The Resignation Bastrykin
Alexander Bastrykin will leave the post of Chairman of the Investigative Committee, told the close to the leadership of the FSB, to the Central office of the TFR and three close to the presidential administration source. The resignation will take place shortly after the election on 18 September, although the exact time the interlocutors do not call. “The first time I heard” — said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, answering the question of, is it true now considering the resignation of Bastrykin. The representative of the RCDS Vladimir Markin (of the imminent departure which was announced on Wednesday refused to talk to .
In July, the Agency Bastrykin appeared in the center of a scandal in connection with a criminal case against high-ranking employees of the RCDS. Charges of receiving a bribe in especially large amount (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code) were brought against the head of the Department of interagency cooperation and private security (Humvib) RCDS Mikhail Maksimenko, his Deputy Alexander Limonova and Deputy head of the Main investigation Department of Moscow Denis Nikandrov. According to investigators of the FSB, for the money they were trying to arrange access to the freedom of people of criminal authority of Zakhary Kalashov nicknamed Shakro Young. Key role in the investigators took Maksimenko, who, according to two interlocutors in law enforcement bodies, was one of the most influential employees of the RCDS and other Bastrykin, say sources in the SKR and FSB. Markin then expressed gratitude for the arrest of the FSB.
Question about career Bastrykin was resolved after the arrests of his subordinates, said the source close to the leadership of the FSB, but all personnel decisions are left for the period after the Duma elections. At the same time press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “hypothetical reasoning [about the possible resignation of Chairman SKR] background investigative actions are totally unacceptable”.
Dissatisfaction Bastrykin “Mature for a long time,” explains a source in the FSB According to him, the Chairman of the TFR are often attracted unwanted attention. In April of this year, the Chairman of the TFR published an article in the journal “Kommersant-the Power” in which he justified the tightening of anti-extremist legislation and argued that the problems associated with Russia’s hybrid war against it leads US. In the summer of 2012, he threatened the Deputy editor-in-chief “the New newspaper” Sergey Sokolov. In the same year the founder of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny found Bastrykin residence permit in the Czech Republic and real estate in this country. And at the end of 2015, it became known that the Spanish Prosecutor’s office Bastrykin ties with members of the Tambov criminal group.
In 2015, the dissatisfaction with the work of the head of the TFR on odno meeting was expressed by President Vladimir Putin, told close to the government and to the power Ministry sources . His job is to coordinate the work of the security forces of Russia and Armenia for investigation of resonant murder of the Armenian family by a Russian soldier was recognized as the clumsy, said one of the sources.
The investigative Committee objectively is in crisis, and the head of the TFR has relied on Amateur footage, says close to the presidential administration source . Level of inquiry the Investigative Committee had been falling, said the lawyer Ruslan Koblev. According to him, the absence of the Prosecutor’s control have a negative impact on the quality of the investigation. “Investigations have become opaque and came down to the fact that the investigators put the case of formal evidence, because I know that in the end the courts will still give a verdict,” — said the lawyer.
Bastrykin has fulfilled its function, creating the Investigative Committee, but in the process, he really blew it with the attorney General, and later disrupted and effectively worked together with the FSB, said political analyst Yevgeny Minchenko. The head of the RCDS lost the hardware war with other security agencies, says the source close to the leadership of the Kremlin administration.
The new head
As a possible new head of the Department considers the current Chairman SKR the General-the major of justice Igor Krasnov, say two people close to the leadership of SKR and FSB. Red famous investigations of high-profile cases. Since 2009, he led the murder in Central Moscow of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova. As a result, were arrested and convicted nationalists Nikita Tikhonov and Yevgenia Khasis involved in the activities of the “militant organization of Russian nationalists” (BOURNE). Red for two months led the investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, after which he was replaced at the head of an investigation team Nikolay Totemic. In may 2015 Krasnov headed a new division, the Investigative Committee, which included the best Agency staff.
Earlier, the interlocutors told me that the place Bastrykin is considered the acting Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko. According to them, the decision of changing the head of the Northern capital taken, and in the circles of security forces was discussed that he could lead the United investigation Committee. Theoretically, this option is considered now, says a source close to the Kremlin. But still there is doubt that the project will be able to actively engage in operational control of the UK.
If Bastrykin will really leave his place, then it will probably be able to change a man from the RCDS and the Prosecutor’s office or the FSB, suggests the lawyer Koblev.
Before the chief
On Wednesday it became known that SKR is leaving its official representative Vladimir Markin. This is with reference to a source told Life and TASS, the information was confirmed by a source close to the presidential administration. Markin himself refused to comment on his resignation.
The source in FSB has told that the fate of Markin should have been addressed after the election, but recent scandals involving the press-Secretary of the Department “the last straw”. Markin is leaving his post amid allegations of plagiarism. In early September, major General presented the book “The loudest crimes of the XXI century in Russia”, after which the journalists of “Novaya Gazeta” and “Kommersant” Hope Trusenkova and Ilya Barabanov said that Markin used the texts of their publications without permission of the publisher and indication of the source. Later the publishing house “Eksmo” issued a report stating that the book Markin was published without reference to excerpts from the media due to a technical error. Wednesday, September 14, I had to go Markina meeting with readers in the bookstore “Moskva”, but it was cancelled “for reasons beyond” from store reasons stated in the message published on the website.
In Markina had a difficult relationship with most of the investigators of the TFR, say three of the interlocutor close to the Ministry. According to one of them, the representative of the RCDS are often not warned of the impending raids or other operational activities. For example, searches in the office of the “Open Russia” Mikhail Khodorkovsky at the end of December 2015 came as a surprise to Markin.
Source TASS said that the chemical alters the scope of activities, as had another offer where you will be able to solve no less ambitious and responsible tasks. “Interfax” citing a source in the fuel and energy complex reported that Markin may take the position of Deputy General Director of “RusHydro” public Affairs and bodies of state power. Head of the press service of “RusHydro” said that such information is not.
9 years of investigation
Bastrykin is a graduate of the law faculty of Leningrad state University. In high school he was a group leader, where he studied under Vladimir Putin. He later worked in the Ministry of internal Affairs, defended his thesis and was Secretary of the Leningrad city Committee of the Komsomol. In the late 1980s and the first half of 1990-ies he led the first Leningrad Institute of advanced investigative personnel in the USSR Prosecutor’s office, and then the St. Petersburg Institute of law. In the 2000s, he worked as the head of the Ministry of justice on Severo-the Western Federal district in 2006 was appointed Deputy Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika. In 2007, Bastrykin head of the Investigative Committee at the Prosecutor’s office, which in 2011 was established the Investigative Committee of Russia.