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According to some information, Vladimir Kazadaev, Deputy Head of the Department for Transport of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Central Federal District, may become a general in the near future. Why did the double murder, with which witnesses associate his name, not interfere with the career growth of a high-ranking police officer?
Murder in Cranberry Deep
The brutal murder of two girls took place in the summer of 2002. Yevgenia Shekunova, 17, and Ekaterina Pateyuk, 18, disappeared while walking in the woods, and two weeks later their bodies were found thanks to an anonymous letter. The girls were hacked to death with an ax, and then thrown into a pit, the investigation found out.
The motive for the murder, as it turned out much later, was a stupid joke of one of the girls – she told her companion that she had either syphilis or AIDS. Neither she nor her friend returned home after that.
StarHit.ru, 03/25/2020, “A witness of the brutal murder in Buryatia after 17 years spoke about the tragedy of Ksenia Sobchak”: “On the night of August 10, 2002, police officers, together with girls they knew, arrived in the area of Klyukvennaya Pad, located in a forest four kilometers from the Irkutsk-Chita highway, where they began to drink alcohol. Then a quarrel broke out in a drunken company, as a result of which the men dealt with the unfortunate with an ax, ”such a statement was made then in the press service of the Investigative Committee of the ICR in Buryatia. It is the operatives Yevgeny Inkin, Vladimir Kazadaev and Dmitry Istomin that the residents of the Buryat Selenginsk consider guilty of the death of the girls – Katya Pateyuk and Zhenya Shekunova. It’s a paradox, but they got the investigation of this bloody crime. […]
A witness to the tragedy that occurred on that terrible night 17 years ago agreed to talk with Ksenia Sobchak as part of the Doc-Tok project. “We met the girls on the 9th, late in the evening. Our local operas have arrived. One of them had a daughter or a son. He called to celebrate. And we went with them. We have a mountain near Murashovka. There the cops go to rest. Then they sat on the Cranberry Pad and drank. And the vicious Katka blurted out to Dima Istomin as a joke that she was sick with syphilis or AIDS. She was uncontrollable on the topic of sex. And he got angry. At some point, I went to the toilet. And when Zhenya screamed, she was frightened and did not return, she left. I saw that Istomin was already aggressive. Inkin was there too, but I don’t remember the third one, ”says Ekaterina. — Inset K.ru
For almost 20 years, the double murder remained a “grouse”, probably because the girls’ friends were local law enforcement officers. Only in 2019, after the appointment of another investigator and the personal intervention of the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin, new data began to appear in the case. Among the possible suspects, the witnesses also named Vladimir Kazadaev, who at that time was an operational officer of the criminal investigation department and often communicated with at least one of the killed.
So, the parents of the deceased girl reported that Kazadaev met with their daughter and even gave her the keys to his car for a while.
“They were all there. Previously, she did not talk about the presence of Kazadaev at the time of the murder, as she was afraid for her life, ”said another witness, whose words sounded in the TV program “Honest Detective”.
These fears are confirmed by the mother of one of the victims.
“Kazadaev – I’m not afraid to say this word, although they may intimidate us, or something else,” she told TV reporters.
It seems that the future police general in his homeland has developed a quite unambiguous reputation, and only after he worked in Moscow for several years, people stopped being afraid to mention his name. True, not all.
“I won’t say anything about Kazadaev at all, because he has people everywhere, it’s still dangerous,” — confessed to reporters program “News. Duty department ”is another witness, Ekaterina Ponomareva.
For some time, Vladimir Kazadaev appeared in the investigation as a witness. Why, contrary to the testimony of real witnesses, did he not become an accused? Probably, such a possibility existed, it is no coincidence that the Vesti journalists who spoke with the colonel note that he reacted very nervously to their questions. But the problem seems to have been solved.
Who and how brought Kazadaev out of heavy accusations, one can only guess. Some of the hints here are easy to see. For example, the career of an ordinary “opera”, which began in 2013, is fast-paced by the standards of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Having become deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Ulan-Ude, a year later he got rid of the prefix “deputy”, and three years later he was transferred to work in Moscow. There, the career take-off continued – in 2017, Kazadaev was the head of the line department at the Moscow-Kurskaya station, a year later – the head of the criminal investigation department in transport throughout the Central Federal District, and a year later – the deputy chief of police for operational work of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in transport.
Some media associate Kazadaev with a police lieutenant general Oleg Kalinkin. They come from the same republic and indeed several times formed a “boss-subordinate” pair. Moreover, Kazadaev’s colleagues complained to the union to the fact that he himself “survives” his subordinates, dragging the “Varangians” from his former place of service to his team.
About the “mysterious patrons” without five minutes of General Kazadaev, the former operative of the criminal investigation department Yevgeny Khasoev, who was part of the investigation team looking for the killers of the girls, also speaks.
“Kazadaev, it seems to me, has very big patrons,” told he gave his point of view to reporters. – The Kazadaev family itself is very prosperous, with extensive connections at the regional level. I heard that he almost became a general in Moscow. Someone is really behind him. If Kazadaev was not arrested, then someone really intervened for him… The fact that Kazadaev was involved is, of course, unambiguous. It’s just that big people took him out of the game.”
Despite the hassle of a double murder, Colonel Kazadaev’s service career developed so successfully that a few years ago he almost became a general. Oleg Kalinkin, mentioned above, solemnly presented his protégé with a nominal pistol and petitioned for the assignment of rank of major general. But at that time, Kazadaev could not pass the check required in such cases – it is possible that for the reasons outlined in this article.
The new approach to the rank of general was prepared more carefully. The criminal case of the murder in Kalinova Pad was hastily reanimated, brought to trial and quickly acquitted the accused. At the same time, Kazadaev remained in the role of a witness, that is, in fact, beyond suspicion.
According to statistics, employees of Russian law enforcement agencies commit 1% of all crimes in the country. Basically, it is precisely the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who sin, and the share of grave and especially grave crimes exceeds 30%. Most likely, not all violations of the law become public and fall into departmental reports. But if you dig into the closet of another general, there, unfortunately, you can find a couple of skeletons of young girls, hacked to death with an ax during a forest walk.