The mother of a Russian conscript who was killed during the sinking of the warship Moskva has spoken out about how the Kremlin lied to her about the death of her son and attempted to bribe her with compensation.
A brave Russian mother of a conscript who was killed during the sinking of the Moskva warship has spoken out about lies and blackmail from Moscow after being told her son was "burned to ashes".
Olga Dubinina has accused the Russian authorities of subjecting bereaved families to "lies" and "blackmail".
Her son, 20-year-old Nikita Syromyasov was killed when the Russian flagship sunk in the Black Sea on April 14 - but to date, the Kremlin has only confirmed one official death, with 27 other Russians reported as "missing".
Although it has not been confirmed, Ukraine estimated that around 250 sailors died when the ship sank, although the actual number could be much higher.
Ms Dubinina said to local media: "I don't believe a single word, not a single word of what they say. No matter the rank, it's all a complete lie."
The grieving mother added that she has received no official confirmation of the death of her son, and was only offered compensation if she signed a paper agreeing that the ship was "not" hit by Ukrainian missiles.
She added: "It's kind of a blackmail".
When asked if she signed, she answered: "Of course not. What kind of a statement is this? Dead as a result of a catastrophe? "I am not happy with this wording, and I don't agree this is how my son died.
"If they think otherwise, I say 'prove it to me'. Now they are saying, too, that he burned to ashes."
Ms Dubinina added: "They only talk to us, they don't give us anything in writing.
"There is a group sent to work with those like me, whose sons and husbands went missing.
"They say they are carrying some kind of search work, and then it turns out there is no search whatsoever. "We think so because not a single body fragment has been found since 25 April, which is ridiculous."