Alexander Bednov

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Alexander Bednov
Александр Беднов.jpg
Bednov in October 2014
Minister of Defence of the Luhansk People's Republic
In office
20 August 2014 – 26 August 2014
PresidentIgor Plotnitsky
Prime MinisterIgor Plotnitsky
Preceded byIgor Plotnitsky
Succeeded byOleg Bugrov
Personal details
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bednov

(1969-08-29)29 August 1969
Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died1 January 2015(2015-01-01) (aged 45)
Lutuhyne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine[a]
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
 Luhansk People's Republic
Unit Batman Rapid Response Group
Battles/warsWar 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.[1] He was the leader of the pro-Russian Batman Rapid Response Group. He was assassinated in Luhansk, with conflicting reports on who was responsible.[2]


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.[3] Members of the group said that the attack was ordered by head of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky.[3] According to them, Bednov and his fighters were killed "by order of Plotnitsky" because he was "ordered to sweep all intransigent commanders."[4][5] Following this attack, the LPR arrested some of Bednov's men, and dissolved the battalion.[6] 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.[6]

After Bednov's assassination, Igor Girkin criticized the killing as a "murder" and "gangster ambush", and suggested that other commanders seriously consider leaving Donbass to Russia, as he did.[7]


  1. ^ At the time of his death, Lutuhyne was part of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.


  1. ^ "Главарь банды «Бэтмен» раньше был вышибалой в луганском ночном клубе (+видео) - СЛЕД".
  2. ^ Orlando Crowcroft (4 June 2015). "Ukraine crisis: Who killed rebel leaders Alexei Mozgovoy and Alexandr 'Batman' Bednov?". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Eugene Volokh (January 2, 2015). "Batman killed in the Ukraine, allegedly on orders from The Carpenter". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ополченцы обвинили Плотницкого в организации убийства Бэтмена". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  5. ^ "В Луганске убит обвиняемый в пытках командир ополченцев «Бэтмен»". РБК. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Secessionist Forces in Luhansk 'Republic': Order out of Chaos?". ICDS. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  7. ^ Игорь Стрелков призвал сепаратистов последовать его примеру [Igor Strelkov called separatists to follow his example] (in Russian). TV Rain. 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-04.

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