‘Secret’ heroes

‘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.

Viktor Keller

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

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‘Yovan Shevich’ Serbian insurgent detachment under Bratislav Zhivkovich’s command

Serbian newspaper Pravda informs that Chetnik detachment ‘Yovan Shevich’ under Bratislav Zhivkovich’s command after a brief combat training course joined military actions in Donetsk on the insurgents’ side.
Chetnik detachment, having 10 militants for the time being, will be engaged in protection of humanitarian aid escorts heading from Russia to Donetsk.


Evidence of Russian militants’ presence in eastern Ukraine

July 3, in the course of search operation National Guard soldiers found a credit card of Credit Europe Bank, that was left in one of abandoned terrorists’ dugouts near Zakotnoe village (Donetsk region). Address of the bank is Olympiysky avenue 14, Moscow, Russian Federation 129090.


Moreover, they found a wire transfer receipt for the sum of RUB 5,000 which was received in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Kamchatka krai, RF.


A group from Russia ready to go to Ukraine to help the South East

There is a closed group on Vkontakte social network called ‘Enrollment of Volunteers. Moscow for the south-eastern Ukraine’, (http://vk.com/club67032286), having 110 members from among Russian citizens. The description of this group says – a group from Russia ready to go to Ukraine to help the South East.


Its administrator is a Russian citizen Aleksey Abbasov, DOB: September 18, 1987, Moscow resident, Russian passport 4509352776, his own Vkontakte page is http://vk.com/id6744923.


Among Abbasov’s contacts is a Russian citizen Aleksandr Denisov, DOB: January 13, 1973, Moscow resident, Russian passport 4509352776, his own page is http://vk.com/id225247590 (contains some typical photos in camouflage with St. George ribbons). Within the group, he coordinates volunteers willing to provide military aid to ‘peaceful’ residents of the Ukrainian East.


When going through the comments, it’s worth paying attention to the user Sergey Nikulin, who not only is providing recruiting information, but is also spreading coordinates of the section of the Russian-Ukrainian border for penetration into Donbass. In addition, there are telephone numbers of Russians who are willing to join.

Militant leader known as ‘Yakut-sniper’

One of the militant leaders aka ‘Yakut-sniper’ has been identified. Tasked by the Russian special services, his group is engaged in armed resistance to the ATO forces and terrorizes civilians in Donetsk region.
‘Yakut’ – Denis Vladimirovich Siatkin, DPOB: 1972, Magnitogorsk, Cheliabinsk region, Russia
June 20, 2014 the group of Siatkin (‘Yakut’) illegally crossed the state border of Ukraine near the village of Dmitrovka, Donetsk region, with a Russian military convoy (5 tanks, 7 APCs and several KamAZ trucks).
Insurgents were heavily shelling positions of the ATO forces in Snezhnoe district, Donetsk region. Militants were receiving up to USD 2,000 as a reward for their crimes.

Criminal group engaged in recruiting mercenaries for armed assaults on Ukrainian militaries detained

At the Kharkiv-pasazhyrskyi railway station, a group of individuals, who had been recruiting residents of Kharkiv region to join gangs acting in Luhansk region, was detained.

The criminal group consisted of seven Kharkiv locals, 25-50. Their activities were coordinated by LNR terrorist organization.

They were promised money reward for killing Ukrainian servicemen.


One of the militant coordinators in southeastern Ukraine detained

Within an active phase of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), Volodymyr Volodymyrovych Kolosniuk, one of the militants’ coordinators – self-declared ‘mayor’ of the city of Horlivka (Donetsk region) was detained and sent to Kyiv.

Directly led by a terrorist Biezlier (‘Bies’), V.Kolosniuk was responsible for arms procurement, organized and took part in armed attacks on the checkpoints of the ATO forces, kidnappings and tortures of people.

Kolosniuk was actively searching arms dealers for the ‘Biezler-Bies’ gang. He was detained him in a café of Berdiansk (Zaporizka region) while purchasing heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, assault rifles and explosives worth UAH 2 million.

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