Kulik’s domain. Head of the MIA Administration for the Kursk Region chops living trees and builds homes 

Kulik’s domain. Head of the MIA Administration for the Kursk Region chops living trees and builds homes
Living threes were felled to build a road to the policeman’s mansion Photo: A still from the video

After the ‘exodus’ of the Rostov clan led by major general Potapov from the Kursk police in 2014, Grigory Kulik, an outsider from Astrakhan, was appointed in charge of the Administration for the Kursk Region of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation. Kulik also had to ‘escape’ from his previous place of service; he avoided prison by a miracle and somehow managed to take up an equivalent post. Most probably, this was not a coincidence but outright corruption: the ‘right’ people received bribes for nondisclosure of general’s criminal ties.

A similar story occurred with Kulik in the Kursk region. A commission from Moscow led by colonel Yuri Plyushch has uncovered numerous violations and issued a recommendation to remove Kulik from office. Concurrently, the Head of the MIA General Administration for the Nizhny Novgorod Region – a younger brother of Grigory Kulik – has voluntarily resigned.

On the one hand, the coordinated attack against the two brothers was successful – both of them lost their posts. However, there were no criminal cases, high-profile trials, or arrests. Everything was done nicely, ‘in a family way'.

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Grigory Kulik

The CrimeRussia found out that severe violations were committed during the construction of a mansion supposedly belonging to police major general Grigory Pavlovich Kulik, then-Head of the MIA Administration for the Kursk Region. These deeds fall under part 3 of Article 260 (illegal felling of stands committed by a group of persons on an especially large scale) and Article 286 (exceeding official powers) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation because the trees could not be felled without the knowledge and assistance of local officials.

Zubkov village is located in the Kursk region not far from Solyanka Park – a popular place of children’s summer recreation. Individual sites are not clearly demarcated there, feature similar relief and vegetation, and smoothly flow into each other.

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In addition to children’s summer camps, Solyanka Park also accommodates a convalescence home for indoor patients of the Medical Divition of the MIA Administration for the Kursk Region. The fresh air, pines, and healthy environment are beneficial for sick MIA officers. Retired general Kulik has duly appreciated all these features and established a ‘lair’ for himself in the departmental health institution. Initially, he had lived on the second storey occupying the entire floor. Then Kulik has reconstructed the first floor of a nearby economic facility in accordance with his taste and settled there. The general was even eating the hospital food – either due to some illness or out of greed.

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The CrimeRussia became aware that he was so pleased by the scenic location that started building a small palace for himself three kilometers from the medical establishment. The estate occupies a large area and has plenty of space for additional structures.

To describe the personality of general Kulik, we are going to quote Nezygar’ (@russica2) Telegram channel.

Members of clan Kulik removed from their offices.

...The resignation letter filed by general Yuri Kulik, Head of the MIA General Administration for the Nizhny Novgorod Region, was satisfied. Kulik junior started his career in St. Petersburg; he had served in the Department for Combating Economic Crimes, struggled against extremism, and was in charge of the Pavlovsky and Krasnogvardeisky District Departments of Internal Affairs...

 

The older brother, Grigory Kulik, started his career in Ukraine. He served in the Kremenchuk police and was in charge of the Pripyat (Chernobyl) police during the catastrophe. In 1999, Grigory Kulik was appointed the Head of the MIA Administration for the Vsevolozhsk District of the Leningrad Region; then – the Head of the MIA Administration for the Khimki District of the Moscow Region. In that period, he was involved in a scandal: Kulik has appropriated several land lots intended for other officers of the MIA Administration for the Khimki District. In 2005–2008, he was a Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. In 2008–2014, Kulik was in charge of the MIA Administration for the Astrakhan Region. Ministers of Internal Affairs and heads of regional MIA administration respected the general for his connections and ability to organize exciting fishing trips. Later, it became known that subordinates of Kulik had covered up ‘commercial arsons' of buildings in the historical center of Astrakhan, while the general and his clan controlled the sturgeon business, largest markets in the region, and drug trafficking.

General Kulik was suspected of covering-up illegal shipments from the North Caucasus, but because of his friendship with general Romodanovsky, all issues were settled quickly and quietly. In Kursk, general Kulik has also found himself in the crosshairs. According to operatives, he had covered up the ‘vodka mafia’, underground facilities producing counterfeit alcohol, and shipments of counterfeit cigarettes. Kulik had excellent relations with former regional head Mikhailov and was on friendly terms with the management of Mikhailovsky Iron Ore Mining and Processing Enterprise and Rosatom. In addition, Kulik had supported Pronin, ex-Head of the MIA General Administration for the City of Moscow, who still holds strong positions in the region.

The mansion of general Kulik stands on a lot with the cadastral number 46:11:090401:415 in Zubkov village, at the intersection of Solnechnaya and Zhemchuzhnaya streets. The building is located on the forest edge; it is absent in the registry of residential homes and on the district map – even though the adjacent home 51A exists there. A high-quality asphalt road goes to the mansion through the forest. Interestingly, a part of the woodland crossed by the road is marked on the public cadastral map as wasteland – although the satellite imagery clearly shows forest there.

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Apparently, the cadastral map was illegally amended to conceal the barbaric forest felling during the road construction. This grievous crime could not be committed without the involvement of officials of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography (Rosreestr) and district administration – the ones supposed to prevent such actions and notify the prosecution authorities of those.

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The CrimeRussia dispatched a group of journalists to Zubkov village. Below are their conversations with local people.

– Hi, we investigate the potentially corrupt construction of the residence of police major general Grigory Kulik. This refers to this home and mini-highway leading to it. Can you comment on this?

 

– No... I don’t want troubles...

 

– But still. Are we right or wrong?

 

– About what?

 

– Does this home belong to the general?

 

– I don't know who its owner is, but the person mentioned by you had visited it.

 

– What “person”?

 

Silence...

 

– General Kulik?

 

– Well... Don't get me wrong... The family...

 

– Had you seen the road construction?

 

– Yes, I saw how they had felled the cut-through and laid asphalt.

 

– How long ago was it?

 

– A few years ago...

 

– More specifically?

 

– Perhaps, in 2015...

 

– Had they cut trees?

 

– Yes, they had...

 

– A lot?

 

The conversation ends because the interviewed person hastily flees. However, our other source was more talkative.

 

– Whose home is next to № 51A?

 

– They say it belongs to general Kulik. He had frequently visited the site. They had felled the cut-through and laid asphalt some four years ago... Regional head Ryzhikov had visited the construction site, too and hurried up the workers.

 

– Who had worked here?

 

– I don’t know. But they had cut so many pines. The road was laid through the living forest...

 

– Please look at this printout of the cadastral map. It shows forests.

 

– And what is this?

 

– Forest.

 

– Correct. I *****. I think, you too.

 

– Exactly. Had anyone objected against the felling?

 

– Yes, some people had objected – but quickly shut up. Somebody ‘explained’ them the situation.

 

– I understand. But does this home belong to Kulik or not?

 

– I don't know. But his cortege was spotted here frequently. With him, women, uniformed men... I don't know much of this.

 

– Thank you! You’ve helped us a lot.

 

 

The road is of surprisingly high quality – as well as the home. The property includes both the residence and support structures. It even has a gatehouse. The yard is clean and well-maintained. Everything is fine – except for some desolation and feeling of abandonment. It is clear that the owners have moved out a few months ago and left somebody to take care of the estate. Interestingly, the quadcopter cannot be remotely controlled there – apparently, there is some jamming station nearby.

Shortly before the departure, we have met another person who said that Konstantin Susolkin, the former owner of Narodny Zhurnalist newspaper, has nearly lost freedom and had to flee Russia because of his interest in this home – he was criminally charged with swindling based on a years-old civil dispute won in the court.

This explains to some extent the impunity of Vladimir Ryzhikov, Head of the Kursk District: he makes favors to local ‘kinglets' who, in turn, protect him. The home of Valery and Zhanna Inozemtsev (The CrimeRussia wrote about them earlier) terminated from the MIA for destruction of other people’s property is located next door to the building supposedly belonging to Kulik. The husband and wife Inozemtsev like to demonstrate their luxury lifestyle way too expensive for police officers. A good neighborship...

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Vladimir Ryzhikov, Head of the Kursk District, Kursk Region

So, the trees were destroyed and home built. The glaring impunity of the people responsible for this is astonishing.

Interestingly, the post of the Head of the MIA Administration for the Kursk Region seems to be ‘cursed' since recently. General Viktor Bulushev failed to pass the re-attestation and was not accepted in the police. Viktor Potapov resigned after a quiet scandal with cashed-out money. Grigory Kulik bluntly left the office after a publication of Nezygar' (@russica2) Telegram channel. Of course, this is not about the position – but about people holding it. Can general Viktor Kosyrev, a native of Orel recently appointed in charge of the regional police, break the current trend? Time will show whether he uncovers dark deeds of his subordinates or opts to drift with the stream.

 

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