Chief Russian investigator decides not to dismiss his employee, but to send him to Far Far East
ICR Lieutenant-General Ruslan Ibiev, responsible for the YUKOS case and the Khromaya Loshad club fire investigation, will remain in the Investigative Committee structure, but will serve in the Far East.
February 1, 2018, the information on the dismissal of Head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate investigative department No. 4 based in Yekaterinburg Ruslan Ibiev was published. His resignation was announced by ICR Chairman Alexander Bastrykin at a meeting with the parents of children killed in a bus accident in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District in December 2016.
The department led Ibiev was in charge of the investigation. Parents of the victims repeatedly complained about the investigating bodies’ work. In November 2017, Ibiev, his deputy Dmitry Koreshnikov, and Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District Anvar Akhmedzyanov had been suspended from investigation in connection with an official check, but all three then returned to their posts.
Today, Znak.com learned that Lieutenant-General Ruslan Ibiev will remain in the Investigative Committee, but with a high probability of being transferred to the Far East. Two informed sources in the region’s power structures told the publication about this.
According to one of them, General Ibiev will head the ICR Main Investigations Directorate investigative department No. 6 based in Khabarovsk. The other source, working in the department No. 4, said that Ibiev may lead one of the ICR regional departments in the Far East. Currently, there are two vacant positions there – in the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Amur region, the acting head of which is Colonel Oleg Vinnikov, and the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Sakhalin region with Colonel Alexey Korotkikh as the acting head.
According to a participant of Bastrykin’s meeting with the deceased children’s parents, “Alexander Ivanovich [Bastrykin] said that this investigator is very strong; he has run many high-profile cases, and he trusts him. But as for our case, there’s been too many mistakes, so Bastrykin told him either to go to Chukotka, or retire.”
Znak.com does not rule out that in this case, ‘Chukotka’ is a figure of speech, characterizing the remoteness of the possible new duty station of General Ibiev, as Vladimir Putin had only recently (namely, in June 2017) appointed Major-General of Justice Konstantin Uskov the new head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Chukotka region. The ICR press service has yet to confirm Ibiev’s transfer to the Far East.
To recall, Lieutenant-General Ruslan Ibiev is known for being involved in the investigation of a number of high-profile cases, both when serving as investigator of particularly important cases at the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation and head of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate investigative department No. 4 in Yekaterinburg.
In the 2000s, Ibiev took part in the YUKOS case and investigated into the biggest fire in the post-Soviet Russia, which took place in the Khromaya Loshad night club in Perm on December 5, 2009 and claimed the lives of 156 people.
Ibiev became the head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Urals Federal District, renamed to the ICR Main Investigations Directorate investigative department No. 4, back in 2011. It was under his leadership that the department investigated into the case of Vice-Mayor of Yekaterinburg Viktor Konteev about the seizure of vegetable store No. 4 and the murder of several members of Uralmash OCC, the case of former First Deputy Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Oleg Grachev, accused of libel, and the criminal cases against Senator Konstantin Tsybko, First Deputy Governor of the Kurgan region Alexander Bukhtoyarov, and former Vice-Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Nikolay Sandakov. In addition, Ibiev’s subordinates investigated the high-profile case of the Yamal’s Labytnangi 2016 fire, where nine people perished in the flames in a dilapidated two-story house.