ICR begins investigation into disappearance of Novaya Gazeta informer after article about Prigozhin
The relevant materials were sent to the agency’s directorate in St. Petersburg.
The ICR’s Main Investigative Directorate for St. Petersburg began pre-investigation verification of the disappearance of Valery Amelchenko, 61, St. Petersburg resident, who disappeared after talking to Novaya Gazeta journalist Denis Korotkov about security forces’ special operations ordered by businessman Evgeny Prigozhin’s subordinates. In the Russian wanted list database, Amelchenko is indicated as missing, reports Interfax.
The MIA’s Main Directorate press service for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region said that on Monday, October 22, the relevant materials on Amelchenko were sent to the ICR Directorate for St. Petersburg. Earlier, Novaya Gazeta published an investigation about Prigozhin on the basis of the information received from Amelchenko. The informer himself allegedly executed some orders in Prigozhin’s interests.
Before the disappearance on October 2, Amelchenko told a reporter about being watched. “One in a white jacket, with glasses, about twenty-five years old, young. The other wears some bucket hat,” the informer described the pursuers. Then, a message from Amelchenko’s neighbor, who found a mobile phone and a low shoe behind a garage, was received.
According to Korotkov, Amelchenko managed to tell him not all but just a few of his orders, however, still quite a lot. “Amelchenko told about the blogger beaten up in Sochi, the murder in Lugansk, and also about the strange trip to the Syrian Homs and the unsuccessful operation on the Canaries,” writes Korotkov. Among the former employers, Amelchenko named the head of Prigozhin’s security service, Evgeny Gulyayev, and media holding entrepreneur Andrey Mikhailov.