Andrei Purgin, a pro Russian protester has been kidnapped by armed men thought to be oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s men and maidan extremists. One of the sympathizers posted on social networks:
“Urgent! Andrei Purgin, the leader of the movement “Republic of Donetsk” has just been kidnapped by a group of armed men. The oligarch Rinat Akhmetov got down to physical elimination of activists in Donetsk! We need emergency mobilization of our forces, otherwise the situation will get worse, private armies of the oligarchs in the struggle over local assets will destroy us all one by one. Local activists are unarmed, we are a peaceful group of people. However, it looks like it’s time get armed. There is war against Russia and Russian people in the Ukraine and all able bodied men should be here to help us fight the injustice.”
apn.ru reports that unknown people have approached Purgin and said that if he “will come out to protest today his woman will become a widow.” But he did come out and Akhmentov’s men kidnapped him.
Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov is a Ukrainian businessman and oligarch. He is the founder and President of System Capital Management, and is ranked among the wealthiest men in the nation. In the 1980s, Akhmetov acted as an assistant to Akhat Bragin, whom law enforcement agencies regarded as a powerful crime boss. He has now been appointed as a mayor of Donetsk by government in Kiev.
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