Bortnikov Alexander Vasilyevich, Russian FSB Director
Chaika Yuri Yakovlevich, General Prosecutor
Fradkov Mikhail Efimovich, Foreign Intelligence Service Director
Fursenko Andrei Alexandrovich, Minister of Education and Science
Ivanov Victor Petrovich, head of Federal Drug Control Service
Ivanov Sergei Borisovich, Deputy Chairman of RF Government
Khristenko Victor Borisovich, Minister of Industry and Trade and Golikova Tatyana, Minister of Health and Social Development
Kudrin Alexei Leonidovich, ex-Minister of Finance
Levitin Igor Yevgenievich, Minister of Transport and Communication
Murov Evgeny Alexeyevich, Federal Protective Service director
Mutko Vitaly Leontievich, Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy
Nabiullina Elvira Sahipzadovna, Minister of Economic Development
Patrushev Nikolai Platonovich, Security Council Secretary
Serdyukov Anatoly Eduardovich, Defense Minister
Shoigu Sergei Kuzhugetovich, Minister of Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief
Shuvalov Igor Ivanovich, Government’s First Deputy Chairman
Skrynnik Elena Borisovna, Minister of Agriculture
Stepashin Sergei Vladimirovich, Accounts Chamber Chairman
Trutnev Yuri Petrovich, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology
Zhukov Alexander Dmitrievich, Deputy RF Prime Minister
Zubkov Victor Alekseyevich, First Deputy RF Prime Minister
«Russia's Power Families - 2011» / Chaika Yuri Yakovlevich, General Prosecutor
Employed at: RF General Prosecutor’s Office
Positions held: 1995-1999: First Deputy RF General
Prosecutor, Acting RF General Prosecutor; 1999-2006: RF Minister of Justice; since
2006: RF General Prosecutor.
Business involvement: as civil
servant, Chaika is barred from business involvement.
Business influence: according
to the media, Yuri Chaika may have been involved in the ad campaign for Khoper-Invest
Group, later recognized as a financial pyramid. In 1998, individuals close to
Nikolai Nebudchikov (former Irkutsk Region inter-regional prosecutor and head
of Partner Ltd. law firm) were arrested on charges of organizing contract
killings and racketeering. Nebudchikov had worked with Yuri Chaika in Irkutsk
and was believed to be Chaika’s personal friend. Starting in 1995, Chaika held
high-level positions at the RF General Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of
In 1996, Yuri Chaika oversaw a case
involving $500,000 found in possession of Boris Yeltsin’s election campaign organizers
Arkady Evstafyev and Sergei Lisovsky, who were arrested. The money was found to
“belong to no one,” and the case was closed. Yuri Chaika initiated a criminal
case against First Deputy RF Finance Minister Vladimir Petrov, charged with receiving
a $610,000 bribe from Escado commercial bank in order to wire 160 Bln. Rub. to
the Bank. The case was closed.
Yuri Chaika played a significant role
in investigating criminal cases against former Yukos oil company owner Mikhail
Khodorkovsky and former Group Menatep director Platon Lebedev.
Grigorievna Chaika, former daycare counselor and teacher, currently retired.
According to the Unified State Registry of Companies, Elena Chaika was the registered
owner of Stalactite M LLC and Artikul
2001 LLC in 2001 while Yuri Chaika was RF Minister of Justice. Both companies were
listed at 5-1 Mashkov St. in Moscow, the same address where Yuri Chaika’s older
son was registered as sole proprietor. According to the media, Elena Chaika owns
the Siberian Element-Renta company, although the funding source for this
company purchase is unknown. According to his tax return, Yuri Chaika’s 2009 annual
income was 2.26 Mln. Rub., while his wife’s was 6.36 Mln. Rub. The RF General
Prosecutor and his wife co-own a 203.6 m2 apartment and two
automobiles: GAZ-13 and GAZ-69. Elena Chaika owns a 0.43 ha. land lot, a 175.3 m2
non-residential space, and a Mercedes-Benz E350 4M automobile.
Younger son Igor Yurievich
Chaika is a student. On October 2, 2010, journalist Polina Gvozdeva was involved
in a traffic incident with a group of individuals headed by Igor Chaika, with Igor
Chaika allegedly posing as Federal Protection Service officer. Gvozdeva said
that a three-car motorcade (a traffic police car and two civilian Mercedes-Benz
automobiles) attempted to pass her on Rublevo-Uspensky Highway. The Mercedes-Benz
(license plate No. A011MM97RUS) passenger was unhappy with how slowly Gvozdeva
yielded the right of way, and followed her home. There, he asked her: “Are you
trying to be smart or something?” and threatened to use his security service
contacts to revoke her driver’s license.
to the Unified State Registry of Companies, a person named Igor Yurievich Chaika
owns Moscow-based Light Innovations LLC and Visual Technologies LLC.
Artyom Yurievich Chaika is lawyer and entrepreneur, graduate of Irkutsk State
University Law School.
In 1996, local businessman Bashir
Kodzoyev was arrested and charged with fraudulently embezzling a 15.861 Bln.
Rub. loan, while his brothers Magomed and Murad Kodzoyev were declared wanted.
There was evidence of embezzlement of large shipments of granulated sugar and
oil products, but the investigation soon ended.
According to the media, Irkutsk
Regional prosecutor’s son Artyom Chaika was Kodzoyev’s partner in Laena CJSC. After
Irkutsk Baikal Open Newspaper’s numerous criticisms of Chaika family’s business
links with the Kodzoyevs, the newspaper editor was arrested on charges of pornography
production and sale. However, the case fell apart. Laena CJSC subsequently obtained
the assets of Verkhnelensk River Shipping, whose director Nikolai Palenny was
committed suicide, yet the media alleged Palenny’s conflict with Artyom Chaika.
Two days prior to his death, Palenny gave an interview to the “Our Version. Top
Secret” TV program where he openly accused those responsible for the takeover
of his River Shipping company: Artyom Chaika, Bashir Kodzoyev, Yuri Chaika,
Irkutsk Region governor Boris Govorin, Yuri Chaika’s former Irkutsk Region
prosecutor deputy Anatoly Merzlyakov, and Albina Kovaleva (RF General
Prosecutor’s Office advisor for the Siberian Federal District. Kovaleva’s son Dmitri
Berdnikov is allegedly (although not confirmed) Artyom Chaika’s business
Through Kodzoyev, Artyom Chaika
got close to other Ingushetia natives, such as the infamous racketeers Ibragim
Evloyev and Syzyr Chumakov, who, according to the media, were criminals and
were arrested while in Artyom Chaika’s car in 1999. In their possession were weapons
and a special pass issued by Yuri Chaika that exempted the automobile from
inspections. Chaika Sr. admitted that his son knows Ibragim Evloyev. Artyom Chaika
was interrogated as witness and apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to alibi
Evloyev. According to Novaya Gazeta, Evloyev
and Chumakov were convicted and sentenced to 6 years for robbery, narcotics
sales and extortion of Odintzovo’s Forpost Company. Artyom Chaika was not
criminally prosecuted as accomplice and perjurer. After the Ingush
extortionists were detained, Yuri Chaika retired as Acting RF General
Prosecutor but was soon appointed RF Minister of Justice. Allegations of Artyom
Chaika’s Irkutsk business ties with Ibragim Evloyev, Syzyr Chumakov and Bashir
Kodzoyev were not looked into.
In subsequent years, the RF
General Prosecutor’s son was involved in a number of traffic incidents. In one
instance, Artyom Chaika and individuals accompanying him had a conflict with a traffic
police patrol car that was passing by. As a result, three patrolmen were discharged
from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and prosecuted for disorderly conduct.
Since 1998, Artyom Chaika is
listed as lawyer at Chaadayev, Heifetz & Partners law firm. He is also founder
of: Russian Asset GK LLC; Legal Consulting law offices LLC; Electron MKB LLC; and
Elbrus Equestrian Club LLC.
In 2011, Yuri Chaika was
involved in a notorious criminal case investigated by the Russian Investigative
Committee. The case alleged Moscow Regional Prosecutor’s Office links with a
chain of underworld casinos. There is no documentary evidence that Yuri Chaika
had personal interest in the illegal criminal business. His son Artyom is a
witness in the case. According to a secret witness nicknamed “Nikolayev,”
Artyom Chaika’s people acted as go-betweens between the regional prosecutor’s
office staff and the alleged illegal casino organizer Ivan Nazarov.
Another witness in the case
was found strangled to death. His last name was Prilepsky; he had been the
driver of Marat Mamyev, named in the case as Nazarov’s alleged assistant. It is
uncertain whether Prilepsky was in fact the secret witness nicknamed “Nikolayev”
who testified against Chaika. Lifenews
theorized that former Deputy Moscow Regional Prosecutor Stanislav Buyansky testified
against Chaika’s son.
RF General Prosecutor’s
Office leadership intervened on behalf of its subordinates on numerous
occasions, trying to discredit the heads of the Russian Moscow Region Investigative
Committee’s Main Investigative Administration. According to Kommersant newspaper, Yuri Chaika
complained to RF President Dmitri Medvedev personally about his son Artyom
Chaika’s prosecution in connection with the Moscow Region casinos.
Between 1997 and 1999, Laeta CJSC co-founder
Bashir Kodzoyev was Irkutsk Ceramic Works deputy general director and Ingushetia’s
representative to Irkutsk Region. From 1999 to 2007, Kodzoyev was State Duma
member involved with Edinstvo (Unity)
and Edinaya Rossiya (United Russia)
factions. In 2001, Bashir Kodzoyev survived an attempt on his life: he was
seriously wounded and his driver was killed. His brothers Magomed and Murad Kodzoyev
were named in an embezzlement case. Another brother, Timur Kodzoyev, former Irkutsk
Ceramic Works LLC director, was killed in 2001.
Aside from Kodzoyev, Artem Chaika’s
other famous partner was Solidarity LLC owner Nikolai Kulgayev, who allegedly bought
Irkutsk’s Tyret Salt Mine OJSC from the government on behalf of Chaika.