Head of the puppet administration of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”
PUSHILIN, Denis Vladimirovich (b. 1981) worked as a sales manager in the 2000s and from 2011 to 2013, he worked for a Russian Ponzi scheme company MMM and was a member of the movement and a party of the same name. He failed to win a seat in the 15 December 2013 repeat election of the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election, getting only 0.08% of the votes.
On April 5, 2014, he became deputy head of the pro-Russian militants Pavel Gubarev and then led a rally in Donetsk. On April 7 Pushilin became one of the leaders of the provisional government of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR). On 19 May 2014, Pushilin became the self-declared Chairman of the Supreme Soviet (Speaker of parliament). On 31 August 2018, DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko was killed by a bomb in a restaurant in Donetsk. On 7 September 2018, Pushilin was appointed acting head of the DPR.
Denis Pushilin is included in the sanctions lists of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Sanctions include a ban on entry and freezing of assets in these countries.
The leadership of the Russian puppet proto-state “Donetsk People’s Republic,” terrorism, kidnapping, torture, smuggling, and cross-border corruption.
Denis Pushilin is involved in the numerous killings of civilians in eastern Ukraine, the organization of terrorist attacks, the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane, which killed 298 people. Ukraine recognizes DNR and LNR as terrorist organizations.