Volunteers from InformNapalm international intelligence community continue to record the facts of deliveries of Russian sniper rifles to the Donbas. The SVDM, SVDS, VSS Vintorez and ASVK sniper rifles often featured in our investigations, as well as in publications of other bloggers and OSINT-communities. For example, here the blogger feldherrnhalle has collected an impressive collection of photographs of exotic Russian small arms which are in service with Russian occupation forces. It is worth noting that these weapons are used in fighting in the Donbas by both regular Russian military and mercenaries. In this publication, we present new pictures of standard issue army sniper rifles ASVK, SIDS and Vintorez, as well as the DXL-4 (civilian model) priced from $30,000. The pictures were found in social media accounts of Russian citizens who came to build a “Russian world” in Ukraine.
Pavel Shablakov (pseudonym: Pavel Karyakin, VK account, photo album) is a mercenary sniper of the Russian occupation forces. He is from Chelyabinsk. Date of birth: 11/11/1986; mobile phone numbers: +79634690992, +79194009525.
On August 14, 2016, Shablakov posted a photo of himself holding a Russian modernized SVDM sniper rifle. The visual difference of this rifle from the outdated Soviet SVD is a new plastic butt and stock. The rifle has an army 1PN93-4 night sight. The rifle looks brand new, Pavel got it very recently, straight from warehouses of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Exactly three months later, Shablakov uploaded a photo in his photo album that shows an SVDS sniper rifle (7.62 mm Dragunov sniper rifle with a folding stock; GRAU designation 6V3; in service since in 1995) and a VSS Vintorez rifle (9mm suppressed sniper rifle for special forces; GRAU designation 6P29; in service since 1987). Both rifles were painted in field with white paint as a winter camouflage.
It seems that Shablakov likes to brag, so two weeks later he uploaded another photo to his album. We see three sniper rifles in it. In the foreground, there is the Lobaev Sevastopol DXL-4 ultra-long range sniper rifle with a .408 CT caliber, priced at $30,000 (in the picture marked number 1). Behind it is a 12.7 mm ASVK sniper rifle that is in service with the Russian army (number 2 in the picture), GRAU designation 6V7, in service since 2004. The third one is a Lobaev SVLK-14S rifle, 2015 model with a price tag of $34,000 (number 3 in the picture). The photograph also shows the night sights manufactured by Pulsar and a thank you note to a certain VladDN dated September 9, 2016 with the words: “Thank you, brave adventurers and all who responded.”
Here is another enthusiast of Russian army sniper rifles, a mercenary from Russia Vladimir Sinitsyn (VK account, photo album). On June 16, 2017, he uploaded a photo to his album where he was posing with a suppressed Vintorez.
Presumably, Vladimir is serving in the so-called 1st Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 1st Army Corps. In his photo album there are pictures with geotags of Mospyne and Vasylivka in Donetsk Oblast, which are in close proximity to the base of this brigade. One of his photographs was taken against a backdrop of the BMP-2K infantry fighting vehicle of the 51st Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces that was destroyed in 2014 near the village of Vasylivka in Donetsk Oblast.
By Mikhail Kuznetsov and Al Gri exclusively for InformNapalm website.
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Translated by Svitlana Kemblowski
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