Former defense Minister self-proclaimed “DNR” Igor Strelkov (Girkin) auctioned his medal for participation in the annexation of Crimea by Russia. About this on his page in “Vkontakte” wrote the coordinator of the movement “new Russia” Mikhail Polynkov.
Gold medal “In commemoration of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in 2014,” with a profile of Vladimir Putin on the obverse and a map of Crimea on the reverse by the seller estimated at one million rubles. According to the description of the lot, the award was given to the Charity Fund of Saint Basil the Great persons who have made the greatest personal contribution to the Crimean events of 2014.
The medal has a serial number four, who owns the first three – not reported. Charity Fund of St. Basil the Great established the Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeev. Ukraine and the EU have accused him of financing Pro-Russian separatists in the East of Ukraine through this organization. On the Foundation’s website has no mention of the fact that he gave such an award.
Born of war
Former FSB officer Igor Girkin, uses the alias, Igor Strelkov, gained fame in the spring of 2014. His detachment, arrived from Russia, captured in April of this year, the town of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
Before that, he was involved in Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The publication “Gordon” reported that the arrow was in charge of negotiating with self-proclaimed Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksenov with the Russian leadership. According to the Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, Gunmen also held talks with the Ukrainian Admiral Denis Berezovsky, later switched to the Russian side.
Michael Polynkov leads review Strelkova, in which he explains the medals and selling financial problems and the fact that not feels for her piety, as it is not public, and depicted Putin, he “openly despises”. Radio Liberty could not confirm the authenticity of the review.
- Ukraine puts on small responsibility for numerous war crimes in the Donbass. The Shooters in one interview claimed that he was the one who “pulled the trigger of war” in Eastern Ukraine.
- In August 2014, the Shooters left the Donbass – as he claims it has forced the Russian military, having advanced the care Strelkova as a condition of their participation in the fighting against the Ukrainian troops. The official authorities of Russia these statements are not commented.
- Subsequently, the Gunners started the movement “new Russia” and the “Committee of 25 January,” which was positioned as a “third force” to oppose both President Vladimir Putin, whom he accused of “betrayal” and liberal Russian opposition.