Moscow: murdered in fight special forces soldier Nikita Belyankin buried. Coverage
A few hundred people have come to bid final farewell for the 24-year-old young man who had died in the name of saving other people’s lives.
Farewell ceremony for a former GRU officer Nikita Belyankin who has been murdered in a fight is being carried out at the Moscow region’s Mitino cemetery. The farewell ceremony was shortened due to unbearable heat: Nikita’s coffin was lowered into the ground to the shots and Russia’s anthem. Representatives of Rosgvardia, Donbass and Syria combat veterans, and other military men visited the farewell ceremony.
A few hundred people have come to bid final farewell for the 24-year-old young man who had died in the name of saving other people’s lives. People approached Nikita’s parents - Aleksey and Natalia - to express their condolences to them. Despite the terrible sorrow, the family of the deceased hung on - for dear life, at times.
A lot of friends and neighbors from Putilkovo - as well as people who had not been acquainted with him, at all - came to the funeral. There were lots of flowers and wreaths. There were wreaths brought by Krasnogorsk’s administration, an organization Boevoye bratstvo, and workfellows. The Belyankins have a 9-year-old son - Nikita’s brother.
Nikita is known to have dreamt of military service and the Special Operations Forces since childhood. He graduated from the military spy agency department of the cadet school with a first-class honours degree. After that, he got the nickname of Cadet. Then he went to college. Then - the army and the Russian Strategic Missile Forces. He had always proved to be a crusader of justice and intervened on behalf of those who had been weaker.
Nikita Belyankin came back from the army in February, this year, holding the rank of corporal. He was going to enter the Academy of the Ministry of Emergency Situations or MIA. Aleksey Belyankin says they spent May holidays at the exploring expedition in the territory of Smolensk region. They searched for warriors who deceased during the The Great Patriotic War as part of a military unit Eskadron. Keeping the watch over memory was their family activity.
The GRU officer and the veteran of military actions in Syria Nikita Belyankin was stabbed in heart in the evening on June 1, in Moscow region’s Krasnogorsk district of Putilkovo. 17 persons - the Caucasians who attacked 2 men and then Belyankin who died covered in blood on the pavement - were put on a wanted list. 3 natives of Armenia - including a 27-year-old barman at Beerhouse Narek Stepanyan, a 41-year-old economist from Moscow Suren Markosyan, and a 42-year-old unemployed Sergey Khodjoyan - have already been detained.
Nikita’s girlfriend Yana (in the middle)
Narek Stepanyan and Suren Markosyan state it was Khodjoyan who took out the knife and stabbed Nikita Belyankin in the chest. Khodjoyan, in his turn, pleads not guilty. Krasnogorsk city court arrested them for 2 months. Criminal case under articles Murder and Infliction of grave bodily injury were initiated against the detainees. The investigation is being controlled by the Investigative Committee of Russia and society.
Meanwhile, appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin emerged on the web; it requires putting Nikita Belyankin - who had joined the unequal fight in order to defend life of his fellow citizen - forward for a decoration - Medal of Valor.