InformNapalm editor’s note: This publication was prepared by Oleh Baturin and Sergey Petrenko, Europrostir NGO activists specially for InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community. This article reveals information about a Russian war criminal, major general of Russian Army, Sergey Dubinskiy, one of the suspects in the shooting down of the flight MH17.
The mythical “separatists” and their habitat
In spring 2015, the news about a Russian major general identified on the tapes of intercepted telephone conversations in the MH17 case spread through Ukrainian media.
The tapes published by the Netherlands Prosecution Office and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), allowed to identify Sergey Nikolaevich Dubinskiy, (callsign Khmuriy, Russian for “Gloomy”, also known under the last name Petrovskiy) as one of the key participants of the BUK logistics in Ukraine. In the recorded conversations Khmuriy coordinates the transportation of the notorious BUK launcher in the territory of Ukraine after it crossed the border from Russia. Khmuriy, also known as, Sergey Nikolaevich, Poor Soldier and Drunk Roger officially retired from the Russian Army in April 2014 in the rank of major general. Read more about Khmuriy on the Myrotvorets Center website. Volunteers have later identified Khmuriy’s real name as Sergey Nikolaevich Dubinskiy, born on August 9,1962. He was so-called Deputy of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Minister of Defence, the Chief of DPR Intelligence service, and “a Novorossia hero”.
But first things first.
Our first short glimpse into Khmuriy showed that he needed a much closer look. So we went to Velyka Novosilka village, located in the west of Donetsk Oblast. That is in Velyka Novosilka, where Sergey Dubinskiy spent his childhood. He also had lived there for several years before the Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. People who know Dubinskiy have told us about his “timeline of achievements” and much more.
From their words, Dubinskiy’s family was well known in Velyka Novosilka. The terrorist’s father, Mykola, worked as an engineer, his mother, Kapitolyna, was a teacher. Both are deceased.
In the eighties and nineties Sergey served in the Soviet Army, and then in the Russian Army. In 1985-1987 he was the deputy commander, and then the commander of the reconnaissance company of 181st Motorized Rifle Regiment in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was even awarded Order of the Red Star and Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR.
In 1997 Sergey Dubinskiy retired and lived on a pension with his family in Rostov Oblast (Russia) till 2002. Later he divorced. He has a daughter of the first marriage and an illegitimate son. In spring 2002, being a retired lieutenant colonel, he was recalled for military service by the personnel department of the North Caucasian (now – Southern) Military District (SMD), to serve in North Caucasian Combined Forces of Russian Army. In 2002 – 2004 he served as a company commander of the 974th headquarters company (military unit #22727), and as the reconnaissance commander of 194th commandants tactical group. In 2004 he retired again, but his personnel record got lost, so on paper he remained in service. At the same time he succeeded to apply for and receive a pension, however, a Russian court ruled to claim it back (this episode became the starting point for Khmuriy in his Donbas war story).
– In 2005 moved in to live to his mother in Velyka Novosilka village. His ex-wife kept the flat, which he received from the Army, so he had no place to live in Russia, Dubinskiy’s childhood friend said. – He lived with his mother at: 56, Sovetskaya St., apt 11. He had no life there. He was blowing pension on alcohol and women in few days. Then he would putting the lug on his mother (her pension) or would try to tap his friends and neighbors. He was drinking heavily, so neighbors called him Drunk Roger. After a period in Velyka Novosilka, Dubinskiy moved to a summer house in Storozheve village. He lived there approximately till June, 2014.
In 2011 – 2012 Dubinskiy faced a run of bad luck. A spot audit at SMD military units found that his pension payments were not properly documented. The ensuing legal proceedings resulted in a court ruling obliging Dubinskiy to pay back the money received. After that ruling Dubinskiy appealed to SMD headquarters for restoring of his personnel record and properly document his military discharge and pension payments. To solve these issues, in March 2012 he visited the SMD personnel department. There he was directed to the commander of military unit #11659 (the 22nd Special Forces Brigade of Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of Russian General Staff) for reinstating in service and proper military discharge procedure.
In April Dubinskiy finally achieved his aim and retired, this time in the rank of colonel. Thus, during all this time actually spent in Ukraine, Dubinskiy was fictitiously employed at his military unit. Apparently, Dubinskiy had such privileges for a reason. With that, he had been enrolled in the ranks of the invisible GRU force in Ukraine, which was under manning and preparation for aggression against Ukraine. Dubinskiy rapidly went to Russia in June 2014, whereas his Second Chechen War buddy, Igor Strelkov-Girkin promptly appeared in Slovyansk as the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Army Deputy Commander, with. On the occupied Ukrainian territory, Dubinskiy formed a special forces company and an intelligence department headquartered in Kramatorsk. He went on to forming and heading so-called Main Intelligence Directorate of the DPR, on the basis of these groups.
In the beginning of 2015 Dubinskiy left the DPR and moved out to Russia.
In Velyka Novosilka we were also told that Sergey Dubinskiy has a brother, Roman Dubinskiy, born on January 17, 1967. Roman is a citizen of Ukraine, born in Velyka Novosilka. He lived at different times at the following addresses: Velyka Novosilka, Sovetskaya St., 56, apt. 11; and Donetsk city, Zhebeleva St., 24, apt. 127.
Roman Dubinskiy is married, lives in peace and content in Kyiv, running his own business “Flora-Engineering LTD (Kyiv, Shchekavytska St., 37/48, office 1). Company details correspond to the record in the Ukrainian Unified State Register of Legal Entities data.
We are curious, how it happened that such notorious person and his relatives sneaked under the radar of the Ukrainian intelligence agencies. Unfortunately, we also do not have the definitive answer for this question. However, we know that after Dubinskiy’s departure to Russia his track was lost. For a while. Until we succeeded to find his new address in Russia, where he lives with his family:
Russia, Rostov Oblast, Aksaysky District, Bolshoy Log village, Molodezhnaya St., 4B (the house coordinates: 47°18’15.8″N 39°54’49.7″E). If we look at this address on Google Maps, we will even see the pictures of the house as of 2012.
We will be more than happy if Dubinskiy gets more visits, especially from a military prosecutor with a subpoena. Or from relatives of MH17 victims in whose death he played a key role. Let him also answer to them.
Material prepared by Oleh Baturin and Dmitry Lisunov, Europrostіr, NGO; translated by Evgeniy Kalashnik, edited by Artem Velichko
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