"My toast is to people that will go down in history." Karelia ex-governor sang at birthday party of 'night governor' of St. Petersburg
In 2006, when the leader of Tambovskaya gang, Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin, celebrated his last birthday at large, Nelidov was the Vice Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad region.
A video with a speech of the ex-Governor of Karelia, Andrey Nelidov, at a birthday banquet of the leader of Tambovskaya crime group, Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin in 2006, appeared on the Internet. The video shows the official singing a song called And the pain continues again and raising his glass "for people that will go down in history."
“Sometimes we committed acts that, in the opinion of society, were probably untimely. However, my toast is to people who are able to be strong. My toast is to people that will go down in history. My toast is to people that know how to and are not afraid to be strong, and that lead the whole society,” says Nelidov.
In 2006, Nelidov served as Vice Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad region. Later he became the Senator from Karelia, and then took up the post of Governor of the republic.
The video with celebrities at Barsukov-Kumarin's party appeared on the web. Apart from officials and politicians, well-known businesspeople, artists, journalists and even representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church congratulate the crime boss on the video. In 2006, the 'night governor' of St. Petersburg celebrated his last birthday at large. A year later, he was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, racketeering, and organization of a criminal group. The court later sentenced Barsukov-Kumarin to 24 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1 million rubles ($15.4 thousand).
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