Criminal traditions of St. Petersburg Interior Ministry  

Criminal traditions of St. Petersburg Interior Ministry
Everything is the same Photo: The CrimeRussia

Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.

Falsifications and testimony

What the case is being investigated by the FSB and the Investigation Committee jointly is still unknown. But, according to sources, frame-ups in the Ministry of Internal Affairs may be a reason.

The Primorsky District is a large and complex conglomerate of expensive new buildings and old elite German and Stalin-era houses. The Primorsky district is the most costly at prices in stores and housing after the Moskovsky one. The area continues to grow and expand. Problems are multiplying; residents are changing - only the terror that occurs in Primorsky MIA does not disappear.

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The Primorsky district MIA

A distinctive feature of this police department has always been the fact that not only the chiefs covered their subordinates, but also subordinates forced to hide their bosses in order not to lose their post. It is enough to recall the story of a gang of swindlers, headed by the policemen of Primorsky district, the scandalous behavior of Colonel Vladimir Kretsu and the criminal case against the head of the department for combating drug trafficking of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Seven years ago, the dock of the St. Petersburg City Court faced 39 members of the criminal community, which included six employees of the Primorsky Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, three of whom were heads of police. The criminal group operated in places where it was possible to meet older people - near pharmacies, shops, branches of Sberbank and was engaged in extorting money under the guise of street lotteries. Policemen git 10% of the amount of money gained by the attackers.

At trial, the policemen were charged under part 2 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers). The chiefs avoided punishment, as they escaped. Former deputy heads of the 35th division, Oleg Malakhov and 86th, Maxim Myshkin, were put on the federal wanted list. Ex-deputy chief of the 25th Division of the Primorsky Ministry of Internal Affairs Denis Klyuev, hiding from the investigation at rented apartments, died of heart failure.

If during the judicial investigation the defense managed to convince the court that the fault of police officers was their refusal to register the statements of the robbed pensioners in order not to spoil the statistics, then the fault of the chiefs was much more weighty. They said that the three abovementioned officers did not just 'roofed' the fraudsters, but were the organizers of the criminal business.

In 2009, the scandalous performance of the head of Primorsky police department Vladimir Kretsu took place. His dance on the table in the Ginno-taki restaurant impressed the public so much that scandalous fame pursued him for a long time. On the night of February 19-20, 2009, Vladimir Kretsu, being in a state of severe intoxication, climbed onto the table, began to dance and wave his arms. At the request of the staff to behave decently, he showed an ID and threatened everyone with arrest. Then he unzipped his pants and urinated right in the hall.

The video of this incident hit the Internet, and the next day the 'wet Colonel' had already written a letter of resignation in the office of Vladislav Piotrovsky, the head of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate.

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'Wet Colonel' Vladimir Kretsu

In 2013, for example, a Primorsky avenger appeared in the district. Unknown set the service cars on fire. The vehicle of the head of the department for the detection of economic crimes in the Primorsky district, Andrey Tanaschishin, also burned down. The arsonist turned out to be the operational duty officer of the 35th police department, Captain Anton Turovets. His career drooped. Previously, he worked under the authority of Tanaschishin and, according to sources, he had suffered enough. After another scolding and scandal with Turovets, who dropped some case materials, he lost his rank and became a simple operational duty officer. As the sources say, the policeman decided to take revenge. However, his colleagues and even the FSB officers failed to prove anything. The search in his apartment also did not give anything. No evidence was found for the procedural detention of the captain.

Shots and falls

As for Kretsu, his subordinates were afraid of him so much that they were ready to die. In April 2008, the name of Kretsu appeared in the suicide note of his assistant - deputy head of the 34th police department of the Primorsky district police department Andrey Russkov. 

Before he shot himself, he wrote a note accusing Vladimir Kretsu of his death.    

According to the colleagues of the deceased, Kretsu put pressure on his subordinate, regularly chastised him and threatened, although Andrey Russkov went to work even being ill. The last straw was the refusal of the chief to give him a day off to Vyborg to take the sick wife there.

The rest were afraid of him. Kretsu was a king and a god of the district, and, as sources say, he protected all the new buildings that were erected in those years. Since the majority of developers used the work of illegal migrants, the latter were regularly detained and transported to departments with all the ensuing consequences. The reports were filled with notes on the work performed, and the construction stopped for one or two months. According to sources, the builders came to Kretsu with commercial offers. Some particularly zealous heads of police departments even brought illegal immigrants to their dachas.

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Vladimir Kretsu

Nevertheless, the Primorsky District did not show positive indicators in subsequent years. Therefore, local police did not hesitate in choosing the means to increase detection. So, in 2011, the court sentenced 33-year-old Andrey Gvozd, the former district police officer of the 86th police department of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Primorsky district, and former police officer of the same police department, 36-year-old Oleg Volkov, to imprisonment for beating 25-year-old Roman Kuranov. The siloviki harmed the kidney of the boy and demanded 20 thousand rubles for the allegedly stolen bicycle. When the suspect refused, they threw a bag of drugs at him and initiated a criminal case against him. The court sentenced Volkov to 11 years in prison; Gvozd got eight years.

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Roman Kuranov's kidney was beaten off. Photo - KP

Another crime was committed in the early 2000s, but no one was punished due to the victim’s prior convictions. The detainee committed suicide at the office of operatives of the 34th police department. Operatives reviewed a criminal case on a series of robberies and, and since the man had previously been convicted under the same charges, he was under a cloud. By that time, as claimed by the relatives of the victim, he became an ordinary citizen. As a result, the guy was severely beaten, and, unable to bear the beatings, he jumped out the window from the second floor. Only numerous fractures and the outbreak of scandal saved him from illegal criminal prosecution. The case was closed, and the operatives faced disciplinary action from chiefs.

Nothing personal just business

Other officers were engaged in 'business' at work. So, in 2008, the general director of a travel agency was convicted, he was accused of extorting 220 thousand rubles from her subordinate with the help of police officers. When the girl refused to give money, the police planted a drug. As the media wrote, the CEO of Beverly Hills LLC, Evgenia Vetelkina, asked 26-year-old security officer of the 44th police department of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Primorsky district Anton Kulikov and 24-year-old Vitaly Samsonov to help her solve the problem with one issue. The CEO stated that the girl was not doing her job well. The police threatened the girl with the criminal liability for fraud; they proceeded her a statement by Vetelkina. At the same time, the latter promised to write a letter that defames the girl at her place of study, and Ivanov threatened to use force. After the interrogation, the victim found the courage to contact the security service of the Main Directorate of the Interior Ministry.

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Anton Kulikov and Vitaly Samsonov

41-year-old Yuri Ivanov, head of the department for combating drug trafficking in the Primorsky police department, washed up epic. He was accused of abuse of official powers, illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of drugs. The investigation established that in 2000, Ivanov, along with three of his subordinates, planted drugs at an Estonian citizen who was illegally prosecuted. They also extorted money for the termination of the case. When the criminal frauds of the police officers were detected, Ivanov ran away and was wanted until 2002; then he was detained by relatives in another city. The court sentenced a security official to 3 years' imprisonment with doing time in a penal colony.

This is not a complete list of policemen's crimes from this department. The longstanding traditions of the service are alive. In the current situation with the investigators and falsification, the FSB should not only look towards ordinary employees but also pay attention to the management.

After all, the rot starts from the top.


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