Censor.NET recalls that a series of assassinations of militant chieftains involved in the Russian occupation of the Donbas kicked off in 2014 in Antratsyt with the elimination of the so-called Cossack atamans - "military commander of the city" Vyacheslav Pinezhanin and "chief of staff" Mikhail Kovalev.
In January 2015, Alexander Bednov, the Batman rapid response group commander, was shot down in the vicinity of Luhansk. His fighters directly accused "LPR" leader Plotnitsky of organizing the murder.
Bednov was killed in a shootout during his apprehension
A report by the so-called "LPR's" prosecutor's office unequivocally defines Bednov as a "gang leader," charging him with numerous crimes.
In January 2015, Yevgeny Ishchenko, the so-called commander and "people's mayor" of Pervomaisk, known for being at odds with "LPR" and "DPR" leaders, was eliminated.
Ishchenko was shot down along with three "volunteers" from Russia who supplied militants with humanitarian aid in an assault rifle attack.
Ishchenko was a native of Russia. According to some sources, he had a criminal record.
At the end of May 2015, Alexey Mozgovoy, the Prizrak Brigade leader, was killed.
Mozgovoy was assassinated while traveling from Alchevsk to Luhansk. At the entrance to Mykhailivka village, an explosive device was detonated near the car, with machine gun and assault rifle fire having followed.
On Dec. 12, 2015, Pavel "Batya" Dremov, another Cossack commander who repeatedly criticized Plotnitsky, was eliminated.
The killing was done in a violent manner: Dremov was returning from St. Petersburg, where he had just married. One of his deputies, known as Borshchev ("Borshch"), presented a Range-Rover to the young couple.
Dremov allegedly received a strange call and hurried to leave for Pervomaisk. As soon as the car was started, a bomb exploded.
In August this year, Nikolay Minin, Dremov's close associate, was killed in occupied Luhansk. According to one version, Minin was murdered for organizing an assassination attempt on "LPR" leader Ihor Plotnitsky. As reported, the militant was killed right in his bed, his head cut off.
Russian media mention the Wagner group, a private military company, as being behind the elimination of Mozgovoy, Bednov and Dremov. According to Russia's Fontanka, Wagner is Lt. Col. Dmitry Utkin, 46, professional military, commander of the 700th Separate Special Forces Detachment (Pechory, the Pskov region), the 2nd Separate Brigade of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Spetsnaz until 2013.
Wagner is known for his commitment to the aesthetics and ideology of the Third Reich, which is in someway evidenced by his call sign in honor of the mystic composer.
In late January 2016, Zakharchenko's ("DPR" leader) thugs eliminated the rebellious Troia Battalion.
There were some hundred fighters at the Troya base. Dozens of them were killed. A lot of dead bodies were reported on social media.
Gennady Tsypkalov, one of the "LPR" former leaders, was also killed in a rather explicit manner, while everything was chalked up to a mysterious "suicide" in a cell, which no one believed in.
Tsypkalov is third from the left
As reported by some media, Tsypkalov, "LPR Council of Ministers" ex-chairman, had access to classified information, including the participation of Russia's secret services in the organization of separatist rallies in the Luhansk region that led to its subsequent occupation by the Russian army. Tsypkalov could be killed by FSB operatives so as to avoid the leakage of secret data.
On Sept. 19, 2016, Evgeny Zhilin, the Oplot militant group leader, was shot down by a killer at a suburban Moscow restaurant.
As experts have it, many facts indicate the involvement of Russia's FSB. Zhilin was an absolutely unwanted witness for the Kremlin.
On Oct. 16, Arsen "Motorola" Pavlov, infamous "DPR" chieftain, was killed in Donetsk. He was blown up in the elevator of his house.
Motorola was also a very important eyewitness to the crimes of the Kremlin in the Donbas.
Social media have already reacted to Motorola's murder.
Another militant leader 'Givi' is named as the next candidate on the kill list of Russia's secret services.
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