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Friday, 24 April 2015

Gazprom Dismissed Locksmith Who was Fan of the Azov Battalion

00 gazprom ukie locksmith. russia. ukraine. 24.04.15


Gazprom fired Moscow locksmith Grigori Krasnik after REN TV journalist Valentin Trushnin turned him over to the cops. The reporter posted on Facebook that he noticed the logo of the Azov Battalion in Krasnik’s wallet, so, he decided to report him into the police. Trushin, who had recently returned from Novorossiya, wrote, “I caught a live Banderovets*! Where do you think that I did so? Right here at home! Standing right in front of me in the queue at the shop, wearing Gazpom overalls, buying a “one-and-a-half”* of beer. I noted that he had an Azov Battalion logo in his wallet. I accosted him outside, and I asked him, ‘Are you a follower of the Azov Battalion?’ The guy cocked an attitude at me, saying, ‘Yeah, I’m a follower, so what?’ I let him know, ‘Nothing… but understand that I’m turning you over to the cops’… and I did so”. Trushin went on to say that Krasnik wasn’t a member of Azov, “but his soul belonged with them”.

  • Banderovets: Galician Uniate nationalist fanatic, follower of the terrorist murderer S A Bandera
  • Полторашку (poltarashku): literally, “one-and-a-half”, in this case, a 1.5 litre (50 US fluid ounces) bottle. It’s as much a part of colloquial Russian as “six” for “six-pack of beer” is part of American colloquial English or a “slab” is “a case of 24 cans of beer” in Australian colloquial English. A One-and-a-Half is 25 percent larger than an American “40” (40-ounce bottle of beer/malt liquor, Thus, “Get nice with a 40 of Mickey’s”).

As of the time of writing, Gazprom called REN TV on the day of the incident, saying that locksmith Grigori Krasnik called the company’s head of emergency dispatch and denied involvement in the incident, saying that he wanted to debunk his detractors. Then, he said that the young man on the photo in the wallet isn’t his picture. However, on the following day Krasnik admitted that Trushin hadn’t lied and had posted the truth on the social network. Gazprom released the following statement, “Grigori Krasnik admitted that Trushin told the truth. Recognising that giving false information undermined his credibility, Krasnik expressed a willingness to leave his job. We terminated his employment on his request”.

23 April 2015




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