The General and The Chunk

Vladimir ShamanovLieutenant General Vladimir Shamanov, commander of Russia’s Airborne Troops, ordered his special troops to obstruct an investigation into the activities of his son-in-law, Alexey Khramushin, a notorious organised crime kingpin known as “Chunk”.

Shamanov ordered two units of special troops to detain Oleg Tselipotkin, investigator of high-profile cases at the Moscow regional prosecutor’s office. At the time, Tselipotkin and his investigators were on their way to search Khramushin’s sports equipment factory in Moscow.

The independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, obtained recordings of telephone calls made by Shamanov, which prove that he was protecting Khramushin, who is wanted for murder. Khramushin (aka Oleg Glyba) is allegedly a prominent member of the so-called Tatar mafia group.

The factory Tselipotkin was about to search belongs to Khramushin’s company, Sporttek. Shamanov’s son, Yuri Shamanov, is a member of Sporttek’s board of directors. Sporttek’s main assets are real estate and land, estimated at USD 20-25 million.

Khramushin is thought to be hiding somewhere outside Russia, and Yuri Shamanov is said to be his proxy in Russia. Yuri Shamanov is chairman of Taloka, an organisation of veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Vladimir Shamanov is accused of serious war crimes during Russia’s war in Chechnya. He became Governor of Russia’s Ulyanovsk region in 2001. In March 2007, amid a public scandal, he met then US President George Bush in the White House.

Read the full article by Roman Anin in today’s Novaya Gazeta:

Генерал и Глыба
Новая Газета, 21.09.2009

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