Iraq said on Tuesday it is working to find kidnapped Israeli-Russian academic Elizabeth Tsurkov, a day after a video of her was released as the first public proof of life since her abduction, AFP reported.

"The security services are still following the case of the disappearance of the Russian citizen in Baghdad and are sparing no effort to find any leads leading to the kidnapped person," said Husham al-Rikabi, a communications advisor to Iraq's prime minister, according to the report.

"We hope soon (to find) leads or evidence that will lead the competent authorities to her," he told AFP.

On Monday, Iraqi channel Al Rabiaa TVaired the first hostage video of Tsurkov known to the public since her kidnapping. The video could not be independently verified.

In the video, Tsurkov is forced to "confess" to being an agent of the Mossad and CIA intelligence organizations and that she attempted to foment intra-Arab violence and demonstrations in Iraq.

Tsurkov was kidnapped last March but her kidnapping was only confirmed by Israel in July. At the time, the Prime Minister’s Office said she was being held by Kata'ib Hezbollah, a Shiite militia group, which has denied involvement in her kidnapping.