Drug war in Tatarstan: pseudo crime detection case completed 

Drug war in Tatarstan: pseudo crime detection case completed
Yury Kazakulov

The former Head of the Service for the Control of Illegal Drug Trafficking is charged with a final formulation.⁠

The ICR Main Investigations Directorate completed the investigation of the criminal case against Yury Kazakulov, former Head of the Service for the Control of Legal Drug Trafficking of the Federal Drug Control Service Administration of the Russian Federation (UFSKN) of Tatarstan. In the final version the drug policeman and his accomplice, Rustem Fatykhov, were charged with organizing large amounts of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Exceeding Official Powers and Complicity in this, as well as in Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs on a large scale (part 3 of Art. 33, part 2 of Art. 228, part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code, part 2 of Art. 228, part 5 of Art. 33 and part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

The investigators found that in 2010, the employees of the UFSKN detained drug dealer Fatykhov, to whom in 2011Kazakulov suggested taking part in a departmental fraud in order to mitigate the sentence. They agreed that the detainee would buy a small consignment of drugs, which then would be found by the officers of the UFSKN in the agreed place. At that time the then Head of the FSKN Viktor Ivanov arrived in Kazan. Then it was decided, taking advantage of the circumstances, to significantly improve the performance of the republican department for the authorities.

Fatykhov bought a small consignment of heroin (about 100 grams), and then mixed the drug with sugar powder and children's tea in a blender. As a result, a consignment of more than 10 kilograms was produced, which the drug dealer bagged, put into a bag and hid in the Vietnamese market.

On November 8, 2011 the FSKN conducted a fictitious operation to seize a particularly large consignment of heroin. Drug policemen reported to Ivanov on the closure of the drug delivery channel to the republic. In total, over 13 kilograms of narcotic potion worth of approximately 20 million rubles ($357 thousand) were seized. This allowed to significantly increase the disclosure rates in the department, which depended on the number of drugs detected. As a result, from the 10th place in the Volga Federal District of Russia the UFSKN of Tatarstan became first.

Accused drug dealer Fatykhov has already finished serving a suspended sentence on the charges on November 15.

This story came to the surface only in 2014 as a result of confrontation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSKN.

During operational activities the Department of Countering Illegal Drug Trafficking (OBNON) rounded up a group of drug dealers, among whom some Kuchaev was. He agreed to cooperate and told that the State Drug Control Service itself patronizes drug suppliers and even organizes an organized criminal group, which is then successfully covered. Then Kuchaev gave testimony against the MIA employees, who were detained. But they said that this was provocation of the UFSKN and presented a video with the original testimony of Kuchaev as evidence.

The republican UFSB launched an investigation and discovered other similar scams with pseudo-disclosure of crimes, which resulted in the detention of Yury Kazakulov. Three days before the accusation he managed to quit the bodies. The case of the OBNON is now being handled by the central office of the ICR.

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