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Belarusians name Russian soldiers caught on camera sending goods plundered in Ukraine to Russia

Halya Coynash
Robbery may be the least of the crimes committed by the Russians who invaded Bucha and other Ukrainian towns, but it is quite likely that those now sending even stolen children’s toys to Russia also took part in rapes, torture and killings

Screenshot of the Russian soldiers sending everything from children’s toys to household appliances to Russia Image from Hajun Project

The Belarusian Hajun Project has published the names of the Russian soldiers videoed sending plundered goods from Ukraine to different parts of the Russian Federation.  Robbery may be the least of the crimes committed by the Russians who invaded Bucha, Borodianka and other Kyiv oblast towns, but it is quite possible that the individuals trying to send stolen children’s toys, jewellery, and even household appliances to themselves in Russia, also took part in rapes, torture and killings.

On 2 April, the Hajun Project posted the video footage from a CCTV camera at the CDEK delivery service in the city of Mazur in Belarus.  Over the space of three hours, Russian soldiers came in, some of them sending very heavy packages to Russia.  Two days later, the same activists have revealed that the Russian soldiers sent more than two tons of items to Russia, and believe that most of it was stolen.  It would, indeed, be hard to find any other explanation for the parcel sizes (from 50-450 kilograms) and contents that the soldiers were sending (see the list below).

There are a huge number of witnesses who have told Ukrainian investigators and the international media that they were forced into cellars while the Russian invaders of Bucha, Borodianka and other Kyiv oblast towns, looted their homes.

There are also other Belarusian witnesses.  One person, identified only as Ilya, told the Radio Svoboda Belarusian Service on 31 March that Russians were trying to sell the “trophies” that they had stolen in Ukraine to local residents in Belarus.  The man mentioned “fridges; home appliances; tires and whatever they get their hands on”.   Belarusian journalist and opposition activist Franak Viačorka also reports that Russians have offered taxi drivers 200 USD for taking the plundered goods to Russia.

There is no possibility that such large-scale looting could have been committed by a few low-ranking soldiers without their superiors either knowing what was happening, or being actively involved.

On 5 April, Ukraine’s Military Intelligence reported that Russian soldiers had opened a market to sell looted goods in the Belarusian city of Naroulia. The stolen items ‘on offer’ included washing machines; dishwashers; fridges; cars; bikes; works of art; children’s toys and cosmetics.

The looting invaders also stole money from people’s homes and are now trying to exchange the dollars and euros.  This, however, is a problem, since Belarusians are unwilling to get involved in such money deals due to currency restrictions, and tell the Russians to go to banks.  This they are, of course, unable to do since they can’t explain where they got the money from, though they claim it’s because of a ban from their command.

The looting is not just in Kyiv oblast.  Ukraine’s Military Intelligence report also that the Russians organized a convoy of trucks with various looted items from the city of Buryn in the Sumy oblast to the border with Russia.

It should be stressed that in the Kyiv oblast towns from which the Russian invaders retreated, vast amounts of evidence has been found of Ukrainians being raped, tortured and killed, with hundreds of bodies in mass graves.  Russia has, as usual, tried to deny this, however even satellite footage proves that they are lying.  

The list of Russians who sent large parcels to different parts of the Russian Federation, with these almost certainly containing what they had stolen in Ukraine.

Kovalenko Yevgeny Yevgenievich sent 450 kg. of tools, music speakers, a table, a tent, etc. to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79130213100

Lazarev Artyom Petrovich sent 255 kg. of spare parts and an electric scooter to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79132257343

Nikolayev Pavel Aleksandrovich sent 205 kg. of tools, a TV and a chair to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79235652819

Serdtsev Andrei Nikolayevich sent 150 kg. of tools, clothes and a TV to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79831816692

Valiyev Georgy Muratovich sent 150 kg. of tools and clothes to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79133660555

Stepanov Nikolai Nikolayevich sent 140 kg. of spare parts and air conditioners to Ussuriysk. Phone number: +89146747822

Kanbolatov Eldar Arslanovich sent 140 kg. of tools and clothes to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79230096646

Zhukovsky Roman Aleksandrovich sent 130 kg. of tools, clothes and a TV to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79133615429

Chuchalin Yevgeny Viktorovich sent 100 kg. of tools, clothes and a few TVs to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79230018617

Voloshchuk Ivan Ivanovich sent 95 kg. tools, clothes and a TV to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79627939791 (wife’s/mother’s phone number)

Kolotsei Sergey Aleksandrovich sent a 90 kg. trunk lid to Ulyanovsk. Phone number: +79378814554 (relative’s number)

Yushin Vladimir Sergeyevich sent 85 kg of clothes to Chita. Phone number: +79243830515

Grigorian Artur Ashotovich sent 60 kg. of clothes, batteries and spare parts for PC to Gornyak. Phone number: +79831066239

Shulaikin Nikolai Nikolayevich sent 60 kg. of clothes and fishing supplies to Birobidzhan. Phone number: +79142155101

Datsyuk Ivan Andreyevich sent 60 kg of clothes to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79137976731

Kuzmin Igor Sergeyevich sent 50 kg. of tools and clothes to Rubtsovsk. Phone number: +79236497934

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