Andrei Purgin

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Andrei Purgin
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Chairman of the People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic
In office
14 November 2014 4 September 2015
Preceded by Vladimir Antyufeyev
Succeeded by Denis Pushilin
Personal details
Born (1972-01-26) 26 January 1972 (age 47)
Donetsk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [1]
Political party Donetsk Republic

Andrei Yevgenyevich Purgin is a Ukrainian activist, cofounder of the Donetsk Republic organization along with Aleksandr Tsurkan and Oleg Frolov. Until 4 September 2015 he was the Chairman of the People's Soviet of the (disputed) Donetsk People's Republic. [2]

Donetsk Republic (political party) pro-Russian separatist organization

The Donetsk Republic is a pro-Russian separatist political party operating in the Donetsk area of Ukraine. The group's goal is the creation of a "federation of sovereign Donetsk", which would include seven regions of eastern and southern Ukraine. The group was banned in 2007, but this ban was marginal until the 2014 Donbass War. In 2014, it founded the Donetsk People's Republic, which Ukraine's government calls a terrorist organization. The party won the Donbass general elections, 2014 with 68.53% of the votes and 68 seats.

Peoples Soviet of the Donetsk Peoples Republic

The People's Council, formerly the Supreme Council, is the legislature of the unrecognised Donetsk People's Republic.

Donetsk Peoples Republic Political entity proclaimed within Donetsk Oblasts borders during the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine. Considers itself a self-proclaimed state; designated as a terrorist organisation by the Government of Ukraine.

The Donetsk People's Republic is a declared people's republic and proto-state in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine recognized only by the partially recognized South Ossetia and Luhansk People's Republic.



Born in Donetsk on 26 January 1972. [3] In 1989 he entered the Donetsk State Technical University. [3] From the early 1990s until the mid-2000s he held about 70 jobs, including trading companies, charitable organizations and the Donetsk circus. [3]

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On 23 February 2005 (Soviet Army and Navy Day) Purgin participated in a protest of the Union of the Born by Revolution that established a small tent city at the Lenin Square in Donetsk. The protested issued a request consisting of 12 principles that included federalization of Ukraine, official status for the Russian language and other issues promoting the rights of the Russian-speaking population. The Donetsk District Court of Voroshilov Region ordered the tents to be removed. [4]

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At the end of 2005 (6 December 2005) Purgin already headed the newly organized movement Donetsk Republic that claimed its heritage from the Soviet puppet state Donetsk–Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic. [3] The organization claimed to fight the "orange plague" of President Viktor Yushchenko. [3] It was marginal. [3]

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In the winter of 2013, together with "titushky", Purgin dispersed supporters of Euromaidan in Donetsk; but in the heat of battle titushky beat him. [3]

Titushky mercenary support agents of the Ukrainian police force

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Euromaidan 2013–2014 protests in Ukraine

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According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Purgin was arrested by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on 19 March 2014, however, on 22 March 2014 he already was released.[ citation needed ] On 19 April 2014 Purgin was listed on the SBU wanted list for terrorism. [5]

Security Service of Ukraine national intelligence and law enforcement agency of Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine or SBU, is Ukraine's law-enforcement authority and main government security agency in the areas of counterintelligence activity and combating terrorism.

In the interview to "Informbyuro" on May 18, 2014 Purgin stated that on March 27, 1994, there was a referendum in Donetsk and Luhansk regions where 90% of population voted for federalization of Ukraine. [6] He also acknowledged that the Donetsk Republic as organization included also National Bolsheviks mainly in Makiivka. [6]

Purgin opposed some of the key points of the February 2015 Minsk II cease-fire agreement. [7]

On 4 September 2015 Purgin was removed from the position of the Chairman of the People's Soviet of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic for "an attempt to disrupt a meeting of the People's Soviet and present false inflaming information". [2] He was then detained for four days for reasons unknown to him. [7] The new chairman of the Soviet became Denis Pushilin, his deputy. [8] Pushilin denied Purgin's arrest. [9] Observers claimed Purgin's dismissal was part of efforts of the Russian government to bring the Donetsk People's Republic to heel to observe the Minsk II agreement. [7]

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  1. "Archived copy" Деніс Пушилін: Мажоритарні округи \ Київська область \ Округ №94 [Denis Pushylin: Majority districts \ Kyiv oblast \ District №94] (in Ukrainian). 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. 1 2 "Спикер народного совета ДНР Андрей Пургин отправлен в отставку". Interfax. 4 September 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (in Russian) Small bio on Politrada
  4. Kurtsanovskaya, A. Union of the Born by Revolution: "Pora" terrorizes Donbas - interview . Novosti Donbassa. 24 March 2005
  5. Profile at the Ministry of Internal Affairs website.
  6. 1 2 Andrei Purgin: we think for the process of gaining political and economical independence of Donbas to be the least difficult. Informbyuro. 18 May 2014
  7. 1 2 3 Ukrainian Separatist Leader Released By Rebels After Four-Day Detention, Radio Free Europe (9 September 2015)
    Ex-rebel chief in eastern Ukraine: ouster due to 'intrigue', Yahoo news (9 September 2015)
    New Ukraine truce: rays of hope and clouds of doubt [ permanent dead link ], AFP news (7 September 2015)
  8. "Пушилин возглавил парламент ДНР". Interfax. 4 September 2015.
  9. Pushilin denies reports of Purgin's arrest Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine , Interfax (7 September 2015)