Gang of ‘rogue cops’ from Rostov Administration of Internal Security is cornered. The game is about to end soon
The investigation against policemen of the Administration of Internal Security of the General Administration for the Rostov Region of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation carried out by the special services has uncovered an entire criminal structure involving some officers of the Investigations Directorate in the Rostov Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR). According to CrimeRussia sources, the persistent speculations about the dismissal of Yuri Popov, Director of the Investigations Directorate in the Rostov Region of the ICR, are to be confirmed officially soon.
The CrimeRussia continues its inquest into the operations of high-ranked officers of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region; the true scale of these operations is unknown yet even to the investigators. Overall, it is possible to state that an organized criminal community operates in the Rostov region under the leadership of Nikolai Germashev, Head of the Operations and Search Division of Internal Security of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region who was arrested in the 1990s for robbery, his brother Evgeny Germashev, Head of the Administration for Combating Organized Crime of the Administration of Criminal Investigation of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region, and colonel Anatoly Azarov, Deputy Head for Operative Work of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region. This criminal community specializes in ‘frame-ups’, manufacturing of criminal cases, extortion, and racketeering on highways of the Rostov region. The CrimeRussia obtained some new information pertaining to the operations of the gang led by Nikolai Germashev.
Recently our source advised that all persons mentioned in the previous material, including the ones listed above, are trying to solve the problems arisen from our publication by all means. However, according to the source, all their attempts to ‘settle’ the issues are being documented by the special services. A commission of the MIA General Administration of Internal Security has been recently dispatched in Rostov to audit the division under the command of Germashev. The game is about to end soon, our source states.
Victims of ‘frame-ups’ and their wives
Thousands of ordinary citizens have become victims of Nikolai Germashev and his accomplices in the uniform; hundreds of Rostov policemen were illegally dismissed or even convicted under framed-up criminal cases. Furthermore, we became aware that the Rostov internal security operatives have driven several policemen to suicide. Still, some people were able to resist them, for example, Lilia Kurozh, who has been struggling for many years to release from prison her common-law husband police captain Aleksei Kat’kalov, ex-District Police Officer of the Police Center №2 of the Town of Shakhty of the Rostov Region. Although she hasn’t achieved the main goal yet, there is some progress.
Police captain Aleksei Kat’kalov, District Police Officer of the Police Center №2, was arrested on January 28, 2013 on suspicion of a crime stipulated in Article 30 (preparations for a crime, and attempted crimes) and Article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal acquisition, storage, transportation, making, or processing of narcotic drugs). According to the investigation, Kat’kalov, “acting as a member of a group of persons by previous concert with Criminal Investigator police captain Aleksander Petrov”, has handed over 0.855 gram of hashish and 1.48 gram of marihuana to a citizen on December 11, 2012 “with the purpose of further transfer of the narcotic drugs to third parties with the purpose of their further arrest and prosecution for illegal storage of the above-mentioned narcotic drugs”.
On January 30, 2013, the court has remanded Aleksei Kat’kalov and Aleksander Petrov in custody in the Pretrial Detention Facility №4 of the Rostov Region. On October 5, 2014, the Shakhty Town Court has found Kat’kalov guilty and sentenced him to 5 years in a general regime penal colony.
Lilia Kurozh told the CrimeRussia that her husband is a victim of Anatoly Donskov, his dishonest colleague from the MIA Administration of Internal Security for the Rostov Region, who had planted the drugs on her common-law partner in order to institute a criminal case against him. In the previous material we wrote that Donskov was prosecuted for extortion in the past. Furthermore, in 2015, Lilia Kurozh has submitted a letter to the Investigations Department in the Town of Shakhty of the Investigations Directorate in the Rostov Region of the ICR asking to check the possible involvement of Donskov into a murder committed back in 2001. She has attached to the letter fingerprints from the crime scene that were in her possession. However, the Shakhty investigators declined to institute a criminal case.
According to the CrimeRussia sources, Aleksei Kat’kalov may be released as early as in January 2018. It is quite possible that those who had put him into prison would be in jail themselves by that time.
Another victim of the officers of the Administration of Internal Security of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region is lieutenant colonel Roman Teplov, Senior Criminal Investigator of the Administration of Criminal Investigation of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region. According to the official version of the investigation, in May 2014, Roman Teplov had received, via an intermediary, a bribe in the amount of 1 million 45 thousand rubles ($18.5 thousand) from a lawyer representing spouses B. In exchange for that money, the policeman had promised to stop the inquest into the role of the spouses in a car insurance scam and assist in the return of a BMW X5 vehicle seized from them. Teplov was arrested and charged under part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (bribe-taking by a functionary through an intermediary in the form of money for actions (inaction) in favor of bribe-givers on an especially large scale).
We possess the testimony of ‘bribe-giver’ V.N. Gaivarontsev who was forced to calumniate Roman Teplov by subordinates of Nikolai Germashev. During the trial, he has completely recanted his earlier testimonies and stated that he had to malign the policeman under the pressure from the operatives of the Operations and Search Division of Internal Security of the General Administration for the Rostov Region. He has mentioned two subordinates of Germashev – Ageev and Volokhov – in his statement. Despite this, the Leninsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don has found Roman Teplov guilty in June 2014 and sentenced him to 8 years in a general regime penal colony. Similarly with the spouse of Aleksei Kat’kalov, the wife of Roman Teplov, Olga, has been struggling for several years for his freedom.
The criminal case against Stanislav Kulikov, District Police Officer of the Leninsky District of Rostov-on-Don, was also instituted by subordinates of Germashev. Kulikov has been charged under part 3 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (bribe-taking by a functionary, a foreign functionary, or a functionary of a public international organization for actions (inaction)).
The spouse of another arrested Rostov policeman managed to accomplish more than others. Olga Khukhlaeva, wife of ex-District Criminal Investigator Aleksander Khukhlaev, has carried out her own inquest and discovered that Nikolai Germashev, Head of the Operations and Search Division of Internal Security of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region, had forged documents – more specifically, a signature on the documents that enabled him to monitor telephone conversations of her husband. Olga Khukhlaeva received results of an independent handwriting examination stating that the signatures on the documents are forged. The point is that Germashev had forged the signatures of general Andrei Larionov, Head of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region (!!!),– i.e. this is not only about the forgery of documents but also about an attempt to degrade the name of the head of the regional police. The conclusion of the handwriting examination is uploaded below. It is to be recalled that that earlier Germashev had been caught with illegal wiretapping of a supreme functionary of the Investigations Directorate in the Rostov Region, but that story was hushed up.
Crime and punishment
The investigation against policemen of the Administration of Internal Security of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region carried out by the special services has uncovered an entire criminal structure involving some officers of the Investigations Directorate in the Rostov Region of the ICR. According to our sources, Rostov investigators were manufacturing criminal cases against policemen as per orders from Nikolai Germashev. Judges delivering guilty verdicts in these thin criminal cases were ‘cogs’ in this criminal machine as well. The CrimeRussia sources state that the persistent speculations about the dismissal of Yuri Popov, Director of the Investigations Directorate in the Rostov Region of the ICR, are to be confirmed officially soon.
It would be of interest for the special services to know that Regional Prosecutor Yuri Baranov has been receiving for years complaints from residents of the Rostov region affected by illegal operations of Germashev and his subordinates. Rostov prosecutors require to dismiss officers of the Administration of Internal Security involved into the numerous scandals – but so far, there is no reaction from Andrei Larionov, Head of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region.
Hopefully, the investigation of the illegal usage of license plates belonging to other people by Evgeny Germashev, Head of the Administration for Combating Organized Crime of the Administration of Criminal Investigation of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region, gets a second wind. In our previous material, we described how Germashev junior had attached to his personal car license plates assigned to one of the senior functionaries of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office. The offence was exposed by the rightful owner of the license plates who had received traffic tickets from the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate for violations he had nothing to do with. At that time, the scandal was smothered up. The CrimeRussia source has provided to us photos showing two different cars with the same license plate as a proof. The white Toyota Corolla with the license plate number A007BK belongs to the prosecutor, while the white Land Cruiser belongs to Evgeny Germashev. The episode was hushed-up in 2015, similarly with another story that had occurred three years ago: Germashev junior had severely beaten Artur Minasyan, owner of Trio cafe, and broke his jaw.
In the first part of our material, we wrote about the extortion scheme created by Nikolai Germashev and targeting heads of regional operative MIA structures willing to pay him to avoid extra control from the gang of internal security officers. According to our information, Andrei Kardashyan, Commander of the 1st Road Patrol Service Battalion, contributes 1.5 million rubles ($26.3 thousand) to the ‘treasury’ of Germashev every month, while Aleksey Dyatlov, Head of the Rostov State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate, pays him 1 million rubles ($17.5 thousand) per month. The CrimeRussia obtained some updated data indicating that Germashev has consolidated in his hands enormous corruption financial flows from the commanders of the Regional State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate. According to the law enforcement authorities, he managed to push through his friend Aleksei Alekseenko to the post of the Head of the Control and Watchdog Department of the Rostov State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate and performed a large-scale replacement of heads of district divisions and officers of the Regional State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate Administration, thus, gaining control over all the major motorways in the region.
The CrimeRussia possesses names of the officers who have established a system of mass ‘requisitions’ from truck and light vehicle drivers on Rostov highways. They patrol roads to Volgograd and the Republic of Kalmykia and M4 Highway. Heads of State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate divisions in the city of Taganrog and Matveevo-Kurgansky and Rodionovo-Nesvetaisky districts of Rostov are under full control of Germashev. He has set ‘collection quotes’ for the road police officers controlled by him, and they rob owners of the vehicles to gain the required amounts. Germashev receives up to 50 million rubles ($883.5 thousand) from the motorways. After our previous publication, Andrei Kardashyan, Commander of the 1st Road Patrol Service Battalion, has sharply increased the ‘levies’ imposed on trucks and his subordinates. According to one version, he is preparing to resign; according to the other one, he is going to purchase the post of the Head of the Rostov State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate.
Nikolai Germashev makes money not only on the roads, but on Rostov markets as well. Major Aleksander Os’kin, who used to serve in the MIA Department for Economic Security and was dismissed after the institution of a criminal case, is the Germashev’s ‘enforcer’ on the markets. By the way, Os’kin is also a compadre of Germashev. According to our information, he continues acting in the interests of Germashev and collects ‘levies’ from underground currency traders and small businessmen. Our source also states that the former policeman used to collect 200–300 thousand rubles ($3.5–5.3 thousand) from large stores selling counterfeit alcohol, including Gradus liquor store chain.
‘Authoritative’ Krasnodar-based businessman Mindia Gulua
Protection racketeering of caught drug couriers is another source of income for the organized criminal group of policemen. The Egolytsky, Zernogradsky, and Bagaevsky districts of the Rostov region are considered a production zone of crop-based drugs and drug trafficking territory. The source states that ‘authoritative’ Krasnodar-based businessman Mindia Gulua, the main lobbyist of interests of ‘thief-in-law’ Merab Dzhangveladze, is involved into the drug production and trafficking in the Rostov region. According to our information, Gulua pays the Administration for Combating Organized Crime of the Administration of Criminal Investigation of the MIA General Administration for the Rostov Region under the command of Evgeny Germashev for the possibility to visit the region without any troubles. Gulua had reportedly tried to launch the trafficking of crop-based drugs mixed with tarragon that eliminates their smell via the Krasnodar krai.
The CrimeRussia will continue the series of publications dedicated to Nikolai Germashev and his subordinates. Hopefully, the number of criminal communities in Russia would be reduced by one soon.