The force awakens: who is the great special operations of the FSB

The building of FSB on Lubyanka square

Wednesday, July 27, two high-ranking employees of SKR detained on charges of bribery, changed the procedural status: they were charged with. At the same time, the Basmanny court upheld the searches at the head of the Federal customs service Andrei Belyaninov at the smuggling case, involving St. Petersburg businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko. He Belyaninov remained in the status of the witness, told the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

For most high-profile criminal cases recently is a team of FSB, headed by General Sergei Korolev, who until recently headed the Department of internal security Department (USB) of the FSB, and in early July has been the beginning of the economic security Service (SEB) FSB.

Comes from Peter

Queens in the early 2000-ies he served in the economic security Service of the St. Petersburg Department of the FSB. In 2004 in the rank of major wrote a report on the transfer in the active reserve of the Federal tax service, wrote “Fontanka”.

He later became an adviser to Anatoly Serdyukov, former Minister of defence. In the military, Korolev was in charge of the Main intelligence Directorate. After the resignation of Serdyukov (he left the post in 2012) Korolev was appointed head of the CSS.

The interlocutor of RBC, close to the leadership of the security services, says that the Queen has long had big ambitions, including in the career plan.

When to the Queen one of the most important units in the CSS became the Sixth service. According to the interlocutor of RBC, close to the CSS, it was established in 2008, it includes about 35 people. The head of service Ivan Tkachev.

The first high-profile case

In February 2014 it is the Sixth service detained the leaders of the Main Directorate of economic security and counteraction of corruption (Guebipk) Ministry of internal Affairs Denis Sugrobova and Boris Kolesnikov. The operation was supervised by the Deputy head CSS Oleg Feoktistov.

For MIA this confrontation ended with the arrest of several high-ranking officials who were put on trial, and reductions in Guebipk. Kolesnikov has committed suicide.

Following high-profile criminal cases in which involved officers of CSS, began investigations against the Governor of Sakhalin Alexander Khoroshavin, who was accused of receiving a bribe, and against the Governor of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer and nearly 20 people. For the first time in Russian history, the head of the region (Gaiser) was declared the leader of the gang.

The fight against smuggling

In the fall of 2015, the officers of CSS began to follow St. Petersburg businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko. In March, he was arrested, he was charged with smuggling of alcohol. Related firms featured in the “business culture”.

“The FSB has accumulated a lot of stuff on Mikhalchenko, but the go-ahead came just a month ago,” — said in March, when they arrested Mikhalchenko, the source of RBC, close to the St. Petersburg Department of the FSB. Wiretapping Mikhalchenko revealed all of his business relationships, said another source in the secret service.

The thing promised is not the only case of smuggling, which involved CSS. At the end of 2015 interested in case of ULS Global. Among the defendants in the investigation was the chief of the 7th Department of the “K” (it is engaged in counter-intelligence security in credit-financial sector) of the economic security Service of the FSB, Vadim Uvarov.

Replacement FSO

Communication with Mikhalchenko impact on the career of one of the most senior security officials of the country Director, FSO Evgeny Murov.

Murov worked for several years with a partner Mikhalchenko business Nicholas Annual regional management of FSB. Murov, Mikhalchenko, Negodov lived in the same village on the shores of lake Valdai in the Novgorod region.

In late may, President Moores was dismissed. The press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov explained the dismissal Murov his advanced age.

While talking about the imminent dismissal of Murov in connection with the expiration of the age limit for being in the civil service went in a few years, but it is the contact with Mikhalchenko become a decisive factor that pushed a political heavyweight to care, noted in a conversation with RBC senior Federal official and a source close to the presidential administration.

Changes in FSB

In June, lost his job, the head of the Department “K” (part of SEB) Viktor Voronin, supervisor Uvarov. At CSS was the information that Voronin is associated with Mikhalchenko, told RBC two people close to the management of USB. The resignation of Voronina has occurred the results of internal audit, in SEB was conducted by the CSS.

Soon after the first audit of Management of own security the beginning of a re-examination. Upon completion of the resignation of the head of SEB Yuri Yakovlev.

Even a few weeks before the resignation of Yakovlev’s main contender for his place was the Queens, told the interlocutors of RBC in the secret service. He was appointed on 8 July the head of SEB.

Now the FSB is continuing the reshuffle, but at the level of middle management operatives of economic security. According to one of interlocutors of RBC in the FSB close to the leadership of the security services, the scale of dismissals it is difficult to assess, but we already know that their posts will lose about a dozen people, about half of which will additionally examine in connection with possible violations of the law.

Another source of RBC in the secret service said that at least one person from among the employees of SEB left the country. According to another source of RBC, one of the operatives of the economic security Service, was dismissed on 8 July — the day when was signed the decree about appointment of the new head of SEB.

Governor White

While the economic security Service was checking the CSS operatives continued to engage in high-profile cases. At the end of June, he was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, the Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh. As explained by the interlocutors of RBC, close to the leadership of the FSB, the operational support of the case doing sixth service, and supervised business Deputy Queen Feoktistov.

The arrest of White was not agreed beforehand with the leadership of the country, insists the interlocutor of RBC, close to the secret service. However, according to him, the actions of the operatives fit into the overall policy to “purge” ahead of the elections.

The interlocutors of RBC, close to the Kremlin, confirmed RBC that for many in the presidential administration, the case against White was a surprise.

The case investigators

In mid-July, operatives of the economic security Service, which by this time was headed by Korolev, was arrested high-ranking officers of the TFR, including the head of the Department of interagency cooperation and private security agencies, Mikhail Maksimenko, who is the source of RBC, close to the secret service, called the right hand of the Chairman of the RCDS Alexander Bastrykin.

According to “Novaya Gazeta”, the development of the security forces in connection with the case of the thief in law Shakro Young at the beginning of the year engaged in counterintelligence Service, the FSB. But now it is a case that is quickly accompanied by SEB headed by Korolev.

The official representative of the TFR Vladimir Markin and Chairman of Department Alexander Bastrykin during the day did not comment on the arrest, then called the arrests investigators “cleanse” the TFR.

Two of the interlocutor of RBC in the FSB insist that Bastrykin was informed about the criminal case at the last moment.

Searches in the FCS

On 26 July, the FSB operatives, together with the staff of the Investigative Committee suddenly raided the home and office Belyaninov, as well as his subordinates. According to the representative of the RCDS Vladimir Markin, the investigations were conducted in the framework of the case Mikhalchenko — the same one that started the CSS with the Queen.

Belyaninov remained in the status of the witness, however high-ranking Federal official and a source of RBC, close to the leadership of the FSB, said that it is still early in the year wrote a letter of resignation.

The claims of the security forces to Belyaninovo associated with the investigation of several criminal cases about smuggling, according to two of the interlocutor of RBC in the FSB. According to them, an important factor was the change of management in the economic security Service FSB — this unit is responsible for the FCS.

Whose initiative

“First, the expansion and the suppression of competitors, and then a complete change of leadership — [so] the situation is developing in the key economic security Department of FSB, which along with CSS FSB defeated Guebipk of the MIA (it Sugrobova), and then it changed the entire management team. With some inevitable elements of reactivity all this gives the impression of a complex, pre-built combinations,” — commented in the “Gazette” recent scandals political analyst Nikolai Petrov.

The FSB was given carte Blanche to fight corruption ahead of elections, explained RBC a source in the secret service and confirms a source close to the presidential administration. This fight is on all levels — from the FSB to heads of regions.

Another challenge facing the security forces to take control of those areas that were previously supervised by the former management of SEB, says a source in the FSB. Finally, he said, the FSB needs to show all rules that will apply at least until the presidential election.

In General, the interlocutor of RBC, close to the Kremlin and the FSB, it follows that in the case of recent high-profile cases, the initiative successfully matched with the current political course: the team’s ambitions Queen supported by the desire of the country’s leadership to step up to parliamentary and presidential elections, the fight against corruption and to get rid of the political heavyweights of the early noughties.