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The Kremlin does not have data on the Russians who are in Syria, if we are not talking about the military. About it said press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports “Ribbon.ru.»
So Sands responded to the question on the request of politician Grigory Yavlinsky to clarify information about the death of the Russians in Syria. “I don’t think that Mr. Yavlinsky is any more reliable sources of information [than the media]. But in this case we appeal to all not to use media reports as the source. And, of course, still, let’s be aware that in many countries there is a sufficient number of our compatriots, Russian citizens”, — said the representative of the Kremlin.
He added that reports in the press “need verification”.
“The media” on 12 February reported that in Syria after impact, the coalition forces headed by USA on the banks of the Euphrates river in Deir-ez-Zor was killed by a former natsbol Kiril Ananiev. Later it became known that there were killed a Cossack Vladimir Loginov. According to the defense Ministry, in the area of Russians there.
Yavlinsky then asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to clarify the situation of the death in Syria of Russian mercenaries. How to pass “Echo of Moscow”, according to the politician, such events should be reported openly, in addition, the authorities should declare responsible for the death of Russians.
Moscow denies that the war in Syria Russian private military companies (PMCs). Of mercenaries first reported by “Fontanka” in October 2015 — the St. Petersburg edition has told about participation in military operations in the Republic “PMC Wagner.” Mercenaries in Russia prohibited by law.
According to estimates by Reuters, only in 2017 in Syria killed a Russian mercenary 131. According to official data of the Ministry of defence, combat losses of Russia in the Republic for all time of the campaign amounted to about 40 people.
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