The story of persecutions directed against me came to an attention of the local journalists who in May 2016 published an article called “Why do former Chekists crave for power?”. Apparently, the additional informational reason for that was the decision of Nikolai Brykin, who hasn’t been living in the region for a long time, to get to the State Duma under the flag of a ruling party in Tyumen oblast. This article the analysis of the biography, previous job history, accusations of corruption and some other facts from the life of one of my pursuers – an ex-”silovik” Nikolai Brykin. It also expresses and analyzes reasons for fears and doubts concerning the true motives of the former Chekist in his quest for power. In addition, there are new confirmations of the interest shown by people from the prosecutor’s office in the outcome of “my” criminal case. It is noteworthy, that the journalists were quickly thwarted and forced to cut the article from their website (even without any judicial decision), but there are still mentions of it and screenshots. I suggest you read it below.

It seems the things are not going well for the Tyumen office of “United Russia” if they choose someone like Brykin as a candidate for the Deputy of State Duma.

The news grabbed the headlines of many Tyumen media agencies: retired Major-General Nikolai Brykin is going to take part in “United Russia” primaries for the subsequent nomination to the deputies of the State Duma of the seventh convocation. Today he, as a chairman of the board of the regional public organization “Defense of the Motherland”, is engaged in upbringing the patriotism in young people and teenagers. "Russia needs to be strengthened by young people with a serious life view, who will love the Motherland, protect it, work and study hard. In order to do this, it is necessary to create good conditions, expand social programs, develop economy and agriculture.

It is also especially important to ensure the formation of high ideals of serving our country and our people. As a chairman of the regional public organization “Defense of the Motherland”, I would like to note that we are now funding the projects aimed at military-patriotic education, perpetuating the memory of heroes. This is just what we need today, not only for the young, growing generation but for all Russians”, said the candidate.

It is quite hard to believe in the nobility of such people.

Mr. Brykin shows his face in public, receives applications from various public organizations for funding important social projects. For example, one of the applications recognized as a priority is an initiative of Yalutorovsk City Organization of War and Labor Veterans, which proposes to build a fragment of Izmail fortress for 850,000 rubles to conduct courage lessons for schoolchildren. Military-patriotic club “Bars” plans to organize a diving camp based on one of the units of Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol for 350,000 rubles. Among the top projects – seven more, which are planned to be completed in the next 6 months, the fundraising for them has already started.

FOR REFERENCE: Nikolai Gavrilovich Brykin, born 25 november 1959 in Soldatskoye, Ostrogozhsky District, Voronezh Oblast. His biography is quite ordinary for the Soviet Era: high school, agricultural technical school, military service, after which he came to Nizhnevartovsk with a Komsomol permit and got a job in law enforcement. He immediately grasped the advantages of a new job and constantly increased his educational level (police school, construction Institute, business and law institute). Absentee diplomas and dubious Candidate degree in Legal sciences helped him with promoting his career up to the various positions of top management in the operational-command structure. After his retirement, Brykin held various posts in companies like PAO Mechel, OAO Rostopprom, OAO Rosneft and others.

However this is his official biography. In fact, it was during Brykin’s management of Nizhnevartovsk Tax police when the legends were going around about the corruption in its ranks. Moreover, there still is an entire organized crime group in the capital of Samotlor, made from the former and acting security officers, who engage in the taxation of businessmen and extorting their money. And in cases when victim disagrees with the imposed conditions, they can do anything to eliminate entrepreneur’s business – pressure by officials (Persecutor’s office, Investigative Committee, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Tax police, Audit Control Department, the Police), set ups, examinations and arson. Of course, provided with “regular cooperation” they help to solve all the listed problems.

In general, it is no coincidence that in 2006 a number of high-ranking officers of FSB, MIA, Prosecutor’s office and Federal Customs Service were retired or dismissed by the orders of the President, Prime minister, Prosecutor General and the Minister of Internal Affairs. One of these officers was Major-General Nikolai Brykin who held a post of First Deputy Head of the Administration of the MIA for the Far-Eastern Federal District, the head of the operative-search bureau for economic and tax crimes.

The website “” has yet to carefully look at Brykin’s biography. It is remarkable, that in 2006 the first vice speaker of the State Duma from the “United Russia” faction Oleg Morozov openly supported the decisive actions of the government to clean up the security structures and law enforcement bodies from corrupt officials. But in 2016 a retired Major-General participates in the “United Russia” primaries. I think it is an eloquent example proving that deputy posts are taken by people with already big experience of corruption. Do they think that they can just order some patriotic articles written about them, pay botnets to earn them encomium on the internet and with a clear conscience pretend to be people’s chosen?

On 9th of April, in Yalutorovsk, the former head of Department for Economic Security and Corruption Control of Russian MIA in KhMAO-Yugra participated in public debates on electoral district No. 186. Along with him there were other officials present, including the deputies of Tyumen City Duma Yuri Baranchuk and Natalya Proskuryakova, the State Duma deputies Anatoly Karpov and Ivan Kvitka, and the Rector of the Tyumen State Institute of Culture Igor Shishkin. The topic of the discussion were economic and industrial policies, and the support for entrepreneurship. The voters were given the opportunity to look at the candidates from “United Russia”, hear and evaluate their opinions, and understand what bothers them most of all.

The chairman of the board of the regional public organization “Defense of the Motherland”, Candidate of Legal Sciences, Major-General Nikolai Brykin, in his speech, named tax incentives as the most effective way to create a favorable climate for potential and current investors. “During the investment and construction stage, the state should provide the investor with its largest support, by giving him a complete set of tax preferences”, – said Brykin. “New large enterprises should become the base for growth, and local industry should serve as a main economic force of the region. In addition, we need to create a development plan for the local production companies, which will help us overcome the issues with unemployment and import substitution”. According to Nikolai Brykin, the growth of the local industry should be the main priority. He appealed to the memory of the old-timers of Yalutorovsk, who still remember the times when one local factory united the entire population. “It is important to promote the local industry in order to solve the problem with unemployment of the population and import substitution. Then people will not be looking for work far away from their home, but will live on their own land.”

According to the law, any citizen of the country has the right to elect or be elected in government and its local bodies. However, when a retired high-ranking security official is trying to get the legislative power, it always raises some actively discussed questions in political circles. If at the federal level the ones who break in to power are Chekists – Putin’s former colleagues, then in the regions the situation is different. The typical officials here are “second-class Chekists” – retired police and security chiefs. For example, we note Boris Salomatin, the three-time Head of Nizhnevartovsk district, or Nikolai Lukash, who made a career from a former chief of Nizhnevartovsk Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for KhMAO-Ugra, to the post of deputy head of the city administration.

Why does Chekist Brykin want to get to power? To be honest, it is difficult to believe in the nobleness of a person like him. It is quite easy, however, to believe in that person’s desire to get to a “giant feeder”, and manipulate the levers of power, including the financial ones. It is true that people are the ones who give power over themselves to those who have the opportunity and the necessary resources to get that power. And with the amount of invested resources increases the chance of finding a bigger feeder.

In any case, there are certain motives for people to go to power. If people come into politics, they definitely have an objective of gaining more power, whether it is for themselves or their party. Because in our country power often means impunity. Unfortunately...

The history of persecutions of businessman Dyulgerov

It's been already several years since the beginning of the story of persecutions initiated against the oppositional businessman Konstantin Dyulgerov in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. This subject has been extensively covered by media. At least five years already the officials are “breaking a sweat” investigating the case of a probable financial fraud. But such a long period of investigation, as we believe, is caused not by the complexity of the case. More likely, that it is hard to prove the commission of a crime when it has never been committed.

In every of the cases we examined there has been somebody interested in oppressing the businessman. On this occasion, these were some very high-ranking people — Major-general of the MIA Nikolai Gavrilovich Brykin and his “right hand”, ex-chief of Nizhnevartovsk Tax Police, Gennadiy Sergeevich Laskin. Subsequently, the businessman angered many other influential figures, including those of a federal level, who have been in friendly and, likely, corrupt business relations with former “siloviki”.
Due to the resonant and scandalous nature of the case, everyone involved are trying to prove the guilt of Konstantin in any way, as it is the matter of honor, career, cushy job or even freedom.

The most important fact is that these security service turncoats and their patrons act like they have already divided Konstantin Dylgerov's business among themselves. The only thing left to do is to put him into detention where he will sign any paper needed. After this, people typically get killed. This way the business officially goes to somebody else without any potential risks from its previous owner.

As previously stated by several sources, businessman Dyulgerov was among those paying long-time tribute to the racketeers from the ranks of law enforcement. Aside from money extortion, Dyulgerov was forced to co-found a company together with Brykin's son-in-law Kiryanov Sergei Leonidovich. Kiryanov acquired his share of the company illegally, without investing any money. Later businessman managed to persuade former “siloviki” to put Kiryanov out of business, and acquired his part back. However, the extortion did not stop. Soon after the racketeers have lost their posts in law enforcement, Dyulgerov decided to stop paying. This decision started a manhunt against Konstantin, which resulted in several fictitious cases initiated, the victims of which are unclear. The charges however are serious — financial fraud, document forgery and witness bribery.

The trumped-up case.

To begin with, the investigation is trying to prove the commission of fraud by Dyulgerov. Their version is that Konstantin allegedly sold a share of his company to ex-general's son-in-law, Kiryanov, and later illegally returned it back with a use of forged documents behind Kiryanov's back.

We managed to talk to a lawyer of the disgraced businessman. He provided us with a number of arguments and documents proving his client's innocence. However, both investigation and persecutor's office seem to ignore these proofs, documents or legal reasoning. The list of detailed arguments testifying to illegal nature of the case will take more than a dozen of pages. A few of them will be given below.

As we mentioned before, the businessman has been forced to include Kiryanov as the co-founder of the company, an action which has never been processed legally. Kiryanov did not buy his share, but acquired it fraudulently and for free. This alone means there are no signs of larceny committed by Dylgerov, since any lawyer knows that larceny involves property. The consequences in form of property damage must be included into objective part of corpus delicti. If there has been no damage, there has been no larceny. These are the basics of criminal law. What damage could take Kiryanov if he did not buy any property?

Moreover, Kiryanov presented two receipts to prove his non-existant purchase. Both receipts have signs of tampering and visually differ from each other in texture of paper, impression seal, font and signatures for the same cash order.

These facts prove not only that Kiryanov should not be considered the victim, and that he did not take any property damage by not buying his share, but also that his actions contain signs of fraud. The fact that he acquired part of Dyulgerov's business illegally and presented fake receipts for non-existent cash order is tantamount to his confessing of committing larceny himself.

Despite that, the police investigation has never bothered to carry out examination of said receipts since 2011. During the period of investigation the police made no legal assessment of the following fact: how is that possible that there are two different receipts for one cash order, which also does not exist?

And we don't even mention the questioning of the accountant and the cashier. This is quite something. The investigation has been repeatedly extended in direct violation of current Russian laws, the Constitution of Russia, the International Convention of Human Rights and numerous Definitions of Russian Constitutional Court on this matter.

Moreover, the so-called purchase and sale agreement, according to which Kiryanov allegedly deposited money in cash using fake orders to buy a share, has been recognized as counterfeit. All three examinations carried out withing arbitration process, including ones arranged by Ministry of Justice, recognized Kiryanov's signature as faked.

But again, as in case of receipts, the investigation did not bother to conduct their own examination of the agreement. Evaluations carried out in arbitration court are simply ignored as if they do not exist.

So under these circumstances K.I. Dylgerov has been unlawfully charged in absentia, then illegally arrested and put on the international wanted list!

At the same time, the investigators refer to the Investigation Department of the MIA: “They allowed us this — said we can do like this now”. Since when the Investigation Department is authorized to override the decisions of the Constitutional Court, terms of Constitution, the Code of Criminal Procedure and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights? Clearly, the Investigation Department has no such authority, which means any directions of this kind are illegal.

In addition, the terms of investigation have been extended when it was doubly forbidden — under the old version of part 6 of Article 162 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. This is proved by the resolution of one of the deputy head of the Investigation Department of the MIA, which recognizes the extending of the terms as unlawful.

The new version of part 6 of Article 162 does not allow doing so either, since otherwise it would again contradict with the Definitions of the CC, the Constitution and the International Covenant. Could you reopen the criminal case hundreds of times and extend it again hundreds of times on a local level, bypassing the Investigation Department, thus clearly exceeding your power? Of course not. That is a gross violation of the law!

All the circumstances listed above are not taken into consideration. The higher authorities seem to consider the described actions existing within the law. We suppose that this isn't simply a bureaucratic negligence. Judging by the documented proof, this seems more like an intentional criminal prosecution of a knowingly innocent person.

Under suspicion... General Prosecutor’s office

One of the initiators of the case is an investigator Ustyuzhanin Maksim Nikolaevich, former subordinate of Brykin and Laskin from the time of their service in tax police. It is Ustyuzhanin who allowed so many violations to be made during the investigation. His personal interest in the case became so clear that the case was taken from him and entrusted to another investigator. The mechanism, however, has been already started.

Our sources claim that there are certain people from Russian General Procesutor's Office in Moscow who are interested in the outcome of the case. These are some very influential figures who are not easily ignored.

Remarkable, that it is Moscow where ex-General Mr. Brykin ended his career in law enforcement, and he certainly has a lot of friends and connections there. Maybe that is the reason why during working on the case the investigators experienced constant pressure from both their direct superiors and from top-ranking officials in Moscow. According to our sources in law enforcement agencies, they haven't seen such frank and undisguised pressure since the days of the “glorious militsiya” or even the tax police.

One of the most important departments in Russia, The Prosecutor General's Office is the first which gets under suspicion. We are always very careful in our evaluations of this department's activity. We know that in many cases we investigated, the Office made stiff decisions by bringing to justice “siloviki” who committed crimes. There are also examples of direct orders given by them to stop criminal persecutions in much less serious cases.

However, according to Dyulgerov's lawyer, in this case it is like an impenetrable wall. Despite all the arguments, their replies are cut and dried: “The information is checked and was not confirmed”. This means everything happening is considered lawful! And this is it — there has been no justification, no argument of the defense is disproved. We have some quite reasonable suspicions that even in the Prosecutor General's Office there is somebody personally interested in this case. We do even have certain names and other information on people supporting “Brykin & Co”, but so far the evidence may not be enough, so we reserve any direct accusations for later articles.

Kondratyev wanted to put Dyulgerov in jail at any cost

Unraveling the mystery, we might add, that the person previously suspected of hounding K.I. Dyulgerov, is the prosecutor of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug Kondratyev A.F. (right on the photo). There is a certain information that Kondratyev in an informal discussion with his colleagues claimed that he'll put Dyulgerov in jail by any means necessary.

Today Kondratyev is the Prosecutor of Chelyabinsk Oblast, his earlier post in KhMAO has been succeeded by his ex-deputy Botvinkin Evgeniy Borisovich (in center on the photo), but the hunt still continues. Turns out, Kondratyev wasn't the main person in the picture. The direct superior to his former office is a branch of Procecutor General's Office in Ural Federal District supervised by Prosecutor General's Deputy Ponomaryov Y.A.

It is quite interesting to see a long list of responsible officers of the Prosecutor General's Office turning a blind eye on so many violations. It would be silly to consider that they do not know the laws. They do know them very well. This means they do it intentionally, though it's hardly they're all in a share. There is only one option left — they have all simply saluted to do what they were told to, daring not to disobey their chief.

But let's continue our reasoning. Who oversees the prosecutors from the office of Prosecutor General? It might not necessarily be the Prosecutor General himself, it is hardly a level of Chaika Y.V. The Prosecutor General isn't somebody who would sully himself with a case like this, most likely he has never even heard of Dyulgerov.

Businessman against a powerful clan.

Taking the first steps in his struggle for truth, Dyulgerov tried to address people's deputies. But those preferred to keep distance, thinking that this might attract accusations of corruption and favoring the interests of business. The biggest media organizations in region who could cover this problem also decided to step away from it. Only the small independent media could publish the information on businessman's troubles.

Dyulgerov's activity in search of truth and justice has been interpreted as a political activity. As soon as he started to pose a threat, he was attributed to the opposition and received a number of negative labels. They claimed that he is trying to acquire political power to solve his own business problems, despite the fact that he's never ran for an office. He's only publicly stated about the existence of a “clan”, about entrepreneurs' problems, and about origins and causes of hardships of people in the region. For example, he frankly told about the “Nizhnevartovsk head's team” who created their own principality in a “kingdom of oil production” by demanding tributes and gathering extreme taxes from residents. This happened on the eve of the scheduled elections. Soon after that a wave of fires swept through Nizhnevartovsk. By an amazing coincidence, the fires affected only the warehouses and enterprises of the opposition-minded businessmen. Dyulgerov's warehouses burned too. The cause of fires has never been determined and the case was sent to an archive.

Indeed, in this case, the businessman stood up against the influential clan which occupied the region. Words and actions.

All this is happening despite the direct instructions of Putin to decrease a pressure on business, both administrative and legal. As a reminder, according to president's words, in 2014 about 200 thousand criminal cases were initiated under economic articles, with only 15% ended with a sentence. “The vast majority of the businessmen charged with crime, lost their enterprises. Turns out, they were pressed, robbed and released”, — said Russian president. We'd like to note from our side, that he was not talking about oligarchs (whose cases are rare), but about the entrepreneurs average even by regional standards. Remarkable, that many of them were forced to escape prosecutions. Unfortunately, there are no statistical data for that.

We have a big experience with stories like this. Yet every time we are amazed by arrogance and permissiveness involved. Neither Putin's words nor the law mean anything to those who consider themselves chosen. Their sense of being special covered by high patronage and massive connections allow them to solve any issue and turn even the most disastrous and illegal case in their favor.

Dyulgerov himself continues his struggle even while being on the wanted list. After speaking to him it got clear that he will continue to fight. As he said before — he has nowhere to retreat, and he does not want to buy his way out. To surrender means to lose not only his business but also freedom and, perhaps, even life. He said he won't allow the clan to win again. That is why he is going to take any legal way to fight until his opponents lose all their influence, the purges in law enforcement agencies will be made, and until the acceptance of decisions of the Supreme, Constitutional and even European Courts, as much as a wide number of international human rights organizations.
In the next couple of months “” is planning to publish a set of articles covering the topic of elections to the State Duma from Tyumen Oblast. We are also going to closely watch Brykin’s election campaign. There is a hidden struggle for power in the region, which constantly continues over the last several years. For the “siloviki” faction, Brykin’s success in his campaign would mean a new chance to put their people in the administration of Tyumen Oblast, and a way to influence the appointment of the heads of regional law enforcement departments.

I don’t think people like Brykin go into the legislative branch for the sole reason of participating in the elections. It is reasonable to assume, that people already in power provide them with some sort of guarantee of passing the primaries favourably and being elected. Things like these cannot be done single-handedly. This area is managed by people from the political bloc of regional administration.

The story of Kostantin Dyulgerov speaks of a dangerous tendency of strengthening the “siloviki” faction, which may create additional risks for the representatives of other influential groups and their business activities. But it’s not really about Brykin being an ex-”silovik”, it is about the negative, corrupt past of the candidate for deputy. The dismissal from OAO “Rostopprom” is another black spot in Brykin’s record, which we are going to tell you about in the near future. Again, strengthening their position with power may be an important mission for the clan of aged (all of them are already retired) and burdened with financial resources former security officers, who are looking for any other way to enforce their control of the region. Or maybe Brykin represents the interests of some federal-level clan, an industrial economic group which is trying to take posts of Tyumen Oblast local elite, to capture more places in the State Duma. This way one can control everything from tax rates, land prices, cross-budget relations, the composition of local administrations and many other vital issues, that depend on the decisions of deputies of all levels. In addition, the seizure of control over the legislative branch of power means control over the activities of the executive branch of the region. And it’s worth a lot...

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