This was announced by Novaya Gazeta journalist Pavel Kanygin, Censor.NET reports.
"Last weekend, Vadim Pogodin was released by Crimean law enforcers. Ukraine and "DPR" [self-proclaimed republic of the Donbas - ed.] suspect the 46-year-old leader of Kerch battalion of execution of schoolboy Stepan Chubenko in Donetsk. Both Ukrainian and Donetsk investigators say Pogodin killed the 16-year-old in late July 2014 with four shots to the back of his neck," the story reads.
Chubenko was detained in July 2014 in Donetsk, allegedly for wearing a blue and yellow ribbon. Pogodin called the boy a "Right Sector agent," and together with comrades tortured him, tied his arms behind his back, kicked his teeth, and then shot dead. Pogodin made four shots in the back of his neck.
Pogodin then spent several months in Donbas, later - in Moscow and Crimea. On June 20, 2017, he was detained in Yalta for 40 days upon request of the Ukrainian side. Pogodin, a Ukrainian citizen, was meant to be extradited to Ukraine.
"Moscow could have easily give him away," Kanygin wrote. "I have no doubts that Pogodin could have joined extradited criminals, if not for one detail.
"The detail is that Duma members and other "heroes" were lobbying his interests - probably because he knows a lot."
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Pogodin, the author claims, belonged to the narrow circle of "Donbas adventure pioneers" along with Russians Alexander Boroday, Igor Girkin, Sergey "Khmury" Dubinsky, Igor "Bes" Bezler, and Ukrainian Alexander Khodakovsky. In 2014, these people led the Donetsk riot, but gave away their roles later in 2015.
"But there's more than old friendship that unites these "veterans," I believe.
"They know who possessed the Buk system in July 2014, the one that downed the Malaysian Boeing. Each of these six people must know exactly what happened in the sky over Torez on July 17, 2014. And of course, if any of them is extradited to Ukraine (under any pretext), this might be a gift to MH17 investigators, including Ukraine. ...
"The sadist not only avoids being extradited, but is released. He will be tried neither in Russia, not in "DRP"," the authors concludes.
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