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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Pledges More Info on Deaths

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday pledged to regularly publish exhaustive information about deaths in the Russian military on the Internet, saying he would not try to "varnish reality."

In televised comments, Ivanov said he has decided to "make all information about all military deaths accessible for the first time," publishing monthly figures and accounts on the ministry's web site. The Military Prosecutor's Office releases noncombat death figures fairly regularly, while information about combat deaths is hard to come by. Ivanov said the ministry would publish both.

"This is being done to rule out false rumors," Ivanov said, Itar-Tass reported. "The Defense Ministry does not intend to varnish reality, and I hope there will be less speculation about crime and accidents in the armed forces."

Ivanov's statement came amid what military observers say is a spat between Ivanov and Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov, who has highlighted violent crime within the military.