October 17th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– Analysis – By: Russel “Texac” Bentley, in Donetsk, DPR – Feature –
So, Saker, Southfront, and Shary are saying things don’t add up with the Motorola hit. Maybe, from their perspectives thousands of kilometers from where it happened. But I’m about 500 meters from where it happened, and here’s my take –
1) There have been 2 previous attempts on Motorola’s life in the last 6 months. At the hospital in June, and behind his apartment building in August. Somebody’s been out to get him for a while. Whoever killed him had tried at least twice before, and failed. Sparta has their own intelligence unit, and connections to the intelligence services of the DNR. If someone here was out to get him, and had already tried twice, Motorola would have had a real good idea of who it was. If it was someone from the DNR side, he would have known there was no way they wouldn’t eventually get him. It would have been certain suicide for him to stay, as well as risking the lives of his wife and kids. He could easily have “pulled a Strelkov” and moved to Crimea and retired to write his memoirs, exposing whatever traitors he thought had it in for him. But he didn’t. I’ve seen him several times, strolling with his wife and baby in the city center, shopping, going to the gym. Not what he’d have been doing if he thought he had to worry about getting it in the back from his comrades or leaders. Not at all. He was fearless, but not stupid by a long shot. Especially with the lives of his wife and kids.
2) Zaharchenko trusted Motorola enough to send him and Sparta to the LNR to safeguard Plotnitsky during/after the coup attempt. That’s a big responsibility. One not likely given to someone you were planning to kill, and someone you had tried to kill twice already.
3) “High security building”? I’ve been in that building more than once myself. They have Babushkas guarding the door, not MGB or Sparta. It is a multi floored apartment building where ukrop semi-oligarchs used to live. Ukrops have the blueprints and probably old sets of keys that just might still work. The elevators are Otis. Made in the USA. Maybe they needed “repairs” recently, you know, like the WTC did in August ’01.
There are MANY vantage points, hundreds, from which an assassin could see when Motorola came home, and the tech is cheap and easy to detonate a bomb via cell phone (2 out of 3 cell services in DPR are still owned AND OPERATED by ukrops) and if you have a cell phone detonator, it is nothing to add a camera or mic function to the rig, to make sure the target is in the kill zone when you press the button.
4) I trust and respect Alexander Vladimirovich Zaharchenko. He’s a good guy, and he’s doing a good job that sure ain’t easy. I saw his vid from last night, and I really doubt he was acting. I believe the technical term is “Fuckin’ PISSED”. .He threatened directly ukrop army and secret services, something I doubt was pre-approved by Moscow. He called Arseny Sergeyevich Pavlov his “good friend”, and I think he meant it.
5) So does Sparta Brigade, one of the biggest and strongest units in the whole Novorussian Army. Because if they thought Zaharchenko had anything to do with it, they’d be in the streets already, and nobody could stop them. BUT THEY’RE NOT. Motorola was loved by his men and many. many other people here. Zaharchenko would be committing political suicide to kill him, and what reason could he have? Motorola had just proven himself a trusted and loyal officer to Zaharchenko and Novorussia in the LPR only weeks before. Apparently, the people that are in a position to know, and to do something about it, do not think it was an “inside job”.
6) Cui Bono? Nobody in the DPR, that’s for sure, and nobody loyal to the future of the RF, either. Motorola was a GREAT commander. Courageous, skilled, and loved by his men. The DPR NEEDS Commanders like that. It was a strategic loss, from a military perspective. This war isn’t over yet, and we may well be coming up on the hardest part of it in the near future.
If things get hot in Syria, they will heat up here. Things are STILL hot as Hell at the Front, and getting hotter, here and in Syria, every day. The war goes on, and we cannot afford to bump off our own best commanders. If the Army falls, the Republic falls, and our Army suffered a grave loss last night. Motorola was not, to my knowledge, seeking political power or in any conflict with the Administration here. He was not running for office, was not listed in the Primaries, made no public statements about politics, or much of anything else.
7) The Kiev and US fascists are celebrating tonight, the murder of one of their most powerful and charismatic foes. Someone who had whipped their ass at the Donetsk airport, and all along the Donbass Front. The only thing that could make them happier would be to see some suspicion and in-fighting break out between Sparta and the Administration, or for other DPR Commanders to wonder if they were next for the proverbial bayonet in the back. But that ain’t gonna happen, because the truth is clear to all here whose opinions matter. The fuckin’ ukrops did it. They tried twice before, and failed. This time, they sent in the A-team. and finally got the job done. But rather than sow suspicion and discord, they have brought us all closer together to face the real and common enemy.
The suspicions of an “inside job” are not only unfounded, they are dangerous. There was no reason for anyone in DPR or RF to want Motorola dead, and every reason for the Kiev nazis to. The nazis, just like with MH-17, had motive, means and opportunity. Motorola trusted his leaders and comrades. His actions and subsequent events prove it. No serious person here thinks it was any one other than ukrop diversants who killed him this time, and tried twice before, And that includes me.
Discord among comrades sticks a knife in the back of the whole DPR, Novorussia and the RF. We need unity now, as much as we did during the darkest days of the war, because darker days may soon be upon us.
I respect The Saker, Shary and Southfront, and I am surprised they put forth these speculations without any evidence. If there is any proof Motorola had problems with comrades here, let’s see it. But I don’t see any, and I live in Donetsk, and have friends here who are privy to things not usually made public. There have been some disturbing, and maybe even suspicious, killings of Novorussian Commanders, but they have ALL been in the LPR, not here. And while I don’t have an opinion on Plotnitsky or the workings of the LPR, (because I simply don’t know, and admit it) I DO know the DNR is not the LPR.
Zaharchenko is not Plotnitsky, and he enjoys well-deserved popular support here, and has no good reason to risk losing it all by killing one of his best friends and comrades. He is no fool, and knows his fate will be the same as the DNR’s. For him to attack Motorola would be an attack on the whole DNR and on himself. Think about it. The ukrop and US nazis had every reason to want Motorola killed. The administration here (and close by) had every reason not to, with one of the most important ones being that his death would cause these exact unfounded rumors and suspicions. To all who speculate without evidence, I say your speculations are foolish and dangerous. If you have any evidence, let’s see it. Put up, or shut up.
Russell “Texac” Bentley