Regional news outlets have removed a report of a death of a Russian soldier who served in Syria, Slon.ru reports.
A link to the story on the site of the Amur GTRK (State Television and Radio Committee) is now showing a 404 error page.
The Google-cached version shows a picture of the soldier and a story of how he died.
“He was brought from Moscow on an IL-76. He was met with all the military honors, with a guard of likely about 80 people. Well, and then at 2:00 pm he was brought to his father’s home. There was everything: both the honor guard, standing near the coffin, and the music, and the requiem was sung. I have only one complaint against the army — I don’t have my son.”
A news story at Amur.info was also removed.
Slon says the stories in the local media were removed today after national media began to pick them up. By official recognition, 9 soldiers have been acknowledged as killed in Syria.
Since then, Sputnik International, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda outlet has confirmed the report that Shirokopoyas was killed in action and has already been buried. The Defense Ministry said he was critically wounded in an attack on a Russian-Syria reconciliation center column in Aleppo, and was awarded the Order of Courage.
That version of the story differs from the local press, but it could be a function of the Russian word mina, which can be understood as either a mine or a mortar.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick