They were in Syria as private contractors, a small part of an army of such people who are being deployed secretly by the Kremlin in Syria.
The deaths of Kolganov and Morozov, and others like them, have not been made public.
Instead, she took a train to a nearby airport and flew alone to Turkey— to join ISIS jihadists on the warfront in Syria.
How a quiet young French woman from a mixed Muslim-Catholic family with five children was convinced to exchange her home in the south of France to one in the north of Syria, remains a mystery to her family and friends, even eight months later.
Besides, in Russia a woman of 30 – 50 years does not meet the criteria for marriage, as experts note.
For foreign men, however, this is no problem at all.
The medals, seen by Reuters, were intended to honor the sacrifice they had made for their country.
Except Kolganov and Morozov were not employed by the Russian state.
By submitting the questionnaire and/or by using any of the services on our web site, you certify that you are 18 years of age, or older, and that you accept full responsibility for your actions. Officially, Russia is participating only in an air war over Syria with a small number of special forces on the ground.More civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict were killed by US-led coalitions than by Isis or Russian-led forces in the last month, according to figures released by a human rights organisation.The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), found Isis killed 119 civilians in Syria in March, including 19 children and 7 women, with Russian forces believed to have killed 224 civilians in the same month, including 51 children and 42 women.The SNHR found the international coalition forces, led by the US, killed 260 civilians, including 70 children and 34 women.