13 November 2014

Russians involved in the fake elections in eastern Ukraine

According to the article "Ukraine Tensions Rise as U.S., EU Weigh More Sanctions" that was published by Bloomberg on 13 November 2014, officials from the EU and U.S. meeting in Brussels "will weigh further sanctions against Russia’s economy and Ukrainian separatists, after the reported movement of tanks, artillery and combat troops into eastern Ukraine".

Moreover, "the likeliest first step, they said, is to blacklist Ukrainian separatists and Russians involved in the Nov. 2 elections in eastern regions, which the Ukrainian government considers illegitimate".

I have already posted the list of "election monitors" that travelled to Eastern Ukraine (illegally) and to neighbouring Russian regions to "observe" fake elections for the "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic". The list, to which I refer, is not complete, but this is the most complete list of fake "observers" available today. In this post, I will provide more information on the Russians who were involved in organising the "observation mission" in the Donbass and participated in it.

Who organised the "observation mission"?

From the Russian side, the main group that was involved in organising the "observation mission" is the Moscow-based "Civic Control" Association. "Civic Control" is what can be called a "GONGO", i.e. a "government organised non-governmental organisation", as the groups that compose this association are loyal to the Kremlin, while the key figures in the management of the association are members of – or, at least, closely associated with – the Russian parliament and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

The co-chair of the "Civic Control", who was directly involved in organising the "observation mission", is Aleksandr Brod, director of the "Moscow Bureau for Human Rights". He also participated in the "observation mission" himself.

Aleksandr Semyonovich Brod (Александр Семенович Брод), born on 19 August 1969.

Georgiy Fyodorov, executive director of "Civic Control", was also involved in organising the "observation mission", although I cannot confirm that he travelled to the Donbass himself.

Georgiy Vladimirovich Fyodorov (Георгий Владимирович Фeдоров), born on 7 May 1973.
A member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation

Who participated in the "observation mission"?

Apart from Brod, the following Russian citizens took part in the "observation mission" in Eastern Ukraine:

Mikhail Vasilievich Bryachak (Михаил Васильевич Брячак), born on 6 April 1957.
MP, a member of the Just Russia (Spravedlivaya Rossiya) parliamentary group

Aleksey Nikolaevich Didenko (Алексей Николаевич Диденко), born on 30 March 1983.
MP, a member of the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia parliamentary group

Nikolay Vasilievich Kolomeytsev (Николай Васильевич Коломейцев), born on 1 September 1956.
MP, a member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation parliamentary group

Oleg Vladimirovich Pakholkov (Олег Владимирович Пахолков), born on 23 September 1971.
MP, a member of the Just Russia (Spravedlivaya Rossiya) parliamentary group

Vladimir Romanovich Rodin (Владимир Романович Родин), born on 12 January 1953.
MP, a member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation parliamentary group

Leonid Eduardovich Slutskiy (Леонид Эдуардович Слуцкий), born on 4 January 1968.
MP, a member of the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia parliamentary group

Galina Valentinovna Yartseva (Галина Валентиновна Ярцева), born on 25 July 1963.
Editor of Russkiy Karavan

Aleksandr Andreevich Yushchenko (Александр Андреевич Ющенко), born on 19 November 1969.
A member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation

Aleksey Aleksandrovich Zhuravlyov (Алексей Александрович Журавлев), born on 30 June 1962.
MP, chair of the Motherland (Rodina) party, a member of the United Russia parliamentary group

EU and US officials who consider further sanctions against Russia may be interested in the above-listed individuals.

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