Russian military orders 10,000 medals for soldiers in Syria

Russian air force pilots salute upon their arrival from Syria after being order to with withdraw at an airbase in the southern Russia's Krasnodar region on March 16, 2016Russia’s defence ministry on Monday opened bidding on a contract to deliver over 10,000 medals to soldiers involved in Moscow’s operation in Syria, suggesting the scope of its involvement there. The ministry posted a contract on the government procurement website for 10,300 medals and accompanying certificates for a total of 2.2 million rubles ($32,000). The award — named “To the participant of the military operation in Syria” — was created by the defence ministry on November 30 and Russian media have reported that some pilots who returned to Russia from Syria this month have already been decorated.

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