Srelkov confirms that Russian police opened investigation into his activities in the Donbas

Igor Strelkov (a.k.a. Igor Girkin) confirmed that the recent visit of two policemen to his mother's house was indeed part of a police investigation against him.

"It turns out that the visit of the two police representatives had very solid and lawful reasons. The Prosecutor’s office of St. Petersburg has started a preliminary investigation," Strelkov wrote on his LiveJournal page.

The investigation was initiated by lawyer Arkadiy Chapligin, who filed a report after Strelkov publically admitted to ordering the execution of four people in the besieged city of Slavyansk*. Strelkov justified the execution, saying that these people were looters and murderers.

"So I will take back all the claims against the policemen who almost drove my mother to a stroke, they were just doing their job", Strelkov explained. "But my opinion of our authorities [Russian authorities] has become even worse than it was before".

Strelkov noted that if the authorities continue to compromise with Petro Poroshenko, “more and more Russian patriots will slowly become first unstable dissidents, then provocateurs, and will end up being 'terrorists'". He advised the Russian authorities to study the history of Yugoslavia.

Strelkov is a Russian army veteran who played a key role in the early stages of the war in eastern Ukraine. Authorities in Kiev say that the self-described Russian nationalist and imperialist is a retired colonel of the GRU (Russia’s external military intelligence organization). Strelkov was dismissed as Defense Minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic in August of 2014.

Many believe his dismissal was due to the amount of attention caused by the downing of Mayalsian Airlines flight MH17 and the negative impact on Russia's actions in Ukraine that it caused.

Slavyansk - The city was one of the focal points in the early stages of the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine

  War in Ukraine, Strelkov, Russia