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Investigative journalists ask Russian officials to prosecute mercenaries who tortured and killed Syrian soldier

The independent Russian-language newspaper Novaya Gazeta has sent letters to the Kremlin, the Russian Investigative Committee, and the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding that officials open a criminal case to investigate the brutal killing of a Syrian army deserter. A scanned copy of a passport belonging to one of the alleged perpetrators was attached to each letter.

Novaya Gazeta published video footage of the killing last week and identified at least one of the individuals involved as a Russian citizen. In the video, mercenaries from the Vagner private military company torture and behead their victim.