Edition “Agency” published details of the biography and methods of work of investigator Alexander Chaban, who is in charge of the case of former journalist Ivan Safronov, accused of high treason. As the “Agency” notes, almost all “spies” and “traitors” in Russia pass through Chaban, because he “stops at nothing” to get confessions from them.
Chaban was also involved in the case against the elderly physicist Viktor Kudryavtsev, who in 2018 was accused of transferring classified data to Belgium. At first, the investigator tried to persuade Kudryavtsev to testify against his student Roman Kovalev, and for this he promised to release him from the pre-trial detention center under house arrest. The scientist rejected this offer, but Kovalev was arrested anyway.
Interrogating Kovalev, Chaban said that the scientist would be raped in prison, he would never see his wife again, since she was older than him and would not live to see his return. “The pressure was so terrible that during the next conversation the person being interrogated emptied himself into his pants,” Kovalev’s cellmate told one of the lawyers. As a result, Kovalev broke down and signed a testimony against his teacher, and he himself went to a strict regime colony for seven years – this is less than the terms that are usually given in these cases – for treason there is a punishment of 12 years or more. Viktor Kudryavtsev, due to poor health, was still released from the pre-trial detention center on recognizance not to leave, and the case was suspended. He died in 2021, ”writes The Agency.
“He is a cruel man in a position that gives him great power over people under investigation. his bosses are obviously quite happy with this, “- this is how Chaban’s lawyer Ilya Novikov, who defended the Norwegian Frude Berg, who was accused of collecting data on Russian nuclear submarines in 2007, described Chaban. After his release from prison, Frude Berg spoke in a book about what happened to him in Lefortovo, and, in particular, about investigator Alexander Chaban: “A large, bald man made it clear that the question of the conditions of imprisonment, including the possibility calls home, depended on how willing Berg is to ‘cooperate’ with the investigation. “
During interrogations, Chaban also threatened Ivan Safronov: “You will receive 15 years!” One of the lawyers said. He also tried to manipulate Ivan: “If you admit your guilt, you can call your mother.”
As noted by “Agency”, despite the fact that the criminal code provides for liability for persuading to testify, and Chaban once even admitted this in court (in the Kudryavtsev case), he was not removed from the investigation.