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Wave of military funerals hits Buryatia

May 16, 2022
The independent online magazine People of Baikal has published a long read about the funerals in Buryatia of soldiers who died in Ukraine.
Among Russia’s regions, Buryatia has seen the second highest number of deaths in the Ukraine conflict. News about dead soldiers came as soon as February 25, the day after the start of the so-called “special operation.” Mainly it was contract soldiers, young people who, according to a source, had gone for big money due to a lack of work at home. Because of the distance – 12 hours by plane – and myriad formalities, the burials were delayed such that the first Buddhist ceremonies were held only in mid-March.

The ceremonies were held in a building used by a local athletic club. Relatives of the victims refused to give comments to the media. Journalists are in a tough spot, as even photography was forbidden. Since the “special operation” began, in a show of patriotism the V and Z symbols have appeared across Ulan-Ude, while public meetings have been held by the city administration.

On a similar topic, read Adam Lenton, “Who is dying for the Russian World?” at Riddle.

Digest written by the Russia.Post editorial team. Read here.
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