Russian war crimes suspect Girkin returns to Moscow after serving ‘for a day’

6 December 2022, 03:59 PM
The District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands sentenced Girkin to life imprisonment (Photo:t.me/strelkovii)

The District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands sentenced Girkin to life imprisonment (Photo:t.me/strelkovii)

Suspected war criminal and former “defense minister” of the Kremlin’s sham republic in Donetsk Oblast Igor Girkin has returned to Moscow, he said on the Telegram messenger on Dec. 6.

According to Girkin, after arriving in Ukraine, he was enrolled in one of the units of invading Russian forces, after which he went to a training ground. However, a few weeks later he learned that his name was no longer on the personnel lists.

“In late November, I was somewhat surprised to find out that not only I’m not on the list of my battalion, but I’m also not included in the staff of any regiment,” he said.

Video of day

“Trying to further understand my status, I quickly found out that my name had also disappeared from the personnel lists of the brigade... Shortly after enlisting in the marching company, I was transferred to the regiment, to which I was enrolled for exactly one day. (I was included in the lists in the morning and removed without a trace in the evening). All these manipulations (probably made under pressure ‘from above’) were not formalized by any orders.”

Girkin already tried to get into the war in Ukraine in August 2022. He planned to enter Ukraine through the temporarily occupied Crimea, and even shaved off his distinctive pencil moustache as a disguise, but was detained by the Russian special services and returned home.

Currently, Girkin is on the international wanted list.

The District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands sentenced Girkin to life imprisonment for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the Donbas in 2014, which killed 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

He is also suspected of ordering the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ukrainian civilians while in Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine’s military intelligence service has announced a $100,000 reward for his capture.

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