Oh the virtues of the selfie, and social media. This combination has spelled trouble for couples, singletons, celebrities, and criminals the world over. Most notably in recent times, it’s spelt a wee bit of trouble for Russia and its fearsome leader, Putin. 24 year old Sanya Sotkin’s Instagram feed is absolutely rife with selfies, which isn’t uncommon, sadly. Unusually, however, his images are geotagged within Ukrainian territory, and more precisely, inside areas seemingly under rebel control, and some are a skip away from the location of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 that was shot down some two weeks ago, taking with it all 298 souls onboard.
Why are his images so controversial? It seems Sotkin is part of the Russian Army, and Russia claims it is uninvolved in the current civil conflict in the Ukraine, and of course, no involvement with the downed airliner. This begs the question then, what is a Russian Army member, who has posted that he “still [doesn’t] understand what we’re doing here, so we’re continuing to go slightly crazy, listen to #swedishhousemafia and wait for new news from Ukraine!” doing there, and in those specific locations. [read]