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Employees of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office oversees inspections and criminal cases on the facts of the death of 159 soldiers in the period from 1 January 2014 to 30 July 2015, did not reveal any violations of the law and confirmed the legality of the decisions taken.

This follows from the response of the Chief of the 3rd management supervision GWP, Major-General Justice Maxim Toporikov at the request of the (HRC) to Sergey Krivenko, with a request to verify the information about the death of 159 Russian military in the period from 1 January 2014 on 30 July 2015.

"The legitimacy of the decisions taken was verified. There are no grounds for their abolition," reads the official reply by Maj.-Gen. of Justice Maksim Toporikov, the Military Prosecutor’s Office official, to the December’s appeal by Sergey Krivenko, Chairman of the Commission on Civil-Military Relations at the President’s Human Rights Council.

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Krivenko attached the list of names of the deceased, also indicating their military units, data gathered in the human rights activist’s independent research. Among them, there are 98 troops, whose death was not reported to have been investigated by any state agencies. Mostly, such cases relate to the period between August, 2014, and September, 2014.

Krivenko called an “anomaly” the situation with the hike in military casualties exactly in the second half of 2014. During these six months, the Russian army lost at least 108 troops (68% of the total number in one and a half years). In most cases (80%) there was no clear information about the circumstances of death and the investigation by military prosecutors.

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