“In Bastrykin’s good books”. Novgorod Investigative Directorate calls for inspection

“In Bastrykin’s good books”. Novgorod Investigative Directorate calls for inspection
Inspectors arrived to the Novgorod region following a complaint on Ekaterina Gilina, the Acting Head of the Regional Investigations Directorate Photo: The CrimeRussia

The Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) in the Novgorod Region is about to revolt. Officers of the Directorate, exhausted under the rule of Ekaterina Gilina, have made a desperate move – wrote a collective letter to Vladimir Putin; Anton Vaino, the Chief of Personnel of the Presidential Executive Office; and Alexander Bastrykin, the Chairman of the ICR.

The reason for such a move were numerous framed-up criminal cases initiated by direct orders of Ekaterina Gilina. Those who refused to do so, had suffered reprisals – they hadn’t been promoted, their attestation was delayed, they did not get bonuses, and even had to submit requests for demotion “under the threat of criminal prosecution or dismissal due to discrediting circumstances”.

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Ekaterina Genrikovna Gilina was born on April 23, 1962 in Baku, Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1985, together with her husband, she moved to Kronshtadt and worked as a technician in a chemical laboratory – because in 1982, she had graduated as a chemist. In 1993, enrolled at the evening department of the Law Faculty of St. Petersburg State University. In 1995, submitted a job application to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Kurortny District of St. Petersburg. Since 1998, worked as a Deputy Prosecutor of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. Since 2007 and until April 2012, worked as the Head of the Investigations Department of the Primorsky District of the Main Investigations Directorate in St. Petersburg. In 2012 has been transferred to Veliky Novgorod and appointed the First Deputy Head of the Investigations Directorate. Honorable Worker of the Prosecution; Honorable Officer of the Investigative Committee. Has been awarded Medals "For Impeccable Service" 2nd and 3rd class and Commemorative Medal “300th Anniversary of the First Investigations Secretariat”.

Several officers of the Investigations Directorate in the Novgorod Region had to go into litigation with Gilina to dispute disciplinary penalties imposed by her on the daily basis. She considers any indignation of the subordinates against her illegitimate or even illegal actions a personal insult. According to anonymous sources, at work, Gilina is above the law and pays attention only to the personal loyalty of the staff. The CrimeRussia managed to obtain the original of that letter.

Slave labor

The scandal around Ekaterina Gilina has started back in September 2016. Her questionable decisions attracted attention of the ICR central headquarters. The official web site of the watchdog agency has even posted a special press release stating that “after numerous violations committed by the Head of the Regional Investigations Directorate with regards to the initiation of criminal cases, the Regional Prosecutor’s Office has raised a question of a possibility to take response measures”. 

Apparently, the central headquarters had been reacting slower than the pushed over the edge subordinates of Gilina – because the Moscow inspectors have been dispatched to the Novgorod region only on December 5, 2016. 

Allegedly, Gilina has not reacted in any way to the possible audit – but instead continued intimidating the staff. According to some sources, the female general had even stated that she is “in Bastrykin’s good books” and nothing could happen to her.

In addition, she was too busy struggling with another serf, who dared to oppose her will.

…for more than 6 months, ****** had been managing the Malovishersky Inter-District Investigations Department of the Investigations Directorate; he had been approving indictments, extending preliminary investigation deadlines and pretrial detention terms – while not being employed with the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. On January 15, 2016, the contract with ****** has expired, as well as the Order of the Chairman of the ICR granting him relevant powers and authority. But E.G. Gilina, contrary to the labor legislation and departmental regulations, did not submit required documents to extend his powers and authority – but just left him at work by a verbal instruction. The above-mentioned violations by ****** have become known in July 2016, when E.G. Gilina requested him to resign because this violation became known to the ICR central headquarters…

The intentions of Gilina in that story were pretty obvious. She was interested to act in the Malovishersky district through an intermediary – because it was the criminal case against Nikolai Maslov, the Head of the Malovishersky District Administration, that had attracted so close interest to her person in the ICR headquarters. However, this case – promising to become a high-profile one – has collapsed like a house of cards. 

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In December 2015, Nikolai Maslov, the Head of the Malovishersky District Administration, had signed an acceptance certificate for Skazka (Tale) kindergarten in the town of Malaya Vishera – whose construction was, in fact, not completed. In the framework of this criminal case, operatives of the Regional Investigations Directorate have performed searches in his residence and in the District Administration. As a result, on September 21, 2016, Maslov had been arrested and put into a pretrial detention facility. However, the Prosecutor’s Office has found that the criminal case was initiated illegally and annulled the arrest warrant. The functionary suspected of exceeding official powers has been released from the pretrial detention facility. 


At the same time, the local Prosecutor’s Office has stated that a review of the case materials had identified numerous and gross violations of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Russian Federation. The decision to initiate a criminal case made by Ekaterina Gilina, Acting Head of the Investigations Directorate in the Novgorod Region of the ICR, was illegal and unreasoned and has been annulled. And there were more such episodes. In April 2015, the Prosecutor’s Office also had to annul a decision of the investigative authority to initiate a criminal case due to the fact of abuse of powers by the management of Novgorodsky Vodokanal Municipal Unitary Enterprise. At that time, the watchdog authority had found not only violations of the Criminal Procedural Code, but also breaches of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

The confrontation with the Prosecutor’s Office has resulted in a loss for Gilina. In January 2016, following an initiative by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Novgorod Region, Ekaterina Gilina had been officially brought to administrative liability under Article 17.7 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation (Failure to Meet the Lawful Demands of a prosecutor, an investigator, an inquirer, or an official carrying out proceedings related to an administrative offence).

Money, money, money…

Both current and former employees of the Investigations Directorate in the Novgorod Region of the ICR unanimously state that the above-mentioned criminal cases had been initiated by Gilina not because of her service zeal – but “due to corruption reasons”.

According to ******, the former Deputy Head of the Department for Investigation of Special Cases, the criminal cases had been initiated as per direct instructions from E.G. Gilina and handled by himself; she was well aware that this decision was illegal. In addition, ****** had been telling colleagues about the “corruption interest” of the management of the Investigations Directorate in these cases. After the initiation of the above-mentioned criminal cases and performing active investigative actions with the sole purpose to intimidate the suspects, ****** has been excluded from the investigation and terminated.

There is no direct evidence yet that the investigative general provides patronage for money and uses corrupt practices – but there are plenty of indirect indications of this. For example, the collective letter states that Gilina “continuously meets in her office, unofficially, with suspects and defendants in criminal cases (cases № 9903, № 9198, and many others) – although these people have not submitted any complaints, applications, or other documents in the framework of the Criminal Procedural Code of the Russian Federation”.

This is not the first time when Gilina is suspected of dishonesty. In 2012, in the framework of a criminal case against Igor Gorbunov, the former Senior Investigator of the Investigations Department of the Primorsky District of the Main Investigations Directorate in St. Petersburg, a version had been examined that Ekaterina Gilina could receive a bribe when she was the Head of the Investigations Department of the Primorsky District.

In 2011, Senior Investigator Gorbunov had forged a fake transcript of interrogation. Based on that transcript, one of the accomplices was illegally relieved from criminal liability. The episode occurred in the framework of a criminal case against the management of Udachny Vybor (Good Choice) real estate company. After that story, Gilina had been urgently transferred to the Novgorod region. The investigation of the episode has been extended last time in 2014 and separated from the high-profile case related to real estate machinations performed by the management of Udachny Vybor jointly with a psychiatrist from the Skvortsov-Stepanov Mental Hospital – they used to swindle with apartments belonging to mentally ill persons. The status of the case is currently unknown. It is possible that the inspectors from the ICR central headquarters examine the past and present of Gilina in detail and find something really interesting there. At least, the officers of the Investigations Directorate in the Novgorod Region believe so.

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