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    Culture news Июн 13, 2011 at 05:51

    Each criminal group outnumbered competitors in some particular type of activity. Someone was not bad at organizing fraudulent schemes and was actively involved in extortion. Someone skillfully committed robberies, while managing not to arouse suspicion on the part of the law and order. And the Gagiev’s gang, operating in North Ossetia, became famous as the organizer of the loudest and most brutal murders.


    Aslan Gagiev is known in the underworld as «Jaco». According to official documents, his second name is Sergey Morozov. The future criminal was born in North Ossetia on February 5, 1970, where he lived all his life. Nothing is known about the childhood and youth of this person. In modern life, he became famous as the most brutal murderer, on whose account more than 60 victims.


    Gagiev made the decision to create a gang in 2004. At the same time, he began organizing a strict selection of participants. The group included only cruel and cold-blooded male killers, who aroused the trust of «Jaco». At first, the purpose of the gang was to protect their own interests. Aslan Gagiev had several projects of his own, in which he was successful. The young entrepreneur used the services of contract killers to solve commercial problems and eliminate competitors. Later, they carried out murder orders, making good profits. At first, they operated strictly on the territory of North Ossetia, and then took orders in Russia. In several firms, the killer acted under a false name — Sergei Morozov. However, this is far from all the achievements of the most brutal group. They also developed various fraudulent schemes that brought them millions of dollars.


    The head of the gang was its organizer — Aslan Gagiev. The entire powerful indestructible group, which numbered about 40 people, was divided into several divisions. The most important part, which was taken for the most difficult murders, was headed by the leader’s namesake — Oleg Gagiev. In the criminal world, the man acquired the nickname «Bote», which means «Baby» in Ossetian. He is a native of South Ossetia, for several years he was on the staff of the South Ossetian counterintelligence. In addition to him, two police officers, one prosecutor and several participants in the 1992 war with Georgia became members of the group. First, the gang organized its activities in North Ossetia, then, it acquired its own base in Moscow, where meetings were held and plans for the future were discussed. Alexander Dzhussoev became Oleg Gagiev’s deputy. The right hand got the role of transferring orders from the leader to the killers. To do this, he regularly flew from Vladikavkaz to the main base located in Moscow.



    Until now, Gagiev’s gang is known as one of the most successful in Moscow and North Ossetia. For 9 years, its participants unconditionally accurately coped with each order, and there was no equal to them in this matter. To calculate the victim, the killers used fake SIM cards, fake documents, stolen vehicles registered in someone else’s name, and they also rented several apartments throughout the city in various localities. They acquired weapons in South Ossetia. Only an experienced first-class hitman was allowed to work. All this helped Gagiev’s gang to commit murders and remain unpunished.



    The first serious cause for concern among law enforcement officials appeared at the end of 2003. At the dawn of the founding of the group, Oleg Gagiev’s wards committed three brutal murders. A criminal case was opened, an investigation was conducted for a long time, but the guilt of the criminals was never proven. Years later, Gagiev’s gang became famous not just as ruthless killers, but as murderers who commit the most notorious crimes, discussed in large quantities. Only in 2008, members of this group killed the rector of the Vladikavkaz higher educational institution Sergei Takoev, the heads of two departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Mark Metsaev and Vitaly Cheldiev, police major Ilya Kasradze, the mayor of Vladikavkaz Vitaly Karaev and the former mayor Kazbek Pagiev. In one word, everyone who sought to hinder the development of the killers’ activities fell under execution.



    For almost 9 years, the gang managed to commit high-profile crimes. For several weeks, the killers were placed in a pre-trial detention center, but later they were released because no evidence of the crimes could be found. Later it turned out that the killers also had a serious cover in the law enforcement agencies, which “excused” them from possible punishment. But, at the end of 2012, the investigative committee still managed to expose 5 members of Gagiev’s gang, including deputy head Alexander Dzhussoev. All of them were arrested and sentenced to the punishment they deserve. A lengthy investigation revealed the involvement of Oleg Gagiev in organizing the crimes. By a court decision, he received the most severe punishment — life imprisonment and a fine of 1 million rubles. Three years later in 2015, 6 more gang members were arrested. Each of them was sentenced to a long term — from 16 to 22 years.



    Literally immediately after the investigation began, the founder of the group of brutal killers, Aslan Gagiev, managed to escape so that from 2012 to 2015, for 3 years, he could not find anyone. Perhaps he used false documents, since his gang was quite successful in their execution. The organizer of the group was put on the international wanted list. It was still possible to find him in Vienna; he was detained by local law enforcement officers in January 2015. The native of North Ossetia was accused of organizing a criminal gang and committing numerous murders. For about 3 years he was in a prison located in Austria, but was later released on bail, paying 100 thousand euros. Over the years, the best lawyers from his homeland fought for his fate, trying to prove him right, but all these attempts were unsuccessful. In order to achieve release, they provided the police with a certificate of aerophobia, which made it possible to postpone his flight home for a certain time, and Aslan Gagiev himself sought to achieve refugee status, referring to the fact that he was a participant in hostilities. In June 2018, he was nevertheless extradited to the Russian Federation.

    At present, an investigation is underway on him, as well as on 16 other members of the group, one can only guess about its results. Until now, such a brutal group of bandits as the Gagiev’s gang has not yet been known, which was able to kill dozens of high-ranking officials and at the same time remain unpunished for a long time. All the detained persons assured law enforcement officers that Aslan Gagiev was not just a cruel killer, but a professional psychologist who proved to his subordinates that they were doing good, cleansing the world of dishonest people Aslan Gagiev extradited from Vienna to Russia, where he is awaiting trial In June 2018, Austria extradited Aslan Gagiev to Russia; The Investigative Committee accuses him of creating almost the bloodiest criminal group in the history of the country, which killed 60 people.

    Novaya Gazeta journalist Roman Anin managed to meet and talk with Gagiev in Vienna before his extradition. Gagiev is very popular in Ossetia, where he is called Big Brother. He participated in the rescue of hostages at a school in Beslan in 2004 and fought on the side of South Ossetia in the war with Georgia in 2008. According to the investigation, in 2004 Gagiev created a «criminal community». The members of this community called themselves «Family» and each other — «brothers». They believed that they were doing a good deed, killing «villains who prevent ordinary people from living.» For example, they killed members of a criminal gang that kidnapped people. The leader of this group was the brother of the former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of North Ossetia. But at the hands of the «brothers» not only kidnappers died, but also officials of North Ossetia; Absolutely random people also became victims of the «Family»; There were also those who were killed because of a financial showdown. The «Family» consisted of many members of law enforcement agencies, including special forces, criminal investigation officers and an employee of one of the most secret divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

    Gagiev and members of his «Family» were associated with a huge number of the highest-ranking officials and their relatives: With the sister of the Deputy Minister of Industry of Russia, With the head of one of the most important departments of the TFR, With the former prosecutor of the Leningrad region, With the top leadership of North Ossetia, With an employee of the Presidential Administration of Russia. And the existence of the «Family» was ensured, among other things, at the expense of the state «Financial Leasing Company» (FLC). In 2010, disagreements began in the «Family», and the «brothers» began to kill each other. Someone was detained by law enforcement officers. Some received life sentences, while others, like Gagiev, are currently awaiting trial.



    In which I meet Big Brother; he turns out to be the person to whom the most senior officials turned for help; we agree that I will write a story about him if he is extradited or killed. “The nickname Jaco was invented for me by the cops to make it look criminal. This is what a very close friend once called me in my youth. He then betrayed me. And in Ossetia everyone knows me as a Brother or Big Brother … «Illustration: Anastasia Zbutskaya, specially for Novaya Gazeta «Killer No. 1» It was a sunny, warm autumn day. He was waiting in the street outside the hotel entrance, in jeans, a tight-fitting black jacket, and a leather jacket. Tall, broad-shouldered, almost bald. “Aslan,” he introduced himself. This is how I met Aslan Gagiev, a man who is accused in Russia of creating a criminal group that killed 60 people. Aslan Gagiev was detained in Vienna in January 2015. He was on the international wanted list at the request of Russia, where he is accused of creating a criminal community and numerous murders. For some time, Gagiev spent in custody in an Austrian prison, and then was released on bail. Over the past three years, Gagiev and his lawyers have tried to prove to the Austrian court that that the prosecution is politically motivated because of his popularity in his native Ossetia; that he was hunted down by corrupt officials and security officials, to whom he paid bribes for many years; that in Russia he had already been subjected to torture and there is no doubt that he will be subjected to torture again or even killed.

    But all these arguments did not impress the Austrian court. “The investigation believes that the criminal organization created and headed by Gagiyev began its activities in 2004 and had more than 50 members. As a result of criminal activity on the territory of Moscow, the Moscow region and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, 60 people were killed, including law enforcement officers, officials of the republican and city levels, businessmen and others … To date, 23 members of the criminal organization have been sentenced to long terms imprisonment, including 2 — to life «, — said in a press release of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) on the extradition. The media have already dubbed Gagiev (or Dzhako, as they like to call him in the news) «killer number 1» of Russia. Among the most resonant crimes of which the members of the «criminal organization» are accused are the murder of Vladikavkaz mayor Vitaly Karaev in 2008; Deputy Prime Minister of North Ossetia Kazbek Pagiyev and his driver in the same year; former top manager of the state-owned Financial Leasing Company Andrey Burlakov in 2011; investigator of the TFR Alexander Leonov in 2012 and many others. Meet Big Brother He chose a good meeting place. Possible outdoor exposure was easily cut off here. We entered the hotel, walked through the lobby, and exited through the back door. Then we twirled around the side streets for a short while until we reached a small diner. He ordered tea because he doesn’t drink, I — beer because I drink.

    “The nickname Jaco was invented for me by the cops to make it look criminal. This is what a very close friend once called me in my youth. He then betrayed me. And in Ossetia everyone knows me as a Brother or Big Brother «he began. We talked in this cafe for 5 hours, and since then I have a different look at the newest history of our country. And especially those who are believed to be making this story. In an incomprehensible way, over and over again, Gagiev became a participant in the most important events in Russia over the past 25 years — the collapse of the USSR and ethnic conflicts in the North Caucasus, the formation of the Ozero cooperative as the only source of power in the country, rescue of hostages in Beslan, the war in South Ossetia and many — many others. He was not just a witness to the era that began with the arrival of “St. Petersburg’s” in key government posts in Russia; with many of these «St. Petersburg» (including the most high-ranking) Gagiev was personally acquainted. List of patrons Today’s attempts by the authorities to dissociate themselves from Gagiev look ridiculous.

    The one who is called “killer No. 1 of Russia” often helped the state when asked for it, fought in the wars organized by this state. Not to mention the fact that over the years the most senior government officials themselves have turned to Big Brother for help. In the materials of criminal cases, the names of many (but not all) of the officials associated with Gagiev are listed. From the materials of the criminal case Among the close ties of A.M. Gagiev in government bodies are known: — Totoonov (Totoonti) Alexander Borisovich, member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation from the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (today — First Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of North Ossetia); — Takoev Sergey Kermenovich, chairman of the Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (left his post in 2015); — Stadler German Vladimirovich, chief Advisor to the State Legal Department of the President of the Russian Federation, from 2006 to 2009 — Prosecutor of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, from November 1, 2011 — Prosecutor of the Leningrad Region (today — Director of the St. Petersburg Law Institute (branch) of the University of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation ); — Gabalov Arkady Valerievich, former deputy head of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee under the Prosecutor’s Office for North Ossetia-Alania (in 2016, Gabalov was convicted of trying to organize the resignation of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of North Ossetia)»

    We spoke to some of the people on this list. And the image that they describe also does not fit in with the ruthless killer that Gagiev is presented in the news. “We met Aslan Gagiev 10 years ago. Calling this acquaintance «close connection», as they say in the case materials, of course, is impossible. The reason for meeting was the sale of the airport in Beslan. The Federal Federal Property Management Agency put the airport shares up for auction, and the head of the republic instructed me to meet and talk with potential buyers «- recalls his acquaintance with Gagiev, Sergei Takoev, the former chairman of the government of North Ossetia. “It was important for us to understand who the new owners would be and, of course, we wanted these people to be from Ossetia. We met with Gagiev at the permanent mission of North Ossetia in Moscow. After that, we saw each other several times. And, in my opinion, the people with whom he came to negotiations, then the competition and won. He made a good impression. He spoke logically, behaved in a businesslike manner.

    One got the impression that he was worried about the republic, about the state in which the people lived ”. “I heard from people who suffered in Beslan that he was helping them. And in South Ossetia, people said that he helped them when there was a war with Georgia. I was surprised when I saw publications about his other side of life. It said, among other things, that he ordered an attempt on my life. » “Both then and now I hardly believe that Gagiev was really involved in this. But, I repeat, we saw each other only 3-4 times. And what is there on the soul — only God knows «, — says Takoev. Alexander Totoonov, the first deputy chairman of the North Ossetian parliament, also denies a «close relationship» with Gagiev. “This person was not a member of my close circle, one of my friends or comrades. And even more so, no common affairs connected me with him. Several years ago, a «sensational» headline appeared in social networks about my alleged involvement in this story. But even then, the anonymous authors of the article could not give a single argument. Because there really are none.

    You see, Ossetia is such a small republic that all residents can have common acquaintances or intersect at some events, without even knowing each other. Therefore, insinuations on the topic of imaginary intimacy with someone are possible, as well as in relation to any other representative of an equally small people. In this case, this is nothing more than a provocation, which, I admit, may be beneficial to my political opponents. I have never attached much importance to such phenomena. However, I am grateful for your interest and I will add that you are the first journalist who asked for my comment on this matter. «, — Totoonov told Novaya Gazeta. But the list of officials drawn up by the Interior Ministry operatives is very short, and most importantly, modest. It does not contain the names of those who were really connected with the group, and above all financially. As a result of its own investigation, Novaya Gazeta succeeded in expanding the list of officials significantly: for example, the head of one of the most important departments of the Investigative Committee of Russia; Deputy Minister of Industry; an officer of a top-secret division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and many others.

    Gagiev’s private history tells about the great history of the country. On the example of this case, the motives and characters of those who have been at the head of the state for the last 20 years become absolutely clear. This story is not about one grouping, but about the system that took shape in Russia at the beginning of the 21st century. Extradition or death After the first meeting, we saw Big Brother several more times in Vienna and agreed that I would write about him if one of two conditions was fulfilled: either he would be killed or extradited (which for him, who survived torture in a Russian prison, was equivalent) … And then one of the conditions worked. And yet I cannot describe everything that we discussed. For many reasons.

    First, because most of what has been told cannot be documented. Secondly, because many of the events that we discussed will soon become the subject of consideration in court, I have no right to help any of the parties. Therefore, in this investigation I will cite only those words of Gagiev that characterize him as a person and cannot be used in court to admit his guilt or, conversely, to justify him. Although I have already heard several times from “interested persons” the opinion that there will be no trial, at least for Gagiev himself. They say that the number of high-ranking people is so large — those who once went to him for protection, for money, for moving up the career ladder — who today want to solve Gagiev’s problem «in an informal way» (thus, for which they are going to judge him) … I don’t know how close these assumptions are to the truth, but one of the goals of this text is to try to exclude such a possibility and name those who will never be summoned to court, let alone put on trial. In this investigation, I will deliberately rely only on the information that was verified using open sources or materials from criminal cases, as well as on the testimony of Aslan Gagiev himself to the Austrian court, which was deciding on the extradition issue. Someone previously posted these testimonies in the public domain. And, perhaps, it is worth starting with the biography of Gagiev, told by him.



    In which Gagiev saves his family from nationalists in Georgia; frees hostages in Beslan; is tortured by the FSB and creates a «Family» of «brothers» Escape from Georgia “My family lived in Georgia. The nationalist Gamsakhurdia came to power in Georgia. I am Ossetian, in Georgia we were a minority. Ossetians were persecuted, I was still a student then and wanted to take my family «- said Gagiev in the Austrian court when the issue of extradition was being decided. In those days, he was a student at the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute (MISS). “I went there. I gathered about 40 people and it took us two weeks to get there. All my relatives were with me. My father’s brother was killed during the persecution, and it took us two weeks to walk to Russia. There was no transport. A two month old baby — my sister’s baby — died on the way in my arms. We came to the territory of the Russian Federation, it was North Ossetia, and settled there in an abandoned house «- Gagiev continued his story. And since then, the fate of Gagiev has been firmly connected with the historical events of both Ossetia. And above all with tragedies.

    But the hostage-taking at a school in Beslan in 2004 seems to have played a special role in his fate. This terrorist attack claimed the lives of 333 people, including 186 children. Beslan tragedy “I tried to raise the child, but nothing worked. Then I noticed that the girl was holding tightly to her dead mother, torn to pieces … The tragedy in Beslan changed my life, ”Gagiev told the judge. Illustration: Anastasia Zbutskaya, specially for Novaya Gazeta “When we were at school, I grabbed two children who were completely exhausted. I dropped my machine gun, and the child was at my fingertips. I tried to lift the girl, but nothing came of it. There were explosions, shooting, and I tried to raise the child, but nothing worked. Then I noticed that the girl was holding tightly to her dead mother. The mother was torn to pieces. So I had to practically carry the girl and her dead mother «, — Gagiev told the Austrian judge. Apparently you were doing hostage rescue there, is that correct? the judge asked. Yes. Everyone did this with us, this has never happened before. Were you a police officer? Have you held a public office? Why did you free the hostages armed with a machine gun? It really was chaos. You say that you mainly lived in Moscow, how do the conflicts occurring at a distance of 2000 kilometers from Moscow concern you? the Austrian judge asked a little later. The tragedy in Beslan changed my life. I felt guilty and wanted to be close to my people. I wanted us to become a free nation. After the tragedy in Beslan, Gagiev became famous among his compatriots.

    According to him, he earned this popularity, among other things, by asking uncomfortable questions to the authorities about material assistance to the relatives of the victims. And then, judging by his testimony, he had a serious conflict with the federal center. Abduction and torture About a month after the terrorist attack in Beslan, Aslan Gagiev was detained. “Then there were reports in the media that a lot of donations were received in the republic. Many people from all over the world donated. The republic received about 600 million euros. Then I wondered where the donated money was and why people cannot bury their children with this money … Then the population of the republic gathered, and we went to the president and demanded the resignation of him and the head of the special service «- Gagiev explained to the Austrian judge the reason for his conflict with the authorities. And then, as he was driving to his parents’ house in Beslan, his car was blocked by people wearing masks. «It was the FSB, namely the service responsible for constitutional order»- he said. They started shooting in the air, dragged him out of the car, put him in their jeep and took him to the local FSB headquarters. “I will only briefly outline what happened to me. To get me back to my senses, they urinated on me. I was stained with blood, and a chessboard was made from my stomach … »

    “These people thought I was pretending and pretending to be unconscious, and they urinated on my wounds, saying, ‘You will be our Jesus Christ.’ This is the most harmless thing they did to me. All internal organs were torn apart, several operations were required, » Gagiev spoke. After 5 days, half-dead, he was taken to the border with Kabardino-Balkaria and thrown out of the car naked. Then he flew to Israel, where he underwent surgery and underwent psychological rehabilitation. Gagiev’s testimony about torture was checked by experts, and his words were confirmed. “The expert opinion of prof. Reiter confirms that the accused was tortured … The affected person was not only tortured, but also treated in an inhuman and degrading manner. «, — said in the materials of the Austrian court. Creation of the «Family» At the same time, in 2004, according to the investigation, Aslan Gagiev, together with his friend Sergei Beglaryan (they studied together at the Moscow Institute of Civil Engineering), created a «criminal community.» Most of the people who entered it were detained at various times and confessed. (Many of them later stated that they had given these statements under torture and therefore retracted them.) They all said about the same thing, only the names of the victims and the methods of murder differed. They called themselves «Family». Each member of the «Family» was a «brother», and Gagiev was called Big Brother or Big Brother. Within the «Family» there were subgroups («brigades», as the investigation calls them), each with its own leader. “No one gave any oaths to anyone to join the Family and eternal devotion.

    At one point, Gagiev and Beglaryan declared everyone to be «Family» and «brothers». Subsequently, those who came to the «Family» shook his hand and declared him «brother», — recalled during interrogations one of the longtime members of the «Family» Goneri Dzhioev. The «brothers» were given money to buy clothes, purchase cars, rent apartments, medical treatment, education and much more. They had at their disposal an almost unlimited arsenal of weapons, including those used only by the special services. These weapons were mainly purchased in South Ossetia. Leaving the «Family», as well as any actions directed against the «brothers» or the interests of the «Family», were punishable by death, the detainees said. Most of the members of the «Family» were Ossetians, they joined it voluntarily and were sure that they were acting for the good of their homeland. They said in their testimony that Gagiev is an influential person in Moscow, worries about the well-being of North Ossetia and wants to restore order in it, cleanse it of bad people, and to fight the villains he needs real patriots. They understood that sometimes the «villains» would have to be killed, but this was justice in their mind. Indeed, many victims of the «Family» were people who themselves were engaged in murders and abductions. But they weren’t the only ones killed. There were also casual victims, and there were those who died due to financial disputes. And among the «brothers» were not only the patriots of Ossetia, but also numerous law enforcement officers who were guided by completely different motives.



    In which special forces officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and a classified police officer who loves to kill people and dismember corpses come to the «Family» «Fighter» against organized crime Evgeny Yashkin fought in the North Caucasus, was awarded the Order of Courage. He joined the Family in 2004 when he was 36 years old. At that time, Yashkin was an employee of the Department for Combating Organized Crime (UBOP) in the South-Western District of Moscow. Gagiev was introduced to him as businessman Valery Nikolaevich (Big Brother had several passports with fictitious names). Yashkin said that «Valery Nikolaevich» offered him to earn money for 30-40 thousand rubles a month in his personal security, as well as accompany the transportation of documents and goods. Basically, Yashkin was used as a driver, because the license allowed you to transport anything you wanted without fear of checks from colleagues from law enforcement agencies. Yashkin himself admitted that, in fact, he gave tacit consent to join the «Family» when he took part in the first crime — the kidnapping and subsequent murder of the owner of the National Capital bank Dmitry Plytnik.

    Judging by the testimony of Yashkin and other «brothers», this murder had no patriotic motives. Yashkin said that at the end of 2004, he witnessed a conversation in a car between Gagiev and his friend, who asked Big Brother to punish one person: this person «threw» him, and even arranged surveillance. Gagiev agreed to help and protect his friend. Dmitry Plytnik was kidnapped near his house. The “brothers” disguised as law enforcement officers attacked him, handcuffed him and brought him to the base on Lodochnaya Street in Moscow. Boat, house 3, building 7, view from the shore Yashkin did not see how Plytnik was killed. But when he arrived at the base, a Ford minibus was already parked in the yard with the banker’s body in it. He was told «to get behind the wheel of the said car, because he had a police officer’s ID, and in the event of a stop, upon his presentation, they could pass without hindrance, take out the corpse and drown him in a pond in open water.» So they did: the body of Plytnik was thrown into the Volga near the city of Dubna, Moscow region. After this first crime, Yashkin took part in about 25 more murders.

    Special forces officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs The “brothers”, disguised in the uniform of police officers (and many did not even have to change, they were special forces officers), seized four people, drove to the side of the road, brought them down into the ravine and shot them down, and then burned them … «Novaya Gazeta» After Yashkin became a member of the «Family», he went to serve in a special rapid reaction unit (SOBR) of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Moscow region. And in 2005, he introduced two of his colleagues, Andrei Sankin and Viktor Pronin, to Gagiev. So the special forces officers also became members of the «Family» and soon took part in the massacre. In 2006, he and other «brothers» captured four people in a cottage village in the Moscow region. “Gagiev said that some scoundrels and bastards“ strain ”some person, threaten him and his family, and extort money. At the same time, Gagiev said that we must take these scoundrels and take them out. «- SOBR officer Sankin said later during interrogations. The “brothers”, having changed into the uniform of police officers (and many did not even have to change), arrived at the house of the person who asked for help. There they waited for the arrival of the «scoundrels» and captured them.

    All four were put in handcuffs in cars and taken away. They were taken to the side of the road, lowered into a ravine, put on their knees and shot. Then the bodies were doused with gasoline and burned. Police officer Yashkin sat in a car near the ravine and saw how the captured were killed. The man who methodically and cold-bloodedly shot every victim in the head was Maxim Nikolaev, nicknamed Pioneer (or Young). Nikolaev was also a law enforcement officer. He served, perhaps, in the most secret division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs — the operational search bureau (OPB) of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the city of Moscow. The main task of this bureau is external surveillance, for which the employees of the OPB in the law enforcement environment are often called «tramps». Killer — «treadmill» Even according to the estimates of his «brothers», Maxim Nikolaev was one of the most cruel killers in the «Family». He was subordinate to Sergei Beglaryan, nicknamed Armenians. According to the materials of the case, Beglaryan and Gagiev were old friends, they studied together at the IISS and together stood at the origins of the «Family».

    Beglaryan, as the “brothers” said, led one of the most “working” groups of the “Family”. To «work» in their slang meant to kill. It was Pioneer and Armenians who shot the family of banker Alexander Slesarev in 2005. This was one of the bloodiest crimes committed by members of the «Family». “The businessman who was to be killed was the owner of two large Russian banks, one of which is Sodbiznesbank, and I don’t remember the name of the other. The customer [of the murder] in these banks had his own interest. The owner deliberately bankrupted these banks and withdrew assets worth several billion rubles from there «- this is how Evgeny Yashkin explained to the investigators the reason for the hunt for Slesarev. A year before the murder, the Central Bank of Russia (CB) really revoked the license from Sodbiznesbank in connection with numerous violations of the law, including on the laundering of funds obtained by criminal means. She was 15 years old, she studied in the UK and came to visit her parents on vacation. The next day, early in the morning, the whole family went in two cars to the monastery in the city of Stary Oskol. Alexander Slesarev himself, his daughter, wife Natalya and their seven-year-old niece Sophia were driving in the front car. Sophia’s father (brother of Slesarev’s wife), the driver and nun of the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra followed them in the second car. Someone from the «Family», who worked in law enforcement agencies, tapped the banker’s phones, and therefore his routes were known.

    When the Slesarevs went to the monastery, armed «brothers» were already following them in cars. First, they overtook the rear car, and Maxim Nikolaev began to shoot from a machine gun on the move. The victims’ car braked sharply. The bullet hit the brother of Slesarev’s wife in the back of the head, but he survived. A bullet hit the nun in the forehead and smashed the brain, which caused her to die soon after. Then the «brothers» overtook the front car and blocked it. Nikolaev and Beglaryan got out of the car and shot the Slesarevs’ family from a distance of about 10 meters. The banker, his wife and their 15-year-old daughter were killed. Seven-year-old Sophia was wounded in the chest, but fortunately survived. Nikolaev was 23 years old when he committed this massacre. But do not think that the Pioneer was an exception to the rule or a kind of «system waste». His colleagues, «tramps» from the same top-secret division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, also worked for other criminal groups and also repeatedly participated in high-profile murders. For example, the OPB employees followed Paul Khlebnikov, the former editor-in-chief of the Russian Forbes, in 2004 for hourly wages, and in 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, a columnist for Novaya Gazeta. They passed all the information to the killers from Chechnya, who then killed the journalists. Four letters on a severed arm Ruslan Yurtov joined the «Family» in 2007 when he was 25 years old. He was looking for work and turned to Nikolayev, with whom they were familiar.

    The pioneer suggested that Yurtov come to the F-1 cafe on Lodochnaya Street in Moscow, where the “brothers” had a base. The porch of the cafe at 3 Boat house, building 7. “Gagiev began to ask for information from his biography, found out if there was an apartment, if there were any debts, asked about military service. I asked if I could shoot, to which I replied that I could — I fought! » — this is how Yurtov described his first meeting with Big Brother. Gagiev said that he would arrange for Yurtov to work for the police, and at the same time stressed that he should «serve honestly, not take bribes, make a career, and he will help with this.» «Appointment was carried out through some police general, deputy chief of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the South-Western District of Moscow», — said Yurtov. In his first crime, he took part as a police trainee. In early December 2007, Nikolaev called him and asked him to come to another base of the «brothers» near the Sheremetyevo airport. “The specified base belonged to Sergei Safronov, also a member of the“ Family ”, a businessman. There was a workshop and a sauna on the first floor of this building. «, — said Yurtov.

    He arrived at the base, went into the sauna, — in the shower room lay a corpse in clothes and without a head. And then one of the “brothers” said that he should help to take out and hide the body. Yurtov, judging by his testimony, reasoned as follows: if he refuses, he will also be killed, and his corpse will lie next to this dead man; on the other hand, this unknown person is already dead anyway, and if he hides his body, he will save his life, and then somehow distances himself from the «brothers». Yurtov chose the second option; from then on he joined the «Family» and soon began to kill people himself. Metal channels were tied to the corpse and loaded into a minibus. SOBR officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yashkin got behind the wheel — with him Yurtov had the closest relationship of the «brothers», because both fought in Chechnya. The body was taken to the Moscow region and thrown into the wormwood.

    And the secret police officer Nikolaev later drowned the severed parts separately in the Tver region. They were found three years later. In 2010, a lover of spearfishing dived into a canal near Konakovskaya TPP. At the bottom, he noticed several large white plastic buckets. He pulled one of them ashore, opened it and saw the severed hands. On one of the fingers, experts later found a tattoo — «GSVG», which, apparently, stands for «a group of Soviet troops in Germany.» Including this tattoo, it was later possible to find out who the severed hands belonged to. A resident of North Ossetia, Artur Bekmurzov, nicknamed Kipa, was killed. Since 2013, having been dead for 6 years, he has been wanted for kidnapping. And Kipa was also the brother of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of North Ossetia and the Chief of Police of the Republic Kazbek Bekmurzov.



    In which “Family” cleans Ossetia from kidnappers; and the severed heads and hands of those killed are packaged by the partner of the civil wife of the General of the Investigative Committee The ransom amount for the 20-year-old son was reduced from $ 5 million to $ 700 thousand. After paying the ransom, he was released two months later. But not all deals have been as successful. Illustration: Anastasia Zbutskaya, specially for Novaya Gazeta The appearance of Barastyr In the mid-2000s, kidnapping became a mass phenomenon in North Ossetia. For many years, law enforcement agencies could (or did not want) to do anything with the gang involved in these crimes. But after several abductions in 2006-2007, everything suddenly stopped abruptly. First, in November 2006, the 20-year-old son of a local entrepreneur Ludwig Zaseev was kidnapped. “The young man was held in a hole in one of the private households and demanded from his relatives 5 million US dollars for his release. During the negotiations, the amount was reduced to USD 700 thousand. After paying the specified amount to the attackers, the victim was released after two months «, — said in a press release from the UK. Then, in August 2007, a businessman from Moscow, Chermen Mirikov, was kidnapped. He was held for over a year, demanding that his relatives pay a ransom of $ 10 million.

    “Then I fell asleep and woke up with one thought — just not to receive the cut off ears or fingers of my husband in the parcel, — the wife of a businessman told the newspaper «Kommersant». — After all, the experience has already been — the brother of my husband, whom we previously ransomed from Chechnya, still walks without an index finger on his right hand. Therefore, they immediately began to collect money «. But the deal fell through and her husband was killed. «In the course of the investigation, the investigators established the involvement in the abduction of Mirikov Artur Bekmurzov, who was charged in absentia with organizing the abduction of a person by a group of persons by prior conspiracy from mercenary motives, and he was put on the federal wanted list.», — reported the UK in 2013. At that time, Colonel Bekmurzov, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of North Ossetia, refused to believe in the involvement of his brother Kipa in these crimes.

    “My brother was not an angel. He was engaged, for example, in the vodka business, receiving alcohol from Georgia, but I am sure he had nothing to do with the abductions of his fellow countrymen. «, — quoted Bekmurzov «Kommersant» in the same 2013. “The abductions stopped abruptly. And those who were suspected of these crimes began to die one by one, or simply disappear. Then they started talking in the republic that some kind of Robin Hood had appeared to catch these kidnappers. ” Someone even began to call him Barastyr, ”a former Interior Ministry operative familiar with the abduction cases told Novaya Gazeta on condition of anonymity. Barastyr in Ossetian mythology is the lord of the afterlife; he, evaluating the earthly deeds of people, decides which of them to send to hell, and who to heaven. Ransom for the Kid Aslan Gagiev’s namesake — Oleg Gagiev, nicknamed Bote (which is translated from Ossetian as «baby») — the «brothers» were also called the head of the «working» group of the «Family». According to the investigation, it was Bote’s people who shot the mayor of Vladikavkaz, Vitaly Karaev, and the former vice-premier of the government of North Ossetia, Kazbek Pagiev.

    The kid was a counterintelligence officer in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia. And the killers who were part of his group were sure that they were working for the FSB. “These people [victims] interfere with Ossetia. They do all kinds of bad things. They told me so, these are their words, I did not come up with it. I don’t know what they were doing … Children were stolen, someone was robbed … I was told that [to kill them] should be in Moscow, this is necessary for the FSB ”- Inal Ostaev, the sniper who killed the mayor of Vladikavkaz Karaev, said in an interview with the Honest Detective program. Interestingly, law enforcement agencies have long known about Oleg Gagiev’s group. Bote and his people could have been convicted back in 2007 on charges of triple murder. But they were acquitted by the jury on the grounds of «no involvement in the commission of crimes.» The circumstances of the Kid’s appearance in the «Family» are well remembered by Robert Bagaev, nicknamed Robson. He said that around November 2007 he was instructed to meet in Moscow, on the Moscow Ring Road near Crocus City, several members of the Family.

    “They brought Oleg Gagiev, nicknamed Bote and Malysh, for whose release from custody for the triple murder Aslan Gagiev paid about 20 million US dollars” Bagaev took the Kid to the base on Lodochnaya Street in Moscow, where Aslan Gagiev introduced him to all the members of the «Family» as their new «brother». Cafe with interior on the theme of mafia aesthetics on Lodochnaya street, 3, building 7. And soon Robson witnessed a conversation between the two Gagievs. Bote told Big Brother that some Kipa, Lasha and Guja wanted to kill him. The kid knew these people — they once stole cars together in Moscow. But then these three formed a gang in North Ossetia and began to engage in kidnapping. According to Oleg Gagiev, the eldest in the gang was Kipa, the brother of the Deputy Minister of the Interior of North Ossetia. Bote insisted that they should be killed immediately. But Big Brother wanted to talk to them first. As a result, we managed to do both. Kipa’s abduction “At the end of 2007, Aslan Gagiev gave instructions to kidnap a man named Kipa,” — SOBR officer Evgeny Yashkin said during interrogations. According to him, the «brothers» changed into black uniforms, put on masks, took dummies of Kalashnikov assault rifles, boarded a Chrysler minibus and drove to the house in Moscow near the Akademicheskaya metro station where Artur Bekmurzov lived. At about 9 am Kipa left the house, got into his Audi A-8, and immediately the Chrysler brothers blocked his way. Bekmurzov was dragged out of the car, put into a minibus and taken to the far base of the «Family» near the Sheremetyevo airport. And his car «Audi» was driven to the base on Lodochnaya Street, where it was cut into pieces, which were then scattered in different dumps.

    Kipa was taken to the office of the base director, Safronov, where Oleg and Aslan Gagiyev spoke to him. “After a while, Oleg Gagiev (Bote) and Maxim Nikolaev (Pioneer) brought Kipa down, holding him by the hands, and immediately led him into the bathhouse. Then Nikolaev put a dark plastic bag on Bekmurzov’s (Kipa’s) head and, together with Beglaryan, wrapped the bag with duct tape from the neck to the eyes. Kipa died of suffocation. It seems that at this time Sergey Safronov was next to him, handed in scotch «, — Robert Bagaev described the murder. Bagaev then went upstairs to talk with Gagiev “on everyday topics,” but then Bote appeared and asked: «You don’t want to take part in the dismemberment?». Robson refused, and Big Brother supported him, saying that if he didn’t want to, he shouldn’t be forced. But the Kid insisted: «At least look». Bagaev agreed. He went down with Bote to the bathhouse; a headless corpse lay on the floor. “Beglaryan stood next to the corpse with an ax in his hands. I realized that it was he who dismembered the corpse of Bekmurzov (Kipa). At that moment I saw Safronov packing his head and hands in plastic buckets. «- Bagaev told the investigators. Lasha’s abduction After the police trainee Ruslan Yurtov took part in his first crime (the removal of Kipa’s corpse), he tried to see his “brothers” less often, hiding behind work.

    But Nikolaev, who brought him to the «Family», began to make claims. The pioneer told Yurtov that now he had neither a wife nor a child, but only the business of his “brothers”. Nikolaev warned that it would be impossible to leave the «Family» alive. And in January 2008, Yurtov was instructed to stand in front of a car wash near the Garden Ring and watch when a car with certain numbers entered it. The car that was being followed drove into the car wash, and Yurtov called Pioneer on the secret phone. Immediately after that, the Chrysler of the Family drove up to the sink, and the “brothers” jumped out of it in the uniform of police officers, in balaclavas masks and with dummies of Kalashnikov assault rifles. They jumped inside, someone shouted: «Everyone, lie face down, hands behind your head, police!» They were looking for Lasha Avlokhashvili. Together with Lasha, they took his friend named Gruzin — he simply turned out to be in the wrong place and at the wrong time. Both were first taken to the office of the state-owned Financial Leasing Company (FLC) on Makarenko Street in Moscow. “At Lasha they were interested in the circumstances of the abduction of Zasseev’s son Ludwig. At first he denied everything, but after Oleg Gagiev beat him with a billiard ball in a hat on his chest and back, and Nikolaev poured boiling water on his back, Lasha told about the circumstances of the abduction, even how the money was divided. «- said to investigators a member of the «Family» Robert Bagaev, who saw it with his own eyes.

    According to Robson, after Lasha confessed everything, he and Gruzin were taken to a distant base near the Sheremetyevo airport. After some time, Ludwig Zaseev was brought there. “Gagiev called Ludwig Zaseev and said:“ This is the man who stole your child, ”pointing to Avlokhashvili. Then Gagiev suggested that Zaseev kill Lasha himself, but Zaseev refused. Then Gagiev gave Nikolaev the command to kill. » «Nikolaev put a plastic bag on Lasha’s head and, together with Beglaryan, rewound his head with tape»- recalled Bagaev. When Ruslan Yurtov arrived at the base, Lasha was already dead. “Another person, Gruzin, was still alive. He also said to leave him, he is sick with AIDS, he will not last long anyway, he will not do anything, he will not tell anyone anything ”, — Yurtov recalled during interrogation. But Gruzin was also killed later on Bote’s orders. According to Yurtov, on the same day, the bodies of those killed were not dismembered — the owner of the base, Serey Safronov, suggested doing this later. And in the evening of the next day «work» began to boil. “Some of the guys went to the store and brought several axes, knives, several sets of clothes (work robes), rubber gloves, rubber shoes, plastic wrap, which was used to paste over the walls in the sauna, nothing seemed to be laid on the floor, then they were simply washed off.

    Then all together changed into the clothes they brought and began to dismember the corpses, they were frozen. Nikolayev and Beglaryan directly cut the corpses into pieces, the rest helped to hold the body parts, put them in plastic bags like garbage bags. For the convenience of cutting, something wooden was placed under the parts of the corpses — either boards or a beam, they were cut in such a way that first they chopped off the head, then the hands, part of the arm to the elbow, then to the shoulder, feet, then the leg to the knee, then to the pelvis , the body itself was not chopped into pieces. Safronov was constantly worried that the walls would be stained with blood. All this was done at night. Before dismembering the corpses, all things were removed from them, all documents were taken out of their clothes. Safronov got rid of things, burning them in a bathhouse in a furnace or on the territory of the base.

    The heads and brushes were put in buckets, Safronov filled them with some kind of mortar «, — the police officer Yurtov described the process in detail. And now, perhaps, the time has come to introduce another member of the «Family» — businessman Sergei Safronov. At night, he served tape to strangle victims, burned their documents, put severed heads and hands in buckets. And during the day, he was in charge of a whole network of firms, on whose accounts money from the state-owned Financial Leasing Company disappeared. And, in addition, Safronov was a partner of the common-law wife of the head of the main organizational and inspection department of the Investigative Committee of Russia. This is one of the most important departments of the TFR, in fact — its headquarters.



    In which Big Brother tells how he paid millions of euros to «Bastrykin’s deputy» and to the Ministry of Industry; and the materials of the case say that Gagiev took the blame and served time in prison for an employee of the presidential administration At night, he served tape to strangle victims, burned their documents, put severed heads and hands in buckets. And during the day he was in charge of a whole network of companies, on whose accounts money from a state company disappeared … Illustration: Anastasia Zbutskaya, specially for Novaya Gazeta Keeper of the assets of the «Family» Sergey Safronov was born in the small town of Miropol, Zhytomyr region in Ukraine. In the 1990s, he ended up in St. Petersburg. How and when he became a member of the «Family», I could not find out. But it is obvious that Safronov played a very important economic role in it: many assets used by the «brothers» were registered on him. For example, Safronov owned 50% in Tekh-master TMZ, a car service on Lodochnaya Street in Moscow, where the victims’ cars were sawed to pieces.

    He also owned half of the F-1 Ultra M cafe on the same Lodochnaya street. In this cafe, the «brothers» could eat for free, and they gathered there to plan murders. Safronov, on the other hand, was the sole owner of a warehouse complex called the «Attache Group» — a «distant base» in the area of \u200b\u200bthe Sheremetyevo airport, as the members of the «Family» called it in their testimonies. And at the very end of 2006, Sergei Safronov established the Laguna-Breeze construction company in Khimki. Irina Zhukova became his partner in this project (both had 50%). The construction business went awry: judging by the reports, the company did not conduct any activity for eight years until it was liquidated in 2014. Zhukova, according to two of her acquaintances, was the common-law wife of Anatoly Korotkov, the former head of one of the most important departments of the Investigative Committee of Russia — the organizational and inspection department.

    Korotkov died in 2015 at the age of 69. “Korotkov and Zhukova met while serving in the investigation department of the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office (GVP) back in the 1980s. Korotkov was an investigator, and Zhukova worked first as a secretary, and then became the head of the secret department. All classified materials passed through it. In the early 90s, Korotkov left the Main Military Provisional Party for the apparatus of the Russian Security Council and took Zhukova with him. And then she went into business, and Korotkov — first to the General Prosecutor’s Office and then to the Investigative Committee to Bastrykin. His relationship with Zhukova was no secret in management. Although they were not officially scheduled, they had a son in 2001 «- Yuri Malkovich, a former colleague of Zhukova and Korotkov, and later Zhukova’s business partner, told Novaya Gazeta. Malkovich’s words on condition of anonymity were confirmed by another former colleague of Korotkov. Zhukova told Novaya Gazeta that she had never heard of either Sergei Safronov or Aslan Gagiev. “I remember the name of the company“ Laguna-Breeze ”, but in what context, I can’t remember …

    I think someone could have contacted me with a proposal to engage in some kind of real estate. But it didn’t work out. On the other side, everyone quarreled with each other «, — she said. It is curious that Irina Zhukova was also a partner of Yana Beskova, the wife of the former ICR speaker Vladimir Markin. Beskova and Zhukova in 2010 acquired 25% each in Vega-invest, which provided legal services. What connected Korotkov, the head of one of the most important departments of the TFR, with the «Family»? «Deputy Bastrykin» “All business in Russia is structured in such a way that you cannot conduct business without giving money to those in power. There are certain amounts assigned to each level of business … » «…

    I paid monthly 1.2 million euros from my company to the Investigative Committee, Bastrykin», — Gagiev explained the peculiarities of Russian entrepreneurship to the Austrian judge. Gagiev called the state-owned Financial Leasing Company (FLC) “his company”. FLC was to be engaged in the development of civil aircraft construction in Russia. It was assumed that the company would purchase aircraft from Russian aircraft factories and then lease them to airlines. For these purposes, the state has constantly allocated FLC billions of rubles from the budget. Gagiev did not hold any official position in the FLC. But, judging by the numerous testimonies of the company’s employees, everyone — including the managers — obeyed him. Ordinary workers knew Gagiev as «Valery Nikolaevich».

    “There was a feeling that he was a very authoritative person. We decided for ourselves that he was from the FSB: he looked strictly at everyone «, — the chief accountant described him. Gagiev told the Austrian court that at some point the money that he allegedly transferred to the UK ceased to reach the main addressee, and this became the main reason for the initiation of criminal prosecution. “There was an unexpected meeting with the deputy of this Bastrykin, he was the head of one of the departments, — Gagiev told the Austrian judge about his relationship with Korotkov. — Everything was OK. I gave him money for the fact that I have a business … » “… Then he asked me how the business was going and I replied:“ Better than before. ” From that time on I started having problems …

    Either my partner did not give the money to Bastrykin, or the general did not give the money to Bastrykin. » Gagiev’s testimony about payments to high-ranking Russian security officials could be considered an attempt to politicize the extradition process, if not for a few «buts.» First, the joint company of Zhukova and Safronov, a member of the «Family»; and secondly, the documents that were found during the search in the house of the FLC legal adviser Sergei Laichenko. In Laichenko’s computer, the investigators found a power of attorney in his name from the same Irina Zhukova, and most importantly, documents for her real estate in Moscow and Anapa. They also found powers of attorney from people who sold Zhukova’s real estate to Laychenko. Irina Zhukova told Novaya Gazeta that the name of the company FLK does not tell her anything, although she remembers the name of its director Malyutin from somewhere. Zhukova said that she had sold an apartment in Moscow to buy real estate in Anapa. She did indeed issue a power of attorney to the FLK lawyer Laichenko, but she does not remember who brought her to this lawyer.

    “If you have something ill, you come to a friend and say: is there a good doctor? And people recommend to you their good friend. And so it is here. Is there a good lawyer who can help? Reliable? Yes, there is such a lawyer. Give a power of attorney, he will help you. This is, if that’s a primitive explanation. I don’t remember who brought me to him [to Laichenko] «, — said Zhukova. As for the accusations against the former head of the organizational and inspection department of the TFR Anatoly Korotkov, then, according to Zhukova, this is just a despicable attempt to shift the blame onto the deceased person. “These scammers blame everything on Korotkov, because he died. This is just meanness. By the age of 60, a person may have hundreds of acquaintances. In theory, I do not exclude that he could have known someone from this company [FLC]. There are a lot of people around each official. By the nature of his work, he communicated with a lot of people. And when you meet a person, it is impossible to predict which of them will turn out to be a swindler or a murderer. «, — said Zhukova. Deputy Minister and others In the computer of FLC lawyer Laichenko, the investigators found other documents that should have greatly surprised them — a loan agreement of 2008 for 28.3 million rubles between a certain Greenwood company and Nina Kalamanova.

    She worked at FLC from 2005 to 2009, first as deputy head of the legal department, and then as an advisor to the general director. She is also the sister of the Deputy Minister of Industry of Russia Georgy Kalamanov (at that time he was the director of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade). With the money received, Kalamanova bought an apartment in the elite residential complex «Sunny Beach» on Michurinsky Prospekt in Moscow. For some reason, the contract of purchase and sale of the apartment was also in the computer of the FLC lawyer. As well as other documents on financial calculations for this transaction, which looks very dubious. Firstly, because Greenwood, which provided the sister of a high-ranking official of the Ministry of Industry with 28.3 million rubles, had signs of a typical one-day company. The company did not pay insurance premiums to the Pension Fund, and when they tried to prosecute it for this in 2009, the court simply could not find its traces, because «the organization at the specified address does not appear.» And in 2010, the tax authorities excluded the company from the register of legal entities in Russia as inactive.

    And secondly, judging by the documents that were found in the FLC lawyer’s computer, it turned out that Kalamanova entered into a loan agreement for 28.3 million rubles in March 2008, and in May of the same year allegedly returned the entire amount in cash with interest to the cashier Greenwood. But for some reason, all these documents were created on the computer of an FLC lawyer, and besides, all of them — both the loan agreement, and the receipt for the order for depositing cash at the cashier, and the act of fulfillment of obligations — were changed on the same day — May 12, 2008 of the year. All these contradictions could have been clarified by the lawyer of FLK Laichenko, but it was not possible to contact him.

    Aslan Gagiev told the Austrian court other details of his relationship with the Russian Ministry of Industry. “I paid another 1.2 million euros to the minister. We belonged to the Ministry of Industry. Thus, I had to pay 2.4 million euros a month (if added to those that were supposedly paid in the TFR) … » «Not only me, but also my partners, with whom I worked together, had to pay, but I was responsible for finances in order to deliver money to the named addresses.»- said Big Brother. So where did the one whom the Russian law enforcement agencies and the media call “the No. 1 killer of Russia” have such connections? «Tambov» and presidential “According to the information received, Gagiev A. M. in the 90s was serving a criminal sentence for committing an economic crime, taking on the guilt of one of the current employees of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation (full personal details are unknown). Such a «debt» did not remain unpaid, and at present the fact of this «acquaintance» plays a significant role in the life of A. M. Gagiev, who, thanks to this, acquired a number of acquaintances with high-ranking officials of the state authorities of the Russian Federation «, — reported in the materials of the criminal case. It also says that Gagiev maintained relations with the leaders of the «Tambovskaya organized criminal group» who lived in Spain.

    And which of these ties is more valuable in Russia in the 21st century is still a big question. As well as where and where the «Tambovskaya organized criminal group» ends and the presidential administration begins — after all, the so-called leaders of the «Tambovskaya organized criminal group» for many years have been business partners of the friends of President Vladimir Putin. So the state-owned company FLC was ruled by both types of government — official and shadow. On the one hand, the company’s board of directors included high-ranking officials from the presidential administration and the government. They had to keep track of how public money was spent. But, on the other hand, the leaders of the FLC for some reason reported on their activities to Gennady Petrov, whom the Spanish law enforcement agencies call one of the leaders of the «Tambov criminal group.» For several years, the Spanish police tapped the phones of Petrov and his entourage and found out that the one whom they considered to be the leader of the organized criminal group is in fact one of the most influential people in Russia. He negotiated meetings with former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov; communicated closely with State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik; received the information he needed from the deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Nikolai Aulov; paid medical expenses to Igor Sobolevsky, former deputy of Alexander Bastrykin in the TFR; conducted common business with the former deputy head of the Presidential Property Management Department, Ivan Malyushin, and with many, many others. Nail Malyutin, at that time the general director of FLC, was also one of the constant interlocutors of Gennady Petrov and reported to him literally about each of his decisions, as if Petrov were the main shareholder of the company, and not the state. “You are the helmsman of the convoy, and here we are just bringing the shells.

    I — to wipe, and others — to bring ”, — Malyutin confessed to Petrov in one of the conversations intercepted by the Spanish police. In his testimony to investigators, Nail Malyutin recalled that he met Aslan Gagiev in 2001 through the same member of the «Family» Sergei Safronov, whom Malyutin had met back in the mid-1990s in St. Petersburg. After Vladimir Putin became president of Russia, his friends and neighbors in the Ozero cooperative went to Moscow to occupy key positions in the state. A massive invasion of the «St. Petersburg» began. Nail Malyutin also went to the capital of Russia to try his luck. He had a good starting position: in the 1990s, he worked with German Gref in the Committee for State Property Management (KUGI) in St. Petersburg, and since then they have maintained friendly relations. Gref in 2000 became the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Russia. «St. Petersburg connections worked in Moscow», — Malyutin explained to the investigators. Arriving in the capital, he phoned Safronov, and he invited him to play football. In the hall, according to Malyutin, he met Aslan Gagiev and Andrei Burlakov, a former KGB foreign intelligence officer, and at that time the deputy general director of the FLC.

    As Malyutin recalled, Burlakov invited him to work at FLC, but set a condition — to help the company win a state tender for the leasing of civil aviation. “Taking advantage of Gref’s location, I asked him to provide all possible assistance in promoting FLC to the competitive bidding”. “… At the same time, understanding the importance of the moment and in gratitude to Gref for his invariably kind and disinterested attitude towards me, I gave my personal guarantees that FLC, in case of winning the competition, will fulfill the terms of the transactions in the best possible way”, — Malyutin described his request to Gref. And FLC won the competition, and Malyutin was appointed deputy general director. According to him, in the office of the state company, he met Gagiev for the second time. But Burlakov this time for some reason presented him as «Valery Nikolaevich». Seeing Malyutin’s surprise, Burlakov explained: Gagiev is “from the special services and so it is necessary”, he was appointed from above — “the roof”. Malyutin worked in the company until 2004, then left, and in 2007 he returned as a director. Gagiev himself allegedly asked him about this. And, judging by the testimony of the «brothers», the state-owned company FLC became such a financial center of their «Family». “Malyutin provided all the guys I know, the guys from the“ Family ”. When Dzugutov was caught, Malyutin called, gave large sums of money, for which houses were rented for the guys [who were wanted] «, — said in court one of the «brothers», Dmitry Kodoev.



    In which the special representative of the President of Russia becomes the partner of Big Brother; discord occurs in the «Family», and the «brothers» begin to kill each other; and Gagiev recalls Diogenes in the last word State money left the company for shell companies that existed only on paper … Illustration: Anastasia Zbutskaya, specially for Novaya Gazeta Big money — a lot of blood Approximately in 2008-2009, as the FLC employees recalled, conflicts began in the company’s management, and several decision-making centers were formed. Each one pulled the blanket in his direction, or, in other words, each tried to snatch his own. The billions of rubles that the state allocated to the FLC for the development of civil aircraft construction simply evaporated. The loudest case of theft has already been repeatedly described in the media. In 2008, Luxembourg-based FLC West acquired 70% of shares in Aker Yards shipyards (later renamed Wadan Yards) in Germany and Ukraine. The deal amounted to almost 250 million euros. As it turned out later, 50 million euros for this deal were withdrawn from FLC. This money never returned to the state company. After the shipyards were bought, the Spanish police recorded a call from FLC director Nail Malyutin to Gennady Petrov: I hasten to report. The shipyards have been bought, — Malyutin happily informs.

    Well, thank God, — Petrov answers. And the stock jumped up. Did not have time to buy, there is already something to share. FLC owned 50% in FLC West, but then this share was sold for a penny to offshore companies. One of them was Cyprus-based Blackstead Holdings Ltd. She got 25% in the shipyards. Aslan Gagiev was a co-owner of Blackstead Holdings Ltd (he then used a passport in the name of Sergei Morozov). And 74% in the shipyards was received by the company from the British Virgin Islands Templestowe Trading Corp. She also provided almost 200 million euros for the purchase of Wadan Yards. This offshore company, as believed by the Luxembourg auditors, who subsequently prepared a report for the bankruptcy administrator of FLC, was controlled by Vitaly Yusufov and his father Igor. Tom Einertsen, one of the leaders of the shipyards, was of the same opinion. He was interrogated by the Norwegian police, to whom he explained: “Burlakov talked about how his goal in the purchase was to attract Russian orders and cooperate with Russian shipyards.

    I was told that he was investing 50 million euros, and the remaining money would come from another owner or a group of owners. It was said that this owner is Igor Yusufov. » Igor Yusufov at that time worked as the special representative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for energy cooperation. Igor Yusufov was interrogated in Russia. He confirmed that he had known Burlakov since 2008 — they were introduced by SVR General Alexei Korotaev. According to Yusufov, Burlakov really offered him to participate in financing the purchase of shipyards, but he refused and allegedly had nothing to do with this deal. «Why Korotaev and Burlakov turned to me, I do not know», — said Yusufov during interrogation. At the same time, Yusufov Sr. did not explain why he, having nothing to do with the deal, opened the Moscow office of the shipyards. As a result of these thefts, FLC was unable to fulfill its obligations to foreign creditors. In Russia, law enforcement agencies opened a criminal case. And then the formal and informal leaders of the FLC began to present financial claims to each other. First, in March 2011, the “brothers” kidnapped Nail Malyutin.

    He was brought to a house near Moscow to Aslan Gagiev for a conversation. As members of the «Family» recalled in their testimonies, Gagiev reproached Malyutin for «stealing money from the company, stealing from Brother.» Malyutin said during interrogations that Gagiev began to beat him and make claims in connection with the fact that he fired his people, and the FLC was in a pre-bankruptcy state. And then he allegedly said that «he will not be able to explain to his people if he [Malyutin] leaves here alive.» But Malyutin was released. And a few days later he flew to Austria, from where he was then extradited to Russia. In May 2018, the Simonovsky District Court of Moscow sentenced Nail Malyutin to six years in prison for another episode of theft from the FLC. Malyutin, one might say, was lucky. In September 2011, his former partner and deputy, Andrei Burlakov, was killed in the Khutorok restaurant in Moscow. As one of the “brothers” Georgy Dzugutov said during interrogations, Gagiev was angry with Burlakov because he had stolen money from the company, disappeared and did not get in touch. Big Brother was looking for Burlakov for a long time.

    The former top manager of FLC was ruined by his love for expensive cars. At the end of June 2011, Dzugutov, along with another member of the «Family», was driving his car in the area of \u200b\u200bKrasnopresnenskaya embankment. And suddenly they saw a Bentley in dark blue. Burlakov had exactly the same car. They immediately turned around and drove off to get the Bentley. The car drove to the Khutorok restaurant near the Dynamo metro station. The one whom they had been looking for for so long came out of it — Andrey Burlakov. The brothers followed him for the next few months and found out that he often visits this restaurant. Yurtov went into the restaurant, made sure that Burlakov was in place, ordered tea, went to the toilet, put on gloves, left the toilet, took out a pistol and, a little before Burlakov’s table, began to shoot at him and Anna Etkina, who was sitting next to him, his common-law wife … Burlakov died from his wounds, and Etkina miraculously survived. A year after the murder, in 2012, FLC was declared bankrupt. State money left the company for shell companies that existed only on paper. And even if firms existed in reality, there was nothing to collect from them anyway. As, for example, from companies owned by a member of the «Family» Sergei Safronov. «Group Attache» — aka «distant base» — received from FLC 24 million rubles. Safronov cashed money from the accounts and never returned to FLC. Later, investigators found at the «distant base» only traces of blood from the corpses of the victims chopped to pieces.

    Sunset of the «Family» Robert Bagaev, nicknamed Robson, was put on the wanted list in 2009, because one of the “brothers” testified against him as an accomplice in the murder. In this regard, Robson went into an illegal position. “According to the established order in the“ Family, ”whoever was put on the wanted list lived in one of the houses rented by the“ Family ”specifically for this purpose. Those on the wanted list led a quiet lifestyle, did not appear in public places. The «Family» supplied everything necessary for life. While those on the wanted list lived in their dacha, «Family» prepared documents for them with changed personal data for traveling abroad «- Robson told investigators. As Bagaev recalled, around 2010, he and other «brothers» who were hiding from law enforcement agencies were suddenly urgently transported to another dacha in the Moscow region. Aslan Gagiev came to them and said that «family affairs are bad: Beglaryan and Nikolaev are crazy, they want to kill him and all of them, so we must find them first and kill them ourselves.» Ruslan Yurtov found Nikolaev and persuaded him to come and talk with Gagiev.

    The pioneer and Big Brother, according to eyewitnesses, talked all night. Gagiev asked Nikolayev why he wanted to leave the «Family» and kill the «brothers», and Nikolayev replied that he followed the lead of Sergei Beglaryan, Armen. Everything seemed to end well: Gagiev and Nikolayev embraced, and Big Brother suggested that Pioneer drive to the house where the wanted “brothers” lived in order to ask their forgiveness. And Nikolaev seemed to agree. But when they were leaving the base, the Pioneer suddenly started to run, shouting: «Help, police!» Apparently, he himself, more than once luring victims into a trap, decided that he was being taken to kill. But they caught up with him. Nikolaev was brought to the house where the «brothers» were hiding. They tied his legs with duct tape and left him and Yurtova in the gym. Gagiev gathered all the «brothers» who were in the house, and in their presence began to ask Nikolayev questions.

    «The pioneer confessed that he reported information about the ‘Family’ to the police, where he continued to work, and to their enemies,» — Bagaev recalled the conversation that lasted until the evening. Then, according to him, everyone went upstairs, and Gagiev listened to the opinion of each «brother» about what to do with Nikolayev. Robson and the other «brothers» went down to the gym. They killed Pioneer in the same way that he himself sent more than one victim to the next world — they put a plastic bag on his head and wrapped it in tape. Nikolaev was dying in front of the bound Yurtov. «After Nikolayev confessed that he was planning the murder of the» brothers «, suspicions arose about Yurtov, who was brought to the» Family «by Nikolayev and who was greatly influenced by Beglaryan»- recalled Bagaev. But Gagiev talked with Yurtov and decided not to kill him, Robson said. The next day Yurtov helped to dismember the body of his former «brother». The corpse was thrown out in the forest by the side of the road, and the severed body parts were burned. This was in December 2010. But in February 2011, the «brothers» realized that the snow had begun to melt and the corpse could be found.

    And they went to look for the body of the Pioneer hidden by them. They found the torso and buried it securely. For the second time, the body of a Pioneer (without a head, arms, legs), an employee of a top-secret department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, was dug up by investigators in August 2015 — in a forest, at the 11th kilometer of the Moscow-St. Petersburg road, 70 meters from the roadside. After the murder of Nikolayev, the brothers hunted Sergei Beglaryan, one of the founders of the «Family», and the leader of the group, which included Nikolayev and Yurtov. Armenians were attempted twice. First, they lured him to a meeting and wanted to shoot him near the base on Lodochnaya Street, but both killers refused their weapons, and Beglaryan miraculously escaped the ambush. They were looking for him for two years, until in 2012 they recognized the house in which the Armenians were hiding. The brothers watched him at night at the entrance and literally riddled him with machine guns. The other «brothers» were not doing very well either. In the same 2012, Oleg Gagiev, nicknamed Malysh, a South Ossetian counterintelligence officer, was found guilty of seven murders and sentenced to life in prison. Yevgeny Yashkin, a former SOBR officer, was sent to compulsory treatment last year by the Moscow City Court: after all these murders, he suffered a psychiatric disorder — paranoid schizophrenia.

    His friend, a former criminal investigation officer, Ruslan Yurtov, is currently awaiting trial. From the remand prison, he sent a letter to Anastasia Burlakova, the daughter of the former deputy director of the FLC, who was killed by him. I think this letter is important, so I will quote it almost in full. The killer’s repentance “Thank you for allowing me to write this letter, despite the grief, misfortune and tears that you and your loved ones have experienced because of me! It is very important for me! I ask and I beg you to try to forgive me, please, forgive me, please, for your irreparable loss, for your suffering and tears, for taking away from you the most precious thing in life, your Pope. I understand that this is probably impossible. But I cannot do otherwise, I am very sorry and regret what I did, that brought grief to you and your loved ones. I cannot forgive myself for this and I have no right to do so, I will suffer and live with it all my life! I didn’t know and didn’t know your father, I didn’t want any harm to him or to the woman who was with him and to whom I am guilty no less than to you. I also want to beg her forgiveness.

    I swear that I did not want this, I tried to change something and somehow influence in order to avoid this tragedy. But forgive me for not being able to. I was forced, and I had no choice, I was not left with it, and I could not find a way out of this situation and the situation in which I myself, not willingly, found myself! I hate myself for all broken and spoiled lives, I hate myself and will never forgive myself. Reading a note that was given to me from my ten-year-old daughter, in which I do not care for the soul, which is my whole life! Seeing the lines of her tears and suffering from the fact that me — her dad — is not there when she really needs me. Feeling how she is tormented, bored and loves me with her childish, pure and sincere, daughter’s true love for her dad, my heart is torn to pieces! From the child’s letter, from suffering, I truly understand the depth of your grief, loss and misery, the wound that I have inflicted on you. I understand the hatred towards me as the person who deprived you of your Pope. I am not a cold-blooded and not cruel person, I have a heart that I love, a soul and a conscience that haunts me and torments me! Forgive me for everything, please! Yurtov Ruslan «. I think when Yurtov wrote this letter, he more than once recalled the day when he was faced with a choice — to take out Kipa’s decapitated corpse or refuse.

    Big Brother about Diogenes In his closing remarks in an Austrian court in 2015, Aslan Gagiev asked not to extradite him to Russia. “I have no chance to survive. I’ve seen a lot in my life. I am not afraid of death, since 2004 I do not feel like a living person, I have only a shell, nothing else. I do not have a single organ that has not been damaged. Therefore, I ask you for your understanding «- said Gagiev, but he was interrupted all the time by both the judge and the lawyer. “My lawyer explained to me that there is no point in talking further, but I would like to add something else, — Gagiev continued after the break. — I am grateful to the entire Austrian society for the fact that my children receive a good education and are not afraid to go out. Since I have been in this country, I have not seen stray cats and dogs, and this speaks of the culture of the society. I would like my people to live the same way as the Austrian people «.

    And at the end, Big Brother remembered the famous parable of Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher who lived in a barrel. Once, when Diogenes was asked how many people were at the Olympic Games, he replied: «There are many people, but few people.» Therefore, he wandered around the city with a lantern in broad daylight and said: «I am looking for a man.» «I would like to wish those present here never to find themselves in such a situation as me, so that you never need the light of Diogenes.»Big Brother said. … Maxim Nikolaev, nicknamed Pioneer, once told the special forces officer Yashkin about the most «ridiculous» murder he had committed. In 2007, he and Beglaryan were looking for a man named Hoh, who, they believed, was involved in the kidnapping. The brothers tracked down Khokh’s car, but, as it turned out later, he either sold it to another person, or gave it a ride. And when the Pioneer came to shoot Khokh, another man was driving, who only managed to shout: «For what?» She became widely known for committing high-profile murders. CREATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE GANG In March of the same year, the bandits ambushed and shot from machine guns the car of Mark Metsaev, head of the department for combating organized crime of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of North Ossetia.

    The mortally wounded police colonel managed to ram one of the killers’ car that was blocking his way, but he could not escape the trap and died almost immediately. By the decree of the President of Russia, Mark Metsaev was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage. In the summer, bandits at one of the restaurants shot police major Ilya Kasradze. At the end of October, at the entrance to Vladikavkaz, Gagiev’s bandits shot from machine guns a car in which was the head of the criminal investigation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, Vitaly Cheldiev, together with his 20-year-old son Zaur. They both died on the spot. The bandits killed Metsaev and Cheldiev because they were actively fighting their group. Law enforcement officers tried several times to bring Bote and his bandits to justice, but Gagiev managed to avoid punishment each time. Bote several times ended up in a pre-trial detention center, and each time he was released. On November 26, the mayor of Vladikavkaz, Vitaly Karaev, was killed by killers at the gate of his own house. Karaev knew that they wanted to kill him, he even ordered an armored car for himself in Moscow.

    The driver who was supposed to deliver this car to North Ossetia was killed in Moscow. The bandits, knowing the schedule of the mayor’s movements, watched him from a nearby street, and when he and his bodyguards left the house, one of the gang members, Inal Ostaev, shot Vitaly Karaev with a sniper rifle. At the end of December of the same year, two bandits with machine guns blocked the exit from the yard of the car with the former Vladikavkaz mayor Kazbek Pagiyev, and when she stopped, they shot her. Together with the official, his driver was killed. In the spring of 2009, members of the gang seriously wounded police lieutenant colonel Aslan Kachmazov, who was investigating murders and other crimes organized by Malysh. In Moscow in 2004-2005, the owner of the National Capital bank Dmitry Plytnik, the unofficial owner of the Kredittrast bank Alexander Slesarev, and the chairman of the board of the Kutuzovsky bank Oleg Novoselsky were killed. Before his death, the swimmer was brutally tortured in a car wash room, wrapped in a nude film. After the banker signed a number of documents and blank sheets of paper, he was beheaded, and his body was thrown into the river with iron pancakes from a bar tied to it. His body was found in April 2005 on the shore in the Dubna area, he was identified only thanks to the DNA examination. Banker Oleg Novoselsky was concreted alive in a barrel. He died long and painfully: the barrel was kept for a long time in the basement of the office on Chistye Prudy, where Novoselsky was lured under the pretext of handing over fireworks to celebrate the New Year. Then the barrel with the corpse was thrown into the Moscow Canal, where it was found 10 years later by investigators by questioning one of the killers.



    Only after the high-profile murder of the mayor of Vladikavkaz, the investigators of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the North Caucasus and Southern Federal Districts, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB of Russia joined the investigation. Alan Alborov, Inal Ostayev and a former employee of the Organized Crime Control Department Rafael Kalagov were arrested. Oleg Gagiev and Alexander Dzhussoev were detained in Moscow. Gagiev refused to cooperate with the investigation, Dzhussoev first gave evidence, but then refused them. Former police officer Givi Slonov, former deputy district prosecutor Murat Gabeyev, Inal Zasseev, Temur Kudziev, Ivan Bagaev and Robert Bagaev managed to escape and were put on the federal and international wanted list. Some of them were detained in August 2014, Aslan Gagiev — in January 2015 in Austria, Oleg Dzarahokhov and Ivan Bagaev — at the beginning of 2015 in Vladikavkaz and Montenegro, respectively, Artur Dzhioev — in April 2015 in Greece, officers of the SOBR Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Moscow region Andrey Sankin and Victor Pronin — in November 2015.

    Law enforcement agencies had to do a lot of work to collect evidence of the guilt of the bandits. For example, in order to find parts of the weapons dropped by the bandits in the Terek, it was necessary to drain the river bed near Vladikavkaz. During the investigation, witnesses were constantly threatened, and the investigators tried to compromise, including by spreading rumors about them on the Internet. Investigators were able to solve not only the murder of Vitaly Karaev, but also other crimes, including the murder of Kazbek Pagiev, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. Alan Alborov, Rafael Kalagov, Inal Ostaev and Alexander Dzhussoev were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. The trial of Oleg Gagiev took place in Rostov-on-Don, the defendant was guarded by riot police officers armed with machine guns. In March 2012, Gagiev was sentenced. Bote was found guilty of seven murders by the North Caucasian District Military Court and did not deserve leniency. Oleg Gagiev was sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of one million rubles.

    On September 2, 2015, the North Caucasian District Military Court (the case was considered there, since one of the accused had the status of a serviceman during the commission of the crimes) sentenced six members of Gagiev’s gang for the murder of nine people: Oleg Khamitsev — to life imprisonment, Artur Tibilov — to 22 years , Chermen Sugarov — for 20 years, Valery Pliev — for 18 years, Tamerlan Kozyrev — for 17 years and Azamat Sidakov — for 16 years. Arrested in Austria, Aslan Gagiev was released on bail of 100,000 euros in March 2016 in the framework of the so-called Bulgarian case — during his arrest, he was found to have a fake passport of a Bulgarian citizen. In accordance with Austrian law, the accused, while awaiting extradition, cannot be detained for more than the term that threatens him in the country where he may be sent. In Bulgaria, he faced a year of imprisonment for using a false passport, but he had already served this time in an Austrian prison. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office intends to seek his extradition. In June 2016, Bulgaria withdrew the request for Gagiev’s extradition. Continuation of the journalistic investigation



    Goals and objectives of journalistic investigation In the previous issues of our newspaper «Voice of the Law» (№№ 1-3 for September-November 2015), materials were published on the activities of the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group, which operated with impunity on the territory of North Ossetia for about ten years and committed especially grave crimes. Publications in the official mass media (mass media), on the Internet on the CrimeRussia website and court verdicts that entered into legal force were used as information sources. As the responses to publications showed, this was not enough. The people of North Ossetia want to know more about the criminals themselves, about the victims of crimes.

    We do not set ourselves the goal of questioning the fairness of court sentences, this right belongs to the convicts themselves and their lawyers. At the same time, we are convinced that the materials of the preliminary and judicial investigation do not give a complete picture both about the criminals and victims themselves, and about the motives for committing crimes. They were carried out superficially, and the investigating bodies and the court did not set such goals for themselves, although in accordance with the norms of the criminal procedure legislation of the Russian Federation, this is their direct responsibility. It seems that the authorities are not profitable for the people to know the reasons and conditions, the conditions for the creation of groups of an organized group in North Ossetia (Vladikavkaz, Alagir, Beslan-Zilginsky) for the simple reason that this could reveal the true role of law enforcement agencies, which, due to their helplessness and criminal negligence, and sometimes corruption themselves are complicit in crimes. The organized crime group was a product of the authorities themselves.

    Of interest is the question of how in our republic, stuffed with the police (10,000 employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) and other structures of law enforcement agencies, almost ten years of unpunished criminal activity of 30-40 bandits who committed more than fifty murders became possible. Moreover, the readers are particularly interested in the fact that former and current police officers and prosecutors were included in the organized criminal group, and they were headed by a KGB officer from South Ossetia, Oleg Gagiev (nicknamed «Bote», «Baby»). In a normal legal, democratic state, the general’s shoulder straps are torn off and judged for this. After all, this is no longer just an alarming signal, but a sign of a systemic crisis of the law enforcement system, where decay occurs from the head and spreads to other parts. Meanwhile, our fellow citizens get the impression that everyone was interested in the created «mess» in the republic, especially the leaders of the law enforcement agencies and other branches of government. There was a widespread opinion in the society: “it was necessary to shoot all the corrupt officials and thieves”.

    This happens when the state, through its law enforcement agencies, ceases to establish order. Then there are «Unions» of men (OCG), which illegally take on the functions of «cleaners» of society from the dirt. » The purpose of our journalistic investigation is, on the basis of documents and court sentences, to reveal the conditions and causes, vitality and cruelty of organized crime groups, in order to work to eradicate and prevent them in the future. It sounds corny, but we do not want Vladikavkaz to become a gangster. This is our city, our families, our children live here, and we want to make our city safe, prosperous and attractive. For us, all sorts of «temporary guest performers» who come to receive titles and orders, to collect bribes — they will not bring order.

    Crime prevention is a whole science (criminology), which is studied in all law schools. There are also scientific centers. Unfortunately, science and practice in the activities of law enforcement agencies, the authorities as a whole still remain at the level of good wishes, and we are reaping power and criminal lawlessness. This is what will be discussed later — about the link between the North Ossetian mafia and the authorities .. As follows from the official reports («analytical notes»), the countdown of the time of its creation of the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group has been going on since 2007, which, in our opinion, is controversial. As the convicts themselves show, the decision to create a Union (OCG) was made after the Beslan tragedy of September 1-3, 2004 and the impunity of the criminals who abducted our fellow tribesmen, including children, and their sale to neighboring republics to Chechen and Ingush militants for the purpose of receiving a ransom. But this will be discussed below. For now, let’s start with an analysis of the official materials.

    Memorandum of the Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Minister of Internal Affairs A. Akhmetkhanov reports to Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia V. Kolokoltsev the following: “… Earlier in 2007-2008, members of a gang led by Oleg Sergeevich Gagiev, born 18.06.1975, a native of South Ossetia, were involved in committing similar crimes. from. Dmenisi, nicknamed «Bote», «Kid» who in March 2012 was sentenced by the Rostov District Military Court to a life-long term of imprisonment. » However, this fact was enough to put O. Gagiev and other kidnappers on special preventive records. But this was not done and the police officers were immediately killed by them.

    Further, the minister points out: “The analysis of the incoming materials gives reason to believe that the current situation may be beneficial to the following representatives of ethnic-clan groupings that have formed in the political arena of North Ossetia-Alania … At the same time, as a “roof”, the organized criminal group lists politicians known in Ossetia and Russia, such as: A. Totoonov, a member of the Federation Council from the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania; ex-deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (two convocations) from North Ossetia-Alania, two-time Olympic champion, deputy of parliament of North Ossetia-Alania A. Fadzaev; ex-Chairman of the Government of the North Ossetia-Alania S. Takoev; ex-member of the Federation Council from North Ossetia-Alania O. Khatsaev; participant of two Olympic Games, Vice-President of the Russian Equestrian Sports Federation V. Tuganov, Vice-President of the Freestyle Wrestling Federation, ex-head coach of the Russian national freestyle wrestling team J. Tedeev; ex-prosecutor of the republic G. Stadler and others. Of course, believing the arbitrary conclusions and conclusions of the Minister of Police is not a reliable matter, he is in many ways disingenuous and wants to present himself to his superiors as an effective fighter against crime. But this is hindered by one fundamentally important detail: the “note” was drawn up after the fact, after the crimes were committed by him, and not prevented, and the gang was not identified in a timely manner, its activities were not suppressed before the onset of grave consequences.

    This is understandable, because according to his position, Artur Akhmetkhanov should be the first to bear responsibility for the negligence of the “flourishing” — the mafia and the bond of power, business and crime on the territory controlled by his department. But instead of properly fulfilling his official duty, he began to perform the functions of a «secret political police», which is prohibited in the Russian Federation. Moreover, at someone’s order, he began to incite intra-ethnic hatred, inventing «Digor», «Iron» and «Kudar» ethno-clan groupings, allegedly trying to seize power in North Ossetia. For example, he draws the conclusion in his note: “All the above persons represent the so-called“ Digor ”clan, striving for power in the republic. Historically, the power in the republic «belonged» to the Ironians. » Grief — the political scientist got completely confused in his stupid early, forgetting that for more than 20 years North Ossetia was successfully led by the «Digoret» B.E. Kabaloev, who won the respect of the entire multinational people of the republic. Further, the minister “predicts” at the level of a political fortune-teller that Senator Oleg Khatsaev has a chance to succeed T. Mamsurov as the Head of the republic from the “iron clan”.

    The minister ends his “note” with the words: “On the basis of the above, taking into account the current situation, together with the FSB for North Ossetia-Alania, an ORM complex is being implemented to uncover and neutralize the prerequisites for an aggravation of the operational situation during the upcoming elections.” It was here that the entire «trick» of the minister with his «horror story» came to light. It turns out that he saw his task not in the fight against crime, and in particular against organized crime, but in how to uncover and neutralize the “Digor clan,” supposedly creating the prerequisites for aggravating the operational situation. The minister and the customer of the «note» were not interested in the state of crime, but in the results of the upcoming elections. Despite the legislative prohibition of the police to engage in politics, to interfere in the political activities of political parties, A. Akhmetkhanov took up an occupation unusual for the body he headed.

    The hidden meaning of the «note» was to show: in Russia, the Bashkirs, Chukchi and other peoples are politically loyal to the Russian government, but the Ossetians and other «indigenous» peoples of the North Caucasus are unreliable and think only about how to «aggravate the operational situation «. He artificially divided the citizens of the Russian Federation into varieties according to the level of «reliability». Isn’t this an insult and humiliation of the Ossetian nation? Unfortunately, the minister’s horror story worked. The instincts of fear and self-preservation seized power. At the meeting of parliamentarians of the North Caucasus, the head of the North Ossetian parliament A. Machnev came up with an initiative to abolish direct elections of the heads of the republics of the North Caucasus. That is, anti-constitutional deprivation of citizens to elect the head of the republic and other chiefs.

    Deputies of the Parliament of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, with the exception of the faction from the Patriots of Russia party, even the Communists, without batting an eye, succumbing to the provocation of the Minister of Internal Affairs for the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, deprived their voters — citizens of the Russian Federation of active and passive suffrage (to elect and be elected), recognizing them as second-class citizens. Much to our chagrin, we, the voters of North Ossetia, swallowed this «pill» as an irresponsible people. Aslan Gagiev — participant of political games Minister A. Akhmetkhanov «appointing» Aslan Gagiyev as the financier of the organized criminal group in his note and at the same time the «protector» of the political elite, the authorities of North Ossetia, equates organized crime and the authorities. Makes the authorities an accomplice in the crimes committed by the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group. He considers unnamed politicians and statesmen from the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation to be accomplices. The question arises: how plausible are the minister’s conclusions? Paradoxically, there is some truth in his words. Indeed, A. Gagiev very successfully played the role of the «financier» of the election campaign for the presidential elections in South Ossetia.

    The candidate he supported, A. Dzhioeva, won the elections and was legally elected President of the RSO. According to A. Gagiev himself, he donated 9 (nine) million US dollars to the electoral campaign, allocated money for the purchase of 100 Priora cars, as well as for the purchase of fuel and lubricants, essential goods and food. However, given that her candidacy was not supported by the Kremlin, the election results were annulled, and Aslan Gagiev “acquired” an enemy in the person of the federal government, which forbids the oligarchs to “get into” politics. The example of Khodorkovsky, Berezovsky, Gusinsky and others is a vivid evidence of this. Oligarchs claiming power or interfering in the election of power — according to the political tradition in Russia, are persecuted. It is especially tough when they support the opposition. The authorities do not like to be attacked by someone else. Hence it follows that the «appointment» of the Moscow successful businessman Aslan Gagiev to the role of the «financier» of the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group is a task from above. A. Gagiev himself, considering his criminal prosecution politically motivated, is confident that he is right.

    He explains that the support of the opposition in the person of A. Dzhioeva was the imperative of the times. A challenge generated by the Georgian aggression of 08.08.08 and the treacherous role of the ruling elite there, headed by ex-President E. Kokoev, whom he knew well from the period of his «activity» in Moscow, when he was engaged in racketeering (extortion) from small traders in Moscow markets. During the period of aggression 08.08.08. according to A. Gagiev, the president-commander-in-chief played a treacherous role, fleeing with his guardsmen from the battlefield. Leaving besieged Tskhinval without protection. Then, according to A. Gagiev, South Ossetia was saved by the people themselves, who became breastfeeding for the defense of their Motherland. This heroic people deserved a different, people’s power, and therefore they decided to finance the election campaign of A. Dzhioeva, a presidential candidate from the people. There and then, he had a conflict with the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation A. Bastrykin, who refused to investigate the traitors of the Ossetian people.

    Now he takes revenge on him. In addition, again according to A. Gagiev himself, he also financed the election campaign of the North Ossetian regional organization United Russia. As A. Gagiev himself explains, on the eve of the last elections of deputies of the parliament operating in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the leadership of the republic and the branch of the United Russia party applied to him for financial support (personalities are known but not yet named). They motivated their request by the fact that in the course of public opinion polls, Arsen Fadzaev’s team gains up to 70% of the votes, and they do not exceed 30%. In exchange for financial support, the leadership of the republic and the United Russia party included in their party list those persons who were proposed by A. Gagiev. They also promised positions in the government and other structures of power to his candidates.

    The authorities have kept their promises. The current Parliament of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania includes A. Gagiev’s henchmen. They were also in the government, including in the law enforcement agencies (A. Gagiev asked not to name the names of his “friends,” although he believes that they all betrayed him). Aslan Gagiev allocated 5 (five) million US dollars to conduct an election campaign for the current Parliament of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, as well as separately for the purchase of 100 (one hundred) cars «Priora». The money was transferred directly to the heads of the regional, territorial headquarters of the United Russia party according to the order of its leadership. In a word, the Patriots of Russia party lost the elections not without the participation, albeit indirectly, of A. Gagiev. Moreover, A. Gagiev supported not only the pro-government party, but also the interests of Ossetia as a whole.

    His direct investments in the economy of the republic amounted to billions of rubles. And now the enterprises belonging to him continue to work, and the workers employed in them receive wages. True, here the “friends” to whom A. Gagiev transferred his property and funds into management are actively trying to take possession of them. In some of the «bankrupt» banks «BRR», Art-Bang «,» Dig-Bank «its tens of millions of US dollars» burned out «. According to the electoral laws in force in the Russian Federation, the legitimacy of the deputies of the current Parliament of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania from the United Russia party remains doubtful, the results of the last elections to the Parliament of the Republic are to be declared illegal, and those guilty of violating the procedure for financing the election campaign are subject to criminal liability under Part 2 article 141-1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

    Analysis of court sentences? To cite in this publication all the judgments of the courts is not a lifting task for our newspaper. I will dwell on only two sentences of the North Caucasian District Military Court. In the previous issue of the newspaper Golos Zakon, materials of the verdict against the convicted Oleg Gagiev (Bote, Malysh) were published, in which the court considered the following as established: “The OCG was created by a native of South Ossetia, a counterintelligence officer (KGB of the RSO) Oleg Gagiev. The group consisted of more than 30 people, including two police officers and one prosecutor. Many of the participants took part in the armed conflict in Georgia…. Bote personally took orders for the murder ”…

    It should be noted here that Oleg Gagiev himself, both at the preliminary and at the trial, not only did not admit his guilt, but did not give any evidence at all. By another verdict, the North Caucasian District Military Court established: Hamitsev, Sugarov, Sidakov and Kozyrev in the period from the end of 2009, and Pliev and Tibilov from November 2012 to June 13, 2013 on the territory of the Republic of North Ossetia — Alania (hereinafter RNO-Alania) … being members of a stable armed group (gang), they took an active part in the criminal community (criminal organization) created for the purpose of jointly committing grave and especially grave crimes, and banditry, murders of citizens, the use of fake state registration plates for the purposes of commission of a crime, deliberate infliction of grievous bodily harm, deliberate damage to property in a generally dangerous way, and Tibilov, Pliev, Khamitsev, Sugarov and Kozyrev — also in the illegal circulation of firearms, their main parts, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices. It is not our goal and not our right to assess the objectivity, legality and fairness of the sentences passed in cases.

    Therefore, we will not discuss them. But the main conclusion that can be made is the absence of any connection, including organization and financing, as Mr. A. Akhmetkhanov, Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, argued in his «note», between the activities of the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group with Aslan Gagiev, as reviewed by the courts cases have not been established. Therefore, today it is at least unsubstantiated to talk about A. Gagiev’s guilt in the creation of an organized criminal group today. Other versions In his “analytical note”, the Minister of Internal Affairs writes that: “In the course of joint operational search activities with the FSB for the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to identify the persons involved in the commission of these crimes, two organized crime groups were identified that had not previously come under the radar of the law enforcement agencies of the North Alania. Both groups include local residents living in the city of Beslan and the Pravoberezhny district, the city of Alagir and the Alagirsky district from among the former military personnel of the special forces of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, including those who served in «hot spots», as well as active law enforcement officers bodies of the republic.

    By the measures taken, the members of these organized criminal groups, involved in the organization and commission of these crimes, were detained. Hence, a natural question arises: what prompted the former servicemen of the special forces of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the prosecutor’s office and the RSO KGB officer, who had not previously been convicted, to unite as part of an organized criminal group? Unfortunately, neither the investigation nor the court gives an answer to this question, they simply did not want to investigate this main, as it seems to us, issue that is directly related to the circumstances of the creation of the organized criminal group and the crimes committed. Moreover, considering that there were no members of the organized criminal group, they were previously convicted. They were positively characterized at the place of work and residence.

    We can say that they were respectable citizens — patriots of Russia and Ossetia, if they took part in the defense of the Fatherland, served in the special forces of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the prosecutor’s office. Some of them received injuries and awards. Here, as common sense and logic shows, one could not do without an idea. It is to this circumstance that we tried to pay special attention during the journalistic investigation. As established, these young people came to the conclusion that after the Beslan tragedy, the main perpetrators of the murder of innocent citizens, including children, remained unpunished (some have already been written about, others will be discussed later). The perpetrators of the abduction of our compatriots, including children, with the aim of obtaining a ransom remained unidentified and not punished.

    They knew that many of those kidnapped for ransom had been secretly transported and held in the neighboring republic. That is, a stable trading scheme was established for our compatriots. Based on the facts on which the perpetrators were identified (for example, the case of the abduction and murder of Mirikov Ch.D. and the kidnapping of the child of entrepreneur L.L. Zaseev in 2006, the Supreme Court of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania on 09.12.13 was convicted only one of the perpetrators of the crimes Pliev A.Kh. and he was sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment for a combination of crimes). Agree that this is an unjustifiably liberal verdict. Customers and other accomplices went unpunished.

    There were enough such facts, which caused discontent and outrage in society. Some of them were shot by members of the organized criminal group. … The systemic crisis of power, the inability and unwillingness of law enforcement agencies to effectively fight crime, against manifestations of corruption, mutual responsibility in power, all this, according to the accused, prompted them to create the «Union of Men» — patriots who took responsibility and the obligation to cleanse society and government from corruption. Of course, these factors do not justify the criminals, but this happens in a state where its structures cease to perform the official functions assigned to them in a quality manner. The investigating authorities and courts do not want to take into account the stated circumstances, considering them tricks and the desire of criminals to evade responsibility. There is a popular saying: «It is customary to say only good or nothing about the dead.» However, it seems to us that we can say about everyone what he deserves, both during his lifetime and after. Our republic is small, everyone knows everything or almost everything about everyone.

    And everyone is free to give his or her own assessment of certain events and individuals. There is a version that the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group of Oleg Gagiev («Bote») was known to the local police from the moment of its organization. Moreover, up to five current police officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, three employees of the republican prosecutor’s office, one from drug control, one army officer were introduced and were members of an organized criminal group. Thus, it turns out that the Vladikavkaz OPG acted under the control of senior officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and other law enforcement agencies. If they did not know about the «moles» from their midst, then again their fault. Leaders must be held accountable for the criminal acts of their subordinates. They did not see, did not notice, missed, did not educate their cadres. Aslan Gagiev is a product of the System We will turn again to the well-known analytical note of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania A. Akhmetkhanov, which says the following about Aslan Gagiev: “From the available operational information, the financing of these organized criminal groups is carried out by Gagiev Aslan Mityaevich (Edruardovich), born on January 29, 1971, born in … Bolkvy, Georgia, known under the nicknames «Dzhako», «Brother», «Big Brother», «Moskvich», citizen of the Russian Federation, Ossetian, was previously registered at the address: Moscow, st. Molodtsov, house 31, bldg. 2 sq. as of May 2013 2013 lived in Turkey. According to available information, he is engaged in extensive commercial activities, has an office in the Rosoboronexport building.

    According to operational information Gagiev A.E. in the 90s he was serving a criminal sentence for committing an economic crime, taking the guilt of one of the current employees of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, who is currently providing assistance and all kinds of assistance to Gagiev in his entrepreneurial activities. » In the first issue of the newspaper «Voice of the Law» (September 2015), with reference to the portal «Russian Mafia», it was reported that A. Gagiev worked in the team of the ex-Minister of Energy of Russia, and later the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rosneft, Transneftprodukt , a member of the Board of Directors of Gazprom, special representative of the ex-president of the Russian Federation (D. A. Medvedev — author) for international energy cooperation, at the same time Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry Igor Yusufov. That is, Aslan Gagiev, according to his position in the power hierarchy of Russia, can be called the Man of the System. Whether our system of government is perfect or bad is another matter.

    The meetings and conversations I held in Vienna (Austria) prison with Aslanov Gagiev gave rise to great doubts in me about the accusation imputed to him of organizing the Vladikavkaz organized criminal group, financing and managing it. In my opinion, these are inventions of the organizers and leaders of this organized criminal group themselves, not confirmed by the court verdicts that have taken place, which is a mandatory condition by law to consider a person guilty. So, part 1 of article 49 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation reads: “Everyone accused of committing a crime is presumed innocent until his guilt is proven in the manner prescribed by federal law and established by a court verdict that has entered into legal force.” Hence the conclusion: No one, including the Minister of Internal Affairs for North Ossetia-Alania A. Akhmetkhanov, has the right to consider Aslan Gagiev a criminal. Personally, I can testify on the basis of the materials collected during the journalistic investigation that there is no blood of his compatriots on the hands of Aslan Gagiev. P.S In our conversation, Aslan Gagiev never mentioned his charitable activities, until I, knowing about it, asked him. He does not want to brag about it, because, as he himself admitted, charity should be a state of mind for a successful entrepreneur and businessman to share with the needy, the poor, the weak. By the way, after the Beslan tragedy in secondary school No. 1 on September 1-3, 2004, he was so shocked by what had happened that he visited the cemetery every day.

    Then he decided to allocate money for its arrangement. At least I wanted to help the victims of the terrorist attack, the children who had nothing to help. It is worthy to perpetuate their memory. He donated 2.5 million US dollars to erect monuments and equip the cemetery. (Then the rulers of the republic «appropriated» this last tribute to the victims. Maybe they also wrote off budget money for funeral services. They had enough conscience for this). A. Gagiyev, also in order to prevent further terrorists from the neighboring republics, allocated a large sum of money 7 million US dollars for the development and protection of the border with Ingushetia. How many of them «pocketed», and how many went into business, he did not check. He also allocated a large sum for the overhaul of the Prigorodnaya District Hospital. Helped in the reconstruction of the crushed stone plant in the village. Nogir so that the youth of the village are busy with work.

    He helped to establish a business for young people, allocating them irrevocably initial (start-up) capital. When Vladikavkaz airport found itself in a pre-bankruptcy state and began to sell aircraft to Chechnya, he invested in the reconstruction and support of this important strategic facility for the republic and citizens. More than half of the shares of Vladikavkaz Airport belong to him, but he does not know where the dividends are going. One thing is known, not to purchase your own aircraft. Unfortunately, his enormous wealth, which he shared with the republic and people in need, he made more envious people and enemies than gratitude. Aslan Gagiev admitted that he was not doing charity work for the sake of gratitude. In his life he experienced a «full thicket» of want and humiliation. In the 90s, together with their family and thousands of other compatriots, they found themselves in the position of refugees in their homeland. They were forced to flee from the interior regions of Georgia from the persecutions of the fascist regime of Z. Gamsakhurdia.

    The situation of a refugee turned out to be worse than the situation of a «fire victim» in whom, even though ash remains from a burnt house. They have nothing left. Life had to be rebuilt from scratch. The whole family was forced to huddle in someone’s barn, in the absence of basic conditions for living in st. Nikolaevskoe, Digorsky district. He experienced a full thicket of hardships and hardships, like his fellow refugees. In Moscow, he entered and graduated from a prestigious construction university. After graduation, he was hired by the Moscow government. The authorities gave him the opportunity to meet with representatives of big business, oligarchs. He became one of them. But he gave himself a vow — to help those in need, humiliated by his disastrous condition. He is known for good deeds in the North and South of Ossetia. Let the readers themselves and non-readers, too, give an answer to the question: Who is he — Aslan Gagiev? — Demon or Legend? In parting, Aslan Gagiev promised the exclusive right to our newspaper “Voice of the Law” to publish his confession.