Meet the man behind the missile that shot down Malaysia 17: Igor Girkin – A tiny coward with a very big gun

“Might even violate human rights.”

Igor Girkin, also known as Igor Strelkov (which can mean “shooter” or “sniper” in Russian), is the Commander of the Donetsk People’s Army. This man is a Russian citizen who has worked for the Russian FSB Intelligence agency for approximately 18 years, he also fought on behalf of Russia in Yugoslavia, and has now recruited a militia to lead the insurgency against Ukraine. He is a Russian Nationalist who believes that Russia is in danger of turning into the next Syria or Libya, a man who despises migrant workers, and a man who is paranoid that “secret international structures” are planning to incite chaos in an effort to try to overthrow the Russian Government. Commander Girkin has argued that a “new type of war” is necessary, that will “focus on special operations, rather than large-scale military ones”. While he believes that these ‘special operations’ will be sufficient in the near-term, he has gone on record warning that in the future, decisive measures may be needed, which “might even violate human rights.”


“We did warn you – Do not fly in our sky”

On June 29th, Igor Girkin boasted that his army had taken control of an unspecified number of Russian Buk ground-to-air missiles. Wasting no time, Girkin’s militia has shot down a Cargo plane, and a fighter jet, with little (or no) international reaction over the past week. Shortly after Malaysian Air Flight 17 was hit with a surface-to-air missile, Commander Girkin went onto VK (Which is the Russian equivalent of Facebook) and posted that his Militia had just shot down yet another Cargo plane. In the post, Girkin celebrated the attack, detailed where the plane went down, and said “We did warn you – Do not fly in our sky.” A few minutes after the news broke that a passenger jet had been shot down, this Social Media post was mysteriously taken down with no explanation. Shortly thereafter, the Rebels claimed they did not have the type of system needed to deliver such a strike, even though an Associated Press reporter had seen a similar missile launcher in a nearby city earlier in the same day.

The Black Box was sent to Moscow

Every International leader, who has commented, has condemned the tragedy…except Vladmir Putin. Putin released a statement saying, “Without question, the state over who’s territory this took place, bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.” Putin laid blame on the Ukraine, even as his own henchmen stopped investigators from reaching the 9-mile stretch of body parts and plane wreckage. While Putin was making his speech, Rebel forces blocked Ukrainian investigators from entering the area until they had secured the black box and reportedly had it sent back to Moscow.


How do we respond?

As a person who does not advocate getting involved in foreign conflicts, I am hesitant to call for military action. However, a little bit of Kant-style justice where we execute a “Decisive Measure” that “might even violate Human Rights”, sounds about right. Originally, it was reported that 295 innocent souls perished today as a result of a careless madman’s obsession to protect Mother Russia. However, as of this moment, that death toll has been raised to 298, due to three infants who will never experience their terrible two’s because this crazed Nationalist decided that shooting at a blip on the radar screen would help his cause. Igor Girkin is a disgusting person, working on Putin’s behalf to reconstruct the Soviet Union piece by piece. Commander Girkin took 298 lives today, and based on the Social Media response, he knows that he acted wrongly. The right thing to do is for the Russians, or the rebels, to turn this man over so that he can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law…

Personally, I am hoping that a very large bomb suddenly drops on this tiny coward who owns a very big gun…


About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

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