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    Former Defense Minister of the DPR Igor Strelkov detained in the case of extremism

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    Law enforcement officers detained Igor Strelkov. This was told to RBC by two law enforcement sources and confirmed by Strelkov’s lawyer Alexander Molokhov.

    Law enforcement officers took Strelkov from his house around noon, his apartment was being searched.

    Preliminarily, the detention is connected with the statement of the ex-employee of the Wagner PMC, the source notes. Another interlocutor of RBC notes that the investigation is conducted not by the Investigative Committee, but by the FSB.

    Meanwhile, a message appeared on Strelkov’s Telegram channel on behalf of his wife Miroslava Reginskaya. She said that Strelkov was not at home when representatives of the UK arrived there. According to the concierge, she wrote that Strelkov was taken out of the house by the arms.

    “From friends I managed to find out that my husband was charged under Art. 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (extremism)”,

    – the message says.

    The Mash Telegram channel, citing lawyer Alexander Molokhov, reports that there is no connection with Strelkov, and it is not known where he is, they are looking for him in all departments of the Investigative Committee and the Moscow police.

    Also, according to the channel, Strelkov’s detention may be related to the end of the examination of his streams and videos for discrediting the RF Armed Forces. The channel reported about them back in April. Then, according to the applicants, Strelkov posted a video where he insulted the authorities, advised to be silent and not justify himself, and accused the country’s leadership of the fact that hostilities did not start in 2014.

    On Strelkov’s Telegram channel, on behalf of his associates, a message was published stating that the detention was probably connected with “the continuation of the dishonest struggle with Igor Ivanovich.”

    In a conversation with Gazeta, retired Air Force colonel and Strelkov’s ally in the Angry Patriots Club Viktor Alksnis commented on his detention.

    “This was to be expected after the PMC rebellion organized by Prigogine. Kvachkov and Strelkov were the first on the list of patriots who supported the conduct of a special military operation, but criticized how it was carried out. And now they have received for it in full. If Kvachkov is just an administrative case, then Strelkov is already a criminal article, extremism,” Alksnis said.

    The Institute and Four Wars

    The real name of Igor Ivanovich Strelkov is Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin. Born December 17, 1970.

    In June 1992, Strelkov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives, after which he went to voluntarily fight in Transnistria. He also fought in the Russian volunteer detachment in Bosnia and in the brigades of the Republika Srpska Troops, where he received the nickname “royal officer” from the Serbs for monarchist views. In the late 1990s, he published his autobiographical Bosnian Diary.

    In 1993-1994 he served in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. After completing military service in 1994, he remained on contract and took part in the First Chechen War. From 1998 to 2005 he served in the special forces of the FSB: since 1998 – in Dagestan, and since 1999 – in Chechnya. He participated in the fighting in Dagestan, and then in the Second Chechen War.

    In 2013, he resigned from the FSB with the rank of colonel. According to the military, he took his pseudonym from his grandmother, who bore the name Strelkov.

    Crimea and the “drain” of the militia

    During the events leading up to the referendum on the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014, Strelkov led one of the self-defense units of the peninsula.

    On the night of April 12, 2014, Strelkov with 52 fighters crossed the state border of Ukraine near the Donetsk region. On April 12, a group of Strelkov, who called themselves supporters of the DPR, seized the administrative buildings (police, city council) in the city of Slavyansk, announcing the transfer of the city under the control of the DPR. On April 14, at that time, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov signed a decree on the start of the ATO (anti-terrorist operation) in Slovyansk. Thus began the 85-day defense of Slavyansk from the regular forces of the Ukrainian army.

    On May 11, 2014, Strelkov accepted the post of commander of the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic and announced the introduction of a counter-terrorist operation (CTO) regime. The order issued by Strelkov called on the Russian Federation to “take measures adequate to the situation to protect the population of the DPR, including the possibility of bringing in a contingent of peacekeeping forces from the eastern border.” It was also stated there that “within the framework of the CTO, all militants of Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups (“National Guard”, “Right Sector” (the organization is banned in Russia), “Lyashko Battalion”, “Donbass Battalion”) are subject to detention, disarmament, and in case of armed resistance, they are destroyed on the spot. On May 15, the DPR Supreme Council appointed Strelkov head of the Security Council and Minister of Defense.

    By July 5, 2014, Slavyansk was surrounded and the militia with a column of armored vehicles, accompanied by civilian refugees, broke out of the city to neighboring Kramatorsk, from where they almost immediately went to Gorlovka and Donetsk. He later apologized that the militia “failed to defend the city.”

    Many blamed Strelkov for leaving the city and “draining” the militia, which subsequently, they argue, deprived the DPR forces of the possibility of adequate resistance. This was stated, for example, by one of the leaders and commanders of the militia, Igor Bezler, who, in addition, accused Strelkov of taking bribes from Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov.

    On July 16, Strelkov, who declared himself the military commandant of Donetsk, declared martial law in the city. On August 14, 2014, Strelkov resigned from the post of Minister of Defense of the DPR “in connection with the transfer to another job.”

    Strelkov’s involvement in the MH 17 crash

    In addition, Strelkov was accused of being involved in the crash of a Boeing 777 flight MH 17 Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014. Then 283 passengers and 15 crew members died. The plane was shot down and crashed on the territory of several settlements in the DPR.“We will pay for everything”: how the Dutch police persuade the Russian military to treason

    The crash was investigated by the International Investigation Team (JIT). According to investigators, the cause of the disaster was the hit of a ground-to-air missile of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system. According to the JIT, the Buk from which the passenger plane was shot down belonged to the Russian army, namely the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, based in the Kursk region. At the time of the rocket launch, it is alleged that the air defense system was located in the village of Pervomaiskoye in the DPR.

    The results of the examination of the manufacturer of “Buks” of the concern “Almaz-Antey” were attached to the case. According to the results of the investigation, the Malaysian plane was shot down by one of the old modifications of the Buk missiles, which were not in service with the Russian Armed Forces, but were used in Ukraine.

    Except St Relkov, among the defendants were the deputy commander of the military intelligence of the DPR Oleg Pulatov, a retired GRU officer of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Sergey Dubinsky and a militiaman, a citizen of Ukraine Leonid Kharchenko. All except Pulatov were found guilty.

    Criticism of the SVO

    Since Strelkov called on the Russian authorities to send troops and start hostilities in the Donbass back in 2014, he also welcomed the start of a special military operation. However, he repeatedly criticized the methods of its implementation.

    In addition, during the NMD, according to Strelkov himself, he tried several times to get into the combat zone. It was reported that he tried to get into the NVO zone with a passport in the name of Sergei Runov. He later denied this information. During another attempt, he spent from October to December in the Donbass, but was forced to leave.

    The main activity of Strelkov during the NWO period was the maintenance of the Telegram channel, on which he analyzed the events taking place in the war zone, and also expressed his position on certain issues. So, one of the long “discussions” began with Strelkov with the head of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, whom he called the Black Clown and Garson.

    He accused Prigozhin of blackmailing the Ministry of Defense, inhumane methods of warfare. As a result of an information skirmish, Prigozhin invited Strelkov to join Wagner and go to the front. Strelkov reacted with restrained interest to Prigozhin’s invitation, but later refused. “I invite you to the front.” Prigozhin offered Strelkov a military post

    “I will not be able to serve under the leadership of a man who openly accused me of betraying Russia. Not to mention the dirty insults that accompanied these accusations. Point,” Strelkov said.

    In addition, Strelkov did not support Wagner’s “justice march” on Moscow.

    Strelkov also became one of the leaders of the Angry Patriots Club, which also included an ordinary Russian Armed Forces and one of the first leaders of pro-Russian protests in the South-East of Ukraine in the spring of 2014 Pavel Gubarev, Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov and one of the leaders of Eduard Limonov’s Other Russia Mikhail Aksel. According to the manifesto of the association, its members are called upon to help the army, counteract the possibility of a pro-Western coup in Russia and internal sabotage. In addition, according to the PKK participants, the leadership of the Russian Federation “does not realize the gravity of the situation.”

    PS Later it became known that Igor Girkin-Strelkov was charged under article 280 part 2 – “Public calls for extremist activities.” The maximum penalty is 5 years in prison. The Meshchansky Court of Moscow decided to arrest him until September 18.


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