Moscow sledgehammer in Petersburg realities 

Moscow sledgehammer in Petersburg realities
In early March, it was unquiet in the assembly hall of the Main MIA Directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region Photo: The CrimeRussia

The corridors of the Main MIA Directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region are empty. Employees of the department have no free time - they are busy with reports. Inspectors of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the MIA arrived in the northern capital with a check. CrimeRussia tried to find out whether there will be any resignations.

Here is not there

In early March, it was unquiet in the assembly hall of the Main MIA Directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region on Zakharyevskaya street. All the key figures of the power departments of St. Petersburg gathered here. Chiefs and staff of the Main MIA Directorate. Minister of the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev and Alexander Beglov presented to the police their new chief, General Roman Plugin.

Frankly speaking, neither the attendees, nor the high-ranking officials themselves experienced any enthusiasm for this idea. In St. Petersburg they do not favor strangers. But there was no one who decided to miss such a responsible event. The head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Igor Potapenko, the city prosecutor Sergey Litvinenko, the presidential envoy to the North-West Federal District Alexander Gutsan, and others on behalf of the security and power structures of the city greeted the new head of the directorate. Sergey Umnov, the former head of the directorate, also came to greet the successor. As they said on the sidelines, after the official presentation, Sergei Pavlovich had a substantive conversation with the new boss. What they talked about is unknown.

As they said on the sidelines, after the official presentation, Sergei Pavlovich had a substantive conversation with the new boss. What they talked about is unknown.

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Ex-Head of St.Petersburg MIA Sergey Umnov

The suddenness of the appointment of Roman Plugin, frankly, took many authorities in St. Petersburg unawares. After the failure of the appointment of Colonel Ilyin, the question of leadership, frankly, hung in the air for almost a month. But then it was decided within a week, when suddenly it became known that the president had signed a decree appointing a new head of the Main MIA Directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. It is known that this candidacy was presented personally to the head of state by the minister. Why the choice fell on this general - it seems that only Kolokoltsev knows.

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Roman Plugin was born on March 10, 1975 in the city of Stavropol. In 1996 he graduated from the Ryazan Institute of Law and Economics of the MIA of Russia. He began his service in the internal affairs bodies as an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department of the MIA Directorate of the Oktyabrsky district of Ryazan. In 2006, he was appointed Head of the 4th Division of the Organized Crime Control Department of the Moscow Region Directorate of the MIA for the Moscow Region. In 2011, he became the first deputy head of the MIA Directorate for the Zelenograd Administrative District of the MIA Directorate for Moscow. In 2013, he was head of the special operations department of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of MIA. In December 2013, he was appointed Head of the MIA Directorate for the Main Directorate of South Administrative District of the MIA for Moscow. During his service in the internal affairs agencies he was awarded departmental awards: the medal “For valor in service” and the medal “For military cooperation”. By presidential decree of February 28, 2019, General Plugin was appointed head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

In St. Petersburg, Plugin was clearly not expected, and this is not a “dream boss” for many of the staff members. As it is known from the history of the St. Petersburg police, in the northern capital there are their own traditions and realities. Those who do not fit into them or do not accept them are not tolerated. This was clearly mentioned by the Minister in his speech. Together with the acting governor of the city, he presented the new leader to the personnel, and sensitive leaders of different levels heard transparent hints in his speech.

So, starting his speech, the minister thanked the general for his readiness to serve the Motherland, mentioned that “Petersburg is a special city” and the approach, therefore, to it should also be thorough. In other words, General Plugin, who came from the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the MIA, was unequivocally made to understand that it was clearly not worth starting his career as the head of the second city in the country. Changes are, of course, necessary, but ... “Give us your wishes, and we will consider them,” the minister concluded. Alexander Beglov, in his turn, also added in his welcoming address that “he knows many here” and this is already the “established team”. If you translate from the language of officials into simple Russian, it means exactly the following: "General, you are not very good here." Direct hint so that Plugin would not even think to turn around with reprisals in the department.

Who will stay and who will go

At the Main Directorate itself it is still quiet neutrality. Employees are eyeing Plugin, the general is eyeing them. Everybody knows that the cleanup will be done. 25 auditors have already arrived in St. Petersburg from the central office of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the MIA. They will check the work of the whole Main MIA Directorate. This means that there will be resignations, but not immediately and not en masse. About this, as we have indicated above, the general has already been asked.

However, the play called “change of management” has already been written and the roles in it have been determined. So, it is believed that the workers of the rear services together with the deputy chief of the Main MIA Directorate - the head of the rear, the general-major of the internal service Ivan Abakumov, will be the first to be cleared. The rear service is one of the key departments of any Central Board, and here you can be sure that Abakumov will most likely resign with the deputies. In addition, as they say, "restless days will come for a number of his "comrades" like Dmitry Butylkin."

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General-major of the internal service Ivan Abakumov

The name of the head of the MIA Directorate for the Krasnoselsky district has not been a year off the pages of the media due to the scandalous story of the theft of 47 million rubles ($733,000) from the treasury by the accountant’s management, Svetlana Buzukina. At the very beginning of this story, everyone was waiting for the loud resignation of Colonel Butylkin and even his arrest. But this did not happen until this day for one simple reason - the patronage of Ivan Abakumov. With his resignation, the development of events for Dmitry Butylkin can be quite unpleasant. It is unlikely that high auditors from Moscow do not read newspapers. And then, neither communication nor servility will help.

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Kranoselsky District of Internal Affairs Head Dmitry Butylkin

After all, about General Plugin it is written that he "does not like to smile." He is an old hardware politician, with a tough approach to complex decisions. He has no authorities in St. Petersburg. There is only the guiding hand of Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Here he owes nothing to anyone. He is used to making personnel and other permutations abruptly and thoughtfully. He is interested to have his own people in key posts. Not without reason there are rumors that in the capital at least 20 loyal to him people are sitting and waiting for new posts. The first victims of the new leadership "broom" will be the heads of the Economic Crimes Department and the Internal Affairs Department. Alexey Brilliantov and Dmitry Yemtsov respectively. Next comes the deputy director for the operational work Sergey Strelin and the deputy for the Criminal Investigations Department Igor Paradeev.

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Head of Economic Crimes Department and the Internal Affairs Department. Alexey Brilliantov

But with the last two years there could be an annoying snag. These two are not the ones who fold their arms and give up their positions. Strelin is still protected by his immediate superior, General Konstantin Vlasov. They say that after the unexpected appointment of General Roman Plugin, the sick Vlasov immediately went into service. Now his task is to prevent the team entrusted to him from being dragged apart by the bones.

General's current

True, there is one problem with Strelin too. Sergey Yevgenevich has already rather tired his subordinates. According to old-timers, recently his activity has been reduced to the postulate “think up a job for yourself”. Given that he is responsible for the operational work of the main board, the staff gets it tough. In order to sign the necessary documents for operational search activities (and they are very different), you need to know every week what innovations Sergei Yvgenievich has invented for their design. Sometimes, old-timers complain, “one has to wait for two days to sign off for admission to various operational activities, although circumstances require that activities begin now.” And if, regarding the resignation of Strelin, the collective, in general, will not cry, then with Paradeev the situation is completely different. This is such a mastodon of investigations, that it is almost impossible to outdo him in his native land. In addition, the Criminal Investigation Department has always had its own rules, different from the Economic Crimes Department or the Investigation Department. However, some are confident that the silence of the Paradeev will please the stern Plugin. They have something in common. Both do not like to smile.

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Deputy for the Criminal Investigations Department Igor Paradeev

Ordinary police officers are generally not happy with the new assignment. On the forums they write that this is the revenge of the Moscow bosses for the General Sukhodolsky, who was expelled in disgrace, and that, they say, you can expect anything from this. “It’s perfectly clear, they write on the forums that nothing good can be expected from him. If he tries to get into the historical leapfrog of the St. Petersburg Main Directorate, there will again be local wars. ” In this connection, they recall the fate of General Ponidelko, who also tried to resolutely restore order among the police with a firm guiding hand. But he could not do anything, the police system was stronger and more stable.

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General Sukhodolsky

Ordinary police officers are generally not happy with the new assignment. On the forums they write that this is the revenge of the Moscow bosses for the General Sukhodolsky, who was expelled in disgrace, and that, they say, you can expect anything from this. “It’s perfectly clear, they write on the forums that nothing good can be expected from him. If he tries to get into the historical leapfrog of the St. Petersburg Main Directorate, there will again be local wars. ” In this connection, they recall the fate of General Ponidelko, who also tried to resolutely restore order among the police with a firm guiding hand. But he could not do anything, the police system was stronger and more stable.

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