Igor Girkin, otherwise known as Igor Strelkov, led separatist forces in Donetsk
during some of the most intense fighting in the conflict. He gained a
reputation for ruthlessness among even his own men, and he has been accused of involvement
in the downing of flight MH17 in July 2014.
Rather than being shamed into silence, however, Girkin bragged about
ordering executions in an interview with Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda radio
station last week – inadvertently providing his first confession to possible
war crimes – and a very public one at that.
“We had a military court, and legislation from 1941 was introduced,
legislation by Stalin,” Strelkov said.