Censor.NET reports citing international volunteer community InformNapalm.
The witness is former "state security minister" of the "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") Andrey Pinchuk.
Pinchuk has been involved in the 'Novorossiya' project, the one stipulating for creation of 'independent' republics of the Donbas, since March 2014, when he arrived in Simferopol, Crimea together with ill-famed Vladimir Antyufeev from Transistia. The goal of the group was to assist with the annexation of Crimea, in which they succeeded. After Crimea, in July 2014, Pinchuk surfaced together with Antyufeev in the quasi-republic of "DPR" as a "minister of state security."
On March 2, 2015, Pinchuk left Donetsk for Moscow, where he was appointed to the Donbas Volunteers Union as a deputy of Alexander Boroday, right hand of Vladislav Surkov, Putin's aide, the authors of the investigation wrote.
Photo from Pinchuk's archive
In January 2017, a book penned by Pinchuk was to be published. It would disclose the man's war crimes in Ukraine, InformNapalm says. Pinchuk mentions Surkov's role in the conflict in the east of Ukraine, and describes the Boeing MH17 crash events.
Pinchuk wrote in his book that as soon as reports of the downed Boeing were received, his colleague Antyufyeev refused to go to the crash site in order to avoid 'being featured' in the related news. Pinchuk left for the scene together with Boroday.
"Experienced Antyufeev knew the Boeing was downed by the Russians. He knew he would be held accountable, so he didn't want to be featured," InformNapalm concluded.
Speaking of Pinchuk, he was born in 1977 in Tiraspol, a Russian citizen (no passport of Transnistria or "DPR"), married father of three children. He is also a Ukrainian citizen, with relatives living in the Odesa region. He has several college degrees in legal and economic sciences. He is also a retired FSB colonel.
Such people are used by FSB for various quasi-republics and specific tasks, InformNapalm says. Career secret service officers call them "jackets," i.e. officers that got into FSB after graduating from a civil college. Between 1997 and 2012 Pinchuk served in another self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria. He was allegedly involved in business intelligence between 2013 and 2015.
InformNapalm says Pinchuk's biggest mistake was to write his book of memoirs that include so many disclosing details of his and Kremlin's activities in the Donbas. The authors of the article believe that numerous investigative reports will appear based on Pinchuk's archives.
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