Mysterious deaths of chieftains in Russian-backed “republics” since 2015 in a nutshell – #Infographic

Mysterious deaths of chieftains in Russian backed “republics” since 2015 in a nutshell – #Infographic

Deaths of "separatist leaders" of Ukraine's occupied territories in a nutshell, EuromaidanPress infographic. High resolution

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Since 2015, more than a half-score of the “Donbas warlords” and other “leaders” were killed or died under mysterious circumstances. Here is a baker’s dozen of the most prominent deaths:

Date Position Name Details


Head of Batman gang Aleksandr Bednov Ambushed and killed with the RPO-A Shmel grenade launcher
‘Mayor’ of occupied Pervomaysk Yevgeny Ishchenko Shot dead in Pervomaysk
Warlord of Alchevsk, head of Prizrak gang Aleksey Mozgovoy Wounded by a bomb then finished off with a machine gun
 4 2015-12-12 Cossack warlord of Kadiivka Pavel ‘Batya’ Dryomov Killed by a car bomb
 5 2016-09-19 Head of Oplot gang Yevgeny Zhilin Shot dead in a restaurant in Moscow oblast, Russia
 6 2016-09-24 Head of the “cabinet of ministers of LNR” Gennady Tsypkalov Committed suicide” in detention for “plotting a coup” in Luhansk
 7 2016-10-02 Platoon commander, smuggler Armen “Baggi” Bagiryan  Shot dead with an assault rifle
Leader of Sparta gang Arsen ‘Motorola’ Pavlov  Killed by a bomb explosion in his apartment’s elevator
 9 2016-12-27 “Minister of agriculture of LNR” Sergey Litvin  Died in Luhansk
 10 2017-01-27 “First head of LNR” Valery Bolotov  Died in Moscow, poisoning is suspected
 11 2017-02-04 Military chief of ‘LNR’ Oleg Anashchenko  Died in a car blast in Luhansk
 12 2017-02-08 ‘Commander’ of Somali gang Mikhail ‘Givi’ Tolstykh Killed with the Shmel rocket launcher in Makiivka
 13 2017‑03‑12 One of “DNR founders” Vladimir Makovich  Died with a “brain tumor” in Donetsk

There are four main theories explaining the mysterious deaths of Russian warlords.

(1) As a rule, “LDNR authorities” blame Ukrainian DRGs (military subversive groups) or SBU agents for assassinations. This version is voiced on the Russian TV channels as only possible every time a warlord is killed. Ukrainian officials usually deny responsibility.

(2) Donbas pro-Ukrainian guerrillas taking revenge can be behind the killings.

(3) Infighting among the “elite” of “republics” may be the reason for murders as they seek to augment their power.

(4) Russian security services may dispose of the leaders going out of their control, who may become unwanted witnesses for Russia in future.

Our next poll is about this string of deaths in the occupied territories the question is: Who is killing separatists in the Donbas?

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Update: Poll results.

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Unfortunately, our readers who voted on Twitter and Opinionstage didn’t guess what Russia would do, Russia didn’t boycott Eurovision and announced its entry.

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