Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Olga Markelova's ex-husband was killed two years ago on a clandestine mission in Syria for the Russian state."It does not make any sense now to conceal that they were in Syria on combat assignments," said Markelova, for whom transparency is pivotal to securing financial compensation.Her ex-husband Dmitry and thousands of other contractors have fought secretly in Syria coordinating with Russia's regular forces, say dozens of people familiar with the deployments.Markelova described to Reuters how her ex-husband, a former sergeant in the Russian military, was often away on assignments.When a Russian serviceman dies in combat, his family receives a one-time compensation of 3,000,000 rubles ($44,700) and monthly payments of 14,000 rubles ($209), according to federal law 306, which came into force in 2011 .Officials argue Markelova does not qualify for state compensation because her ex-husband was not in official service when killed.Markelova asked one of her ex-husband's friends, also a private contractor who fought in Syria, to see if recruiters can provide documents needed to unlock the entitlement.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE