Prosecutor-raider Dmitry Demeshin. Part 1
Demeshin’s biography is full of corruption and discreditable facts, however it does not prevent him from changing posts one to another sporty. Despite the common sense and logic, after the Anti-Corruption Fund investigation, Demeshin went on promotion.
The CrimeRussia keeps monitoring fate of heroes of an acclaimed investigation of the Anti-Corruption Fund. But one should not expect results of verification activity towards high-ranking prosecutors’ families - it has repeatedly been stated in the Presidential Administration.
It appears that a conflict of interest set in the Anti-Corruption Act does not apply to Russian high-level officials and their close relatives.
Yet the CrimeRussia is trying to figure out why people’s servants and their children have so much money and continues its investigation of abuse and corruption among the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office stuff. Today we will tell our readers about one of the Anti-Corruption Fund film’s figurants prosecutor Dmitry Demeshin, Artyom Chaika’s close friend, colleague and associate of Deputy Prosecutor General Gennady Lopatin. Demeshin’s biography is full of corruption and discreditable facts, however it does not prevent him from changing his posts one to another sporty. Despite the common sense and logic, after the Anti-Corruption Fund’s investigation Demeshin went on promotion. Looking ahead, we should note, that Demeshin has worked in many regions, and wherever he appeared the row broke out in the Department. And one of the most scandalous periods of Demeshin’s career was his service in the town of Rostov, which became the CrimeRussia’s object of the investigation.
According to some reports, the main driving force for Demeshin’s prosecutor career was long-standing friendship with Artem Chaika. They call each other “brother” and have often been seen driving expensive bikes together
Nowadays the master of sports in boxing Major General, Senior Counselor of Justice and Artem Chaika’s friend heads Department for Supervision over Execution of Legislation inthe military-industrial complex of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. His last promotion happened exactly after appearance of the Anti-Corruption Fund’s investigation, whose authors accused the prosecutor in covering of criminal schemes of his friend millionaire Artem Chaika. Before his name appeared in the Anti-Corruption Fund’s investigation in conjunction with Artem, Demeshin had worked as Yuri Semin’s deputy, the Head of the Department for Supervision over Legislation on Combating Corruption. After the film the Anti-Corruption Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office was dissolved, Yuri Semin was honorary sent to retirement and given a tacit position of Yuri Chaika’s adviser.
The case of Dmitry Demeshin was different: he was promoted by an appointment as the Head of the Administration of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, controlling the defense industry. According to some reports, the main driving force for Demeshin’s prosecutor career was long-standing friendship with Artem Chaika. They call each other “brother” and have often been seen driving expensive bikes together.
But a start of his life was given him by Yuri Sindeev, the former Head of General Department of Organization and Inspection of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, who left his post in connection with the repeated mention of his name in the context of the "gambling" scandal. Since his work in the Ministry of Justice, Sindeev had been granted unlimited powers by Chaika Sr., thus having great opportunities for successful development of Artem’s business.
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His raider skills came in handy later to his friend Artem Chaika, who could seize any business he wanted, the source said
At the same time, according to the CrimeRussia, Demeshin started to learn how raider schemes of business seizure work. His raider skills came in handy later to his friend Artem Chaika, who could seize any business he wanted, the source said. The operations were held with the help of the right people who sit on the right places, such as Dmitry Demeshin. According to the Anti-Corruption Fund, seizure schemes of misappropriation of salt and sand deposits in the Kaluga Region by Artyom Chaika were covered by Demeshin, who then served as the prosecutor of the Kaluga Region. We will tell more about this criminal episode by Chaika-Demeshin later, and now let us turn to Rostov.
Thus, on 1 August, 2008 by the order of Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Demeshin was appointed as the Deputy Prosecutor of the Rostov region. According to media reports, the protégé had managed to disgrace himself on the new place before his arrival. The fact is that prosecutor of the Rostov Region Valery Kuznetsov made a stand during expanded board against an appointment of Demeshin and Roman Klimov as his deputies. Kuznetsov’s protest was not taken into consideration and notorious deputies coped with each other well at this point.
It is hard to say whether south climate or feeling of self-importance influenced so much Dmitry Demeshin, but he really “broke bad” in Rostov, according to the CrimeRussia. Thus, the example of Dmitry Demeshin showed Rostov people that the Prosecutor could be the owner of amusement facilities at the same time. According to a source, the Prosecutor had a stake through the third parties in the ritzy club "Honey", located in the center of Rostov. But what is the charge, if one, a guarantor of Russian laws’ abidingness, is credited with the use of drugs? Information about Demeshin’s addiction to cocaine is found on several forums.
Thus, the example of Dmitry Demeshin showed Rostov people that the Prosecutor could be the owner of amusement facilities at the same time. According to a source, the Prosecutor had a stake through the third parties in the ritzy club "Honey", located in the center of Rostov.Sources of the CrimeRussia have found confirmation of this information. According to reports, drug dealer Victor Selivanov, better known as Selivan, has been working in the Rostov Region under the "roof" of law enforcement for a long time. Selivanov has made distribution of drugs mostly in local nightclubs, including the Med. In addition, Selivanov is known as the most successful drug dealer in the Rostov Region, who has repeatedly took part in dummy operations on drug plant in the interest of law enforcement. A rehabilitation course for cocaine addict Demeshin was organized (wondering at what expense?), but the results of his treatment are still unknown.
Regarding Demeshin ‘s service, as a deputy he received a reprimand for loud resignation of Valery Kuznetsov. In March 2012, Acting Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman signed an order of dismissal of Kuznetsov "for gross violations of the prosecutor's oath."
The situation seems to be an amazing metamorphosis, as in December 2011 Demeshin received an award of the "Lawyer of the Year", and shortly before his resignation he had passed a qualifying exam for the right to occupy a post of the Deputy Prosecutor General. Valery Kuznetsov was accused of the lack of control over companies operating in the housing sector. One of them was the Don water company. Its founders stole money of water suppliers, made them bankrupt, and transferred money abroad. As a result, the Prosecutor General's Office reported that in the town of Novoshakhtinsk "more than 80% of water supply systems were in need of replacement, water loss was about 76%." Then it became obvious that the situation was suspicious: firstly, work of Rostov prosecutors was put as an example to others by the Prosecutor General’s Office recently and, secondly, the criminal case against three owners of the "water business" was initiated by an order of the Rostov Regional Prosecutor's Office.
There is an alternative version of the reasons for Kuznetsov’s dismissal. According to it, the Prosecutor was a fighter for truth and stood against corruption – he carried out checks of mayors, heads of regional administrations, deputies, officials of various ranks too often. However, most of the results of the investigations were "buried" by the local Investigative Committee.
Demeshin’s behavior alone after resignation of his chief lets us understand that he was at least glad to this event, as well as a maximum – he helped Kuznetsov to lose his post. It is also seems possible that Demeshin attracted his "brother" Artem Chaika to it.It must be said, that Kuznetsov had enough detractors in his own Department, in the adjoining room. Remember his deputies Demeshin and Klimov. There are no direct evidences on their involvement in collecting damaging information about Kuznetsov, but these two were highly motivated. Demeshin’s behavior alone after resignation of his chief lets us understand that he was at least glad to this event, as well as a maximum – he helped Kuznetsov to lose his post. It is also seems possible that Demeshin attracted his "brother" Artem Chaika to it.
Demeshin was the first to inform his chief about an order of dismissal received from the Prosecutor General’s Office. And when Kuznetsov left his office, Demeshin became the Acting Prosecutor in the Rostov Region and "hurried up" to gather regional media for a press conference, where he decried his former boss. For example, he said that Valery Kuznetsov had constantly been divulging materials of preliminary investigations.
- You see, as soon as we start investigations on suspicion, appeals, complaints, materials appear in press with all the details. It's compromising evidence, manipulation of public opinion. We do not make press releases, we do not have the right to do so. Firstly, we complete an investigation, cause proceedings, and then publish revelations, - Demeshin said.Video: Demeshin
The Acting Prosecutor has found injustice in the fact that "all successful cases of the Prosecutor Officeare attributed to Valery Kuznetsov only by press":
- A number of these successful cases were not his personal success. It was not his success at all. It happened thanks to a team who worked, made lawsuits, and often post factum reported to the Prosecutor of the region about a case. Don’t forget that there is always an army which stands behind a commander’s back. And most of the work is done by a team. And all of these investigations, which are covered in media and attributed to the regional prosecutor personally, initiated by local prosecutors.
Demeshin have also accused his former chief of self- PR, remembering Valery Kuznetsov’s popular blog. His readers have often commented accusing regional government officials of corruption, called concrete names. There were enough people who could not approve such public activity.
The other person interested in Kuznetsov’s overthrowing was his second Deputy Roman Klimov. The fact is that while serving as the Prosecutor, Kuznetsov suspected Klimov of trying to buy an apartment on departmental money. The Prosecutor appealed to the security service and ordered to carry out an investigation on the fact of preparing a real estate purchase contract. Earlier, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office had allocated 10 mln rubles for the purchase of apartments for 6 Prosecutors of cities and rural areas of the region, according to media reports.
As reported, Klimov’s 100 square meters apartment cost 8.7 million rubles, and was located in a prestigious new residential complex the Olympus Towers in the center of Rostov. Here is how Kuznetsov commented on it in his interview with the Sobesednik:
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During the press conference Demeshin stood up for his colleague Roman Klimov, saying "investigation is not complete," and results to be revealed later. Note that Demeshin and Klimov started to think of a housing question as soon as their appointment. Demeshin moved in a free duplex apartment of the former First Deputy Prosecutor of the region. Klimov was not satisfied with Demeshin’s free three-room apartment and settled in a hotel located in one of the lush areas of Rostov called the "levberdon". The Prosecutor's Officeallocated 10 million rubles for purchase of a new apartment for Klimov, and probably feeling temporarily like a loser, he was going to take revenge in purchase of an apartment comparable to Demeshin’s duplex.
There is another scandalous episode in the work of the Prosecutor's Office in Rostov, which is connected with Demeshin. According to the CrimeRussia, the Prosecutor allegedly received order from influential people and began to “gun for” the Head of the Administration of the Russian Federal Security Service for the Rostov region Nicholay Britvin. As a result of his priggish checks, the high-ranked security officer was discredited and dismissed from his post.
It appears that Britvin’s story have also happened with the help of all-powerful "brother" Artem. The FSB Administration for the Rostov Region was reportedly under the Prosecutor General's Office investigation at that time. The number of violations was so critical that Yuri Chaika was ready to send materials to the Military Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee at the Prosecutor General's Officeto open a criminal case into official malfeasance. However, Britvin ensured to correct the situation, and then retired. According to the CrimeRussia, retired general headed the filial branch of the VKB group, which was property of a local tycoon and a shadow owner of the Krasnodar Region Viktor Budarin.
Nowadays the CrimeRussia is working on an exclusive about what was the real purpose of sending Dmitry Demeshin to the Rostov region: whether to maintain order in the region or to look after Artem Chaika’s business assets.
According to Sobesednik, in 2014, the President’s former guard and Governor of Tula region got an apartment in a block near the Pushkin museum. Similar apartment in the same block was up for sale for 1 billion rubles ($15 million).