Currently, the PMs of both the Donetsk and Luhansk “republics” are Russian nationals with extensive PR/GR experience. Alexander Boroday, Bashirov’s Donetsk counterpart, was the go-to go-between for the corporate raider Konstantin Malofeyev, his direct line to the Kremlin. Bashirov’s mission is to help build a “union” of Donetsk and Luhansk – but is it? My guess it’s some or all of the three:
- To liaise with the Center, which trusts Boroday and Bashirov more than Strelkov or the locals.
- To feed the media during a siege or retreat.
- To clean up traces, destroy documents and bodies, plant false evidence of Ukrainian atrocities if retreat is inevitable.