During the occupation of Kherson region, a 48-year-old Russian soldier moved into a Ukrainian woman’s house for several months and constantly raped her. The occupier threatened the woman to kill her young son if she resisted. Prosecutors learned about this, and journalists from Slidstvo.info identified the Russian.
On February 24, 2023, the Office of the Prosecutor General published a notice of suspicion of violation of the laws and customs of war against a serviceman of the 34th separate motorized rifle mountain brigade of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation, Alexander Rubanov.
According to Ukrainian law enforcement, the 34th separate motorized rifle mountain brigade of the Russian army was stationed in Bereslav district of Kherson oblast in late March.
The Russian occupiers deployed their equipment there, robbed and intimidated the local population. The Russians also regularly searched the homes of civilians.
During one of these “searches,” Aleksandr Rubanov started harassing a woman who lived alone with her young son. Rubanov took advantage of the fact that the Ukrainian woman had no opportunity to leave the occupied village and began threatening to kill her child if she refused to have sex with him.
The man also threatened the woman to bring all the Russian military personnel in the village to abuse her. After the rape with a threat to stab the victim, the occupier decided to settle in her house to regularly rape her.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Rubanov lived in the woman’s house and abused her for four months, from mid-April to the end of August 2022.
The journalists of Slidstvo.Info identified the occupier by his pages on the Russian social network Odnoklassniki. Alexander Rubanov is 48 years old. He is a native of Storozheva village, Stavropol Territory (Karachay-Cherkess Republic of the Russian Federation).
The Russian occupier is not very active on social media, he has almost no friends, and there is no information about his marital status.
He publishes single photos from walks and recreation, commenting laconically: “having fun”.
Perhaps, after the crimes in Ukraine, Rubanov decided to remove his data from the Internet so that he could not be found. Journalists found that in 2012 the occupier took part in military exercises, as evidenced by numerous photos on his Odnoklassniki page.
Although the Russian war criminal listed several relatives on social media, they do not have much contact with the man either. Relatives on Odnoklassniki do not show interest in Rubanov’s page, although they actively support the so-called special military operation.
Aleksandr Rubanov traveled almost 1000 kilometers to the Ukrainian Kherson region to not only kill and steal, but also abuse women and threaten small children. It is currently unknown whether the Russian occupier is still alive. For crimes committed in Ukraine, he faces up to 12 years in prison.