MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. Russia has spent over $1.8 million on repairing and restoring the burial sites in China where more than 24,000 Soviet and Russian soldiers were buried, Deputy Defense Minister, Army General Dmitry Bulgakov said on Sunday.
The deputy defense minister’s statement comes in the wake of the first Russian-Chinese expedition that started on Sunday to search for the remains of Soviet servicemen who died during the liberation of China’s northeast regions from the Japanese military in 1945.
"According to available data, there are 74 registered memorial sites on the territory of China where 24,136 servicemen were buried, of whom the names of 18,030 soldiers [mostly from the period of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905] remain unknown," the general said.
"Large-scale work is underway to establish the names of the soldiers who perished and restore war cemeteries that disappeared," the general said.
"In 2014-2015 alone, 13 soldier burial sites received their identification documents and 1,346 names of soldiers who had died on the territory of China were established," he said, adding these were largely the servicemen who perished during the liberation of northeast China from Japanese invaders when the Soviet troops carried out the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation on August 9 - September 2, 1945.