Ex-mayor of Irkutsk assigned as new head of occupation authority in Mariupol

5 November 2022, 05:19 PM
Dmytro Berdinkov is the new Gauleiter of Mariupol (Photo:Screenshot of video by Pavel Stepanov via YouTube)

Dmytro Berdinkov is the new Gauleiter of Mariupol (Photo:Screenshot of video by Pavel Stepanov via YouTube)

The ex-mayor of the Russian city of Irkutsk, Dmitriy Berdnikov, has been appointed as the new head of the occupation authority in Mariupol, according to Mariupol mayor advisor Petro Andriushchenko on Telegram on Nov. 5. The former occupation head, collaborator Konstantin Ivashchenko, has been dismissed.

"The change in leaders was motivated by internal political struggle,” Andriushchenko wrote.

"Our sources informed us that Ivashenko's dismissal was explained to him as due to the total failure to prepare for winter, and large-scale embezzlement.”

According to Andriushchenko, others mid-level collaborators will be dismissed on Nov. 7. He said Berdnikov has come with his team and personal bodyguards.

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"For now, Ivashchenko remains the talking head of collaborators, but he takes no part in the city's processes, not to mention stealing scrap metal,” Andriushchenko explained.

“Ivashchenko's accomplices are even more frustrated. They have no future at all, so they all rushed to save their lives separately.”

Dmitriy Berdnikov is a member of Putin's United Russia political party. He served as Irkutsk mayor since 2015, and as Acting First Deputy Governor of the Yakutia region (Republic of Sakha in the Russian Far East along the Arctic Ocean with the main ethnic group of Sakha people) since 2020. The Head of the Sakha Republic, Aisen Nikolaev, said Berdnikov was appointed to the position "at the request of the federal authorities".

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