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Bastrykin and Vladimir Putin in working meeting, 21 February 2013
Александр Иванович Бастрыкин
On April 6, 2018, the US Treasury Department introduced new sanctions against 24 Russians, including entrepreneurs and government officials from Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. We believe that it would be wrong to rely solely on the opinion of a foreign government. The Dossier Center publishes its own list of possible organizers of the Kremlin organized criminal group and their likely accomplices with short profiles.
Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin
Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation
Date and place of birth 08/27/1953, Pskov, RSFSR, USSR Citizenship the Russian Federation
Why on the list
He is directly involved in making decisions regarding the domestic policy of the Russian Federation, and is responsible for court proceedings in a number of high-profile cases. Suspected of violating the law “On Civil Service” and providing incomplete information in the anti-corruption declaration.
Active support for the usurpation of power by Vladimir Putin, corruption, the leadership of the punitive governmental body, repressions against the opposition, abuse of office.
Alexander Bastrykin has been heading one of the main repressive bodies in Russia — the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for many years. Under his leadership, the Investigative Committee has actually turned into one of the tools to preserve Putin’s regime that persecutes the opposition, initiates criminal cases against them and conducts investigations into openly political cases.
Bastrykin openly interfered in the activities of the media, threatening reprisal to the chief editor of Novaya Gazeta Sergei Sokolov. On June 4, 2012, Bastrykin invited Sokolov on a board of an airplane flying to Nalchik. The head of the Investigative Committee demanded the journalist to apologize for his article. The article was about the verdict to Sergei Tsepovyaz (the person involved in the mass murder case in the town of Kushchevskaya), who escaped with a fine of 150 thousand rubles (approx. $5,000) for concealing this crime. After the plane landed, Bastrykin’s guards put Sokolov in a car and drove into the forest without explanation. There, Bastrykin asked the security service to leave him alone with the journalist. During their conversation, he criticized Novaya Gazeta, mocked the murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and threatened Sokolov’s life.
Alexander Bastrykin was repeatedly accused of corruption. In 2008, Alexander Khinshtein accused Bastrykin of being the founder and director of the Czech company LAW Bohemia. In 2012, Alexei Navalny repeated these allegations, indicating that Bastrykin had retroactively sold his stake in a Czech company, accusing him of falsifying powers of attorney necessary to sell a stake in the company and demanding his resignation.
On January 9, 2017, under the Magnitsky Act, the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control updated its Specially Designated Nationals List and blacklisted Aleksandr Bastrykin, which froze any of his assets held by American financial institutions or transactions with those institutions and banned his traveling to the United States.
“Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Бастры́кин, born August 27, 1953, in Pskov) is a Russian official, former First Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia, and former Chairman of The Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Since January 15, 2011, he is the Head of The Investigative Committee of Russia.
Bastrykin and Vladimir Putin in working meeting, 21 February 2013
In 2007, President Vladimir Putin established the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General’s Office, de facto independent from the Prosecutor General’s Office, and Bastrykin became its first chairman. The appointment was reportedly instigated by Igor Sechin, wishing to retain his influence after the dismissal of his close ally Vladimir Ustinov from the position of prosecutor general in 2006.
On November 28, 2009, as head of the Investigative Committee at the scene of the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing, Bastrykin was injured by a second bomb and was hospitalised. The second bomb was reportedly targeted at investigators, and was detonated by mobile phone.
Threatening the life of a journalist
Bastrykin holds a doctor of law degree, and has published more than 100 scholarly works in Russia. In 2007 Bastrykin was publicly accused of plagiarism, because parts of his then new book “Signs of the Hand. Dactyloscopy” (2004) had been rewritten from the famous book of German writer Jürgen Thorwald. In 2013 these accusations were confirmed and supplemented by Dissernet community and its founder Sergei Parkhomenko: it was found that Bastrykin’s book also contains an entire chapter from the book by Anthony Summers “The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover” (in Russian translation “The FBI Empire – Myths, Secrets, Intrigues”).
On 26 July 2012 Russian blogger and anticorruption activist Alexey Navalny published documents indicating that Bastrykin had a residence permit and owned real estate in the Czech Republic. Mr. Navalny wrote that the real estate holding and residence permit in a country belonging to NATO, a military alliance opposed to Russia, should raise questions about Mr. Bastrykin’s security clearance for work in law enforcement and access to state secrets.
In 2015, Bastrykin proposed to amend article 15 of the Constitution of Russia by establishing the priority of national laws over universally recognized principles and norms of international law and international agreements ratified by Russian Federation (it is possible only through the adoption of the new Constitution because article 15 appears in chapter 1, established the fundamental principles of the constitutional order).
In 2016, Bastrykin expressed the need to establish official national ideology and censor the Internet, on the grounds that there is information warfare against Russia launched by USA and its allies. As such proposals clash with the provisions of chapters 1 and 2 of the Constitution of Russia, established the fundamental principles of the constitutional order and the fundamental rights of citizens, the complaint was lodged against Bastrykin with the General Prosecutor’s Office of Russian Federation but General Prosecutor’s Office refused to initiate an investigation.
On January 9, 2017, under the Magnitsky Act, the United States Treasury‘s Office of Foreign Assets Control updated its Specially Designated Nationals List and blacklisted Aleksandr I. Bastrykin, Andrei K. Lugovoi, Dmitri V. Kovtun, Stanislav Gordievsky, and Gennady Plaksin, which froze any of their assets held by American financial institutions or transactions with those institutions and banned their travelling to the United States.