Yekaterinburg: ex-Luhansk People's Republic commander detained for selling drugs

Yekaterinburg: ex-Luhansk People's Republic commander detained for selling drugs
Vladimir Muratov

It is reported that Vladimir Muratov operated as part of an organized group, where he was responsible for the selection of sellers.

In Yekaterinburg, 29-year-old former First Secretary of the Degtyarsk branch of the Communist Party and air defense commander of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, Vladimir Muratov, Znak.com reports. According to sources of the publication, he is charged with part 5 of Art. 228.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (Illegal production, sale or shipment of drugs on an especially large scale), the maximum sanction for which is life imprisonment. 

The source said that Muratov was detained as part of an organized group, which sold synthetic drugs. Muratov was responsible for the selection of candidates for the post of drug seller. 

It is reported that Muratov was detained back in April, however, it was reported as late as on May 13. The court has arrested him for two months. He is currently in a pre-trial detention center. The publication notes that the day before, Muratov visited his Vkontakte page.  At the moment, both phone numbers listed on it are unobtainable. 

The cultivation of Muratov’s group was conducted by the Federal Security Service Directorate in the Sverdlovsk region. The Service refuses to give comments on the case. 

Vladimir Muratov built his career in the Sverdlovsk branch of the Communist Party for a long time. He started with the youth division of the party, namely, the Lenin Komsomol branch. Until 2018, he held the position of head of the Degtyarsk branch of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, but according to the head of the Sverdlovsk party cell, Aleksandr Ivachev, he resigned on his own will last year and is no longer a member. 

Muratov became the most famous as a participant in hostilities in the east of Ukraine. The politician went to the region in 2014 as part of a humanitarian convoy, which was formed by deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk region Elena Kukushkina and Maksim Serebrennikov. The convoy delivered diesel generators, body armor, and medical instruments for the battalion of Aleksey Mozgovoy in the Donbass. 

In the Donbass, Muratov was summoned to the headquarters of the Luhansk militia. Chief of staff, Sergey Kozlov, who is currently the prime minister of the self-proclaimed republic, gave him the order to form anti-air forces. Since September 1, 2014, Muratov was the head of the Luhansk People's Republic’s air defense forces. He resigned on December 29, 2014. During this time, Muratov managed to take part in the battles for the airport of Luhansk and clashes for the town of Metalist.

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