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Pro-Russian mayor of Slavyansk sacked and arrested ^ | June 12, 2014 | Luke Harding

Posted on 06/12/2014 3:41:56 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

The mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev – known for his bizarre press conferences, hoodies and baseball caps – has been sacked from his post and arrested.

In what appears to be part of a struggle inside Ukraine's separatist movement, Ponomarev was reportedly dismissed from his job on Tuesday. Ponomarev had been the public face of the rebel town for the past two months. In April he showed off eight European military observers kidnapped by Slavyansk's pro-Russian gunmen. The Europeans – later released – were among 40 hostages seized by Ponomarev's forces and held in an underground prison beneath the town's security services building.

On Tuesday, the military commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Igor Strelkov, announced that Ponomarev had been removed from his post. "The so-called people's mayor Ponomarev has been dismissed for engaging in activities incompatible with the goals and tasks of the civil administration. I cannot provide further details for now," Strelkov said on Facebook. The press service of the Donetsk People's Republic initially denied the arrest. On Wednesdayreports suggested he was accused of misusing municipal funds.

It is unclear if Ponomarev is now locked up in the same underground prison with people he kidnapped. In a tearful interview the mayor's mother said her son had been detained on his way to work. "They came up to him in a white car and took him away. After that I couldn't get through to him. He didn't call. Then I read on the internet that he had been arrested. I went to the SBU [security service] building but they wouldn't let me in." Ponomareva said her son had merely "defended his city" and done nothing wrong.

Ukraine's pro-western government says that Strelkov – who is co-ordinating rebel operations against the Ukrainian army – is a Russian military intelligence agent from Moscow.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia

1 posted on 06/12/2014 3:41:56 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I could have sworn one of the Putin trolls stated yesterday that this was vile slander perpetrated by those evil fascists in Kyiv. Meanwhile, in Donetsk, the Ukrainian language has been banned by Putin’s army.

2 posted on 06/12/2014 5:03:49 PM PDT by Agog
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To: Agog

Putinistas lie incessantly. Everything they type is nothing but dirty Russkie lies. They are just like their murderous psychotic idol KGB Putin.

3 posted on 06/12/2014 5:19:07 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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