Contents tagged with Igor Plotnitsky

  • Ukraine lays charges against former LPR leader Plotnitsky

    On August 13, the judge read out the charges on the case of the downed IL-76 aircraft against the ex-head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky and two leaders of the armed formations, Alexander Gureyev and Nikolai Patrushevm, as stated on Facebook by the lawyer of the families of killed paratroopers and crew members of IL-76, Vitaly Pogosyan.

    "Today, an indictment on Plotnitsky, Patrushev and Gureyev has been announced at the Krasnohvardiisky district Court in Dnipro,” he wrote. The lawyer added that …

  • Media: Former LPR leader Plotnitsky killed his predecessor Bolotov

    Former leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky is the prime suspect in the murder case of Valery Bolotov, who was the republic’s leader before him, sources close to the current LPR leadership told Apostrophe news outlet.

    According to the article, rumors of Plotnitsky’s return are circulating in Luhansk. Sources in the LPR claim that the current head of the republic is more afraid of Plotnitsky than of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

    “We remember all too …

  • LPR Head Plotnitsky’s trial stalled again due to ‘judge’s illness’

    The Plotnitsky case failed to be heard in court once again, thanks to the presiding judge falling ill. In Dnipro, the judges could not consider the case against the leaders of the Luhansk People’s Republic: Igor Plotnitsky, Alexander Gureyev and Andrei Patrushev, Radio Liberty reports.

    The defendants are being tried for the infamous Il-76MD crash a few years ago. On June 14, 2014, separatists used a portable anti-aircraft missile system to shoot down a Ukrainian  military transport plane over …

  • LPR and DPR leaders and head of annexed Crimea are still Ukrainian citizens

    Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Leonid Pasechnik,leaders of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republics) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republics), are still Ukrainian citizens. The same applies to former Luhansk leader Igor Plotnitsky, as well as the Russian-appointed “heads” of annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov and Vladimir Konstantinov.

    This was confirmed by the Ukrainian Presidential Administration’s response to’s information request.

    “Materials on the termination of the Ukrainian citizenship of the …

  • Journalist: Plotnitsky’s people were allowed to leave LPR in exchange for guarantees they would not come back

    The situation in the LPR is heating up; active cleansing is underway, and high-profile arrests are in process. As journalist Sergei Belous reported on Telegram," it should be interesting closer to the New Year." "As for the former Deputy Commander of the People's Militia Corps of the LPR, Vitaliy Kiselev (code name ‘Communist’), who was accused of attempting a coup d'etat  in 2016…he is already free, [and] at home. Though that has not yet been announced; officially he is ‘under house arrest’, …

  • Military expert: change of power in separatist LPR is a result of internal struggle between Russian special services and Russian military

    The removal of so-called head of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnisky, from his position is the result of internecine power struggles between Russian proxies in the separatist-controlled Donbas. Recent events in the LPR indicate that Russian military won in a confrontation with Russian security services, military expert Oleg Zhdanov told Apostrof news agency.   

    The events in Luhansk are actually inner fight among the Russian special services. Most likely, Russia wants to create …

  • Media: head of separatist LPR Plotnisky left for Russia

    The motorcade, in which the leader of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), Igor Plotnitsky, the head of his administration, Irina Teytsman, the head of the State Television and Radio Company of the LPR, Anastasia Shurkaeva, and a number of others were traveling, left the Luhansk for Russia on Thursday, Novaya Gazeta reported.

    Earlier, the Interior Minister of the LPR, Igor Kornet, who was dismissed from office by Plotnitsky, refused to leave his post and published a video message in which he …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: events in Luhansk is a dispute between the special services of the Russian Federation

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that recent events in separatist-controlled Luhansk are not just a conflict between the leaders of the LPR but a dispute between Russian special services, reports Censor.NET.

    "It's not only an internal dispute between these gangs; it's also a dispute between the relevant Russian special services. This very clearly proves that Russia controls everything in there. This is another argument for international cooperation," Klimkin said. …

  • Armed persons led by interior minister Kornet arrest prosecutors in separatist LPR

    Divisions of the local LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) Interior Ministry and the DPR’s (Donetsk People’s Republic) Special Forces Vityaz stormed the LPR Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO).

    According to Novaya Gazeta, Vitaly Podobry and LPR military prosecutor Sergey Razno were detained, the rest were dismissed. PGO investigator Leonid Tkachenko was arrested the day before.

    As the Russian news outlet notes, the LPR Interior Ministry arrested all the PGO staff – more than 20 people, including …

  • Media: Kremlin gave LPR leader Plotnitsky final chance to rectify situation in the republic

    In the conflict between the head of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky and LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet, whom Plotnitsky fired, the Kremlin has sided with the latter, a source close to Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov told RBC news agency.

    The source noted that Plotnitsky is not yet being threatened with dismissal – he has been given a “final chance”.

    “If Donetsk is quite independent from the Kremlin, and essentially their relationship can be …