Dans une Ukraine corrompue, les agriculteurs ont le sentiment de n’avoir nulle part où aller

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[ARTICLE] Ukrainian farmers turn to Donbas veterans for protection from raiders

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By Fabrice Deprez in Berezhinka – July 26, 2017

The flag of the Donbas battalion, one of the most notorious Ukrainian volunteer units to have fought against Russia-backed separatists, flies over the main building of Mikola Trybinienko’s farm.

Members of the former military unit came at the end of June to Berezhinka, a village in central Ukraine, to protect Trybinienko against “raiders”, the term used in the region to describe criminal groups who specialise in the illegal and often violent appropriation of land.

Trybinienko says raiders seized his 500 ha farm in May, after he discovered the state corporate registry had been modified using a forged signature, making the company officially no longer his. When he tried to get it back with the help of locals, a violent clash occurred, injuring at least three people. Local media reported that pistols and hunting rifles were seized by the police at the site.

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[ARTICLE] Bodyguards Incorporated: the rise and fall of Putin’s presidential guards’ construction empire

In February 2017, the Kremlin quietly appointed a new head of the Caucasus region branch of Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO), the main job of which is to guard President Vladimir Putin, but which until recently ran a secret and highly profitable construction empire.

In April last year this empire collapsed after Russian billionaire Dmitry Mikhalchenko, who had close ties to senior FSO officials and ran the Baltstroy construction company that actually did most of the work, was arrested for trying to smuggle $1mn worth of vintage cognac into the country. The case caused a major scandal. The deputy head of Russia’s Customs Service had to resign and Mikhalchenko was also charged with skimming millions of dollars off the top of renovation work on one of Putin’s country houses.

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