Co-workers reported the death in Syria of the sixth Russian military

Death in Syria

18 March 2016 in Novoderevensky cemetery in the Balashikha district of the Moscow region, the relatives and colleagues of a veteran of Internal troops of the Ministry of internal Affairs Serhiy Chupov gathered for a commemoration on the 40th day after the death of the soldier. To connect with who visited the cemetery reporter they flatly refused. On the eve of the fortieth account in a social network “Schoolmates” Chupov (his page now leads his widow Svetlana) came the call not to talk to journalists who are preparing a “provocation” and “dirty story”.

Chupov died 8 February 2016, listed on his grave. The photo on the grave Structure is etched in the form of the Ministry of internal Affairs with epaulets of major. managed to track down his former colleague, who knew Chupov in the first Chechen campaign. He said that a few weeks ago called him a “Colonel Alexei Kosmachev” and invited to the funeral Chupov (they took place on February 18), saying that, according to him, was killed in Syria during a mortar attack. According to him, the Structure was part of the Russian military group in Syria.

The interlocutor , who helped organize the funeral Chupov, said that the relatives during the funeral ceremony brought another version of death. According to them, Chupov died a natural death near the border with Ukraine, where he helped some of the friends with the move. Lead to other details, the source refused.

On the death of the soldier also reported by the experts Conflict Intelligence Team. CIT is a group of independent investigators armed conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, headed by Ruslan Leviev. In November 2015 CIT told about the death in Syria of a soldier Feodor Zhuravlev, whose death was confirmed in the Kremlin on March 17. In CIT also first told about the death in Syria of Vadim Kostenko, whose death was later confirmed officially. Some messages Conflict Intelligence Team about the casualties in Syria have not yet been verified.

CIT found the comments of three former colleagues Chupova in social networks “Vkontakte” and “Classmates” (screenshots of recordings is available): radika Belova, Alexandra Voronicheva and Sergey Saprykina. As can be seen from their profiles in social networks, Belov served in a platoon of 101st Special brigade of internal troops under the command Chupova in 1995, the year in Chechnya (the first Chechen war), Voronichev knew Chupov on Afghanistan (they served together in the 56-th brigade in the late 80-ies) and Saprykin is a current officer of spetsnaz of Internal troops of the Ministry of internal Affairs.

All three of them during the discussion in the comments to the photos Chupov, answering the questions of friends about his fate, in February reported that according to their data, he was killed in Syria. Saprykin said that Chupov died from shrapnel wounds.

The troops replied to the correspondent on messages in social networks. Alex Kosmachev has also not responded to a message in the “Classmates”.

Chupov’s widow Svetlana has confirmed the death of a spouse. But, answering specifying question, is it true that he died in Syria, said that “wrong information about the place where he died”. She refused to discuss the details of the death of her husband and recommended to send a request to the archive of the Ministry of internal Affairs.

In the Main military Prosecutor’s office and in the Main military investigatory management SKR has not responded to the request of 21 March about whether the death of Chupov and whether they have been tested in this regard. The defense Ministry and the interior Ministry also did not respond to requests 21 and 22 March.

“We do not know”, — said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Where he served as private unitary enterprises

Serhiy Chupov born January 5, 1965, at the time of death was 51 years. According to CIT, he graduated from the Almaty higher General command school. This information was confirmed by the interlocutor , who studied together with Copolym. In the late 80-ies of the Structure served as part of the 56th guards separate air assault brigade and took part in the fighting in Afghanistan. After the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan Chupov served in military unit No. 3670, which is administered by Interior Ministry troops and is situated in Alma-ATA region.

In the mid-90s Chupov got to the 101st Special brigade operational purpose of the MIA, which was based in Stavropol. In the composition Structure of this brigade fought in both wars in Chechnya. In 2000, the year the brigade was disbanded, on the basis of one of the battalions was created 46 separate brigade of operative purpose VV the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia, in whose ranks and continued service Chupov.

46 brigade is considered one of the largest in the composition of the Internal forces it contains, including military units, which are equipped according to their nationality is Chechen battalions “North” and “South”.

Information about the service Chupov in the composition of the 101-th and 46th brigades confirmed that two of his former co-worker.

On the grave there is no military wreaths from the Ministry of defence, but from 346 and 352-th separate reconnaissance battalions, which are part of the 46th brigade of the interior troops.

Companion , who knew Chupov in the 101st and 46th brigades, said that approximately in the middle of the zero, he went from the Internal troops and became a military pensioner.

Secretary of the “Union of committees of soldiers ‘mothers”, a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of defence Valentin Melnikov in conversation with noted that nothing prevents a person who has left the ranks of the Internal troops of the Ministry of internal Affairs, later to contract and return to service.

Coordinator of the Public initiative “Citizen and army”, member of the presidential Council on human rights Sergey Krivenko explained that the only limitation in this case is the condition. If this condition is fulfilled, then Structure could enter into a contract with the defense Ministry and Internal troops of the interior Ministry, which in recent years was largely completed on a contract basis.

Syrian negotiator

Ruslan Leviev Conflict Intelligence Team assumes that Structure could be in Syria as an instructor and was not involved in the fighting.

In turn, the former colleague Chupov has told to the correspondent that the veteran MVD, apparently, acted as “negotiator”, but couldn’t explain what exactly could be his work.

Military expert Pavel Felgenhauer in a conversation with suggested that Syria could be useful Chupov experience obtained during the war in the Caucasus. It is not excluded, says Felgengauer, Chupov has established relationships with disparate factions of the Syrian opposition. The expert said that Structure could be in Syria and as a mercenary.

Deputy Director of the Institute for political and military analysis Alexander Khramchikhin in conversation with found it difficult to explain what can be understood under the “negotiator” but noted that in Syria the Russian military, most likely, was engaged in protection of objects. It is possible that they also could be instructors for the Syrians, stressed the expert.

Recognized loss

The Kremlin officially recognized the deaths of five Russian soldiers killed during operations in Syria. A month after the start of the campaign has died 19-the summer soldier Vadim Kostenko: the cause of his death was called a suicide. November 24 killed in Syria Oleg Peshkov — the pilot of the su-24 bomber, shot down by Turkish fighter jets. Navigator of the su-24 Konstantin Muratina were rescued, but during the rescue operations killed marine Alexander Pozynich.

On 3 February the Russian defense Ministry announced the death in Syria of Russian military adviser, came under mortar attack. According to the official version, he was not involved in hostilities, and engaged in the training of the Syrian military, who receive Russian military equipment. The name of the deceased, the defense Ministry did not name, however, the media wrote that in Syria killed a Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Cheremisin.

March 17, rewarding in the Kremlin Russian soldiers who participated in operations in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said: “Here, in this room, Elena Peshkova Valentina Mikhailovna Cheremisina, Irina Pozynich and Julia I. Zhuravleva, widows of our comrades fallen in the fight with terrorists. Understand that for the family, relatives, friends, comrades Oleg, Ivan, Alexander, Theodore, their departure is a grievous loss”. Later the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed to Reuters that the death of Feodor Zhuravlev was recognized during a ceremony in the Kremlin, where his widow was presented with a government award.

On the death of Reuters Zhuravleva learned at the end of November. The Agency called this loss “unexplained”, noting that the commander Zhuravleva said at the funeral about his death allegedly during a special operation against the militants in Kabardino-Balkaria.

The Wall Street Journal in December reported Russian private military company, whose mercenaries are fighting in Syria. According to the publication, in October 2015 on the West, Syria has killed 9 people from the so-called “group of Wagner”. The Ministry of defence this information is called “throw”.

Military commentator Alexander Golts in conversation with noted that the Kremlin is reluctant to admit the loss during military operations. In his opinion, due to the fact that a large number of casualties among servicemen will be negatively perceived in society.

As explained Melnikova, with the death of a relative who served in the armed forces involved, for example, in the Syrian operation, his family receives 3 million rubles as a lump sum and a further 2 million rubles as insurance. The payout is not dependent on whether the Kremlin acknowledged publicly the death of a soldier or not. Importantly, Melnikova noted that it is recognized in the relevant documents, which are issued in the military and in the police station. According to Melnikova, the military can not put pressure on the relatives of the deceased and to prevent them from telling anyone about the death, explaining that otherwise the family will not receive compensation. “They just can’t pay”, — said the member of the HRC.