Russian Soldier's Friends React To Suicide Claims
Nineteen-year-old Vadim Kostenko died at an air base in Syria on October 24 -- the first confirmed death of a Russian serviceman in the country. Russian Defense Ministry officials said that Kostenko hanged himself, but the circumstances of his death are still under investigation. In Kostenko's home town of Grechanaya Balka, relatives were waiting for his body to arrive for the funeral planned for October 28. RFE/RL's Current Time TV asked Kostenko's friends and neighbors about the reports.