Russian Officer Igor Strelkov
Russian Officer Igor Strelkov (born Igor Girkin December 17, 1970) – Commander of the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, from May 16, 2014 – Minister of Defense of Donetsk Republic. The legendary officer gained fame in spring 2014 during the protests in the South-East of Ukraine as an active member of the armed militia organizations South-East of Ukraine, who led the militia of Donbass. There are lots of fans among Russian internet users, who have discovered a look-alike of Igor Strelkov – Grandson of legendary Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov, such a turning point in history. His look-alike – Russian general, diplomat and politician Alexander Arkadyevich Suvorov, Prince Italsky, Count Rymniksky (13 June 1804, Saint Petersburg – 12 February 1882, Saint Petersburg).
Russian Officer Igor Vsevolodovich Strelkov was born and raised in Moscow in a family of military. Since childhood he was interested in history. In 1993 he graduated from the Moscow State Historical Archives Institute, however, the profession has not attracted the historian – he chose a military career. In 1993-1994, he served in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
Since 1989, Igor Strelkov has been interested in the history and reconstruction of the White movement in revolutionary Russia.
Igor Strelkov participated in hostilities in Transnistria in June-July 1992 (volunteer 2nd platoon of the Black Sea Cossack Host Cosnita – Bender), in Bosnia from November 1992 to March 1993 (2nd Russian volunteer detachment, 2nd Podrinskaya and 2nd Brigade of Maevitskaya Army of Republika Srpska, Vysehrad – Surf), Chechnya (166th Guards of Motorized Rifle Brigade, March-October 1995, and in parts of special purpose from 1999 to 2005.) performed special tasks in other regions of Russia. In the late 1990s, Igor Strelkov published the autobiographical “Bosnian Diary”.
January 6, 1998 in the newspaper “Tomorrow” appears first publication of Strelkov – about Russian volunteers who fought in Bosnia. In this edition, he regularly published about the situation in Chechnya and other hot spots in Russia, criticized the national government policy.
In August 1999, special correspondents of the newspaper “Tomorrow” Igor Strelkov and Alexander Boroday prepared a report on the Kadar zone of Dagestan on how MVD special forces conducted a sweep of several villages inhabited by the Wahhabi. He was a correspondent for the independent online agency «ANNA-NEWS», registered in Abkhazia in July 2011.
According to his own words, he came to Ukraine on his own initiative, guided by personal beliefs. Gathered around him local opponents of the Kiev authorities and organized militias.
Igor Strelkov is the author of one published and second backlist books (in the genre of “fairy tale”), as well as about a dozen military-historical articles and stories of military memoirs, published mainly under the pseudonym. His publications:
“White movement in the south of Russia (1917-1920): Unknown pages and new assessment”, 1997
Igor G., “Bosnian diary”
“Russian Spetsnaz», № 4 (32), April 1999.
Igor Strelkov – “Detective of Castle Heldiborn, Transition”, 2014.
Strelkov has a family in Moscow – two sons, mother – Alla, and a sister. His grandfather – Ivan Konstantinovich Runov is a Soviet officer, a veteran of World War II.
For many in the Donetsk region Strelkov’s army – is the protection from the Ukrainian nationalists sent to conquer the Russian-speaking population. “This man – a hero, regardless of whether he is a Colonel or a Sergeant, he leads us to victory,”- say local people, who are mostly Russian by nationality. They sincerely believe that Donetsk is a part of Russia. Strelkov for them is an excellent officer, intelligent, and trustworthy person.
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