On February 2, 2024, the "representative offices" of the occupation authorities of the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, as "subjects of the Russian Federation", were officially opened in Moscow.

The Kherson "representation" under the government of the Russian Federation was headed by Volodymyr Bodelan, who fled from Ukraine, the son of the former mayor of Odesa, Ruslan Bodelan, who was the head of the regional city from 1998 to 2002.

This was reported by the Center for Journalistic Investigations.

In the state register of the Russian Federation, "representative offices" of the occupied Ukrainian territories are listed as "state authorities of subjects of the Russian Federation", which interact between the regional administration and the highest bodies of the executive power of Russia.

According to Gauleiter Volodymyr Saldo, now Bodelan will represent the interests of the Kherson region in the capital.

But the investigators claim that the main concerns of the representative offices of the "subjects" with capitals in Genichesk and Melitopol will be "meetings and send-offs of officials" and "lobbying the interests of local barigs in the corridors of the Russian government."

"However, the tasks of the special services of the Russian Federation will undoubtedly be a priority," the article says.

What is known about Volodymyr Bodelan

Since December 2010, Volodymyr Bodelan has been the head of the Main Territorial Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Odesa.

Under his leadership, on May 2, 2014, a fire broke out in the Odessa Trade Union Building as a result of mass riots between pro-Ukrainian activists and anti-Maidan activists.

As a result of these tragic events, 42 people died.

After that, Beaudelain was removed from his post and a few months later he was fired.

According to the investigation, the cause of the mass death of people on May 2, 2014 was the actions of Volodymyr Bodelan, who was at the scene of the fire and ordered the fire brigade not to leave for the call.

Criminal proceedings were opened against Volodymyr Bodelan under Art.

135 part 3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abandonment in danger that led to death or other serious consequences).

In 2016, the suspect was declared wanted, but by that time he had already managed to escape from Ukraine to the annexed Crimea.

In 2017, it became known that Volodymyr Bodelan received Russian citizenship and continued his career, receiving the position of head of the "Crimean branch" of the Center for Strategic Studies of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation.

During the journalistic investigation, information was received that after the occupation of the Kherson region, Volodymyr Bodelan became Saldo's deputy.