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.

Popov is being posted as a Dishonorable Mention because I do not have confirmation of any specific rank. Given his education, age, time in service, and command, he is likely equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel. However, given his political standing, he could be seen as equal to a Major General in importance. His card will be updated if/when I find confirmation of military rank.

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

Leading a meeting beside a Russian Major General
Posing with a Russian Navy Captain (1st Rank)
Posing with a Russian General of Justice
Presiding over awards being given to senior officers (full Colonel pictured here)


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)