Middle East

Death certificate offers clues on Russian casualties in Syria

A death certificate of Russian private military contractor Sergei Poddubniy number 131 reading he died in Tiyas, Homs province, of "carbonization of the body" on September 28, which was issued by the Russian consulate in Syria, is pictured in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia October 21, 2017. Picture taken October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 28, 2017, on page 8.




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