Case of raiders from FSB who protected thief in law Kostya Shram and 'cashier' of Podolskaya OCG

Case of raiders from FSB who protected thief in law Kostya Shram and 'cashier' of Podolskaya OCG
Kostya Shram

Currently, the number of defendants in the case has increased to 30 people, among them there are former and current employees of the special services.

At various times, FSB officers patronized many representatives of the shadow banking business, including the thief in law Konstantin Vasilyev (Kostya Shram), the crime lord Konstantin Kuramshin, as well as shadow bankers Ivan Myazin, Alexander Grigoriev, associated with Podolskaya OCG, Alexander Sysoev, Ruslan Tokarev and others. It is reported by Rosbalt, citing a source in the special services.

Communications of security officials and 'cashiers' were revealed during the investigation of a raid by FSB officers on the office of Metallurg Bank in early June. Currently, the number of defendants in the case has increased to 30 people, among them there are former and current employees of the special services, as well as cashiers.

According to the source of Rosbalt, at the moment the investigation has the following picture of what happened: in the past, one of the officers of the FSB organized a business of providing services to shadow financiers. The base tariff included a cover by the FSB Directorate and Department 'K,' in connection with which the employees of the last division participated in the business. As additional services, personal security, escort during the transportation of cash, and security of money distribution points were offered. Fighters of special divisions Alpha and Vympel were attracted for performance of similar services. 

In addition to the already-mentioned shadow financiers, FSB officers supported Chinese cashiers, whose leader was a native of China, known as Petya. The latter brought under the 'roof' a number of cashiers on a smaller scale.

Subsequently, the business organizer left the FSB and the law enforcement agencies in general, which led to disagreements in the ranks of the protectors. Some cashiers hired other protectors or were arrested. Financial flows from the cashiers decreased, and as a result, the protectors began to attack the cashing sites, a source of the agency said. 

The attacks were committed under the guise of searches. Special forces seized cash and then handed it over to tippers-off from the Internal Security Department and Department 'K'. Only a small portion of the money was left with the soldiers. 

According to the source, the victims of the raid at the beginning of June were Chinese cashiers who were brought in by the aforementioned Petya. The victim, who was an unemployed man from the southwest of Moscow, contacted the police. Operatives from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Internal Affairs Directorate in the Western Administrative District of Moscow arrived on the scene. The following day, a criminal case under Robbery on an Especially Large Scale (part 4 of Art. 162) was initiated. Later, the case was referred to the ICR Military Investigations Directorate in Moscow. Operations to apprehend those involved in the raid, which were conducted by the FSB Internal Security Department, began in July.

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