Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The investigator in the case of the Ukrainian “Aidar” nationalist battalion, the members of which are suspected of committing especially serious crimes in Donbass, came over to the side of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, reported RIA Novosti citing the press service of the Ministry of State Security of the LPR.
Several so-called voluntary battalions that received money from private sources were involved in the military operation in Donbass. Thus the battalions “Azov”, “Aidar”, and “Donbass” were financed by the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, against whom in Russia a criminal case under the article “use of forbidden means and methods of warfare” was opened. In July, 2016, the State Office of Public Prosecutor of Ukraine reported that it suspects two fighters of “Aidar” of committing heavy and especially serious crimes.
“The senior investigator for particularly important cases of the National Police of Ukraine, the Lieutenant-Colonel Galina Sabova, being afraid of reprisal, left law enforcement bodies and came over to the side of the Lugansk People’s Republic,” said the interlocutor of the agency.
According to the information of the Ministry of State Security LPR, Sabova since the beginning of the fighting in Donbass was forced to leave Lugansk due to family circumstances and to move to Kharkov, where was engaged in investigating economic and functionary crimes. In particular, she investigated the case of especially serious crimes committed by militants of the “Aidar” battalion in Severodonetsk and Starobelsk.
According to Sabova, for safety reasons the investigation was conducted in Kharkov. “Law enforcement bodies were afraid that the bailed fighters of ‘Aidar’ will go to storm the building of the department of the National Police,” reports the press service of the Ministry of State Security of the LPR citing the words of the investigator.
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