During the war in Ukraine, only according to official data, thousands of Russian soldiers died (the Ministry of Defense has not reported losses for several months), for their deaths the state pays their relatives "coffin" – monetary compensation in the amount of about 12.4 million rubles per family. Relatives spend money on tuition fees, buying real estate, paying off debts and loans, or moving, Kholod found out .
Sergeant of the 21st motorized rifle brigade Oleg Deshchenya-Strizh from Tatarstan died in Ukraine in July from a mortar attack. At the end of July, his wife Vasima Berkheeva received 5 million rubles from the state (part of the payments were received by the sergeant's parents). The family bought a new phone for their youngest daughter, and the woman also plans to pay off all debts, the total amount of which is half a million. According to her, in order to collect things for the army, her husband borrowed money from acquaintances for uniforms, a walkie-talkie and a bayonet-knife. The woman is going to spend most of the compensation on the education of her eldest daughter, who dreams of a cadet school and says that she is the daughter of a military man, so "she must be a military man." The wife of the deceased sergeant herself hopes that she will be able to dissuade her daughter from the service.
The family of another deceased – Artem Nechaev from the city of Gremyachinsk in the Perm Territory, who died three weeks after the start of the war – received compensation from the state in the amount of 12.4 million rubles. However, they did not have time to spend the money, scammers stole it from their mother's account. Nechaeva received a call allegedly on behalf of the "Security Service of the Central Bank", and she sent the entire amount of compensation to the attackers in small transfers, and then took out a loan for 1.5 million rubles. Now the family has to pay off debts.
On July 12, 32-year-old special forces soldier Sergey Rzhavin also died while on duty in Ukraine, he left behind a wife, a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. The family received compensation of 3 million rubles, and the major's parents decided that with this money they needed to buy an apartment for their grandchildren.
The wife of Viktor Mnogohreshnov, who was blown up by a mine on June 11 in Ukraine, says that they have two children left. Lyubov claims that at the beginning of 2022, Viktor and his brigade left “for exercises in Belarus” and said that they would return in two months. On April 1, he briefly came to Russia, but on May 27 he was again sent to fight. Each family member received 800,333 rubles (including the husband's parents). For her part of the compensation, Lyubov decided to leave Totsky for Altai and buy a house.
Earlier, an excerpt from the Vesti Nedeli program with Dmitry Kiselev on the Russia 1 channel appeared on the network. The plot featured the family of paratrooper Aleksey Malov, who died in Ukraine, from the Saratov region, who bought a white LADA Granta for "coffin" (payment from the state) for the death of her son.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense has twice reported on the death of Russian servicemen – according to the latest data, 1,351 servicemen have died. At the same time, on May 30, the BBC Russian Service found out the names of 3,052 Russian soldiers who died in the war in Ukraine. The publication clarifies that these are incomplete figures, since the media and regional authorities do not name all the dead, even if their bodies were delivered to their families and buried. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), the total combat losses of Russia from the beginning of the war to July 10 amounted to 37.3 thousand personnel.
For the death of a Russian soldier, the family receives a one-time payment of 7.4 million rubles. After the war, Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the family of the deceased would receive an additional 5 million rubles – a total of 12.4 million. Compensation is transferred in equal shares to the parents of the deceased, his wife and children. Also, the relatives of the dead will receive benefits for life: if there are three relatives, they pay 5.2 thousand rubles each, if two – 6.9 thousand rubles each, one relative will receive 10.4 thousand rubles a month.