Arsen Pavlov aka Motorola. Rough, rugged and widely beloved.
Motorola in the Novorussian victory parade in Donetsk, 2015.
October 23rd, 2016.
The Motorola Assassination.
On October 16th, legendary Donbass militia commander Motorola (born Arsen Pavlov) was killed by an explosion in Donetsk. A device was hidden in the elevator of the building in which Motorola lived with his wife and child, and detonated as Motorola returned home, killing both he and his bodyguard.
He had survived at least two previous assassination attempts, the most recent being an apparent botched bomb plot in August.
Motorola’s life before the Donbass war is low on detail. He was born in 1983 and raised in Rostov, western Russia, he was a Marine in the Russian military, fought in the second Chechnya war early 2000s before coming to prominence during the Donbass war.
Motorola was a leader of the pro-Russian militia groups that have…
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