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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Plans to Bury Unidentified Troops

Russia plans to bury hundreds of unidentified soldiers killed in the war with Chechnya, and anguished parents say it means they will never find their sons.


A military spokesman in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia confirmed a newspaper report Tuesday that said the government was planning to issue a document ordering the burial of about 470 bodies being kept in refrigerated railway wagons.


Several thousand Russian soldiers, many of them young conscripts, died in the 21-month war against separatists in Chechnya in which tens of thousands of civilians were also killed.


The daily Izvestia said in a front-page report accompanied by a photograph of two dead soldiers that the government would make the decision on burial soon.


More than a year after the fighting stopped, some parents still do not know whether their sons are dead or being held by rebel soldiers in the Chechnya.