Thousands of people are paying last respects in Krasnoyarsk to Alexander Lebed, governor of Krasnoyarsk Territory, who was killed in an air crash on Sunday. The ceremony is taking place in the city's central concert hall, following a funeral service conducted by Archbishop of Krasnoyarsk and Yenisei Antony. The coffin with the general's body is set upon a high pedestal and framed with state flags and fresh flowers. Nearly 100 musicians of the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra are playing funeral tunes. Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu, head of a state commission to investigate the tragedy who just arrived in Krasnoyarsk from the scene of the accident, spent a few minutes standing near the coffin. Before flying off from Abakan, Shoigu told journalists that the cause of the disaster was the helicopter's collision with a power transmission line which the pilots failed to see in poor visibility conditions. The ceremony of parting will last until midnight.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities