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INSIGHT - RUSSIA - Bashneft Security Chief gunned down

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5436672
Date 2009-12-30 15:52:39
PUBLICATION: yes if we get more info
ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in the PG office
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Prosecutor General

The head of security for Russian oil firm Bashneft, Vladimir Butorin, was
gunned down in Ufa at 9 a.m. Dec. 29. Butorin was shot five times - mostly
in the back and buttocks-on his way to work on Mustafa Karim street.

At the crime scene found a barrel of a gun PSS (special self-loading
pistol). This is a rare weapon, armed by the KGB and military

There were surveillance cameras in the area, though they did not record
the incident. There is footage of a woman (or man dressed as a woman)
running from where the incident most likely took place.

Bashneft is offering a reward of 600,000 rubles for any information on the

Butorin was former KGB, but had been working for Bashneft in charge of
their secrets and securing their intelligence for over a decade.

This is the first assumed contract killing in the energy industry in a few
years. Could be the Kremlin making a move, could be a rival energy company
making a move or could be related to something else altogether (an affair
or bad business).
Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334