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Re: INSIGHT -RUSSIA - head of MAJOR criminal group arrested... + chaika craziness

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5411148
Date 2007-09-04 15:56:37
Underground fuel trade...
I just have a bad feeling on this.
But if the FSB is planning on really locking down St. Petes to make sure a
full-on mob war doesn't break out this could get be interesting.
Eurasia team is breaking down more on the Tambov Clan and I'm working on a
few more sources.

Fred Burton wrote:

What kind of crime did he control?


From: Lauren Goodrich []
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:50 PM
To: 'Secure List'; 'EurAsia Team'; George Friedman; Fred Burton; scott
Subject: INSIGHT -RUSSIA - head of MAJOR criminal group arrested... +
chaika craziness
[**more coming on all of this, I could only chat briefly with Chaika...
pls keep the fact that he gave us this info under wraps, but we can use
the info other than that]
I'm leaning towards the fact that Putin is really cracking down on any
power player that doesn't play in his arena... and that the Tambov Clan
was soooo powerful and didn't listen to Putin as much as he wanted. This
is a HUGE nab for Chaika (congrats to him)... also a good note for
Chaika to leave on (he's quitting the Kremlin, so he says... and that is
classified info for the next week until I get the green light to go
forward on that huge Kremlin re-shuffle)

The head of the Tambov Criminal Group Vladimir Barsukov was arrested on
this past week by the Prosecutor General Chaika's group. Barsukov, also
known as Kumarin, based his group out of St. Petersburg.

He has many old friends within the inner circle, especially Alexei
Mordashov (Severstal) and Vladimir Yakunin (railways minister).
Barsurkov was a person that many in Russia tolerated because of his
connections and the fact that he was in charge of the highly powerful
Tambov gang. But Putin considered him a relic of a by-gone era and was
eager to get rid of him, though he was instrumental during Putin's
earlier years. Putin himself was "familiar" with Barsukov when he worked
in the St. Petersburg mayoral office.

The entire operation to bring him down was orchestrated by Chaika along
with FSB head Nikolai Patrushev and Interior Min Rashid Nurgaliev,
though many tried to stop him-especially Yakunin and Mordashov.
[sidenote: Yakunin and Chaika have never been close and after the last
attack on the train from Moscow to St. Petersburg, the security forces
turned to Chaika, not Yakunin, for information and cooperation.]

Barsukov was in a safe room and it took hours to pry him open from his
home. They had a huge amount of OMAN police forces with them, knowing
that this could have become really gross really fast.

One of the breaking points was the fact that Barsukov wanted to gain
control over many oil infrastructure assets in St. Petersburg... Chaika
said that this was shocking because no real criminal organizations dare
to take claim on energy infrastructure. The joke Chaika said was, "they
may be crime bosses, but they don't want to mess with Surkov, Sechin,
Bogdanchikov or others or else they may learn what real pressure and
tactics looks like."

The arrest of Barsurkov is expected to create a few repercussions... 1)
there will be a power struggle within the Tambov clan [I need to break
down what they control, can the CT team help?] 2) Chaika and others
expect atleast some retaliation, though they feel confident in their
infiltration of the organization to head most of it off 3) Yakunin and
Mordashov will really be after Chaika, Nurgaliev and Patrushev... Chaika
isn't too worried about this, but says that Yakunin is really petty
about retaliation.


Chaika said he has already been under a lot of heat because of the
Politkovskaya arrests. He said that he would rather not tell me about
the "Chechen mastermind" they arrested. I asked if this was because he
was not really a mastermind and Chaika said that "many things needed to
be tied up as we head into this election and the end of Putin's reign."
[I know this is strange, but he kept saying things like, "Ivanov needs
to have control over the situation he's about to enter into.... Ivanov
is known for his distance from such situations, so they need to be
wrapped up."]