Boroday told RBC he learned about Bolotov's death from his family, adding he was unaware of details. An RBC source close to Bolotov confirmed the "LPR" former leader died on Friday, Jan. 27. According to RBC, the cause of death is being investigated.
"By preliminary data, Bolotov died of a heart attack in his apartment in Moscow two hours ago. He suddenly felt bad," an Interfax source said.
In his last public interview with Rosbalt news agency in December 2016, Bolotov said he was living in Moscow and strongly criticized his successor Plotnitsky, saying he had been toppled as a result of a conspiracy.
Bolotov became leader of the "LPR" in April 2014 after he was elected "people's governor" of the Luhansk region. He participated in the armed seizure of the SBU building in Luhansk. On Aug. 14, 2014, Bolotov left Luhansk with Igor Plotnitsky becoming new "LPR" leader.
In 2015, several prominent militants were killed in the "LPR" territory.
On Jan. 1, 2015, Alexander Bednov, the Batman rapid response group commander, was shot down in the vicinity of Luhansk.
On Jan. 23, 2015, Yevgeny Ishchenko, the so-called commander and "people's mayor" of Pervomaisk was eliminated.
On May 23, 2015, Alexey Mozgovoy, the Prizrak Brigade leader, was killed while traveling from Alchevsk to Luhansk.
On Dec. 12, 2015, Pavel "Batya" Dremov, a Cossack commander who repeatedly criticized Plotnitsky, was destroyed.
On Sept. 24, 2016, former "chairman of the LPR council of ministers" Gennady Tsypkalov was detained on charges of a "coup d'état attempt." He committed suicide shortly after.
On Oct. 16, 2016, Arsen "Motorola" Pavlov, infamous "DPR" chieftain, was killed in Donetsk. He was blown up in the elevator of his house.