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Tens of thousands turn out for funeral of Russian pilot shot down in Syria last weekend

Meduza
15:12, 8 february 2018

On February 8, the Russian pilot Roman Filipov was laid to rest in Voronezh, days after his plane was shot down in Syria. Filipov made national headlines for killing himself with a grenade in order to keep himself out of enemy hands. According to the Interior Ministry, more than 30,000 people turned out to pay their respects. By executive order, Filipov was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Russia.

Vadim Savitsky / Russian Defense Ministry Press Service / AFP / Scanpix / LETA