends and probably laughed about it.
“I said a few words to them. I said something in their ear. I wanted to give them something to remember.”