Bednov in October 2014
|Minister of Defence of the Luhansk People's Republic|
20 August 2014 – 26 August 2014
|Prime Minister||Igor Plotnitsky|
|Preceded by||Igor Plotnitsky|
|Succeeded by||Oleg Bugrov|
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bednov
29 August 1969
Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Died||1 January 2015 (aged 45)|
Lutuhyne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine[a]
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union|
Luhansk People's Republic
|Unit||Batman Rapid Response Group|
|Battles/wars||War in Donbass|
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bednov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Бедно́в, Ukrainian: Олекса́ндр Олекса́ндрович Бєдно́в; 29 August 1969 – 1 January 2015) was a rebel commander of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in Ukraine. He was the leader of the pro-Russian Batman Rapid Response Group. He was assassinated in Luhansk, with conflicting reports on who was responsible.
Bednov commanded the Rapid Response Group "Batman" (also known as the Batman Battalion) until he was killed in an attack on his convoy on 1 January 2015. Members of the group said that the attack was ordered by head of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky. According to them, Bednov and his fighters were killed "by order of Plotnitsky" because he was "ordered to sweep all intransigent commanders." Following this attack, the LPR arrested some of Bednov's men, and dissolved the battalion. Some of its personnel were dispersed into other LPR units, while Donetsk People's Republic field commanders Givi and Motorola invited former members to join their battalions.
- At the time of his death, Lutuhyne was part of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.
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