FSO officer who died on lawyer’s boat used to guard prosecutors 

FSO officer who died on lawyer’s boat used to guard prosecutors

The high-profile case of the ‘Three Whales’, which received wide publicity due to interagency conflicts between law enforcement and customs authorities of the Russian Federation, developed before his eyes.

Officer of the Federal Protective Service (FSO) Sergey Gridnev, who has died on the boat of a Moscow lawyer, was a very informed person. First, he headed the security of a Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yury Skuratov, and then that of another, Vladimir Ustinov. It is noteworthy that the high-profile case of the ‘Three Whales’, which received wide publicity due to interagency conflicts between law enforcement and customs authorities of the Russian Federation, developed before his eyes. 

To recall, Gridnev died suddenly on Gruffita, a boat owned by Moscow lawyer Georgy Iordanidi. According to preliminary data, the man died of acute cardiovascular insufficiency. 

People with the names Iordanidi and Gridnev appeared in the case of Mikhail Skvortsov, former deputy head of the Moscow Registration Committee, who was accused of swindling in the sale and purchase of a two-story building on Alexander Solzhenitsyn Street in Moscow. The building belonged to Steklomontazh OJSC. The case against Skvortsov was initiated on the application of a minority shareholder in Steklomontazh named Iordanidi. Skvortsov claimed that two years prior to the initiation of the case, Iordanidi and Gridnev visited him to “settle the matter” with the building. However, the parties did not come to any decision, and Skvortsov was later accused of fraud. 

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Georgy Iordanidi

Gridnev's body has been sent to the FSB Central Clinical Military Hospital.

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