MOSCOW–Crime scandals involving Russia’s most powerful law enforcement agency have rocked this fund, exposing some miraculous corruption at the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s power structure. Ranking officers of the Federal Security Service, known as the FSB, are allegedly involved, as are members of some of its most society legions.
In April, powers arrested three officials from the FSB’s Department K, which is working with economic crimes and business counterintelligence. Kirill Cherkalin, the onetime head of the unit, and Andrey Vasilyev and Dmitry Frolov, his associates, were penitentiary on notion they made immense bribes from banks and other busines they were supposed to supervise. A video purported to show the equivalent of $185.5 million being drag out of Cherkalin’s residence. The initial fee against him involved a single bribe worth $850,000.
One might think those arrests made by the internal affairs division of the FSB would obligate other crooks in the security force lie low. But no. Others were allegedly robbing banks.
Last week RBC, one of Russia’s most respected newspapers, reported the arrests of four FSB negotiators from the Alfa and Vympel special forces legions, and two more from Department K. The numeral has since grown to 15 believes, according to press reports. But the FSB has confirmed only two arrests.
While supposedly handling legitimate examines, or shepherding shipments of currency, the alleged are supposed to have removed the ponderous ballistic platefuls from their bullet-proof vests and stuffed them with fund instead, but such items have not been confirmed officially.
There must be big disarray in the profundities of the grim FSB headquarters, the nerve center of Russia’s police power located just across Lubyanka Square from the buildings of the Kremlin’s administrative departments.
All of Russia’s passing newspapers reported that Instead of providing security, FSB negotiators defrauded the Metallurg Bank, apparently controlled under a onetime man in Military Intelligence( the GRU ) appointed Yury Karasev. If genuine, that’s an interesting pucker since the FSB and GRU are rival secret services.
Moscovskij Komsomolets, a newspaper with a dissemination approaching one million fakes, says in its Friday report:” Generals of the special service is outraged to hear about the arrests of FSB negotiators is suspected of a bank theft on Ivan Babushkin Street and of embezzling 140 million rubles ($ 2.2 million .)”
Veteran workers of the Soviet KGB, the predecessor of the FSB, said they were disgusted by the scandal.
” This is the first time in the entire record of the Russian secret police when we view the triumph of greed that surpasses greed–so many officers of elite departments committing crimes ,” retired Maj. Gen. Aleksei Kandaurov told The Daily Beast.” The FSB is not a security services any longer, it has changed its status totally: it is now a service that enforces Putin’s settle, and in exchange abuses its authority for purposes of enrichment .”
Gen. Kandaurov remembers the last days of the KGB, which had an infamous legacy dating back to the Cheka at the time of the revolution, and the NKVD under Joseph Stalin. As the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991 there was favourite madnes against the Communist regime’s typifies and its infatuation with privacy, but the staff members of the KGB–among them one Vladimir Putin–saw themselves as supporters of a government and undoubtedly an conglomerate that they had acted all their lives. They worked on determined salaries.
On the night of August, 22, 1991, Kandaurov watched from the window of its term of office as millions of opponents involved the removal of the statue of Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the Bolshevik leader Vladmir Lenin appointed to be the director of the All-Russia Extraordinary Commission to Combat Counter-revolution and Sabotage( Cheka ). Dzerzhinsky is seen as the epitomize of the Bolseviks’ political tyrannies and mass killings.” We represent in ourselves unionized terror–this must be said very clearly ,” Dzerzhinsky extol during the period known as the Red Terror that started on 1918.
The modern state defence enterprise, FSB, has been recreating the retention of Dzerzhinsky just as Putin has burnished the stature of Joseph Stalin. Today many officials hang portraits of the secret police founder on their walls. In 2017 relevant agencies celebrated the 100 th anniversary of Cheka-NKVD-KGB-FSB, as a proud heir. But ex-servicemen witness the current organization as an inglorious pretender to the fame of the older ones.
” FSB agents should stop secreting behind the KGB reputation, behind Dzerzhinsky. If he were alive, he would have been able executed most of these corrupt police as his ideological opponents ,” Kandaurov told The Daily Beast.
Russia has venerated “Alfa” and “Vympel” as legendary, intrepid special operators who verified service in the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980 s and many other more reticent theaters. At the Balashikha Cemetery near Moscow there are terrible rows of tombstones where each is tagged with an “A” or “V” for the soldiers of these components who gave their lives extricating hostages during the Beslan school siege in September 2004.
In the past few years Russian special hustlers have died anonymously in secret activities in Ukraine.
” Today’s killers in the special forces positioned dishonor on all the past heroes ,” a retired KGB officer and falsification soldier, Gennady Gudkov, told The Daily Beast.” The FSB flouts its authority for’ operative undertakings ,’ which was given to them to stop transactions for terrorism or remedy slews. Now groupings of elite FSB and special forces contingents consumed their authority to rob a bank; but the bank informed Moscow police investigators and the organized criminal group was arrested .”
A channel on the Telegram messaging service encompas the most recent developments about Russian robbers, oligarchs and bureaucrats, said on Monday that authorities shelled the head of Moscow’s FSB Directorate, Alexey Dorofeyev.
Last month police tried to stop an investigation by a Medusa Project reporter, Ivan Golunov, into Dorofeyev’s is linked to a corrupt funeral business. After expend months experimenting people and recipients of the funeral manufacture, Golunov discovered some relations connecting shadowy anatomies and major FSB detectives. But mortal decided to stop the reporter from publishing: police planted stimulants on Golunov and saved him behind forbids for five days, while thousands of people attached complainsin support of the journalist.
Russian ex-servicemen of secret services gossip about three “towers” of FSB power: the richest one is allegedly supported by the almighty Putin’s ally, Igor Sechin, the head of the immense Rosneft energy company; the second largest one likewise enjoys enormous financial resources and is backed by another of Putin’s long-time friends, Sergey Chemizov, heads of state of the Russian forearms exportation authority; the third, the weakest financially , nonetheless has the best network of intelligence agent and is backed by the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service( SVR ), Sergey Naryshkin. Some verify a connection between these struggles and the revelations about high-level criminality.
” It feels like everything is falling down ,” a major general of the FSB reserve, Alexander Mikhailov, told reporters last week.” I want to tell you that all the old-time employees are stunned by what is happening. During my part serving in the Moscow KGB, and I toiled there for 20 times, there were only three criminal cases .”
” None of the person or persons from the old guard understands where that number of felons in information systems came from ,” said Mikhailov.” It is also disrupting that today we are confronted with the widest range of groups that are involved in criminal activity. We repair it in one spot and it breaks down in another one .”
There are no checks and balances at FSB management, Gudkov pointed out.” The Soviet KGB was massively despotic, you can accused that busines for anything, but not for corruption. The worst we could hear about was a colleague sleeping with somebody’s wife or some secret agent bringing a duo of sneakers for a colleague from abroad–that was already a big enough gossip to write a report ,” Gudkov retained.” Even in our worst nightmare we could not imagine police embezzling millions of dollars, cheating banks. What will we examine next? The Russian Federal Security Service soak the Kremlin’s fund or the Central Bank’s funds ?”