05:14 GMT04 December 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Investigative Committee charged in absentia four terrorists with involvement in the murder of Russian pilot Roman Filipov in Syria, the spokeswoman for the investigative committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said Wednesday.

    "An international warrant has been issued for the accused," Petrenko said.

    The four militants in question were members of Jebhat an-Nusra terrorist organisation, which was later renamed to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

    In 2018, the Russian Defence Ministry announced that the Russian Su-25 piloted by Filipov was downed by a man-portable air defence system operated by militants during an overflight of Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone.

    The pilot ejected from the plane, landed in an area controlled by Jabhat an-Nusra* and fought against the terrorists until his death.

    *Jabhat an-Nusra [al-Nusra, The Nusra Front] - a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries

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