The former “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, will be checked for extremism

The positions of the “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, in Telegram are checked for extremism. “Kommersant” writes about it, citing an informed source. Law enforcement agencies did not specify what positions they were referring to.

Pavel Gubarev was detained on July 21 near the building of the Meschany Court in Moscow, where a trial was held as part of a coercive measure against his colleague Igor Strelkov. Gubarev organized a one-man picket demanding the release of Strelkov, who was also arrested on charges of inciting extremism for posting on his Telegram channel.

After Pavel Gubarev was arrested, police officers questioned him and then released him. On his Telegram channel, Gubarev reported that he had received an explanation from the inspector of administrative supervision regarding the ban on individual pickets.

“Tightening the bolts is usually a good thing. But if the structure is rotten and rusty, that is, there has been a degradation of the mechanical properties of the metal (metal fatigue), then when the nuts are tightened, the structure cracks. Pull harder, kill yourself now! We’re all sick of you! Glory to Russia!” he added after the news about the check.

Pavel Gubarev was one of the leaders of the separatists in Donbass. During the protests in the spring of 2014, he declared himself the “people’s governor” of the Donetsk Oblast and was responsible for recruitment to the DPR troops. After the creation of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, he did not receive real power, left for Russia, and then took part in the war in Ukraine. Gubarev also became a member of the “Club of Angry Patriots”, founded by Igor Strelkov.

Blogger and former Minister of Defense “DRL” Igor Girkin (Strelkov) was previously arrested on charges of inciting extremism for posting on the Telegram channel. He supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but criticized both the course of the war and the country’s military leadership, as well as Vladimir Putin personally. Girkin, sentenced in absentia in the Netherlands to life in prison for the 2014 Boeing strike over the Donbass, faces five years in prison.


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