"Zakhar Prilepin writes: "Many our guys left the Donbas for Syria. It is usual practice for them to come back and continue serving here. One of the reasons is that they are fighting here for peanuts contrary to popular belief. Their salary here is 15,000 – 16,000 or a maximum of 20,000 rubles while it is much bigger in Syria. But our Donetsk, Russian, Tatar, Ossetian, Buryat guys pull both wars as their own. Both of them are ours," the journalist quoted Prilepin’s post.
"That’s how it is! It turns out that they do it for money rather than on some ideological grounds. Why not? This is pretty convenient. It was profitable to fight in the Donbas "militia" while there was a possibility to grab cars of locals and loot mansions. But when the shutters were put up, it definitely became more profitable to go to Syria. And Bandera supporters aren’t going anywhere after all. They appear not that bloodthirsty, if you look more closely. It is not very comfortable to defend the Russian language for 15,000 rubles. Assad pays much better, sorry," Kazanskyi said.
In his post, Russian propagandist Prilepin also confirmed that Igor Kosoturov, a retired captain of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (also known as GRU) who had previously fought in the Donbas, was recently killed in Syria.