Oleksandr Alipov / Photo from UNIAN

Alipov was deputy minister for housing and utilities in the government of former prime minister Mykola Azarov, who fled Ukraine during the Revolution of Dignity and went to Austria.

A document authorizing Alipov's appointment for the new position in the self-proclaimed republic was signed by leader of the DPR terrorist organization Oleksandr ZakharchenkoNovosti Donbasa wrote.

Alipov became deputy of the self-nominated mayor of Horlivka on January 31, 2015.