Ponomaryov, “people’s mayor” of Slaviansk, is cagey about his Cold War military service and his business affairs, even his age, but shows greater authority over the gun-heavy separatists who have taken effective control of the entire city. Long feared by officialdom as a haven for crime gangs, Slaviansk looks like the military base camp for the pro-Russian political demands in other towns across the region.
Mayor Ponomaryov’s connection t the
Soviets Russians are suspected but unknown.
Cliven Bundy, a hero to Rand Paul, owes the government more than $1 million in grazing fees. He stopped paying after the bureau ordered him to restrict the periods when his herd roamed the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area as part of an effort to protect the endangered desert tortoise.
Mr. Bundy’s connections to the
Koch Bros. radicals who wish to reinstate the confederacy are suspected but not known.
Vladimir Putin denies ties to both men.