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Brics Report: Syria truce, plane crash and electric buses

Last week, Russia started pulling out most of its forces from Syria, following the air campaign it launched in September last year.

Lecturer at Moscow State University and freelance journalist, Victor Sonkin spoke to John Robbie about the speculations around Russia's move to remove troupes from Syria.

Sonkin also updates us on the plane crash at the weekend in southern Russia that killed all 62 people on board; as well as the construction of electric buses in central Moscow.

At the time of the truce it was logical to withdraw because if you withdraw in times of truce you won, when you withdraw in times of war you lost.

Victor Sonkin, Lecturer at Moscow State University and freelance journalist

It was good picture because few Russian lives were lost and the President decorated the families of the 5 soldiers who were killed in action.

Victor Sonkin, Lecturer at Moscow State University and freelance journalist

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