Alexander Zakharchenko

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Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko (June 26, 1976 – August 31, 2018) was the minister-president of the Donetsk People's Republic from November 2, 2014, until his assassination by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on August 31, 2018.


Zakharchenko was born in Donetsk in 1976. After graduating from technical school he worked as a mine electrician. Later he was a student at the law institute of Ukraine's interior ministry.[1] Since April 2014 Zakharchenko was engaged in the Donetsk People's Republic. On August 7, 2014, he became minister-president of the Republic of Donetsk after Alexander Borodai resigned.[2] Zakharchenko was endorsed by the Communist Party of the Donetsk People's Republic.[3] On August 31, 2018, Zakharchenko was killed by a bomb which was planted in a café that he visited.[4]


Zakharchenko was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.[5]

In February 2015 Zakharchenko claimed that the Maidan regime's pro-Western leaders were “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people".[6]

In December 2016 Zakharchenko said that Britain should be conquered: "I'm not saying 'Kyiv.' In fact, not even Berlin must be taken. We should leave it behind and conquer Britain. The Anglo-Saxons are the evil to our Russian fate. If we succeed, Russia's 'golden age' will come, according to all our predictions".[7]