MIA Deputy Head Savenkov turns to be "leading scientist" 

MIA Deputy Head Savenkov turns to be "leading scientist"
Alexander Savenkov

The state officials of such high ranks have no time to write scientific works or hang up in libraries. What they do have in abundance is subordinates and right connections.

Vladimir Putin's intention to dismiss those officials, who decided to become academics and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Science (RAN), contrary to his recommendations, may force lots of senior civil servants to drop their honeypots.

In particular, Putin said at the meeting of the Council for Science and Education that if an official considers himself "a great scientist," he should be given the opportunity to fully concentrate on his reseacrh, because "it is impossible to hold simultaneously two positions that require full-time commitment."

Although the pursuit of science is not prohibited by the law "On State Civil Service," Putin has the support of old-school scholars. The Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, senior researcher at the RAN Institute for Nuclear Research and FIAN Astro Space Center Boris Shtern commented on the President's statement on behalf of the Russian scientific elite. Shtern said that if a candidate occupies an administrative position, then it should be "an aggravating circumstance" for the election to the RAN.

Meanwhile, according to the RAN charter, a person can become a member of the Academy when he or she has shown outstanding scientific achievements and has been elected by the general meeting of members of the Academy on the conditions established by the federal law and the charter.


Vladimir Putin and RAN President Vladimir Fortov. "So, they are leading scientists, right?"

But are the researches of the state officials from various ministries and departments really so important to the national science, that these people should be allowed to qualify for the title of academicians and corresponding members?

Let us proceed with an example.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, the list of those subject for "necessary personnel decisions" by the Presidential Administrative Department includes the MIA Deputy Minister, the Head of MIA Investigation Department, Alexander Savenkov.

The Vedomosti newspaper noted that Putin's anger could well be caused by the fact that Savenkov and second law enforcer — Head of FSB Department of Registration and Archives FSB Vasily Khristoforov — had been elected RAN corresponding members. Other explanations of such stern criticism would hardly suffice, since this year fewer officials had been elected to RAN than last year, according to the RAN academician-secretary Valery Tishkov.

The military lawyer, the MIA Deputy Head was elected a RAN corresponding member in his specialty, which is law. After graduating from the Military Law Faculty of the Military University, Savenkov has long served as an investigator in the Trans-Baikal Military District, and then in the position of a military prosecutor in a number of Siberian garrisons. At that time, he also defended his thesis.

Since 1997, Savenkov moved as a Military Prosecutor to the center of the country. He led the Prosecutor's Offices of the Volga and the Moscow Military Districts, and in 2002 became the First Deputy Military Prosecutor, and then the Chief Military Prosecutor. In this capacity, Alexander Savenkov became known in connection with a number of high-profile trials — a spy Alexander Sypachev, the main financier of the Ministry of Defense Georgy Oleinik, Tank Troop Colonel Yuri Budanov, and GRU Captain Eduard Ulman. Since 2006, Savenkov became the First Deputy Minister of Justice, and in 2014, Vladimir Putin appointed him the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

Which means that quite a tight career record of the military official could not give much time for scientific activities. However, judging by the newly acquired title of a RAN corresponding member, Savenkov managed to become "a leading scientist" over the years in the field of military justice.

According to the information on the website of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Savenkov excelled "in the study of the criminal policy formation in Russia in the context of developing international legal framework to combat crime; the legal analysis of the implementation of provisions of international conventions for the protection of rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens into the Russian legislation; the development of field and military forensics; the creation of concept for investigating crimes in the areas of armed conflict" and much more.

A source of the CrimeRussia explained how Savenkov managed to do all of that.

As is often the case (we can remind of the recent media scandal with the book of the former ICR Speaker Vladimir Markin), the Head of MIA Investigation Department did not write a thing by himself. For obvious reasons, the officials of such high ranks have no time to write scientific works and search for references in libraries. Besides, they are above all that.

According to the source of the CrimeRussia, all of Savenkov's scientific papers, including the doctoral dissertation on the topic "Actual problems of the constitutional legality in the Russian Armed Forces and the role of prosecutors in solving them," which he defended in 2002, had been prepared by the Military University of the Russian Ministry of Defense, which Savenkov had previously graduated from. Since 2001, one of the country's leading military universities is headed by Savenkov's old friend, now a Colonel General Valery Marchenkov. That is why it was so easy for Savenkov to obtain such an impressive scientific luggage.


Head of the Military University, Colonel General Valery Marchenkov

In 2006, the right connections among the state officials and special powers entitled by his service also helped him to hush up a high-profile case of his younger brother Sergey, who had been caught red-handed on suspicions of fraud by the Presnensky police department officers.

It is noteworthy that Sergey Savenkov, being the Рead of the Investment Department of the Livna City Administration, the Oryol region, took 17 000 dollars from the father of one of the Volgograd officers for the promise to wave the sentence for embezzlement, which loomed over his son.

Although Sergey had initially pleaded guilty, and the fact of the cash transfer had been confirmed by the audio and video evidence, after the chief military prosecutor had intervened, the case was transferred to the Moscow city prosecutor's office. Sergey Savekov was soon released, and the criminal case was forgotten.

However, it is possible that, in the light of possible personnel decisions against "state academicians", the curious case of Savenkov's brother may emerge once again. After all, not every scientist can boast of the immunity enjoyed by the higher ranks of law enforcement officers.



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