May 29 2015
President Vladimir Putin has banned the release of all information on troop deaths in "special operations," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
The presidential decree issued Thursday classifies Russian military losses "in peacetime during special operations" as "state secrets," reported CNN.
Anyone who discloses details about such deaths are liable to be prosecuted.
A spokesman for the Kremlin said the move was not connected to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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