Zatulin has long been supporting pro-Russian separatism in Ukraine and Georgia. Ukraine's authorities have banned him entry into Ukraine several times.
Zatulin at a demonstration in Sevastopol on March 1, 2014 (source)
In one of his conversations with Glaziev in late February 2014, Zatulin said he was leaving for Crimea the following day. In a talk dated Feb. 28, he mentions fees paid to Cossacks. In February 2014, media reported of Cossacks' self-defense units operating in Crimea.
It is known that Zatulin participated in pro-Russian demonstrations in Sevastopol in 2014. In June of that year he became adviser to Crimean leader Sergey Aksenov.
Frolov is an Orthodox activist, employee of CIS Countries Institute NGO, headed by abovementioned Zatulin. Some media say Frolov is the head of Ukraine department of the CIS Countries Institute. Back in 2005, Frolov called on Viktor Yanukovych, who then lost the presidential election in Ukraine, to head an orthodox coup in Ukraine.
In 2006 Frolov was detained in Simferopol airport and expelled from Ukraine for two years for "propaganda of separatism among population."
Frolov at a demonstration in Moscow on Nov. 4, 2015 (source)
Frolov introduced Glaziev to Odesa activist Denis mentioned below. Since 2007, he has been linked with another subject of the 'bugging' - Valerii Kaurov, another orthodox activist.
After the publication of Glaziev's talks by the PGO, Frolov confessed he visited "rioting Odesa" in 2014.
Frolov and Kaurov announced creation of the "Odesa people's republic" on Facebook on April 20, 2014. Kaurov, who hails from Ukraine, was in Moscow at that time.
Kaurov (left) attends a demonstration of the Odesa "anti-Maidan" on March 1, 2014 (source)
Back in 2006 Kaurov organized anti-NATO protests in Odesa and delivered Odesa activists to Feodosia, Crimea. Zatulin also took part in the Feodosia protests.
Kaurov called Glaziev's office on March 1 (3), 2014 to report about seizure of the Odesa regional council and asked for immediate help from the Russian Federation. He spoke with Glaziev's aide S. Tkachuk, who promised to organize immediate assistance to those who entered the Odesa regional council together with Kaurov.
Later Kaurov proclaimed himself head of the "Odesa people's republic", although Odesa 'anti-Maidan' leaders refused to have anything to do with him.
Pro-separatist media called Yatsiuk one of the leaders of Odesa separatist movements. In June 2014, Yatsiuk was put on the wanted list by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.
Yatsiuk in 'anti-Maidan' camp in Odesa (source)
In an article depicting March 3, 2014 attack on the Odesa regional state administration, Yatsiuk is attributed with asking the assaulters not to do that: " Guys, this is not our day, please, not today. Tomorrow we'll have money from Russia and we'll do what we want, we'll have equipment, weapons, everything. " The words might mean he had direct connection with Russian curators of separatist movements in Ukraine.
The abovementioned four persons might be interconnected as shown on the image below:
Russian Kharkiv activist Zhilin created Oplot organization in 2010.
A still from the PGO video
Oplot possibly attacked protesters in Kyiv in 2013-2014. Later, the organization took part in clashes in Kharkiv, as well as combat activities in the Donbas supporting pro-Russian separatists. Zhilin became adviser to "Donetsk People's Republic" leader Alexander Zakharchenko on economy issues.
Zhilin (with Zakharchenko (right)
Actual leader of Crimea Sergey Aksenov was appointed to this post by the "Crimean parliament" on Feb. 27, 2014 after the parliamentary building seizure by Russian Spetsnaz. Prior to that, Aksenov was a Russkoye Edinstvo party representative and a criminal boss, as reported by Radio Svoboda.
Sergey Aksenov at a protest near Crimean Verkhovna Rada on Feb. 26 (source)
According to PGO, Aksenov spoke with Glaziev on March 6, 2014. The latter was speaking, among other things, about the Crimean 'referendum' question. After the conversation, the following wording was adopted:
"Do you support reunion of Crimea with Russia as an entity of the Russian Federation?
"Do you support republication of the Crimean Constitution of 1992 and a status of being part of Ukraine?"
On March 1, according to PGO data, Putin's aide Glaziev spoke with certain "Anatolii Petrovych", whose identity could not be established. Glaziev said he had a 'direct order from the top officials - to raise people in Ukraine.'
According to Glaziev, "specially trained persons" should kick out 'Bandera followers' from regional councils and create executive bodies of their own that will subordinate local police. He said they should act 'following the example of Kharkiv' and do so as soon as possible. He said some sort of 'operation' started on that day that involved military deployment.
Glaziev spoke of the same 'plan' in a conversation with Denys Yatsiuk from Odesa:
"Second, it's very important for us to have people addressing Putin. Mass addressing of him directly with a request to protect, to Russia, etc.
"Third. We really need regional councils' rulings… that they do not recognize Kyiv authorities as legitimate, etc."
"They as people's deputies should take responsibility for the situation in the Odesa region. They have been elected by the people to make decisions. We need to explain them that they are obliged to come to the regional council and vote for this decision. We should also protect them from pressure by Bandera followers so that they were certain they are protected. Thus, we need to seize control over these buildings."
Glaziev's plan, the analysts wrote, might have looked as follows, aimed at preparation for Russian troops' deployment in Ukraine:
1. Addressing Putin with a request to send in troops
2. Seizure of a regional council
3. Forcing regional people's deputies to vote for the address to Putin
However, none of the abovementioned regions worked through this plan in full. Kharkiv anti-Maidan activists managed to seize control over the regional state administration building, but the regional council refused to announce referendum concerning the status of the Kharkiv region.
In Zaporizhia, anti-Maidan addressed Putin with a request to send in troops, but the regional council was never stormed.
In Odesa, the abovementioned breakthrough by Kaurov into the regional council session took place on March 3.
In Luhansk, the regional council was seized on March 2, but the deputies refused to support referendum and an address to Putin. The referendum on separation of the Luhansk region was supported by the regional council only on May 5.
Glaziev's plan was implemented in full only in the Donetsk region, where the regional council addressed Putin with a request to send in peacekeepers. They did it on April 7, and in early August Russian troops invaded Ukraine under cover and without peacekeeping forces.
It remains unclear whether Sergey Glaziev was involved in organization of pro-Russian demonstrations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
- Open sources confirm that all of Glaziev's interlocutors (Zatulin, Frolov, Kaurov, Yatsiuk, Zhilin and Aksenov) actively participated in the spring 2014 events on the pro-Russian side;
- Some of the subjects have had lasting relationships between them through various conservative and pro-Russian organizations;
- The Glaziev's plan called on activists to address Putin for sending in troops, seize regional councils in Ukraine, and force them to pass the address at their session. The plan has not been implemented in any region or at set timeline, and the Crimean scenario was not repeated in any region as well.