Something is very wrong with the numbers provided by the Russian Defense Ministry about the area liberated from terrorists in Syria.
On October 24, many Russian media outlets, including state-run, quoted a statement of Russian Defense Ministry Sergey Shoigu that since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, 503,223 km2 have been liberated from terrorists.
The total area of Syria is about 185,180 km2. So, 2.71 Syrias have been liberated so far, according to Shoigu.
In June 2017, another questionable incident appeared in the third part of Oliver Stone’s Showtime special “The Putin Interviews” when Russian President Vladimir Putin showed filmmaker Oliver Stone footage of an alleged US helicopter shooting Tliban extremists in Afghanistan and told him it was the Russian Aerospace Forces operating in Syria.
In the both cases, the problems were likely caused by mistakes of the middle- or low-level press staff involved in the process of providing numbers, facts and videos for statements of the Russian leadership.