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Motorola Killed in Donetsk

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


12 thoughts on “Motorola Killed in Donetsk

  1. Reblogged this on Susanna Panevin.


    Posted by susannapanevin | Oct 16, 2016, 23:12
  2. Arseny’s death will come as a profound shock to those around the world who followed Sparta Battalion’s heroic defence of Donetsk during the first dark months of the Ukrop ATO. He and his fellow commander, Givy, became symbols of a resistance that ultimately triumphed over Kiev’s Ukronazis. The Battles for Donetsk Airport, Ilovaisk…all the way up to Debaltsevo will long be remembered for the courage, bravery and leadership of a remarkable young warrior, Arseny Pavlov.

    He proved, with a smile and always animated and outgoing personality, that dynamite and great men often come in small packages.

    My thoughts go out to his comrades, be they members of his or other battalions, fellow commanders or commanding officers and, most especially, to his family and widow, Elena, for whom I wish a speedy recovery and the support of all the people of the Donbass. Arseny, Elena and the citizens of this small Republic have shown us that, when a cause seems hopeless, a man of Motorola’s stature will step forward to turn the darkness to light.

    May he bathe in that light for Eternity.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Mike Golby | Oct 16, 2016, 23:29
    • la muerte de arseny llegará con un profundo shock para todos aquellos alrededor del mundo que siguieron la heroica defensa de Donetsk por parte del batallon Esparta durante los primeros oscuros meses del golpe de estado en Ucrania. El y su comandante socio Givy, llegaron a ser los simbolos de la resistencia que finalmente triunfó sobre los nazis ucranianos de Kiev. Las batallas por el aereopuerto de Donetsk, Ilovais, … todo el camino hasta debaltsevo largamente será recordado por el coraje, la valentía y el liderazog de un remarcable joven guerrero, Arseny Pavlov.

      El demostró con una sonrisa y una siempre animosa y extrovertida personalidad, que la dinamita y los grandes hombres frecuentemente llegan en pequeños paquetes.

      mis pensamientos van hacia sus camaradas, sean ellos miembros de su batallón o de otros aledaños, comandantes socios y oficiales de comando y, muy especialmente para su familia y su viuda, elena, para quien yo deseo una rapida recuperación y el soporte de todas las personas del Donbass. Arseny, Elena y los ciudadanos de esta pequeña republica nos han mostrado a nosotros que cuando una causa parece sin esperanza, un hombre de la estatura de Motorola avanzará para transformar la oscuridad en luz.

      Pueda que el se bañe en la luz de la Eternidad.


      Posted by miguel matallana | Jul 1, 2017, 04:31
  3. I am sickened by that murder. He was a great man and great hero.


    Posted by drcutburth | Oct 17, 2016, 02:30
  4. Reblogged this on THE DUTCH RESET and commented:
    These kind of assassinations are blamed on the Ukranian secret services.
    In order for the USA to open the Donbass front against Russia, they need to take out the heart out of the resistance. And that is what happens before your eyes.

    Long live the sovereign republics of Donbass!


    Posted by HERSTEL DE REPUBLIEK | Oct 17, 2016, 05:23
    • The tragic death of Motorola feels like the end of an era. But the DPR will continue. No doubt, Western elite-controlled US-NATO agents are responsible for the murder, as their systematic escalation of tensions between the West and Russia seems to aim toward world war. Sadly, while Zakharchenko promised a firm response to Ukraine for Motorola’s assassination, Eduard Basurin has said the DPR will still honor Minsk. Possibly this acquiescence is a holding pattern by the Russian sphere until the US election, which should be decisive for US-Russia relations.

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by karlpomeroy | Oct 17, 2016, 14:41
  5. This is sad and could be a severe blow to the moral of the DPR and LPR forces. Beyond the personal tragedy, it shows that security and intelligence gathering in Novorussia is lacking. The FSB needs to give a helping hand and maybe also help with counter actions beyond Donbass. The Ukraine has to pay a price, otherwise the rulers in Kiev will only be emboldened to commit more terrorist acts.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by mato48 | Oct 17, 2016, 11:19
  6. Who is next? Zakharchenko? No doubt the DPR and the LPR have evolved from rag-tag militias to full-fledged armies, but their intel branches are still in their infancy. Mozgovoj, Dremov, now Motorola, makes it one too-many unresolved killings without finding out the perps or shedding light on the who, what, why. The assassination of Motorola casts a dark shadow on the abilities of the leadership of the DPR to protect their own cadre, those at the core of the resistance against the Ukro-nazis. A resistance movement incapable of protecting their own political-military cadre, particularly those who have become symbols of the resistance, is either guilty of criminal negligence, or fully infiltrated at the top by enemy agents. Having Motorola living in an apartment building, using elevators, shows that military “intelligence” is a contradiction in terms at the DPR. Any third-rate American mafia movie will let you know elevators are traps, and no capo mafiosi worth of that name will ever use an elevator, or live in an apartment building. Long ago they needed to create a compound for the military cadre and their families, to protect them from any potential infiltration. I won’t speculate on who the perps where, war is by definition a murky exercise, and the situation inside the leadership of the DPR/LPR is not crystal clear and transparent. Too many interests in too many directions are threatening to pull apart the social fabric that gave life to those incipient republics, casting serious doubts on their future as viable political entities.

    Heroes never die, and Motorola has already joined the pantheon of heroes in the struggle against the US/NATO newly created version of post-modern old nazi scum. His star will forever shine high on the sky of Novorossiya, a clear, pristine light in the dark night that envelopes Ukrainazistan.

    Lone Wolf

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Lone Wolf | Oct 18, 2016, 05:37
    • Please don’t say Zakharchenko’s next. Too terrible to contemplate. But the warning needs to reach the DPR leadership. In their casual openness, they often move around unprotected. Motorola’s death seems distinct from Mozgovoy, Dremov, Ischenko and Bednov, who were murdered in the LPR. Some suspect the LPR government (or Moscow agents) were responsible for these murders, but the issue was never clarified. So far, heroes in the DPR had not been assassinated, although of course there were attempts.


      Posted by karlpomeroy | Oct 18, 2016, 14:44


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