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Former Riga OMON operative loses his post of Vice-Mayor of Donetsk

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFormer Riga OMON operative Vladimir Antyufeev has lost his post as Vice-Mayor of self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, as reported by Russian media.

It is not mentioned whether or not the former operative has been moved to a different post.

Antyufeev has been replaced by Prosecutor General of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk Ravil Halikov, as mentioned in the official statement.

Antyufeev first appeared in Donetsk on July 11th, when it was announced that he would be put in the post of Vice-Mayor of Donetsk. At the same time, Russian citizen Aleksandr Boroday, who was appointed as the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed republic, is reported to have fled to Russia.

With Boroday’s departure, Antyufeev became the acting PM of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk and commander in chief of militants there.

Based on reports from official sources in Donetsk, Antyufeev has been responsible for «cleaning up» the lines of commanders of armed militants in Donetsk following the apparent fight for power among them.

At the beginning of September, armed militants claiming to be Antyufeev’s men had captured the secretary of the Head of Defence of Donetsk People’s Republic Leonid Baranov. The latter then accused Antyufeev of «organizing a coup». Around the same time there was also a report regarding the disappearance of Donetsk Employment Minister Roman Lyagin, who had been called in for a discussion by Antyfeev shortly before his disappearance.

The Latvian Prosecutor General’s office considers the crimes Antyufeev had committed in August 1991 as serious. According to information of the Prosecutor General’s office, on August 18th, 1991, Riga OMON operatives under Antyufeev’s command opened fire on a shuttle bus, killing the driver.

After the August events, Antyufeev fled to Russia. At the end of 1991, he reappeared in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria, where he played a major role in the creation of security and interior affairs structures. Up until 2012 he was Transnistria’s Defence Minister.

After the change of power in Transnistria in 2012, Antyufeev was dismissed from his post. The official reason for this was his age. He then moved to Moscow in February. In June of the same year, he was charged with alleged abuse of power in Transnistria. In 2013, authorities of Transnistria launched an international manhunt for him.

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  1. Linda says:

    if he shows up in Latvia pick him up and extradite back to Transnistria & take his Latvian citizenship off him – capital crimes.

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