Valery Bolotov

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Valery Bolotov
Valery Bolotov proclaims Lugansk People's Republic independence on May 12, 2014.jpg
Valery Bolotov (center) proclaims the Act of Independence of the Lugansk People’s Republic,
May 12, 2014, 18:15:51 MSK[1]
1st Head of the Lugansk People's Republic
In office
May 18, 2014 – August 14, 2014
Preceded by Aleksandr Kharitonov
Succeeded by Ihor Plotnytskiy
Personal details
Born (1970-02-13) 13 February 1970 (age 52)
Taganrog, Rostov oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR
Signature Valery Bolotov's signature
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Flag of the Lugansk People's Republic.svg Lugansk People's Republic
Service/branch 30px Airborne Troops
Years of service 1988–90, 2014–present
Rank Rank insignia of старший сержант of the Soviet Air Force.svg Senior sergeant (see staff sergeant)

Valery Dmitrievitch Bolotov (Russian: Вале́рий Дми́триевич Бо́лотов; IPA: [vɐˈlʲerʲɪj ˈdmʲitrʲɪjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈbolətəf], Ukrainian: Вале́рій Дми́трович Бо́лотов) is a political figure in eastern Ukraine and former leader of the unrecognized Lugansk People's Republic. The Security Service of Ukraine processes evidences that Bolotov's actions were coordinated through the Federal Security Service of Russian Federation.[2]


Bolotov was born in Russia’s southern port city of Taganrog on 13 February 1970.[3] Bolotov moved to Stakhanov in the Luhansk Oblast (province) of eastern Ukraine in 1974.[4] According to the Russia Today, he has two university degrees.[5]

Bolotov claims to be a senior sergeant of the Soviet Airborne Troops in Vitebsk (presumably the 103rd Guards Airborne Division)[lower-alpha 1] and between 1989-90 participated in number of conflicts including Tbilisi,[lower-alpha 2] Yerevan and Karabakh.[lower-alpha 3][6] He later became the head of the airborne veterans group, while no one of the Luhansk Oblast group cell can confirm it.[6] Bolotov has a wife and two children.[6]

Bolotov has worked as manager and director at a meat factory and used to run a small business.[4]

Before the pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, Bolotov was a representative of Oleksandr Yefremov who supervised illegal mining in the region.[2]

In 2014, Bolotov became a leader of an armed group during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine. On May 13, 2014, Bolotov survived an assassination attempt as assailants fired automatic weapons towards his car, wounding the militants leader.[7] Bolotov was then briefly captured by the Ukrainian army on May 17 after he attempted to re-enter Lugansk after receiving treatment for his injury at a hospital in Russia.[8] However, armed supporters of the Lugansk People's Republic attacked the Ukrainian army checkpoint where Bolotov was being held shortly afterwards and successfully freed the "People's Governor".[8]

Lugansk People's Republic's parliament elected Bolotov head of the republic on 18 May 2014.[5]

Bolotov resigned on 14 August 2014.[9]


  1. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (also known as the Soviet war in Afghanistan) and until fall of the Soviet Union, the division was under direct jurisdiction of the Soviet KGB
  2. April 9 tragedy
  3. Nagorno-Karabakh War


  1. "feature"%3A"390145"%7D/ "Библиотека изображений "РИА Новости" :: Галерея". RIA Novosti. Retrieved February 9, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Former chief of Luhansk SBU Petrulevych: The terrorists groups of Russian GRU is already in Kiev and anticipating a signal". Gordon. July 2, 2014. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Video on YouTube
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Top officials appointed in Luhansk people's republic". Interfax-Ukraine. May 19, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic elects head, passes constitution". May 19, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Кто они, "народные губернаторы": Харьков возглавил автослесарь, а Луганск – десантник [Who are those, "People's Governors"? Kharkov- a mechanic, while Lugansk - a paratrooper]. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). April 23, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Pro-Russian Separatist Leader Survives Assassination Attempt in Ukraine". May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine". Reuters. May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Ukraine fighting: Rebel official resigns; shells fall on Donetsk". CNN. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>