Sky News delays report about dead Russian soldiers because of Putin decree




Article by: Maksim Solopov

UPDATE. Answering a request of The Interpreter, Sky News has stated that they are carrying out their usual editorial policy which is not influenced from elsewhere.

UK television channel Sky News canceled the airing of a report on the deaths of three Russian special forces soldiers due to the decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin that has made a state secret of any information on casualties suffered by Russian forces during “special operations.”

The report about the death of three soldiers of the 16th separate special forces brigade, stationed in Tambov, was supposed to be aired by Sky News on May 28, but after the publication of the presidential decree to classify data on losses of the military in peacetime, the broadcasting of the investigative report was postponed, two sources close to the film crew working on the report told RBK.

The Sky News team visited Tatarstan, Tambov and Chelyabinsk regions, where they were able to talk with relatives, co-workers and fellow villagers of Russian commandos allegedly killed in Ukraine – Timur Mamayusupov, Anton Savelyev and Ivan Kardapolov.

According to RBK’s sources, the British journalists managed to gain an interview with the mother of one of the soldiers, in which she confirmed that her son had been a serving soldier. She said she had received a document from the army stating that her son had been killed during a counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus

The relatives of the other soldiers flatly refused to talk, and even showed aggression to the reporters. At the same time fellow villagers of the other soldiers said that they had been killed in Ukraine.

Bloggers published a report on their investigation into the deaths of Mamayusupov, Savelyev and Kardapolov on May 21. Using data from social networks, the bloggers, Vadim Korovin and Ruslan Leviev, found the graves of the three, who they said were serving soldiers in the 16th Special Forces Brigade, and who were killed in Ukraine on May 5 this year.

The bloggers photographed wreaths from Russia’s Ministry of Defense on the soldiers’ graves, and gathered a lot of circumstantial evidence to confirm that all three died during fighting in Ukraine. In particular, they published pictures of the soldiers on armored vehicles in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Luhansk in Ukraine.

Sky News correspondent Katie Stallard did not respond to a letter from RBK with questions about the report on the dead soldiers. According to RBK sources close to Sky News, its journalists are continuing to consult with their lawyers, but have decided nevertheless to air the report this week.

The Russian bureau of Sky News refused to comment on this report.

Translated by: Euan MacDonald

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  • MPK

    What kind of sick, sadistic government (or Dictator?) forces families to lie about how their sons were killed… Putin is a criminal; and as long as russians tolerate a modern day Stalin/Hitler clone, the free world should arm Ukraine to the teeth.

  • Brent

    I’m even more disgusted with Sky News than with Russia. They are being strong armed by Russia’s mafia government into not doing their job. Too many Western media outlets have been way too forgiving or coerced by Russia into soft selling the terrorist acts and even turning a blind eye to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To call them ‘rebels’ and ‘separatists’ when in fact they are an invading army and have also commit atrocities on par with ISIS is criminal. Western media not doing its job and bringing the truth to the World makes them complicit in the deaths of the victims in Ukraine.

  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    So this is a UK news channel being influenced by a decree from putin? Makes anything they report totally irrelevant.

    • Brent

      Don’t be so stupid. These are your Russian brothers that are not receiving the honor of fighting for their country, whether the conflict is righteous or not. It’s a shame any country would treat their fallen soldiers with as much disrespect as Russia and you’re a complicit fool for following along with it.

      But this also proves how unrighteous the Ukraine invasion is that you and your fellow citizens won’t stand up to and demand those that give their lives for your country are disrespected so badly.

  • Vol Ya

    putin if you keep sending your soldiers to Ukraine we will keep returning them to you in body bags. May you all burn in hell you russian swine.

  • Bu Buccaneer

    Could anyone post a link to the bloggers’ report?