Russia Shows Solidarity With France With Adorable Puppy Russia hopes little Dobrynya can replace a police dog that died earlier this week By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Nov 21, 2015 2:12 PM CST 53 comments Comments Russia is sending a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to France as a show of solidarity. (AP Photo/Russian Interior Ministry Press Service) (Newser) – Russia is sending a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to France in the cuddliest show of international solidarity possible, the Independent reports. In Russian folklore, Dobrynya was "the personification of strength, kindness, bravery and selflessness," according to Sky News. In a statement, a Russian official called the puppy a "confirmation of our solidarity with the French police in these troubled days." The Independent reports it's hoped Dobrynya will replace the French police dog Diesel, who was killed during an anti-terrorism raid on an apartment Wednesday. Tributes to Diesel went viral on social media following the dog's death.