Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda / Article by Aleksandr Kots
Translated by Gleb Bazov / Edited by @GBabeuf
Militiaman Motorola at the military parade in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
A legendary commander of the Novorossiya Militia, Arsen Pavlov, has been murdered in a terrorist act.
It was impossible to believe. The Ukrainian mass media had so frequently dug the proverbial grave for one of the most experienced and decorated commanders of the Donetsk Militia, that I took yet another report of his death to be one more instance of journalistic fraud.
“Something exploded near my home, closer to Motorola’s,” a journalist whom I know (who lives next door to Arsen Pavlov) wrote to me. “They’ve brought an APC, ambulances, police cars…”
I dialled Motorola’s phone numbers, but he did not answer any of them. A source in the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Ministry of Defence confirmed the terrible rumours: “Arsen has indeed been killed as a result of a terrorist act. According to preliminary intelligence, it was perpetrated by a Ukrainian saboteur-reconnaissance group. The explosive device was installed in the elevator of the house where Motorola lived.”
Sparta Commander Motorola
Motorola with Anton Kobchenko, whose family lived directly on the front-line
Motorola in the foreground
Two years ago, the Militiaman got married
Motorola saved his future wife—the woman was seriously wounded
Militiaman Motorola with his spouse, Elena, at the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
This photo was taken by Komsomolskaya Pravda special correspondent, Aleksandr Kots, during a trip to the DPR on October 1, 2016. Motorola—Arsen Pavlov—on the right
Arseniy Pavlov (the second on the left) in the Hall of Valour of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Mount during a 2015 award ceremony, being presented with a “Donbass Volunteer” certificate and badge
Motorola at another award ceremony
The militiaman has on numerous occasions been award for his role in defending the Donbass
Arseniy Pavlov (centre) with actor Ivan Okholbystin in Donetsk