Novaya Gazeta informer missing after reports on inquiries into structures of businessman and 'Putin's chief' Evgeny Prigozhin

Novaya Gazeta informer missing after reports on inquiries into structures of businessman and 'Putin's chief' Evgeny Prigozhin
Evgeny Prigozhin Photo: Mikhail Metsel/TASS news agency

A local of St. Petersburg, Valery Amelchenko, told a Novaya Gazeta reporter, Denis Korotkov, about attacks on members of the opposition and bloggers, as well as about security forces’ special operations allegedly carried out on orders of Prigozhin’s people. Amelchenko went missing after the meeting with Korotkov, on October 2. Before that, he called the reporter and complained about surveillance.

A local of St. Petersburg, Valery Amelchenko, went missing after his meeting with a Novaya Gazeta reporter, Denis Korotkov. He told Korotkov about security forces’ special operations carried out on orders of people who worked for a businessman Evgeny Prigozhin. This is being reported by Nevskoe vremya newspaper.

It is reported that Amelchenko went missing on October 2. Before that, he called the reporter and complained about surveillance. After that, he stopped answering calls. Amelchenko’s two phones and a shoe were found at the garage by a local on Leninsky prospect. Korotkov assumes that the informer could be abducted or killed. What happened could also be a false flag operation, in the reporter’s opinion. 

Amelchenko is listed as ‘gone missing’ in the MIA’s wanted database. His paper reveals that he was born in 1957 in Leningrad, and his photo is attached. 

Amelchenko told Korotkov about various security forces’ special operations carried out on orders of Evgeny Prigozhin’s structures - including a fake road accident involving an owner of Denta-L clinic Elena Cherevko (who had a property conflict with the businessman), control over the actions of an ‘agent’ Maria Kuprashevich who came to work at the Novaya Gazeta advertising department in 2013 with the purpose of gathering information on the newspaper’s employee and materials they publish, as well as a visit to the city of Pskov with the purpose of punishing of an opposition activist Sergey Tikhonov who was injected with an unknown medicine, and subsequently died. His relatives believe the cause of death was a heart attack. 

Moreover, Amelchenko and other representatives of Prigozhin’s structures allegedly visited Syria in order to test poison on ISIS (a terror organization prohibited on Russian territory) prisoners. 

As for Prigozhin’s structures, Amelchenko worked under the direction of Leonid Mikhailov, one of the founders of Troll factory, who in his turn was subordinated to businessman Evgeny Guliaev, Head of Security. As was assigned by Mikhailov, Amelchenko tracked people. He came to Sochi to manhandle an oppositional blogger Anton Grishchenko. After that, the latter deleted all his social network pages and stopped posting his articles. 

Korotkov met Amelchenko after the announcement of the death of Oleg Simonov who allegedly committed an assault upon Sergey Mokhov, a husband of Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer at Anti-Corruption Foundation, in November 2016. Then, Mokhov was punctured in his thigh by an unknown person. He started convulsing and then lost consciousness. According to health professionals, Mokhov was punctured with a neuroleptic agent, however, it was not determined due to its rapid elimination. 

Simonov died under mysterious circumstances in an apartment he was renting, in the south-west of St.Petersburg, in May 2017. Simonov’s several acquaintances including Amelchenko were present at the funeral.

The businessman Evgeny Prigozhin owns companies that organize meals for official events. The St.Petersburg-based Troll factory is also linked to him. Its employees post various comments on political subjects on social networks. Besides that, Prigozhin is the owner of several media in St.Petersburg. The United States Department of Justice had earlier put Prigozhin on the sanctions list on suspicion of interference in elections of the US President.

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