Just in October 2013 Igor Venedictovich Plotnitsky was looking for a job. And just in half a year he became a Minister of Defense and then a Head of self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (aka Luhanskaya Narodnaya Respublika or LNR). Before that, however, per his own words he was a commander of separatist battalion "Zaria" (Star). There is no According to the Russian and separatists media current head of LNR was born in 1964 in Luhansk. However, journalists have found the roots of Plotnitsky in Bukovina (region in western Ukraine). From 1982 till 1991 he served in the Soviet Army. Igor left military service in the rank of major. From 1992 till 1996 he worked in various companies as a manager, deputy director for commercial issues.
In 1996 Plotnitsky started his own business in fuel trade. His company 'Skarabey' (Scarab) owned a petrol station in Lugansk, where Plotnitsky has been selling fuel purchased in Russia. After a couple of years Igor sold his business and moved to the civil service - he got a job in the state inspection of consumer protection. He started with the senior specialist, then became a deputy head of department and subsequently Head of quality control department for non-food commodities and fuel and finished with Head of market surveillance department.
On May 21, 2014 self-proclaimed parliament of Lugansk People's Republic appointed Igor Plotnitsky for the position of Defense Minister of LNR. "Plotnitsky is building a defense of the country. He is an experienced man," - said then Speaker of the republican council Alexei Korjakin.
In August 2014 Plotnitsky became a Head of Lugansk People's Republic and replaced Valeriy Bolotov on this position. Later, when Plotnitsky has been participating in the so-called "elections" in "LNR", he said that he "was appointed" for that position, however, did not specify exactly who appointed him.
Journalistic investigation of famous Ukrainian internet portal "Ukrainska Pravda" points to a direct relationship of Plotnitsky and his "Government of LNR" with the former governor of Lugansk region and influential ex-deputy from the Party of Regions Alexander Efremov.