Battalion Commander

Unit: Zarya Battalion, 208th Motor Rifle Regiment, 2nd Army Corps, LPR Militia. Formerly Deputy Commandant of the Lugansk SBU building after its occupation in 2014.

The Zarya Battalion took part in the destruction of Popasnaya.

Occupation: Deputy of the "Supreme Council of the LNR", and Secretary of the Communist Party of the LPR.

The first attempt on Popov's life took place in on September 20, 2022. He apparently survived. On December 6th, 2023, his car blew up with him inside. Reports vary about whether he managed to survive a second time. For now he remains on the list until we can clarify his status.

Cargo ID: #423

Full Name: Oleg Nikolaevich Popov

Russian Name: Олег Николаевич Попов

Date of Birth: 16 April, 1972 (age: 50 years)


  • National Aerospace University "Kharkov Aviation Institute" named after N.E. Zhukovsky (Department of Economics and Management) - Kharkiv (2002-2007)
  • Industrial and Economic College - Lugansk (1996-1999)
  • Secondary School No. 43 - Lugansk (1985-1987)

Phone Number: +380668839593

Registered Address: Lugansk region, Lugansk, Volkova block 39, apt. 72

DRFO Code: 2640401139

Social Media:,, Facebook


Interview with Popov


Sister: Lana Fotini (lives in Moscow)
Niece (Lana's daughter): Sofia Fotini (age: 35) (lives in Tel Aviv)
Sister: Elena El Khadi (lives in Moscow)
Sister: Olga Skachkova (Shvetsova) (age: 46) (lives in Lugansk)
Oleg also has two brothers and several nieces/nephews that he does not mention on his social media, and they do not mention him. However, they all list their sister's and other relatives together. It seems likely there was conflict between the two brothers and Oleg.
Brother: Vyacheslav Popov (age: 48) (lives in Mariupol)
Niece (Vyacheslav's daughter): Ksenia Popova (age: 18 - old photo) (lives in Mariupol)
Nephew (Vyacheslav's son): Vova Popov (age: 17 - old photo) (lives in Lugansk)
Nephew (Vyacheslav's son): Vladimir Popov (age: 17 - old photo) (lives in Lugansk)
Brother: Valery Popov (lives in Novaya Usman)
Nephew (Valery's son): Evgeny Popov (lives in Novaya Usman)