Military coup in Luhansk: What happened in the unrecognized republic

Author : News Agency 112 International

Source : 112 Ukraine

For several weeks, the unrecognized Luhansk People's Republic has been witnessing truly violent political events
16:34, 23 November 2017

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For several weeks, the unrecognized Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) has been witnessing truly violent political events: one scandal is replaced by another, and almost always LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky is in the very heart of this scandals.

October 21, the so-called LPR Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Kornet delivered a report on the state of affairs in the fight against crime. However, this event had unexpected consequences: parliamentarians accused the minister of improper performance of his duties. Speaker of LPR Parliament Vladimir Degtyarenko and the head of the LPR Igor Plotnitsky were the main “attackers.” Among other things, Kornet was accused of unauthorized occupation of the mansion in Luhansk.

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Two weeks later, November 5, Igor Kornet held a press conference. He has generally repeated his report and added that "the effective work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the reason for provocations from the pro-Ukrainian "ideological backsliders." "I am forced to disappoint those people who are convinced that the republic exists to meet their personal interests: it will not happen," Kornet claimed. Of course, he did not voiced the names, but he meant the inspirer of the events of October 21, that is, LPR leader Plotnitsky.

November 9, Igor Plotnitsky, accompanied by a personal guard, arrived to kick Kornet out of the building. At the same time, Kornet's own security was forced to “face the wall, with the hands behind the heads,” it was perfected as almost indicative humiliation. Plotnitsky ordered the minister to leave home ownership on camera, instructed the owner of the house "to check whether nothing was stolen."

November 10, information appeared that Plotnitsky is not infallible: thus, his security illegally occupied an apartment in Luhansk, the neighboring house to that in which Plotnitsky himself lives.

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On the same day, the People's Council of the People's Republic made a proposal to fire Kornet. Deputy Vitaly Morozov said that in 2015 Kornet bought a house in Lugansk, the purchase and sale agreement of which was registered in Kyiv, that is, "on the hostile territory."

November 10, the Minister of Agriculture of the LPR, Ruslan Sorokovenko, accused the head of the LPR of falsifying the attempted coup d'etat in the fall of 2016. Then, Gennady Tsypalkov, former chairman of the Council of Ministers (prime minister) of Luhansk People's Republic and ex-deputy head of the People's Militia (armed forces), Vitaliy Kiselyov, were arrested on charges of plotting to seize power. Tsypkalov died shortly after his arrest: according to the official version, he committed suicide, according to the unofficial version, he was killed by the interrogators.

Consequently, Sorokovenko accused Plotnitsky of having arrested his political opponents under the pretext of a fictitious coup, that cost them life and freedom.

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One more interesting detail should be mentioned. Since 2014, prosecutor's office of the unrecognized LPR was headed by Zaur Ismailov, who for 14 years had worked at the Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine. Ismailov is associated with the first deputy of the Party of Regions, Olexander Yefremov. Ismailov became the Prosecutor General, politically submitting personally to Plotnitsky and heading, as already mentioned above, the only law enforcement agency under his control. Ismailov, according to rumors, got into a very stinky story with accusations of extortion. To be more precise, it is about the activity of illegal mines that flourished in Luhansk region from the first days of Ukrainian independence. In order to exist, they had to pay corruption "debt." The owners of illegal mines paid bribes to the Ukrainian prosecutor's office of Luhansk region, and after the proclamation of LPR, the money went to the Prosecutor General's Office of the unrecognized republic.

But a transport blockade stopped this schemes. Demand for coal sharply fell, as well as incomes of the illegal  mines. The matter went far away of the “republican” scale, and Russia did not meet this "prosecutor's wrangles" with any sympathy. It looks like Plotnitsky had to pay for the fault of Ismailov. Ismailov's resignation took place on October 21, when a strong attack against Kornet took place.

 A serious information war erupted between Igor Kornet and Igor Plotnitsky, and various situation-dependent players join on one side or another.

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November 21, the center of occupied Luhansk was blocked by people in uniform, who carried automatic rifles and were driving the armored personnel carriers. According to the separatists, they had nothing to do with their groupings. In a while separatist websites spread the official statement of "the Minister of Internal Affairs of Luhansk People's Republic " Igor Kornet that the activities of the "Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group" were found in the "republic." The Kremlin sided with Igor Kornet in his conflict with LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky.

Local residents in social networks published video, where several tens of armored vehicles enter Luhansk. According to eyewitnesses, armored vehicles drove into the city from the Donetsk direction. Residents of Luhansk also published a video, which shows that a column of dozens of armored vehicles entered the city.

OSCE monitors observed a column of military equipment, which was first seen near Debaltsevo, Donetsk region. Then, in the opinion of the OSCE, it was likely that the same column was heading towards Luhansk.

November 22, mass arrests of employees of the "General Prosecutor's Office of Luhansk People's Republic" were conducted by Ministry of Internal Affairs of LPR. This was reported by Russian "Novaya Gazeta." According to the publication, all the employees were arrested, including "Prosecutor General" Vitaliy Podobry and his "deputies". The detainees were taken to the building of the People's Council of Luhansk People's Republic, seized by the law enforcement bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Before that, the prosecutor's office was stormed by militant groups.

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Arrests of "prosecutors" occurred after the refusal of LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky to give up them to Kornet. Plotnitsky also refused to extradite a number of "officials" from his entourage, who are suspected in "working for Ukraine."

Russian "RBC" with reference to its own sources reports that women were freed from the building of the "Prosecutor's Office" who, like other employees, were kept there since yesterday. The employees of the "Prosecutor's Office" are allegedly accused of inaction - the destruction of 200 tons of Russian humanitarian aid, which has become useless, as well as "lobbying the interests of individual entrepreneurs." About 200 armed militants took part in the seizure of the prosecutor's office.

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It is not a secret that Moscow is really tired of Plotnitsky and, actually, "recommends" him to resign. Numerous media report that the Kremlin is actively conducting a “competition” for the chair of the LPR head.

Because of the intensification of militants in occupied Luhansk, Ukrainian military and reserve forces are put on alert.

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