The journalists involved in the Russian occupation of Crimea and Donbass are in the list of the journalists and the accompanying persons died in the crash of the Tu-154 airliner over the Black Sea.
In particular, the NTV film crew that flue to Syria on the military aircraft is known for its participation in the media support of Russia during the annexation of Crimea. Thus, correspondent of Chrezvychajnoe Proisshestvie (Incident) Mikhail Luzhetsky and cinematographer Oleg Pestov, as evidenced by a number of reports from 2014, were included in the list of the media representatives awarded the Order “For Merits to the Fatherland” for covering the “regain of Crimea” in media.
However, there are no any official reports about this event: the Kremlin did not publicize the list of award recipients, though the ceremony took place on May 14 and 19, 2014 and is proved by numerous photo reports of its participants.
Not all the media representatives were war correspondents. In particular, correspondent of The First Channel Dmitry Runkov has worked for the channel during the last year and has reported about civilian life.
As a reminder, a Tu-154 aircraft of the Russian Defense Ministry crashed over the Black Sea on the morning of December 25.
According to the Defense Ministry, there were 84 passengers and 8 crew members on board the aircraft.