As for the end of 2017, Nikolai Brykin is a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. You are unlikely to find anything suspicious or questionable in his official biography. However, as the saying goes, "the devil is in the details". If you start examining the biography of Nikolai Brykin closely, you are going to find a lot of interesting facts that will make you think about the true persona of the parliamentarian. After all, you might wonder about the harm and benefits the elected of his kind can bring. This person has made a huge negative impact on the lives of many people and has committed a lot of controversial actions. So let's take a closer look at the biography of the "people's chosen" Mr. Brykin.

The beginning of life

Nikolai Gavrilovich Brykin was born on November, 25, 1959 in Soldatskoye, Voronezh Oblast. According to his official biography, after graduating from high school, he entered the agricultural technical school, after which he immediately enlisted in the army. He spent his conscription at the border guard post "Matveevka", located on the border with China. After returning from military service, he started his work in Tyumendorstroy and entered the Tyumen Engineering and Construction Institute, at the road-building faculty.

A few years later Brykin was sent to strengthen the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 11 years of service were not in vain – Nikolai Brykin raised to the post of the head of the Economic Police Department OBEP (Department for Combating Economic Crimes). It was back then and it is now a very powerful organization, which is extremely difficult to get a job at and even more so to become a boss. However Nikolai Brykin succeeded at this, perhaps this was helped by army biography and acquaintances.

Career of the silovik Nikolai Brykin

The majority of Nikolai Brykin's career lies first of all in the field of law enforcement. He was accompanied by a surprising luck, which helped him to occupy leading positions in various law enforcement bodies.

For 11 years he worked in Department of Internal Affairs of Nizhnevartovsk. During his years in the law enforcement, he took the study at the Higher Police School in Tyumen. While serving in the Internal Affairs Directorate, he became deputy chief of the criminal police and the chief of the OBEP.

In 1994, Nikolai Brykin was appointed the head of the Federal Tax Police Service of Russia in Nizhnevartovsk (Tyumen region, KhMAO). Five years later he transferred to Moscow, where he became the first deputy head of the Moscow Federal Tax Police Service.

The years of Brykin's leadership in the Economic Crimes Department and then the tax police, are generally connected to the flourishing of corruption. Something he should have been fighting against. Along with the regional authorities, the protection racket and bribery were turned into a well-functioning system of "taxations" of businesses. Those who did not like it have been dealt with in various ways: from assigning all sorts of administrative checks and barriers to initiating criminal cases and even burning of their property. The most famous case, which continues up to this day and still has not been sent to court, is the case on charges of fraud against Konstantin Dyulgerov, who was forced to give the share in his organization to Nikolai Brykin's son-in-law – Sergei Kiryanov. For more details on the case, click the link.

Due to the abolishment of the Federal Tax Police service in 2004, Nikolai Brykin returns to his service in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is appointed as the head of the Bureau of Tax and Economic Crimes in the Far East. But two years later he was sent to resign. In 2006, he leaves the service in the Ministry of Internal Affairs again. His dismissal papers were signed by Vladimir Putin himself. According to some sources, Brykin was dismissed after he compromised himself during one of the high-profile cases investigated by his subordinates. Negligent work during the case, or the existing of personal interest, eventually led to the collapse of a high-profile case of large-scale fraud. The case involved influential high-rank officials who managed to avoid criminal prosecution.  Criminal cases were started against several people from the Brykin's team, but the incident was soon hushed up. From that moment Brykin's career in law enforcement was over, his retirement rank at that time was Major General.

Civilian career of N.G. Brykin and the “shady side” of his biography

After his loud departure from law enforcement agencies in 2006, Brykin held high management positions in large companies, including Rosneft, Rostoprom, Mechel and others.

Greatly interesting is his leadership of the state company "Russian Fuel Company" JSC. As a result of Brykin's actions and instructions, a large Russian state-owned fuel company, quickly went bankrupt. More than a murky story.

It is known that Nikolai Brykin, against the business interests of the state company entrusted to him, signed an extremely unprofitable agreement with AKB National Mortgage Bank. He vouched for a loan for the Rostopprom-Saratov company, which was in a pre-bankruptcy state. It is still unclear what motivated the General Director Nikolay Brykin to use his powers as the head of the company with government assets, to vouch for the organization which was already at the first stage of bankruptcy. In September 2011, Brykin wrote a statement on his dismissal from the post of general director of Rostoprom,  the company was in the debt of more than 188 million rubles as a result of his leadership.

The official information about the Nikolai Brykin's work in the "Defense of the Fatherland" Fund (TIN 7718150277) looks rather strange too. In 2014, the Regional Fund for Assistance to Veterans of Special Forces allegedly invites him to become the First Deputy Chairman of the Board. He consented and took office. However, the fund with such a loud name was liquidated the next year by a court decision as an abandoned legal entity. Before that, the fund's name was famous only thanks to the TV scandals related to the sale of supposedly high-status but fake membership certificates to anyone with money. However, this did not stop Brykin from further using the "Defense of the Fatherland" fund's name for his personal purposes, some of which are written below.

About the political rise of N.G. Brykin without censorship

In 2016, Nikolai Brykin begins his political career. From the silovik, who left the Tyumen region a long time ago, Brykin magically transformed on the pages of regional mass media, into a well-known patriot, acting as the representative of the mentioned fund "Defense of the Fatherland". The fund had already been liquidated at that time, therefore, if he could work, then only having an informal status. In some interviews Brykin confirmed this fact, stating that the fund is not a legal entity, has no settlement accounts, and acts as a mediator. It participates in the selection of projects for financing and acting as a guarantor of their implementation. Some of the federal journalists concluded that the said patriotic fund did not conduct any real activity, Nikolai Brykin, at best, acted only as an intermediary, deciding whom and how much money to allocate. But what is the point in having such an informal intermediary between official sponsors and real patriotic projects at all? Some expressed suspicions that money did not reach the recipients at all, while the entire activity of the pseudo-fund was a cover for financing the election campaign.

To get into the State Duma, Brykin used bribes, persuasions, and according to some sources even threats, to guarantee that the major media outlets put only exceptionally positive information about him in their publications. Thus, in the eyes of voters, he began to look as the best candidate for the post of deputy. Patriotism became the theme he constantly turned to.

Despite the fact that he was not a member of the "United Russia" party and did not live in the region for a long time, headed a dubious unofficial fund, and there was a number of other compromising episodes in his biography (dismissal from the law enforcement, Rostopprom etc.), he managed to receive support even from the party leadership, which caused a lot of questions even in the ranks of the party itself.

As a result of all political and electoral vicissitudes, Nikolay Brykin passed into the State Duma on the United Russia party lists and represents the Tyumen region, KhMAO, and YaNAO.  

Who is really Mr. Nikolai Brykin the deputy?

Unfortunately, the deputy did not meet much success in lawmaking. After a year of work in the status of the deputy, it became clear that his effectiveness as the "people's chosen" is extremely low.

According to the official data of the State Duma website, as of October 2017, deputy Nikolai Brykin participated in the development of 29 draft laws. However, if you look closely at the specified details, it becomes clear that he always joined "the work" after the bills were already brought to the discussion of the State Duma. Deputy Brykin was the primary initiator of the introduction of the draft law only once. However, it was not a full-fledged new law, but a minor amendment, and even here Nikolai Brykin was only the co-initiator in a team of eleven authors.

Brykin's performance does not shine in the lower house as well. According to the same official site of the State Duma, there were only 33 speeches for the whole year of work. Generally, these were speeches directly from the workplace, lasted no more than a minute and were limited only to superficial phrases "the law should pass" or "the law should be rejected". Only a couple of times Nikolai Brykin was seen at the rostrum of the State Duma.

The same sources clearly show that he did not participate in voting on more than 1000 questions! In other cases, Deputy Brykin voted only "for" the introduced draft laws! Media workers gave a low evaluation of Nikolai Brykin's activity as deputy and questioned his competence. They also thought about his true reasons for getting the deputy's mandate.

Soon, deputy Nikolai Brykin revealed himself in a completely unexpected way, by standing up to protect the bank "Yugra", which had its license withdrawn by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

The supervisory authority has found evidence that the bank used its clients' money illegally, transferring them to affiliated commercial structures and taking them out using questionable transactions, thus putting at risk the bank's existence, as well as the safety of the clients' deposits and funds of legal entities. Nikolai Brykin was not convinced by the arguments of the official supervisory authority of Russia, the Central Bank. He began an unprecedented action to protect the bank "Yugra" in various instances, involving the apparatus of the State Duma, the Prosecutor General's Office, and the media. This could be called direct lobbyism in Western countries, but in Russia, this kind of activity is popularly called "reshala", or problem-solving.

Nikolai Gavrilovich Brykin’s education (vocational and nothing more?)

Everyone knows that education plays an important role in the shaping of a person's character. Nikolai Brykin's official biography states that he studied at the Ostrogozhsky Agrarian Technical School, the Tyumen Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and in the Nizhnevartovsk branch of the Institute of Business and Law. But the agricultural technical school with its specific knowledge of a medical assistant, zootechnician, and a beekeeper seems to be the only one which can be attributed to the educational assets of the lawmaker Brykin. But what about the diploma of the Higher School of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation in Tyumen, which was received in 1993? Firstly, education went parallel to the work. Secondly, the level of education back then was even worse than it is now, while the active employees enjoyed huge concessions. The legislation system of the Russian Federation, has also changed dramatically since then.

Brykin's diploma of the non-state Institute of Business and Law rises even more questions. It seems that this university existed only for a short time and was eliminated, and Nikolai Brykin's education was paid and remote. The said university's website today is advertising a computer game.