A military funeral was held in the village of Akbulak in the Orenburg region. He may have died in Libya, the BBC Russian Service reports.
Farewell to the dead soldier began at 11 a.m. at the Kolos cinema, near the district administration. The body of the deceased was taken from Moscow to Orenburg yesterday.
On February 6, the local newspaper Orengrad reported that the man had been involved in fighting in Libya. He was allegedly a sniper in a private military campaign (CVC). According to the newspaper, in the African country, he acted under a false name. There have been no official comments from the Russian Defense Ministry on this information.
In October, Yevgeny Ilubaev, a 55-year-old journalist from Yekaterinburg, was killed in Libya. He took part in military operations as an officer of the CVC.
Wagner’s CVC is an unofficial armed group that is associated with the Russian businessman Prigozhin. His mercenaries are believed to be providing security services in several African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, Madagascar, Angola, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Central African Republic (CAR). According to some reports, they also took part in the fighting in the Donbas and Syria.