Rosgvardia inspector tried for attack on FSB office in Khabarovsk

Rosgvardia inspector tried for attack on FSB office in Khabarovsk

The shooting club, in which a neo-Nazi obtained weapons by killing an instructor, operated in violation of all possible norms. However, the management continued to regularly receive reports on its inspections, which were not actually carried out.⁠

There is a new defendant in the criminal case on the attack of a neo-Nazi teenager on the FSB office in the Khabarovsk region. According to Kommersant, Inspector of Khabarovsk city department of licensing and permitting work of the National Guard of Russia, former Police Captain Natalya Rozvezeva is suspected of exceeding official powers. 

The criminal case against her under part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code has been initiated by investigators of the Military Investigations Directorate of the ICR in the Eastern Military District, who are establishing the circumstances of the attack on the building of the FSB office, committed by the 17-year-old member of the neo-Nazi organization Stolz-Khabarovsk Anton Konev on April 21, 2017.

According to the military investigators, Rozvezeva would forge the inspection certificates of Hammer shooting club, obscuring numerous flagrant violations in the club’s work.

For example, the central office audit, conducted on behalf of Head of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov, revealed that in accordance with the license, the club could only deal with the training of private security guards. Moreover, Hammer did not even have a permit for the storage of military weapons, and Anton Konev could not visit it, being a minor and not a member of a private security company. In addition, there was no security in the club, whereas the rules required it to have a checkpoint.

It was in Hammer that Konev seized four pistols and a Saiga carbine shortly before the attack on the FSB reception office, having shot the club instructor, whose body was found only after the attack on the FSB. Then, Konev paid a visit to the reception office of the regional Federal Security Service, where he killed an employee and an interpreter, seriously injuring one more person. After that, the offender was eliminated in a shootout with the FSB special forces.

During the investigation, it was found that no inspections had been carried out in Hammer (and in a number of other Khabarovsk shooting clubs) by the Center for Licensing and Permitting Work, although fake certificates on those inspections had been drawn up. 

In particular, Captain Rozvezeva drew up and signed the certificates of Hammer SSC audit of July 27, 2015, February 26, 2016, and April 10, 2017. According to the ICR, in the first two cases, the officer "deliberately failed to indicate violations that prevented the further operation of the shooting facility." When drawing up the April certificate of inspection, Kommersant reports, Rozvezeva did not even visit Hammer.

The ICR officers believe that because of Rozvezeva’s criminal inaction, the sports shooting club continued to work in violation of all possible norms, providing illegal services, including to minors, among whom there was the 17-year-old neo-Nazi Anton Konev.

To note, Deputy Head of the National Guard’s office in the Khabarovsk region, Colonel Aleksandr Prostakshin, who had signed fake audit reports, as well as several of his subordinates (including Captain Rozvezeva) had been previously dismissed based on the results of the inspection by the National Guard’s Center for Licensing and Permitting Work. 

According to Aleksandr Khinshteyn, Adviser to Director of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov, "the leadership of the National Guard maintains a principled position on all the facts of criminal manifestations in the department, making them public." And in this case, Khinshteyn noted, "we’re talking about frank betrayal of the interests of the service."



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