By Matthew Roscoe •
Updated: 16 Nov 2022 • 20:00
BREAKING UPDATE: Kherson Region deputy head Ekaterina Gubareva reportedly detained by police. Image: kgubareva/Instagram
UPDATE 7.55 pm (November 16) – According to reports coming out of Russia, Ekaterina Gubareva, the pro-Russian deputy governor in Ukraine’s Kherson, was detained by police in the centre of Donetsk on November 15 after being suspected of embezzling budget funds.
The telegram channel “Beware the News”, citing a source within the Kherson government reportedly said that “at least 60 million, I think more [was embezzled by Gubareva].”
According to him, Gubareva was removed from her post, after which she left for Moscow and tried to change jobs, but was eventually detained.
According to Russian state-controlled media outlet TASS, the wife of Pavel Gubarev, the former head of the military draft department of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)’s Defence Ministry, was caught by police as she left for Moscow with the view to changing jobs.
The Beware the News source added: “[Gubareva] was sacked, she tried to negotiate. She even [tried to come] to Moscow, ”said the source.
As previously noted, due to the retreat of Russian troops in Kherson, the administration of the region was transferred to Genichesk.
Another Russian news agency, RBC, said that Interior Ministry officers had launched an extensive investigation into Gubareva’s actions.
Gubarev has yet to comment on reports of his wife’s detainment.
ORIGINAL 1.24 pm (November 16) – The deputy governor of Kherson Region, Ekaterina Gubareva, is reportedly missing, according to her husband on Wednesday, November 16.
Pavel Gubarev has reported his wife Ekaterina Gubareva, the deputy head of the collaborationist Kherson Military-Civilian Administration in Russian-occupied Ukraine, missing days after Russian troops were forced to retreat.
According to the former head of the military draft department of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)’s Defence Ministry, his wife had stopped making contact since Tuesday, November 15.
Writing on his Telegram channel, Gubarev said: “Yesterday around 4.30 pm, my wife Yekaterina Gubareva disappeared and has not been in touch since then.
“The last place she was seen was the Kherson regional government building in Genichesk. Attempts to call Saldo to find out Ekaterina’s whereabouts have so far been fruitless.”
The Russian news outlet Gazeta noted that after the Russian army’s retreat from Kherson to the left bank of the Dnieper, the administration of the region was transferred to Genichesk.
Ekaterina Gubareva previously held posts as the foreign minister of the DPR and was also a member of the People’s Council.
Pavel Gubarev acted as an organiser of the anti-Maidan movement since 2014, then held positions in the DPR leadership.
Since the start of Russia’s ‘special military operation’, Gubarev has been taking part in combat operations at the rank of private – he serves as a gunner of an anti-aircraft gun.
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