MOSCOW, May 10 (RAPSI) – A criminal case over desecration of memorial to Russian soldiers fallen in Syria was launched in Amur Region on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports.

According to local police, unknown criminals have painted inscriptions on the memorial desk for the monument of military glory located near Vozhayevka village. The criminal case was launched under the “vandalism” article of the Criminal Code.

All damage to the monument has already been repaired.

Desks in memory of Oleg Peshkov and Alexander Pozinich were installed in Belogorsk area of the Amur Region on December 9, 2015. The memorial desks were incorporated in the monument of military glory located on the Chita-Khabarovsk federal highway.

The commander of the SU-24 bomber Oleg Peshkov, who died in Syria, served 7 years in the Belogorsk region of the Amur region.

On November 24 the SU-24 bomber piloted by Peshkov crashed near Syrian-Turkish border. The plane was allegedly downed by an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish F-16C fighter. Two pilots managed to eject from the plane. Peshkov was killed by ground fire from militants when parachuting, his navigator survived. Another serviceman, marine Alexander Pozynich, was killed during the rescue mission.