Russian government makes complaint to Canada over details on website

By on December 17, 2015


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OTTAWA—The Russian government has complained to Canada about a website that reportedly has published personal details about Russian military personnel fighting the Islamic State.

A federal government spokesman says Russia’s foreign affairs ministry made a complaint to the Canadian embassy in Moscow and the matter has been referred to the RCMP.

But the spokesman could not comment on any details pertaining to the website.

The online news site Vice reported on Thursday that the website is Ukrainian but uses servers that are located just south of Montreal.

According to Vice, the website has posted pictures, Facebook profiles and passport information of dozens of Russian soldiers stationed in Syria.

Vice says some of the posts place the Russians at specific points in Syria.

The Vice story says the website calls itself a community of volunteers and is posting the information in retaliation for Russia violating a ceasefire in Ukraine.