Law enforcement officers detained three sellers of confidential information in Moscow. They are suspected of collecting data on FSB officers involved in the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. transfers TASS, citing a law enforcement source. Formerly Russian President Vladimir Putin statedthat the data of Russian counterintelligence officers were leaked by foreign special services.
“Pyotr Katkov, Alexander Zelentsov and Igor Zaitsev were detained. They were engaged in the fact that with the help of the “dark Internet” (Darknet), they were looking for clients who needed to get a phone number, address or other personal data of this or that person and provided him with the appropriate service for money. To do this, they used, among other things, forged documents of police officers. Some of the information that was obtained by the detainees was used by Navalny for one of his investigations, ”the agency’s interlocutor said.
According to him, Katkov, Zaitsev and Zelentsov did not know that one of their clients was Navalny. “They were used, as they say,“ in the dark ”. Currently, all three have been charged with forging documents and violating the secrecy of telephone conversations, ”the source said.
The Basmanny District Court of Moscow reported that Katkov, Zelentsov and Zaitsev were placed under house arrest. They were charged under Art. 327 (production or circulation of forged documents) and Art. 138 (violation of secrecy of correspondence or telephone conversations “) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
According to a TASS source in law enforcement agencies, Zelentsov was a private detective prior to his arrest. “He founded one of the private detective agencies in Moscow. Now the investigation is checking whether the possibilities of this organization were used to obtain information that was then used by Navalny, ”the agency’s interlocutor said.
According to open sources, Alexander Zelentsov founded the LEX-GARD LLC detective agency.
In December 2020, The Insider, Bellingcat, and CNN released investigation. Its authors came to the conclusion that at least 8 FSB officers were involved in the poisoning of Navalny with a “Novichok” family chemical agent. All of them are employees of the Institute of Forensic Science of the FSB (aka NII-2 FSB or military unit 34435), under the cover of which, according to unofficial data, a laboratory that produces secret poisons for special operations operates.
The investigation was, among other things, based on the billing of counterintelligence officers’ phones, as well as data on their air travel. It turned out that employees of the Institute of Forensic Science of the FSB had been monitoring Navalny since the beginning of 2017, after he announced his participation in the presidential elections. They made 47 trips in the same directions as Alexei Navalny flew or went, on the same days, flying parallel flights with the politician.
After the investigation was released, Navalny called one of the FSB officers involved in the investigation, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, posing as Assistant Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. In the conversation, Kudryavtsev told the details of Navalny’s poisoning.
The Russian authorities do not acknowledge the fact of Navalny’s poisoning. The criminal case over the past almost one and a half years and was not started… Instead, the security forces began to persecute those who may have passed information about the flights of the FSB officers to investigative journalists.
At the beginning of March 2021, a criminal case was initiated against the St. Petersburg policemen – Major Roman Gladyshev and Captain Konstantin Golubev, reported 47news. They were suspected of transferring data from a departmental database about Alexei Navalny’s fellow travelers on the plane from Tomsk to Moscow. After that, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Vasileostrovsky district of St. Petersburg, where the suspect worked, resigned.
In January, a police officer from Samara, Kirill Chuprov, also became a suspect in the transmission of data on flights of FSB officers who followed Navalny. About it reported RBC.