Defense of Crimea: Prosecutor General’s Office opposes candidacy of Demeshin
Dmitry Demeshin expects to be appointed the Prosecutor of Crimea and actively demonstrates his closeness to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. On major events, Demeshin sits near Yuri Chaika. Would this closeness allow him to become the Prosecutor of Crimea, taking that some powerful figures in the Prosecutor General’s Office oppose this appointment?
Early this week, a task force of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has visited Rostov-on-Don with an inspection. Its objectives included, inter alia, sorting out links between the Prosecutor General’s Office and its regional branches. According to a CrimeRussia source, one of the reasons for the departmental inspection were tensions between 1st Class State Judicial Counselor Sergey Vorobiev, the Deputy of Yuri Chaika, and Yuri Baranov, the Prosecutor of the Rostov Region.
According to the source, the official grounds for the inspection in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Rostov Region were numerous complaints by Prosecutor Baranov against the superior management and service audits of Sergey Vorobiev, the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, initiated by Baranov. Yuri Baranov claims that the Deputy of Yuri Chaika, who supervises the Southern Federal District, allegedly “hinders his work”. The CrimeRussia source notes, however, that the true reasons behind the Baranov’s animus towards Vorobiev are quite different.
Sergey Vorobiev, the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
The CrimeRussia wrote earlier that the Prosecutor General’s Office is about to appoint a new Prosecutor of Crimea; this post has been vacant since the relocation of Natalia Poklonskaya to Moscow to become the Deputy of the State Duma. There are two most probable candidates for this position: Oleg Manakov, the Deputy Prosecutor of the Moscow Region, and Dmitry Demeshin, the Head of the Administration for the Defense and Industrial Sector of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation. The chances of Demeshin are higher.
However, Sergey Vorobiev, the Supervisor for the Southern Federal District, who knows Dmitry Demeshin for a long time and not from the best side, is totally against his appointment the Prosecutor of Crimea. In the beginning of 2016, following the CrimeRussia publications about Demeshin, Vorobiev has held a special conference in Krasnodar dedicated, inter alia, to the discrediting behavior of Dmitry Demeshin, the former Acting Prosecutor of the Rostov Region. It is necessary to note that during the four years of work in Rostov-on-Don, Demeshin has acquired a pretty checkered reputation.
According to the CrimeRussia source, Demeshin had played an important role in the struggle of Artem Chaika, son of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, for key assets of local organized criminal groups – Bortsovskie (Wrestlers) and Volki (Wolves): largest Rostov-on-Don markets – Severny and Gerkules; Fortuna car market; and a number of night and gambling clubs. The source states that Artem Chaika presented to Dmitry Demeshin a share in one of the most prestigious and expensive night clubs – Med (Honey) – as a gratitude for the prosecution cover for his business operations. Demeshin used to provide similar patronage to other Rostov entrepreneurs as well – for example, Aslanbek Dzhioev, the Head of Rostovgorgas Joint Stock Company, used his services on a regular basis.
In addition to old, almost forgotten, deeds the trust of the superior management to Demeshin had been shaken by his friendship and long-term joint career advancement with Stanislav Ivanov, the ex-Prosecutor of the Leningrad Region, who has become a suspect in a high-profile bribery case two weeks ago.
Stanislav Ivanov, the ex-Prosecutor of the Leningrad Region
Ivanov used to be a deputy of Demeshin in the Kaluga region and supervised the nature use control – the sphere where Dmitry Demeshin was earlier so successful in providing protective racket for owners of sand and gravel pits in the Moscow region. According to St. Petersburg media, the FSB suspects Stanislav Ivanov of such illegal activities as well.
It was reported that the FSB checks in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Leningrad Region have started in the beginning of October due to the suspected corruption links between Ivanov and owners of mining pits.
Such a coincidence should be a warning sign for Dmitry Demeshin. Especially taking that even prior to the initiation of the criminal case against Stanislav Ivanov, the FSB operatives had lots of question to the prosecutors’ duo of Ivanov and Demeshin with regards to suspected corruption offences.
But apparently, the remarkable career (there are very few 40-year-old generals in the country) and patronage of powerful figures in the Prosecutor General’s Office have reduced the watchfulness of Prosecutor Demeshin.
He is steadily preparing for the assumption of the Crimean Prosecutor’s Office: holds consultations with local businessmen, selects people for the key positions, etc. Apparently, Demeshin is totally confident of his invulnerability. According to the CrimeRussia source, he reinforces this confidence with frequent references to his friendship with the son of Sergey Kiriyenko, the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, and Yuri Chaika, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. Dmitry Demeshin actively demonstrates his closeness to the Prosecutor General – not only figuratively, but also literally. On major events, Prosecutor Demeshin sits near Yuri Chaika; at a recent collegium session in the Russian Far East, he notified all the attendees that he would seat next to the Prosecutor General. Future will show whether this closeness allows him to become the Prosecutor of Crimea.
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