Valery Bolotov in 2014.
|People's Governor of the Luhansk People's Republic|
18 May 2014 – 14 August 2014
|Prime Minister||Vasily Nikitine
Marat Bashirov (Acting)
|Succeeded by||Igor Plotnitsky (as President)|
February 13, 1970|
Taganrog, Rostov oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR
(or Stakhanov, Voroshilovgrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR)
|Died||27 January 2017
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union
Luhansk People's Republic
|Years of service||1988–90
|Rank||Senior sergeant (see staff sergeant)|
Valery Dmitrievitch Bolotov (Russian: Вале́рий Дми́триевич Бо́лотов; IPA: [vɐˈlʲerʲɪj ˈdmʲitrʲɪjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈbolətəf], Ukrainian: Вале́рій Дми́трович Бо́лотов; 13 February 1970 – 27 January 2017) was a Russian militant leader known for his involvement in the Donbass War in eastern Ukraine, and as the leader of the unrecognized Lugansk People's Republic.
The biography of Bolotov before the 2014 is very scarce. There is a video which shows that Bolotov participated in voting at a local referendum and showed a Ukrainian passport which indicated that he was born in Taganrog, Rostov Oblast on 13 February 1970. According to other sources, Bolotov was born in Stakhanov. Bolotov moved to Stakhanov in the Luhansk Oblast (province) of eastern Ukraine in 1974. According to the Russia Today, he held two university degrees.
Bolotov claimed to be a senior sergeant of the Soviet Airborne Troops in Vitebsk (presumably the 103rd Guards Airborne Division)[a] and between 1989 and 1990 participated in a number of conflicts including Tbilisi,[b] Yerevan and Karabakh.[c] He later became the head of the airborne veterans group, while no one of the Luhansk Oblast group cell can confirm it. Bolotov had a wife and two children.
Bolotov worked as a manager and director at a meat factory and used to run a small business.
In 2014, Bolotov became a leader of an armed group during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine. On May 13, 2014, Bolotov survived an assassination attempt as assailants fired automatic weapons towards his car, wounding the militant leader. Bolotov was then briefly captured by the Ukrainian army on May 17 after he attempted to re-enter Lugansk following his having received treatment for his injury at a hospital in Russia. However, armed supporters of the Lugansk People's Republic attacked the Ukrainian army checkpoint where Bolotov was being held shortly afterwards and successfully freed the "People's Governor".
Bolotov resigned on 14 August 2014.
- Dergchov, V. There died the first leader of LPR (Умер первый глава ЛНР Валерий Болотов). RBC. 27 January 2017
- Video on YouTube
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