Senior tank factory official fired over pro-Russian views

A girl climbs a tank that is part of the World War II memorial in Kyiv on May 9, 2020.Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin

Vadym Polyakh, the security director at Kharkiv-based Malyshev Tank Factory, was fired following the disclosure of his pro-Russian sentiments and his intention to collaborate with Russian authorities in the early months of the Kremlin-sponsored invasion in 2014.

On May 28, pro-Russian defense blog named “Diana Mikhailova” republished a May 2014 interview by Russian media outlet Orel-Region based in the Russian city of Orel, in which Polyakh decries the EuroMaidan Revolution events in Kyiv as something that is conducted by “scum from different oblasts” and also endorses paid pro-government rallies of Anti-Maidan in his home city of Kharkiv.



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