Russians in Ukraine: Russian militant runs for Parliament after 'serving' in Luhansk

10:44 Jul. 13, 2016

Russian militant runs for Parliament after 'serving' in Luhansk

Oleg Melnikov (front-left) is running for RUssian Parliamentary elections (photo source: vk.com//oleg___melnikov)

Oleg Melnikov used to fight alongside Donbas separatists, now running for Russian Parliamentary elections as self-nominated candidate from Dagestan

Former Russian militant, who used to fight alongside the separatists in Donbas, has registered as a candidate for the Russian Parliamentary elections. Oleg Melnikov is running as a self-nominated representative of the Dagestan Republic, Russian news agency Gazeta.ru reports.

Read also: Russian-backed leaders will not rule in Donbas - Ukraine's FM

"I want to help the Dagestani fight social injustice, corruption and labor slavery. To help them live, not survive", he said in an interview with the agency.

Melnikov is known for his participation in the conflict in the Luhansk region in 2014, where he was assigned as a commander of a militant squad.

The same year he was arrested over charges linked to the Bolotnaya square unrests in Moscow. Melnikov was suspected of taking part in the disorders which flared up during the protests against the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in 2011-2013. Later he was granted amnesty.

Read also: Militant leader announces 'primaries' in occupied Donetsk

The next Parliamentary elections in Russia are set to take place on September 18, 2016.

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