Putin’s top aide managed Donbas militants — Strelkov

Vladimir Putin with his adviser Vladislav Surkov

Vladimir Putin with his adviser Vladislav Surkov 

War in the Donbas

Vladislav Surkov was the man behind the scenes who directed all actions of the Russian militants and arrivals in the Donbas, especially this spring and summer, Igor Girkin (Strelkov) wrote on antikvariat.ru, an online forum for antiquarians, November 13.

Strelkov was responding to attacks by Alexander Borodai, the former “prime minister” of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), who criticized him during an interview with Ksenia Sobchak  on Russia’s Dozhd TV channel, stating that Strelkov’s desire to become a political leader suited him “like a ballerina’s tutu.”

“I used to consider Borodai my friend.” Strelkov wrote. “He was then the correspondent for the newspaper Zavtra (Tomorrow). Behind him were Transnistria and the protection of BD (the White House in Moscow — Ed.) in 1993. On several occasions we were together in ‘hot spots.’ He came to see me in Chechnya in 2001 and even participated in several combat missions. He introduced me to Mikhail Leontyev (Russian pundit — Ed.)  and many other people.”

“Then Sasha [Borodai] created and headed up his own PR firm, where he began to prosper and rapidly acquired high connections. We saw each other less and less even though we maintained friendly relations and helped each other in various ways. But his appearance in Donetsk as prime minister astounded me. Sasha, who had not spent a single day in any government organization, suddenly became the head of what was a state, after all,” he said.

“In general, I considered him a temporary figure, and he had few illusion on that score either. I expected that this would allow him to begin a political career in Russia. Well, he acted appropriately — in other words, to his advantage.  In fact, he acted in the interests of Surkov, who directed all his actions, who even came to see him on this birthday this summer to ‘show respect,’ ” Strelkov wrote.

“Sasha has played a role in my removal, of course. He was not the only one, but he probably played a decisive role. After all, I still continued to rely on him to a great extent. The outcome is known. Now Sasha can expect a long and glorious career as a paid Surkov underling. Well he deserved it,” Strelkov concluded.

Vladislav Surkov is a top aide to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. He has overseen the Ukrainian issue since the 2004 elections. Since 2013, according to many sources, he has been responsible for Russia’s relations with Ukraine.

Strelkov is a former officer in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service. An enthusiast of historical military reenactments, he has also participated in the wars in Moldova and Serbia. In the spring he headed up the terrorists in the Donetsk Oblast, commanded pro-Russian forces in  Sloviansk, and  then declared himself “minister of defense” of DNR, where Borodai was “prime minister.” Then he was quietly dismissed.

According to several sources, Russia’s leadership demanded his dismissal in exchange for military aid.

Adapted and translated from an article in Ukrayinska Pravda.



Translated by: Anna Mostovych

Source: Ukrayinska Pravda

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  1. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    Hmmm, if it smells like, and looks like state terrorism……..guess what.

  2. Avatar Brent says:

    More infighting and accusations from within the various terrorist groups/organizations/Russian citizens who were instrumental in Russia’s illegal undeclared war in Donbass. How surprising. These mini dictators do not care about the well being or future of the citizens but are all a bunch of sandbox warlords trying to create their own empires and or legacy. Putin is the chief puppet master behind the attempted destruction of Ukraine, and now even one of the most notable Russian citizen terrorists has confirmed the link to Putin’s top aide, Vladislav Surkov.

    Somebody’s going to get ‘cement shoes’ or be found dead due to ‘cleaning his gun while driving’ or have to ‘drink a polonium cocktail’ for not being a good little obedient participant in Putin’s war on Ukraine. It will be a fitting end, and I only hope all of those who orchestrated this meet similar fates including the diminutive puppet master, “Volodya”.

  3. Avatar Murf says:

    And now it can be told.
    I guess all those Russian troll who for months towed the party line of no Russian involvement will have some new evidence new to ignore.

    1. Avatar Arctic_Slicer says:

      They will ignore it just the same. They still pretend that Strelkov didn’t take credit for downing MH17 even though it’s well documented that he do so immediately after it was shot down before realizing it was a civilian plane..

      1. Avatar Murf says:

        I know, I just like it when you almost see them squirming in their posts.

  4. Avatar Milton Devonair says:

    Why is it that a lot of these underlings of putin look like they’re gay? I’m sort of wondering if putin is compensating for some personal issues he has. It’s OK to be gay, just don’t keep invading other countries and murdering other people to prove that you’re not gay.
    Get over yourself vlady, be a pink panther and be done with it.

  5. Avatar Michael Couck says:

    Doesn’t the aid look a bit like Mr. Bean?