Leader of the terrorist neo-Nazi group DSHRG Rusich, notorious for its war crimes in Ukraine since 2014.
Born in 1991 in St. Petersburg.
From a young age, he was a fan of the Zenit football team, as well as a representative of the ultra-right environment in St. Petersburg.
In 2011, Milchakov "became famous" thanks to a disgusting slaughter scandal: he posted photos of the massacre of a puppy on his social network page (in the pictures, Alexei Milchakov, against the background of a swastika flag, first kills the animal, then cuts off his head and eats it), providing the post with a mocking comment. The publication of the pictures caused a wide resonance and indignation (and even in the ultra-right and fan environment far from humanism). A collective appeal was drawn up to the prosecutor's office of the Admiralteisky district of St. Petersburg, which was supported by more than 5.5 thousand people. Under pressure from the public, a prosecutor's check was carried out on the fact of the publication of the photographs . No results of this check are known.
It is known that later Milchakov served in the 76th division of the Airborne Forces (by the way, Dmitry Utkin, the founder of the Wagner PMC, with whom Milchakov is often associated, also served there), and with the start of the Kremlin’s hybrid war against Ukraine in 2014, he went to Donbass.
In June 2014, he joined an illegal armed formation, the so-called “Batman Rapid Response Group”, which fought for the pro-Russian formation of the “LPR”. Later he headed the sabotage and assault reconnaissance group (DSHRG) "Rusich" - a unit formed from Russian (and partially European) pro-Kremlin ultra-rightists. One of the most famous episodes of their participation in the war in Donbass is the ambush on the column of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion "Aidar" in early September 2014.
In early January 2015, near the city of Lutugino , a convoy of Alexander Bednov, the commander of the aforementioned Batman group, was shot, along with whom five escort fighters were killed, including members of Rusich. As the pro-separatist propaganda media “Anna News” reported at the time, “the commander of the Wagner PMC, hired by ‘LPR’s head Igor Plotnitsky, is suspected of killing six people,” and this version was a priority among the militants of Donbass . Then in January 2015, Milchakov announced that his unit was no longer subordinate to the leadership of the so-called "LPR" and, moreover, called the chairman of the "LPR" Igor Plotnitsky and the government of the LPR "whore’s children" and stated that his unit would fight "both against them, and against Ukrainians ". In July 2015, Milchakov posted a message on the social network about the withdrawal of the Rusich detachment from the territory of Donbass.
However, the alleged involvement of Wagner in the aforementioned liquidation did not prevent Milchakov from further taking part in hostilities, at least together with this PMC: the Fontanka media wrote in October 2017 that it had found photographs of Milchakov as part of the so-called Wagner group during its location in the Syrian province of Homs. Since the fall of 2017, Wagner allegedly had a group of militants from Rusich in the ranks - six people . Photos and videos posted on social media in 2020-2021 also indicated that Rusich militants were in Syria . However, in the public space one can also find denials of Milchakov’s direct connection with the PMC “Wagner” there: “He had nothing to do with the Wagner group, but he saw how the guys were fighting, he got scared, and at the first opportunity he returned to Russia. Since then, something hasn’t been going anywhere for “roasting”, sitting here. I remember how he considered himself the coolest in the Donbass, but he returned from Syria and realized that he was nobody .”
Milchakov showed his loyalty to the Kremlin not only with weapons in his hands, but also by taking part in relevant public events, for example, in the so-called "International Russian Conservative Forum" of pro-Putin right-wing politicians and activists from around the world, held in March 2015 in St. Petersburg . In May 2016, Aleksey Milchakov, possibly, received an award for participation in hostilities from the hands of the so-called "head" of the occupied Crimea Sergei Aksyonov.
Despite the fact that Milchakov changed his nickname “Fritz” to the more “Slavophile” “Serb” after the start of the war in Donbass in 2014, on occasion he nevertheless openly declares belonging to the Nazi ideology, and in its most radical expression: one of the well-known such cases is an interview published in December 2020, in which Milchakov not only calls himself a “Nazi” and declares his readiness to kill opposition leader Alexei Navalny for money , but also calls on viewers to kill other people, as well as crack down on those close to their enemies.
At the same time, Milchakov, without a shadow of a doubt, is trying to present himself as a constructive and positive figure, and Ukrainian nationalists – as "xenophobes", arguing that his beliefs are allegedly based "on love for one's own, while they have on hatred for someone else ".
However, such demagogy is easily disavowed by quotes from the official Telegram channel of the DSHRG "Rusich" and from an interview with Milchakov himself:
“Our position is to interrogate prisoners (get information), torture and kill them. And don't care about the consequences. We kill the enemy - in order to defeat him! And so that he does not produce future enemies for our children ”.
“As a nation, Ukrainians do not exist, they are fooled Russians,” and further - “the enemy must be destroyed, because the dead will not make children who will then take up arms and avenge their parents ”.
“If you messed up, then try not to leave witnesses from among the locals .”
“We know that Ukrainian bitches dream of being raped by Russian soldiers. Therefore, rape is not a crime, but charity .”
“There will be missiles. There are no civilians in 404 [as pro-Kremlin chauvinists call Ukraine] .”
“About the prisoners. No one can be taken prisoner alive, when taken after interrogation - death, and if there is no time, then fast, and if there is time... Death should become a relief for the enemy, not a punishment”. Further in this post, the author argues that if the prisoners are not killed, then they will be exchanged and they will return to duty, but “this must be excluded.” In addition, according to the author, the killing of prisoners will cause a reciprocal exasperation among the Ukrainian military, which means that the soldiers from the “separatist republics” will be afraid of revenge and torture and will not surrender to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, preferring death in battle. “By the way, it makes no sense to return the bodies of Ukrainian scum just like that (if there are no our bodies for exchange). Let their relatives ransom them, and the proceeds go to the purchase of equipment, thermal imagers, UAVs, assistance to the wounded, etc ".
In 2022, the Rusich DSHRG confirmed information provided by Meduza investigators about deals with drug stores (calling drug dealers “true patriots of Russia” and adding about cooperation “in the area of obtaining painkillers ”), hacking the website of a Ukrainian charitable foundation, and stealing cryptocurrency using malware programs.
In October 2021, information began to appear about the return of Rusich to the occupied territories of Donbass. The report of the German intelligence service says that Rusich militants have been in Ukraine since the beginning of April 2022. In 2022, the Russian propagandist and "military reporter" Alexander Sladkov reported that Milchakov was a "reconnaissance sergeant of the RF Ministry of Defense ". In April 2022, there were reports of Milchakov being wounded . In May 2022, a Telegram channel that turned out to be linked to the Rusich group posted a photo showing Milchakov and his Rusiach accomplice Yan Petrovsky in Ukraine standing in front of a dilapidated armored personnel carrier . At the moment, the group's participation in the war in Ukraine is openly confirmed by numerous posts in its official Telegram channel.
In December 2022, DSHRG Rusich announced their intention to carry out sabotage in the Baltic countries .
In the direct and long-term participation in the aggressive war of conquest, the commission of war crimes, and also - at least in calls for the implementation of genocide.
The “visiting card” of the DShRG “Rusich” and personally Alexei Milchakov has been boundless cruelty and sadism. Milchakov not only took pictures against the background of the people he killed, but also cut off the ears of the wounded Ukrainian soldiers and carved on the cheeks the so-called "solstice" - the emblem of the DShRG Rusich group. The war criminal himself posted photos of his atrocities on his page on the social network. In addition, Milchakov also boasted that he personally killed the wounded "Aidar" soldier with a shot in the head. Later, in Debaltseve, Milchakov tweeted photos of the mutilated corpses of Ukrainian soldiers, whose faces he cut off with a knife. After some time, this tweet was deleted.
Savage practices and ideas of Milchakov sometimes cause rejection even in the camp of outspoken supporters of the war. So, in July 2022, State Duma deputy Anatoly Wasserman (who is an active propagandist of aggression against Ukraine) turned to the Russian Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor General's Office with a request to check the unit. He believes that "Rusich" may be involved in war crimes, and Wasserman's assistant Roman Nosikov even calls the group "scumbags” . However, nothing is known about any results of this appeal, to which the Rusich DSHRG responded with a mocking comment and direct threats against their critics: “At least 80 applications have come in, and fortunately there are data of informers, with whom, as soon as possible without legal consequences, we will deal with ."
The "merits" of Milchakov and his accomplices are "highly appreciated" at the international level as well.
In 2017, the military prosecutor's office of Ukraine accused Milchakov of involvement in the murder of 40 Ukrainian soldiers.
In February 2015, Alexei Milchakov was included in the list of persons who are prohibited from entering the EU. In early 2015, Canada, the UK and the European Union imposed sanctions against Milchakov and his accomplice in Rusich, Yan Petrovsky. Milchakov "actively supported actions and policies that undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and aimed at further destabilizing Ukraine," the British statement on the imposition of sanctions said.
In October 2016, Petrovsky was arrested in Norway, where he lived and worked with a Norwegian associated with the right-wing radical group Soldiers of Odin. In the same month, he was deported.
September 15, 2022 "Rusich" was included in the US sanctions list - for the "special cruelty" shown in the battles in the Kharkiv region .
On December 16, 2022, Rusich was included in the EU sanctions list.
Milchakov is also included in the sanctions lists of Great ¬Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Ukraine and New Zealand.
His accomplice Yan Petrovsky is under the sanctions of the European Union , the USA, Switzerland, New Zealand and Japan.
The facts of war crimes of Aleksey Milchakov and his accomplices from the DSHRG "Rusich", at least on the territory of Ukraine, are confirmed by a large amount of factual material (often openly published by the group itself), which gives every reason for the appropriate prosecution of this person and other members of the group.
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