Staunton, August 28 – Aleksandr Boroday, the former prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic, says he is seeking official registration in Moscow for an organization that would speak for the 30,000 to 50,000 Russian “volunteers” who have fought in Ukraine (msk.kp.ru/daily/26425.4/3297691/
Some undoubtedly will see this as yet another indication that far more people have gone from Russia to fight in Ukraine. Others will view it as a propaganda effort to cover the presence of regular Russian troops in Ukraine. And still a third group will view this step as a way of controlling these people and preventing them from setting off a crime wave.
But there is a more sinister possibility, one that should not be discounted, and that is this: such a group could become the basis for the formation of paramilitary groups like the freikorps in Germany at the end of World War I, contributed to the destabilization and neighboring countries, and from which emerged some of Hitler’s most ardent supporters.
At a Moscow press conference yesterday, Boroday said that he had filed documents with the Russian justice ministry seeking registration already on July 2. And he said that his group would “defend the volunteers and help the families of those who died and the people of the Donbas.”
“Russian volunteers,” he continued, “are socially active people, they are united by the idea of Russian patriotism and are ready as fighters for the Russian world. But they have no social defense.” Consequently, they must unite “and help one another.” The Union of Volunteers of the Donbas does not plan to have anything to do with the Committee of Salvation of Ukraine.
In addition, the former DNR leader said, “the organization will have exclusively a social direction without any political goals, does not plan any political activities, does not seek election to the Duma … and counts on the patriotic attitudes of representatives of business, as there is no state support” (newsru.com/russia/27aug2015/udd_print.html