Division Deputy Commander

Rank: Colonel

Unit: 42nd Guards Motor Rifle Division, 58th Combined Arms Army, Southern Military District

Cargo ID: #625

Colonel Shopaga directly participated in the torture of several Ukrainian POWs and civilians. This is according to a Senior Lieutenant who served under him and has since fled the country. You can find the full 2-hour interview (and transcript) here.

Full Name: Vitaly Pronasovich Shopaga

Russian Name: Шопага Виталий Пронасович

Date of Birth: August 24, 1977

Education: Irkutsk Higher Military Aviation Engineering School (graduated 1994)

Living in: Khankala village, Oktyabr'skiy Rayon, Grozny, Republic of Chechnya, Russia

Social Media: VK.com (using pseudonym Vitaly Ivanov), OK.ru, Facebook

Vitaly is also a military diorama enthusiast. You can find his work here. His name there is "Vell77".



Full Name: Elena Shopaga (Gerasimova)

Russian Name: Елена Шопага (Герасимова)

Date of Birth: January 8 1983

Social Media: OK.ru


Full Name: Valeria Shopaga

Russian Name: Валерия Шопага

Date of Birth: June 26 2003

Social Media: OK.ru

Currently Living in Moscow

Mother and Father

Posing in front of their new car

Full Name: Maria Shopaga (Bulygina)

Russian Name: Мария Шопага (Булыгина)

Social Media: OK.ru

Currently living in Mažeikiai, Lithuania

Posing in front of their new car

Full Name: Pranas Shopaga

Russian Name: Пранас Шопага

Pranas on Victory Day 2010 at the military cemetery of Mosedis village, Lithuania. It appears he retired as a Lt. Colonel.


Anya has several OK.ru friends in Ukraine. We've contacted her to get her reaction to the actions of her brother, but have not yet gotten a response. We sincerely hope she does not condone his actions given the number of Ukrainians she still calls her friends.

Full Name: Anya Shopaga

Russian Name: Аня Шопага

Date of Birth: September 7, 1986

Education: Baltic International Academy (BMA (BSA, BKI, branch))

Social Media: VK.com, OK.ru

Currently living in London

2011 photo of Vitaly with his mother and his aunt in the Carpathians
Vitaly also has a young son who we will not be profiling. However, given the following images, the boy looks destined for the list sooner or later.