‘Novaya gazeta’ newspaper got the list of ‘heroes’ awarded for waging the Crimea campaign
‘Novaya gazeta’ got the list Russians who were secretly awarded for outstanding achievements during the Crimea campaign. Everybody had his own role – some of them acted as ‘local’ citizens, some seized administrative buildings and Ukrainian military units, and others were responsible for information support in Moscow.
Group of volunteers from the suburbs of Moscow. Crimea. Spring, 2014.
Among those secretly awarded by Putin for annexation of the Crimea are Russian bikers, football fans, nationalists and people wanted by police as well as those having a history of criminal convictions.
“Among those who received state awards, we found prominent members of Yedinaya Rossiya (United Russia) Party, bikers, soccer fans, nationalists and people with violent criminal past. Moreover, one of the awarded is on probation and he recently made an armed raid on an orthodox church, while the other is listed in the federal wanted list,” the newspaper writes. The decrees about the awarding have never been officially published.
Three secret ceremonies
All in all there were three award ceremonies: on March 25 for high ranking officials (awarded with medals); on March 26 for prominent members of the United Russia and Patriots of Russia Party; and on March 31, for the members of Russian Union of Afghan Veterans who received awards.
.Frants Klintsevich — master of ceremony
Khostai Mubarak provided ‘sensitization campaign’ among the Crimean tatars
One of those who received presidential Honorable Diploma was Feliks Chernyakhovskiy (Black Raven), biker of the pro-Kremlin Night Wolves biker club. According to the criminal file materials, Chernyakhovskiy’s Hammer was captured by surveillance cameras on October 19, 2012 in Zelenograd, when Night Wolves bikers attacked the Three Roads biker’s club location. The fight ended up with shooting resulting in one of the wolves Valeriy Roditelev (White) from Sevastopol killed and another wolf Aleksey Yaroshevich injured.
Among the ‘special winners’ in the Crimea campaign were individuals with violent criminal background. One of them is Denis Podymkin originating from Velikoe Gryzlovo (Serpukhov district). When the 26-year-old “veteran” was handed the “Diploma” in the Kremlin, he already was on probation for a brutal assault on a man and was convicted for an armed attack on a Moscow cathedral.
Denis Podymkin in a defendant’s cage in the courtroom
Denis Podymkin in the Crimea
Director of Priokskiy Reserve Andrey Ivonin (60-year-old) also received “gratitude from the Russian President” for the events in Crimea. According to some reports, former paratrooper Ivonin headed the group that seized the building of the Simferopol City Council (Podymkin was in his squad).
Andrey Ivonin is wanted. The police asked to post his photo in newspapers.
However, it remains a mystery how Ivonin could easily come to the award ceremony: the director of the reserve is on the federal wanted list “for embezzlement of large amount of money with abuse of office.”
Roman Khoper from Moscow, member of Ivonin’s squad, in 2004 appeared in court on shoplifting charges.
On the awarded list there is also Viktor Keller who was a representative of the Russian Union of Afghan Veterans in the above-mentioned proceeding against the Night Wolves.
It is unknown what is so particular about Keller’s actions in the Crimea. But there is a curious fact from his biography – June 11, 2004, Keller with two accomplices raided an apartment of a VGTRK top manager and stole a collection of antique XVIII century jewelry that cost 21 million rubles. A court sentenced the “burglar” to eight years in prison, but 4 years later he was released on early parole.
Before departure for the Crimea