Russia Update: Russian Lt. Gen. Lentsov and His Body Double in the LNR at Debaltsevo

February 19, 2015
Col. Vitaly Vasilyev, deputy defense minister of the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" (R) with unidentified comrade taking Ukrainian POWs at Debaltsevo. Screen grab from video by Army of the South East.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week stories Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement, ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers, The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement and Johnson’s Russia List Spreads Invented Story About Germany Preparing Sanctions Against Kiev

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