Former leader of militants in Donbass region Russian Igor Girkin (Strelkov) announced that due to the fact that "the authorities" of the self-proclaimed "republics" copied the modern oligarchical dictatorship of Russian, the life on the occupied territories has deteriorated. He said this in a video interview posted on Youtube.
"Republic is the power of people. There is no power of people. Not even close. They copied modern Russian oligarchic system even in more aggravated form. Sometimes even a caricature. There is no power of people. There is formation of local oligarchic dictatorship,"- said the ex-leader of the terrorists.
Girkin also spoke about the discontent of militants disappointed by what they "have built in Donbass."
"There's patriotism to such extend that the people who come to me say one thing - a pigsty and mess - everything that is happening in Donetsk and Luhansk. I have no reason not to believe these people because my comrades come to me. No one came and said, Igor, the life is better there. Everyone says: a pigsty and mess! Here's what we have built in Donbass," - said Girkin.
"Why was it necessary to bring the people to such a state that they were happy even to get tiny pensions? Believe me, Donetsk had blossomed. It had really blossomed before the war started,"- he concluded.
As reported by OstroV, on April 12, 2014 unknown Igor Girkin (Strelkov) came from Russia to Slavyansk with a unit of subversives. His subversive groups captured the city police department and the SSU, and Girkin declared himself "the acting commander of the militia of the DPR." Later, he admitted that the bloody war would not have started in Ukraine without his squad. "I pushed the trigger of war. If our unit hadn’t crossed the border, everything would have come to an end as in Kharkov or Odessa. It would have been a few tens of dead, burnt and arrested people. And this would have ended. A little flywheel of the war that is still going on, was triggered by our unit,"- he said in an interview to Zavtra right-wing radical newspaper.