Who is Evgeny Zhilin: biography of Ukrainian separatist

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Leader of pro-Russian terrorist organization "Oplot" shot dead in a restaurant near Moscow
19:20, 21 September 2016

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The leader of the public organization "Oplot," which is recognized terrorist in Ukraine, known by conducting a number of crimes in eastern Ukraine, as well as the active support of pro-Russian militants, Evgeny Zhilin died September 19, 2016 in a shootout near Moscow. Deadly incident occurred in a restaurant in the exclusive village of Gorki-2, a number of Russian media, citing sources in law enforcement.

The main reasons for the version of murder was considered business of Zhilin. The killer was carefully made-up. He had a false mustache, sporting glasses with anti-reflective yellow windows.

Zhilin was born January 6, 1976 in Kharkiv. Before entering the university, he worked at the factory named after Malyshev and as a nurse in hospital. In 1993, he entered Kharkiv University of Internal Affairs, and studied for four years there. Since 1997, Zhilin worked in the Office for Combating Organized Crime in Kharkiv region; in 2005 was sent to serve in Ukraine’s Security Service.

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After Orange Revolution, he was arrested and held in prison for several years. Already in 2008, he was reinstated in the service, and two years later he was retired.

Zhilin is a former athlete, a boxer and weightlifter. According to open sources, he was a defendant in criminal proceedings on charges of violence and economic crimes.

After working in the Security Service, Zhilin created and headed the public organization "Oplot," which in particular included representatives of Kharkiv sports clubs.

Members of "Oplot" were involved in numerous pro-Russian rallies and events, which were held not only in Kharkiv, but also in Kyiv.

With the beginning of Euromaidan Zhilin became a staunch opponent of its participators. The media reported that he was involved in actions to block participants of Kyiv Automaidan. In addition, the leader of "Oplot" urged former President Yanukovych to the brutal suppression of the protest.

In Kharkiv, Zhilin was involved in clashes with members of the local Euromaidan, members of "Oplot" forcibly dispersed local activists. He is also suspected of involvement in units of "self-defense" in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine that were opponents of the revolution of dignity.

Related: Leader of Oplot terrorist organization shot dead in Moscow region

In addition, members of the "Oplot" were involved in repeated seizure of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration in the spring 2014. In addition, they participated in the assault and capture of the city hall of Donetsk and Donetsk Regional Administration.


Donetsk branch of "Oplot" was led by the current leader of Russian-backed militants of Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko. In Ukraine, organization "Oplot" is recognized as a terrorist.

Related: Investigative committee announced priority version of Zhilin’s murder

February 21, 2014 Eugeny Zhilin left the territory of Ukraine. Earlier MIA of Ukraine opened against him numerous criminal cases.

July 10, 2015 Prosecutor General's Office told Zhilin was suspected in the attack against the activists of the Maidan. In addition, management of the Security Service in Kharkiv region conducted pre-trial investigation into the financing of his terrorism.

January 28 this year, One of the Kyiv district courts in absentia arrested Zhilin on suspicion of illegal kidnapping of a man, which was accompanied by the infliction of physical suffering to the victim. He was included into the international wanted list.

Security Service also called him one of the organizers of the assassination attempt against the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

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