A notorious pro-Putin activist who calls himself the ‘Aussie Cossack’ has gloated over the destruction of an Australian-made armoured vehicle in Ukraine.
Simeon Boikov, who has been holed up in the Russian Consulate in Sydney since December 2022, shared an image on X which appears to show two soldiers standing next to a burnt-out Bushmaster – a 300 horsepower, four-wheel drive armoured vehicle capable of carrying ten soldiers and withstanding a 10kg TNT blast.
‘Another Albanese supplied $2.5 million Australian Bushmaster has just been destroyed in Ukraine,’ wrote Boikov.
‘We can, quite literally, watch our money burn.’
Daily Mail Australia has not been able to independently verify the image.
Simeon Boikov, above with his wife Ekaterina Olshannikova, known as Mrs Cossack, at a rally last year before he was locked up for six months for naming an alleged paedophile. He has been holed up in the Russian Consulate in Sydney since December
Boikov shared an image on X, formerly Twitter, which appears to show two soldiers standing next to a burnt-out Bushmaster – a 300 horsepower, four-wheel drive armoured vehicle capable of carrying ten soldiers and withstanding a 10 kg TNT blast. Daily Mail Australia has not been able to independently verify the picture
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Australia has donated 120 Bushmasters and provided more than $710 million in military aid to the besieged nation.
In July, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met Ukraine’s President Vlodimir Zelensky at a NATO summit in Lithuania where he reavowed Australia’s commitment to support Ukraine.
‘We are proud to provide additional Bushmaster vehicles to assist the brave men and women fighting for their home and their nation’s sovereignty,’ Mr Albanese said.
Boikov, 33, regularly pumps out anti-Australian and pro-Russian propaganda from his private apartment in the Russian Consulate in Sydney’s exclusive Woollahra.
The self-styled ‘Aussie Cossack’ was convicted in his absence in February of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to a 76-year-old man at a rally in support of Ukraine in December at Sydney’s Town Hall.
Australia will have donated a total of 120 armoured Bushmaster 4WD vehicles
He posted a video to his since-suspended YouTube channel after the rally which showed him in a scuffle with the man, who fell backwards down the stairs, and was taken to hospital with a head injury.
Boikov was at the time on parole, having served six months in prison last year for naming an alleged paedophile at an anti-lockdown rally in May 2022.
Police charged Boikov and revoked his parole and seized his passport.
After being told he would be taken into custody immediately, he drove to the Russian Consulate, was granted asylum and has been there ever since.
In April, Boikov appealed to Yevgeny Prigozhin – the now-deceased head of Wagner, a much-feared Russian paramilitary group – to catch an Australian fighting in Ukraine to arrange a prisoner swap.
Boikov then reeled off a list of names of Australians allegedly in combat, thereby putting their lives at risk.
Last week, Boikov was granted Russian citizenship in a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Boikov (pictured) as he seeks refuge in the Russian consulate
It poses a conundrum for the Putin sympathiser who may be forced to drop the moniker ‘Aussie Cossack’ because Russia does not allow dual-citizenship with Australia.
Boikov latched onto the anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine movements to raise his own profile and sow distrust of western governments.
Now, he has found a new cause to champion: opposing October 14’s referendum.
Boikov’s amorphous ‘world freedom rallies’, which cover things like opposing Australian aid to Ukraine and conspiracy theories about 5G technology, have now widened their remit to include speakers who oppose the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
He has helped organise anti-Voice rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra as well as regional centres such as Casino in NSW and Yeppoon in Queensland.
The official ‘No’ campaign has distanced itself from Boikov, with opposition leader Peter Dutton condemning the rallies and warning people not to get them confused with the official event.
Two weeks ago, the Russian ambassador to Australia Alexey Pavlovsky was forced to deny the Kremlin was encouraging Boikov to undermine the Voice referendum.