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Ukraine Live Day 450
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The Moscow Times reports that the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has removed a "wanted poster" from their website after the man was identified as the 'deputy defense minister' of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic,'  Sergei Velikorodny.

The wanted poster:


A picture of Sergei Velikorodny taken in Donetsk, via


The names are the same, the age of the man seems to fit, and the faces are very similar. Furthermore, The Moscow Times quotes Novaya Gazeta as saying that one of their sources in the police can confirm that the suspect fled to join the separatists in Ukraine:

An unidentified detective with Moscow law enforcement was quoted by Novaya Gazeta as saying that police “would have gotten this Velikorodny a long time ago, but he first fled to Crimea and then showed up in Strelkov's entourage.” Igor Strelkov, also known as Girkin, is a Russian citizen who commanded Ukraine's separatist rebels earlier in the insurgency.

The unidentified detective said that if Russian police went to Donetsk to arrest Valikorodny, “we would all get shot there,” Novaya Gazeta reported.

Earlier this spring, Russian investigators detained former separatist Defense Minister Oleg Bugrov of the neighboring self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, Russia's Fontanka news portal reported.

Russia's Federal Security Service accuses Bugrov of supplying “counterfeit” pipes to a firm co-owned by Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, Fontaka reported.

-- James Miller