FSB Colonel accused of disclosing information on MIA General ‘protecting’ casino 

FSB Colonel accused of disclosing information on MIA General ‘protecting’ casino
A man who looks like General Yury Dekasov (left) meeting a man resembling the organizer of underground casino Sergey Pakhomov (right)

Aleksandr Filatov had been promised a position in the FSB Central Office, but instead of Lubyanka, the security official ended up in a pre-trial detention center after crossing Chief of the regional police Yury Dekasov.⁠

There are attempts to lock Lipetsk FSB Colonel Aleksandr Filatov up for disclosing information that indicates that Chief of the regional police and MIA General Yury Dekasov used to ‘protect’ gambling dens in the region. After the big scandal, the police general was simply dismissed, and the security official was placed in a pre-trial detention center.

According to Novaya Gazeta, the scandalous story began in 2014. Back then, Filatov, who headed the Department for Combating Economic Crimes of the Lipetsk FSB administration, sent a report to Moscow, which contained information about a network of underground casinos operating under the ‘protection’. In the fall of 2014, soldiers of Alfa (FSB) and Rys (MIA) special forces arrived in Lipetsk under a shroud of strict secrecy. Over the night, the security officials liquidated 13 gambling dens. Operatives and investigators conducted seizure of equipment and shadow accounting documents until noon the following day.

It is noteworthy that after the debacle of illegal casinos, Chief of the regional police and Major General Yury Dekasov took a sick leave right away; two months later, the general was released from his post by the president’s decree.

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Major General Yury Dekasov

Colonel Aleksandr Filatov, who had basically gone over the head of his leadership by sending information about underground casinos directly to Moscow, retired from the regional FSB department on his own volition almost simultaneously with the police officer.

Investigation of the criminal case on organizing the network of illegal casinos was delayed. Even though the main defendant appeared in the case almost immediately; it was a big businessman Sergey Pakhomov (the owner of the premises and buildings where slot machines and casino tables were discovered). But the businessman was not taken into custody, and soon the illegal gambling clubs continued their operation.

Investigators were forced to get to the case after audio and video recordings of the meeting between a person, who looked like General Yury Dekasov, and a man resembling Sergey Pakhomov in one of the city's supermarkets hit the web in June 2015. After a handshake and a short conversation, the alleged Pakhomov handed the alleged Dekasov a chubby envelope. Another record captured one of the conversations of Pakhomov and Dekasov.

After such evidence appeared in the public space, Sergey Pakhomov was immediately taken into custody. Now, after a year and a half, the businessman and his lawyers are examining the case file. Surprisingly, there is no mention of General Yury Dekasov in this criminal case, not even as a witness.

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Businessman Sergey Pakhomov in court

Nevertheless, the audio and video recordings, published on the Internet, became a pretext for the criminal prosecution of FSB Colonel Aleksandr Filatov. The investigation believes that the security official carried these investigative materials out of the Lipetsk FSB administration building and handed to third parties, who posted them online.

Filatov was taken into custody on March 3, 2016 and has been in detention for 13 months now; the Lipetsk Regional Court is about to complete consideration of the criminal case, on which the retired FSB colonel is charged with committing a crime under part 1 of Art. 283 of the Russian Criminal Code (Illegal obtaining of information comprising a state secret). For Aleksandr Filatov, the prosecutor asks 2 years of imprisonment in a colony-settlement. The colonel, who spent over 4 out of 13 months of detention in solitary confinement, and has been put in inmate discipline units several times, still categorically denies his guilt.

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Picture from the personal file of Aleksandr Filatov

It should be noted that after being dismissed from the special service in 2014, Filatov was invited to Lubyanka, to the Economic Security Service of the FSB Central Office. A coded telegram was sent from Moscow to the Lipetsk FSB administration with the requirement to send to the capital the officer’s personal file, after the receipt of which, whether or not a random coincidence, Filatov came under cultivation of his former colleagues. Instead of taking office on Lubyanka, he ended up in a cell of the Lipetsk detention center.

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