Patrushev Nikolai Platonovich, Security Council Secretary
«Russia's Power Families - 2011» / Patrushev Nikolai Platonovich, Security Council Secretary
Employed at: Russian Federation Security Council
Positions held: 1999-2008: Russian FSB Director; since 2008: RF
Security Council Secretary.
Business involvement: As a military serviceman and government official, Nikolai Patrushev is legally barred from business activity. According to Alexander Litvinenko’s book “Blowing up Russia,” Patrushev was named as witness in a criminal case involving illegal Karelian birchwood trading while heading Karelia’s state security service (from 1992). Patrushev was then transferred to head the FSB’s Internal Security Directorate in Moscow.
Business influence: According to Novaya Gazeta, in 1995, Patrushev instructed RF FSB Internal Security Directorate’s 3rd Department to report to him with information on Karelia resident Kislyakova who owed $8,000 to another Karelia resident named Pogodin. Pogodin asked state security officer Patrushev to intercede as debt collector. This information has never been refuted.
Wife Elena Nikolayevna Patrusheva is educated as medical doctor. According to the media and tax documentation, Patrusheva worked for VneshEconomBank (VEB) companies.
In 1993, together with a group of former KGB officers and her husband’s classmate Boris Gryzlov, Elena Patrusheva set up Borg LLP, whose statutory activities were to include “secondary raw material reclamation and processing.” The company may have specialized in ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal export.
Elena Patrusheva is the registered owner of a 4,541 m2 land lot in Serebryany Bor village – not far from the villas of Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov. Elena’s declared 2009 income was 348,654 Rub., while her husband’s was 13,512,212 Rub.
Older son Dmitry Nikolayevich Patrushev is a banker, graduate of the FSB Academy. In 2006, he became vice-president of state-owned Vneshtorgbank (VTB), overseeing work involving large state-owned companies. Since 2010, Dmitri Patrushev is chairman of the board of state-owned Russian Agricultural Bank, the bank with 4th-largest assets in Russia. Prior to Dmitri Patrushev being appointed the Bank’s chairman, the Bank was investigated by the prosecutor’s office. After Patrushev’s arrival at the Bank, many top Bank managers left, including RF Agriculture Minister Elena Skrynnik who was on the Bank board, and Bank deputy chairman of the board Arkady Kulik (the son of former Deputy RF Prime Minister for agricultural issues Gennady Kulik). At the same time, Deputy RF Prime Minister Victor Zubkov became head of the Bank’s supervisory council.
Younger son Andrei Nikolayevich Patrushev is also a banker and graduate of the FSB Academy. He worked at Directorate “P’s” 9th department, monitoring the oil industry, with his father as his supervisor. At the FSB Academy, his classmate was RF Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov’s younger son Pavel Fradkov.
In 2006, FSB captain Andrei Patrushev was appointed information security advisor to Rosneft Oil Company chairman of the board and Deputy RF Prime Minister Igor Sechin. Seven months later, President Vladimir Putin awarded Andrei Patrushev the Order of Honor for “successful achievements and many years of conscientious work.” According to other sources, Andrei Patrushev and his uncle Victor Platonovich Patrushev received other decorations for taking part in the South Pile air expedition organized by Nikolai Patrushev.
Brother Victor Platonovich Patrushev is Megaphone cell phone company’s Northwest branch deputy administrative director. He was also advisor to FSB general Vladimir Pronichev (Russian Federal border patrol director and Dynamo sports association chairman). RF President Vladimir Putin awarded Victor Patrushev the Order of Friendship and the Order of Honor “For achievements in physical education and sports development.”
Older nephew Vladimir Victorovich Patrushev is an entrepreneur who founded AquaChem Trading Company LLC and was its general director from 2004 to 2007 (according to SPARK).
Younger nephew Alexei Victorovich Patrushev is an entrepreneur who was involved in the construction and timber business and was listed as StroiLesProduct LLC general director. He is on the board of directors of Lakhdenpokhsky Forestry Holding Co. OJSC.
In 2007, Alexei Patrushev was appointed deputy chairman of the Master-Bank OJSC board, where he worked with RF Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s cousin Igor Putin (who resigned in 2010). After Igor Putin resigned, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Economic Security Department searched Master-Bank and arrested leading bank specialist Mary Tevanyan on suspicion of laundering 500 Mln. Rub. per day. In 2011, Master-Bank reinstated Igor Putin on its board of directors. Putin stated he attributes the events to the Bank’s corporate conflict with Domodedovo Airport owner East Line Group.
Alexei Patrushev and Igor Tupalsky co-founded the Building Demolition Association Holding Company LLC. According to news media, in January 2011, Tupalsky was charged with contracting businesswoman Oksana Ledneva’s murder and arrested on July 19, 2009 by criminal investigation operatives. However, on July 22, , Leningrad Region Vyborg City Court judge Evgeny Trikhleb denied the investigators’ request to take Tupalsky into custody and released Tupalsky on 2.3 Mln. Rub. bail. Notably, Tupalsky’s company received a 211 Mln. Rub. subcontract from Okhta Social and Business Complex to clear the Okhta River mouth to for Gazprom tower construction.
Oleg Zagumennov was Patrushev’s business partner in New Technologies-XXI Century CJSC. Zagumennov was also listed as shareholder of Dime Financial Company CJSC together with the St. Petersburg developer Nuriddin Mescherov, who spent 12 years in prison for murder and is who has recently been convicted and sentenced to seven years for attempting to steal an apartment from an elderly man who lived alone: Mescherov’s co-workers committed the old man to a psychiatric hospital and had him declared deceased. Another New Technologies co-founder, Alexei Petrykin, was on the Russian federal wanted list (circular 97/522) for fleeing the investigation [after being charged] under RF Criminal Code Art. 159(3) (fraud committed with the use of official position, in a large amount). The case is now closed.
Of particular note are Alexei Patrushev’s ties to SocGorBank commercial bank, whose board of directors is chaired by former RF Finance Minister Vladimir Panskov (the RF Accounts Chamber auditor who was named in a bribery case). Vedomosti newspaper said the Bank was part of the financial empire of Matvei Urin (son of Military Intelligence Veterans Union Roman Urin). After Matvei Urin’s bodyguards assaulted Dutch citizen Jorrit Faassen (believed to be Vladimir Putin’s daughter’s boyfriend), Urin’s business was destroyed, and SocGorBank started categorically denying any ties to Urin.
In 2003, Alexei Patrushev (together with SocGorBank co-founders Andrei Batischev, Igor Bezgin and Alexander Dmitruk), set up Admiral Investment and Construction Company LLC. Patrushev frequently used SocGorBank to wire considerable sums to his partners. For example, according to an internet source, one of several wires to Evrosplav Engineering and Construction Company’s CJSC was for 831,668.85 Rub., and was made on September 18, 2003. Evrosplav general director Alexander Khochinsky is named in connection with criminal case No. 4797 involving the kidnapping of an Armenian citizen. According to the October 27, 1999 information from St. Petersburg Main Administration of Internal Affairs’ Regional Division for Combating Organized Crime deputy head, Khochinsky is on the list of those detained during ransom delivery.
Patrushev’s classmates at the Leningrad Physics and Mathematics Secondary School No. 211 include State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov; FSB deputy director Sergei Smirnov; and former acting VoenMech Baltic State Technical University (BSTU) Rector Victor Yurakov. The late FSB Administrative Department head Valentin Chuikin was Patrushev’s personal driver.
According to the media, in 1990, Boris Gryzlov and two state security officers (future Federal Drug Control Service head Victor Ivanov and Valentin Chuikin) started a small company called Block. In 1991, Gryzlov and his wife Ada Gryzlova set up Management Retraining Center (MRC) LLP. MRC was reorganized and renamed several times, and currently operates as Russian National Open Institute (RNOI), where Ada Gryzlova is Rector and her son Dmitry Gryzlov (former Gargoyle computer club director) is RNOI’s pro-rector for public relations.
RNOI’s former executives included Victor Yurakov (who later headed Yedinstvo (Unity) party’s St. Petersburg division executive committee and unsuccessfully participated in election campaigns). Yurakov was also VoenMech BSTU finance and economics pro-rector. After being dismissed for numerous leasing violations, he was nevertheless acting BSTU Rector following Yuri Savelyev’s resignation. Yurakov then lost rector elections and returned to Ada Gryzlova’s Institute.