“I get everything possible out of life.” Police Lieutenant Colonel absconds after disappearance of millions
Svetlana Buzukina, the Senior Accountant of the Administration for the Krasnoselsky District of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been put on the wanted list in St. Petersburg. An audit has identified a shortage of 7 million rubles ($121.7 thousand) in the MIA Administration’s treasury. Buzukina has absconded and is currently on the run.
Police lieutenant colonel Svetlana Antonovna Buzukina has attracted attention of her colleagues from other enforcement services. The Senior Accountant of a District MIA Administration has been put on the wanted list after the disappearance of 7 million rubles ($121.7 thousand). Amid corruption crimes committed by high-ranked enforcement functionaries, the charges laid against her seem pretty humble. But the fact remains. Last time Svetlana Buzukina was seen in St. Petersburg on October 9; then she has vanished without a trace. According to some unconfirmed information, the Senior Accountant of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District could flee to Finland where her relatives live.
The operatives are currently reviewing the life and professional activities of Svetlana Buzukina (nee Dubrovskaya). The 49-year-old police officer looked great and demonstrated her wealth on social networks. Based on personal pages of Buzukina, she liked wearing trendy and expensive clothes and manifested her outfits to friends and social network users. She also liked to share details of her luxury vacations and posted numerous demotivators, for example: “At some point, I stopped caring what do the people think of me” or “I get everything possible out of life and a little bit of what’s forbidden”.
Now the investigators are figuring out the amount of this “little bit”. Officers of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District are shocked by the existing situation – no compromising rumors had ever circulated about Svetlana Buzukina.
In addition to clothes, shopping, and beauty salons, Buzukina had another hobby: various gurus, life coaching courses, and astropsychology. The list of her friends on social networks includes masters of gestalt–kung-fu–coaching, Vedic chiromancy Nadi Grantha, life coaching, Reiki-tarot, and several astropsychologists. It can’t be ruled out that the police lieutenant colonel became a victim of one of such suspicious specialists.
Another, not entirely groundless, version links the disappearance of the 7 million rubles ($121.7 thousand) with Dmitry Butylkin, Head of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District and direct boss of Buzukina. After all, the senior accountant does not have the authority to sign financial documents. The CrimeRussia became aware that currently the Acting Head of the MIA Administration signs documents instead of Butylkin – this means that Butylkin may also be under investigation and suspended from duty.
Embezzlements of budget funds are not uncommon in the law enforcement structures. For instance, in September 2017, a criminal case has been instituted against accountants of the Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) under Article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Misappropriation or Embezzlement committed by a group of persons by previous concert through their official position on an especially large scale). According to the investigation, since July 2015 and until August 2017, the two accountants have jointly embezzled 77 million rubles ($1.3 million) allocated for the district police.
On September 29, the Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg has detained for two months 42-year-old Galina Anisimova, Senior Accountant of the MIA Department for the Volkhovsky District of the Leningrad Region. The second suspect – Lyudmila Novoselova, cashier accountant having the secondary signature authority, – has been released on pledge not to leave the city. According to some information, the ladies had been withdrawing cash from Sberbank accounts of the MIA Department for the Volkhovsky District.
Krasnoe Selo (Red Village) and chair
Little is known about Dmitry Butylkin, the Head of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District. The policeman has been appointed to his current position as a punishment. He was literally banished there in 2012 by an order of Sergei Umnov, Head of the MIA General Administration for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, in the framework of the personnel replacements caused by poor service performance of some territorial divisions of the MIA General Administration.
Based on the identified omissions and failures in the operative service, Sergei Umnov decided to bring some heads of district MIA administrations to disciplinary liability. Dmitry Butylkin was among these people. A disciplinary action was taken against him – Butylkin had to vacate the chair of the Police Chief of the Vyborgsky District and has been transferred back to the Krasnoselsky district where he had started his police career. It can’t be said though that this transfer has affected the life of the policeman adversely.
Dmitry Anatolievich Butylkin was born in St. Petersburg. Since 1971, resides in the town of Uritsk. Has graduated from the Leningrad High Politico-Military School. Had served for 5 years in the Zabaikalsky Military Command Region. In 1991, has transferred to the Leningrad Military Command Region, resigned from the military, and joined the police. Has been serving in the MIA structures for more than 20 years. Butylkin had started his police career as a criminal investigation operative in the 54th district police division and advanced to the chief of criminal investigation and criminal police. Currently Dmitry Butylkin is the Head of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District.
The MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District is not really that notorious, but it is necessary to note that this district is a territory of drug dealers selling amphetamine and hashish. Many gypsy barons specializing in drug dealing live in Gorelovo and Ligovo. It is not a problem to buy a dose there in broad daylight. This is evidenced by the high-profile murder of Dmitry Marininov, an operative of the Investigative Committee at the Prosecutor's Office, in 2009.
From the very beginning, too many high-ranked functionaries were involved into that story, while the results were shocking. Initially it was announced that the murder of Marininov was a blow delivered to the Investigative Committee by the gang of Barsukov-Kumarin – but it turned out that it had nothing to do with this crime. Despite the bombastic statements made by late Marininov, nicknamed Marina in the Krasnoselsky district, he was suspected of membership in an organized criminal group specializing in robberies of gypsy drug dealers. The gang members posing as police officers had caught the gypsies with drugs, seized the narcotics, and then released the dealers in exchange for bribes. Sergei Kiril’chuk convicted for the murder of Marinin was a member of one of such gangs led by a drug baron whose ‘workers’ had been repeatedly robbed by the newly-appointed operative of the Investigative Committee at the Prosecutor's Office.
Back to the people, face towards the money
The relations between the police and drug dealers are pretty complicated. It is a tangle of business, arrest reports, and circulation of envelops full of money. The local people got tired and sick with the orgy of drug-related crimes in the district and created a special VKontakte group to post their complaints on the poor performance of the local police (with specific names) and its chief Dmitry Butylkin.
According to the outraged residents, policemen of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District always “turn their back to the people and face towards the money”. The inspection authorities had repeatedly come to the same conclusion; reports of procuracy inspections carried out in the past years state as follows: “Officers of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District, together with their colleagues from other MIA Administrations, have been repeatedly caught by inspecting bodies on discontinuation of or refusals to institute criminals cases against drug dealers”.
Last year, the 82nd Police Division of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District has hit the headlines. Terrorists put on the federal wanted list had lived and prepared a terrorist attack just steps from the police station – in a residential home at 92/3 Leninsky avenue. Later operatives of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation have stormed the terrorists’ apartment with intense gunfire.
After the storm, a video entitled “Daily routine of the 82nd Police Division of the Krasnoselsky District” has been uploaded on the Internet – it showed officers of the division barbecuing, drinking alcohol, and having good time. The name of Dmitry Butylkin, Head of the MIA Administration for the Krasnoselsky District, was frequently mentioned in angry comments to the video. The people had asked what is Butylkin so busy with that he can’t bring his brash subordinates to order. Some malignant users had responded that Dmitry Anatolievich has no time for this because he is too busy motorcycling.
The passion of Dmitry Butylkin for motorcycles is not a secret – the policeman said in one of the interviews that he is a proud owner of BMW R1200 that he likes very much and “continuously upgrades”. Butylkin told the media that his subordinates “follow his example and acquired bikes as well” – so now he can enjoy rides alongside his eight comrades in arms and biker’s spirit. An original and, most importantly, pretty costly hobby. The current episode with the shortage of 7 million rubles ($121.7 thousand) in the police treasury should shed some light on the expensive habits of the police officers and the role of Dmitry Butylkin’ pen stroke in the disappearance of the funds.
The CrimeRussia will continue monitoring this story.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.