Tag: Igor Strelkov

Any Russian Region Could, With Outside Help, Become a Donbas

February 11, 2015

Staunton, February 6 – Like many countries, the Russian Federation suffers from many regional and ethnic tensions, any one of which could become a Donbas if an outside power provided it with assistance, a reality that both Moscow and many in the West appear to have forgotten, according to Ukrainian commentator Pavel Kazarin. In a […]

Putin’s Russia Becoming Fascist ‘at a Gallop,’ Shiropayev Says

September 8, 2014

Staunton, September 8 – Russia has been transformed by the war in Ukraine, with some calling this a restoration of the past and others a new turn to “Russianness,” but Aleksey Shiropayev argues that what is taking place is in fact the imposition of a fascist system “at a galloping pace.’ On Rufabula.com, the commentator […]

Russia Against the World: Igor Strelkov’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

August 4, 2014

Igor Strelkov (aslo known as Igor Girkin) is the leader of the pro-Russian rebels in East Ukraine, who he has been suspected of being responsible for the downing of MH17 and of ordering mass executions in  Slavyansk. His work for the Russian military intelligence (GRU) has been well documented, and the media has been keen […]

‘Colonel vs. Major’: Separatist Defense Minister and Vostok Commander Patch Over Differences

July 15, 2014

Last week, Russian ultranationalist Aleksandr Dugin, mentor to the pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine who has orchestrated mass support on social media, was denouncing as a “mutineer” Aleksandr Khodakovsky, head of the Vostok Battalion in southeastern Ukraine. Dugin posted on his VKontakte page that Khodakovsky was only running a rump Vostok with only 50 loyal […]

Novorossiya Theory Meets Novorossiya Reality in Donetsk

July 8, 2014

A press conference in Donetsk today organized by Russian ultranationalist leftist Sergei Kurginyan, together with pro-Russian separatist fighters in southeast Ukraine turned into a shouting match as the fighters accused this Muscovite championing their cause, who has been finding them supposedly private channels of military aid, of being out of touch with their war and […]

Ukraine Day 111: Will Putin Back Away from the Russian Separatists?

June 8, 2014

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. Below […]

Can a ‘Russian Orthodox Chekist’ Make a Revolution Abroad?

May 23, 2014

Staunton, May 23 – Igor Strelkov, defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic, has attracted attention because of his Moscow ties, but now a Russian news agency has suggested that he represents “an Orthodox Chekist at the head of a revolution” and asked the broader question — can an Orthodox oligarch carry out a […]

Kremlin Playing with Orthodox Terrorism Just as Tsars Did with Black Hundreds, Mitrokhin Says

May 20, 2014

Staunton, May 19 – The selection of Aleksandr Boroday and Igor Girkin to leading positions in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk Peoples Republic” in Ukraine not only shows the absence of mass support for that entity and its goals but shows that the Kremlin is playing with something many had assumed did not exist – “Orthodox terrorism,” […]