As reported by Censor.NET citing Liga, formal reason for the award to Gerasimov was his organizing of the operation in Syria. In addition to Gerasimov, the title of the Hero of Russia was also awarded to Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov and former GRU Head Igor Sergun (posthumously).
In March, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatolii Matios announced that the court allowed detaining and delivering to court for arrest of a number of officers from the Russian General Staff, including Valery Gerasimov, who is the main suspect of the Ilovaisk case.
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