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How FSB/GRU supposedly "rogue" operations carry out killings (a disturbing Russian article) - part 6
Novaya Gazeta ^ | 01/11/2007 | Igor Korolkov

Posted on 02/13/2007 8:37:18 PM PST by JadeEmperor

Who decides when to kill?

The technical aspects of extrajudicial retribution had been worked out well in Chechnya. There were thousands of Russian citizens who dissapeared without a trace there - sounds like whole new ways to uphold the law and order have been discovered. An ex-army officer, who had served in Chechnya had told me how people "dissapear", in such a way that neither their relatives nor the law enforcement agencies can find them. The captives are being interrogated under torture, then taken to a remote location, piled into 3-5 men pile and then blown up using a powerfull explosive charge. No identifiable part of the bodies remains. They are being effectively vaporized.

The secret directive which I had quoted does not say who and on what level reaches a decision to allow the physical elimination of a certain individual. According to our Constitution, only a court may determine if a person is guilty and the measure of punishment, but who does during these extrajudicial operations? A chief of some unit? Department? Service? Or someone even higher, depending on the status of the suspected criminal? And what kind of arguments are necessary to reach a death sentence?

A new way of fighting crime, which seemed so easy and simple, and what is more important, effective, has plunged the country into an even greater degree of lawlessness. Furthermore, it brought crime not into merely organizational, but a political level. Inside our country there was a series of high level murders, the circumstances of which either directly or indirectly point to the fact that they were carried out by specialists, who received specialized training at one point. The targets were either public persons, or persons whose means and influence were not widely advertised, but whose power was sufficient enough to affect certain circles of politics and business, either that or they had direct knowledge about the corruption of high level government officials. In many of those crimes the various "Spetznaz veterans associations" are implicated not only by the methods used, but by the behavior of law enforcement agencies during the subsequent investigations.

Tsepov was killed in Russia exactly the way Litvinenko was in London

We should remember the mysterious death (poison placed in the the phone receiver - comm. Jade Emperor) of a well known banker Ivan Kivilidi. I had a conversation with the head of the Institute of the Evolution of Morphology and Ecology of Animals, Efim Brodsky who had identified the poisionos substance, which was planted in the receiver of his telephone.

- It was a nerve agent, similar to sarin. - said the scientist. A rather exclusive substance. The exact type could be identified only by a specialist who had worked with in in a laboratory. It is possible to even tell who it might have been, because the labs that are cleared for that type of work are few and their staff are few and documented.

Why weren't they identified then? Why weren't they being looked for?

Two years ago there was yet another strange murder. We do mean Roman Tsepov, the head of a private security enterprise in St. Petersburg.

Tsepov was a very wealthy man and had nearly unlimited resources due to close friendship with people at the very top of the government. His power was feared.

In one of the reports, created by one of the government agencies in the early 90-s, which had come into my possession, Tsepov was identified as being behind extortion rackets on all the major commercial venues in St. Petersburg, including casinos, and was personally delivering the proceeds to a high-level FSB official in Moscow.

When I had asked a St. Petersburg colleague, an aquaintance of Tsepov, if the latter was a "money bag to a high-level government official", he had said that "Tsepov was the lock on a money bag".

His personal doctor, the head of a department of hospital No. 32 Petr Perumov, had told me in a great level of detail about the sickness that killed him.

- Tsepov had all the signs of a poisoning, vomiting, diarhea - but he had neither chills nor high fever. I invited other specialists from different clinics, but we couldn't understand what was wrong with him. I believe he may have died due to being injected with a lethal dose of Colchicine, a drug sometimes used to treat leukemia.

I later found out from another source in the Prosecutor's Office that experts had determined that Tsepov had died from radiation poisoning. The level of radiation inside his body exceeded the allowable limits 1 million times!

Who would dare to kill such a powerful man, so close to the Kremlin?

In contrast to how quickly, professionally and agressively Litvinenko's murder is being investigated by the Scotland Yard in London, Tsepov's murder in Russia is a dead end ivestigation. Very little is known about it, just like the murder of Ivan Kivilidi.

I would like to stress, the last part is characteristic of this type of murder, as soon as the leads point to either FSB, GRU or MVD, they are dropped.

The same way the lead was dropped during an investigation of a death of the chief editor of "Novaya Gazeta" and a deputee of Duma, Yuri Schekochikin, who's strange death was the result of a condition rather similar to that of Litvinenko. Back on 2003 the murder investigation was not even launched. And our demand in 2006, which was directed to the General Prosecutor's Office, to reopen the investigation based on newly discovered evidence, has so far not had a reply.

We do not yet know for a fact, who had killed Litvinenko or who had ordered the killing. But it is rather hard to dismiss the possibility, based on everything else that goes on in Russia today, that government security agencies had something to do with it. Especially since just a few months prior to Litvinenko's murder according to Putin's demand the Duma has allowed the agencies to legally carry out extrajudicial retributions abroad.

The Summary

The above stated facts give a reason to believe that our own security agencies, bypassing the Constitution, or more likely - their "affiliated" shadow branches and "foundations" have some kind of special extrajudicial powers. Through both their legal and extralegal units, they have become the main pivot arm of control over the entire country. They now possess power, which poses danger to the society itself, to every citizen and even to the President himself.

As a citizen of the Russian Federation, I demand from the General Prosecutor's Office the Security Council of the Russian Federation and of the President of the Russian Fedaration:

1. Conduct a full investigation of the supposed secret directive, which authorizes the law enforcement agencies to act via unorthodox means.

2. Determine, if follow up MVD directives, resulting from the above, also exist.

3. Determine, if there are secret extra-legal units created in accordance with the above directives, and what role do they play today?

Igor Korolkov, the chief reviewer of "Novaya Gazeta"

P.S. When this issue was being printed, we did indeed receive a reply from the General Prosecutor's office regarding the death of Yuri Schekochikin - "to launch a criminal investigation into the death of Yuri Schekochikin - denied".


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: fsb; kgb; putin; russia
That's it, whew, finally.
1 posted on 02/13/2007 8:37:22 PM PST by JadeEmperor
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To: Calpernia; lizol; Lukasz; strategofr; spanalot; Thunder90; Tailgunner Joe; propertius; REactor; ...

Part 6 - the rest of the article.


2 posted on 02/13/2007 8:38:03 PM PST by JadeEmperor
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To: JadeEmperor

Jeez. What's with the Russkies?

Most places, we just shoot 'em.


3 posted on 02/13/2007 8:40:23 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Recognition of one's ignorance is the beginning of wisdom.)
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To: JadeEmperor
The only thing I really have a problem with is the "...piled into 3-5 men pile and then blown up using a powerfull explosive charge. No identifiable part of the bodies remains." thing.

An explosion powerful enough to do that would be able to do that would register on seismographs a hundred miles away.

There are several much more subtle, effective and efficient ways to dispose of a body.

4 posted on 02/13/2007 8:57:14 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: JadeEmperor

"Who decides when to kill?"
Thats easy - Putin is the one.


5 posted on 02/14/2007 5:37:54 AM PST by spanalot
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