"She is cocky": FSB caught up Deputy Head of MID Morozova 

"She is cocky": FSB caught up Deputy Head of MID Morozova
The Head of the 4th Division of the MIA Main Investigative Department Natalya Morozova Photo: Fontanka

The alleged resignation of the St. Petersburg Prosecutor is not the only hot topic of today’s agenda in the law enforcement. Security forces are watching closely how things revolve with inspections of Natalya Morozova, the Head of the 4th Division of the MIA Main Investigative Department, and the possible consequences of these searches.

Not without a fight

Sources familiar with the situation claim that such drastic actions by the FSB Economic Security Service, which was seemingly on good terms with the Colonel Morozova, can be explained by two noteworthy details. The first one would be a long-planned cleansing of the Main Investigative Department, initiated by the Head of the agency, the General Alexander Romanov. The second one is the insolence of Natalya Morozova herself. As the internal sources say, Morozova worked closely with the FSB Economic Department, but eventually "stepped over the border." And that actually upset her colleagues from Liteiniy, 4.

However, nobody wanted to wash the dirty linen in public. Natalya Morozova was allegedly asked to leave quietly and with dignity. But the militant lady decided that she was ten feet tall and nobody would dare touch her. As people in the security agencies say, "the quiet strategy did not work, so it was time to start a loud one."

 Генерал Александр Романов

Fontanka believes that the background for the searches was as follows: the investigation of large-scale fraud during the construction of vital objects and airfields for the needs of the Ministry of Defense yielded unexpected results. It turned out that the director general of As-Engineering Andrey Panteleev, who was a suspect in that grand scam, was supported by Natalya Morozova. The correspondence with Panteleev found in her smartphone by the counterintelligence officers left no room for doubt. Morozova was giving him everything — the names of the FSB Economic Security Service staff, the data on witnesses, and the information about upcoming searches. Panteleev began to plan his escape to Finland and was caught at the station.

The same correspondence formed the basis of a request for the arrest of the fugitive now the businessman remains in the detention center and the Colonel Morozova is on sick leave. Law enforcement agencies of St. Petersburg learned the information about these searches in mere hours, and though it looked pretty scandalous, it was doubtfully unexpected. Behind the scenes. security forces repeated only one thing: "She was way over her heard, it was high time [to do this]."

Her stern temper, strange relationship with businessmen, wide acclaim among the business circles of the city, and rancor on top of that, were nothing short of legendary. The Colonel was noted even by the Chief of the police in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Sergey Umnov. He allegedly received regular reports about her actions. Not only businessmen feared the modest-looking woman, but even colleagues — her intellect and wit were undeniable.

Bound by one chain

Until recently, Morozova and her economic office were the most important part of the Main Investigative Department. Despite the fact that her immediate superior is the General Alexander Romanov, who returned to St. Petersburg in April 2016, Morozova not always reported on her work to him. Even her colleagues from the economic department of the FSB were often ignored. One of the major charges against her is now excessive independence.

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Alexander Romanov is the Deputy Chief of the MIA Department in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. In 1989, he graduated from the Leningrad special secondary police school under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR. In 1996, he graduated from the St. Petersburg Law Institute of the MIA. After police school, he worked as an investigator in the Moscow district. In 2003, he was appointed the Deputy Chief of the Main Investigative Department of the MIA department in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. In 2006, he was appointed the Deputy Head of that agency, and the Deputy Head of the Main Investigative Department. From 2011 to 2016, he worked as the Deputy Chief of the Investigation Department of the MIA, and then the Deputy Chief of the MIA in the Northwestern Federal District. In 2015-2016, he was the chief federal inspector of the Kaliningrad Region, and the Presidential Envoy in the Northwestern Federal District. In the spring of 2016, he returned to St. Petersburg to lead the Main Investigative Department.


Recently, Morozova managed the issues all by herself, thinking it unnecessary to report on her actions. The former Head of the Main Investigative Department, Marina Matveeva, who left the post in 2015, was always aware of the events in her former department. She even left her trusted men to manage things — the Colonel Oleg Antropov and Natalya Morozova. Rumor has it that Antropov regularly consulted with the former boss, and Morozova did that even more boldly regarding certain delicate issues.

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Marina Matveeva is a legend among the St. Petersburg investigators. She started working in law enforcement in 1982. Matveeva began her career as the investigator of the 40th Division of the Frunze district police department. She also worked in the Central and Krasnogvardeysky districts. In 2006-2011, the Deputy Chief of the Main Investigative Department. In July 2011, headed the Main Investigative Department of the MIA department in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. In 2014, awarded the title of the Major-General of Justice. In 2015, elected as a judge of the Charter Court of St. Petersburg.


Марина Матвеева

Photo: the Judge of the St. Petersburg Charter Court Marina Matveeva

Matveeva and Morozova have recently been mentioned in connection with the scandalous bankruptcy of the Vasileostrovets housing committee. Last spring, the manager of the committee Andrey Korobov became involved in the case of swindling. The case was initiated by Morozova’s 4th Division. However, Korobov was soon suddenly released from prison. The investigation had not objection to the unexpected change of a preventive measure, which is a rare thing to happen. After exiting the detention facility, Korobov gave his share, as Fontanka claims, to Alexander and Galina Kurakins. Those two are allegedly the relatives of the former Deputy Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Bank, Irina Malysheva. This businesswoman had long been associated with Natalya Morozova and Marina Matveeva. Malysheva worked directly with the Main Investigative Department, being responsible for dealing with distressed bank assets. Businesses dubbed this trio as MMM, by the first letters of the participants’ names.

And now, according to certain intel, a request with a specific name in question was put before the Head of the St. Petersburg MIA Department in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, Sergey Umnov. This request coincided with the aspirations of the General Alexander Romanov, who has long dreamed to get rid of Matveeva’s influence, trying to quietly rearrange the set of his deputies. The first candidates for takeoff were, of course, the old Matveevskaya guards, Oleg Antropov and Natalya Morozova. One way or another, the plan for the global cleansing of the Main Investigative Department was conceived six months ago. If not for Morozova’s stubbornness and her blind faith in the support of the FSB economic department, this resignation could have gone peacefully and painlessly.

Олег Антропов

Photo: the Deputy Head of the MIA Main Investigative Department in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Oleg Antropov

Today, the outcome looks quite tragic. Dozens of credit cards were found on Natalya Morozova during searches. For now, it remains unknown if they contain some impressive sums of money. Meanwhile, the Colonel is currently in the case as a witness, and the only thing that she has officially admitted to, is a dubious correspondence with Panteleev. The most important question now is whether the Colonel Morozova intends to fight or not. After all, she holds all the threads of the Tavrichesky bank case in her hands, as well as other equally intriguing criminal cases, which are important not only for the Main Investigative Department and the FSB, but for the city as a whole.

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