We found out how the FSB Special Purpose Center prepared a repeat killer Vadim Krasikov for this murder, and we also established some details of Krasikov’s movements in Europe.
How the FSB prepared Krasikov for murder
In 2019, Vadim Krasikov, instead of serving a sentence for the murder of entrepreneurs in Moscow and Kostomuksha, spent time at training facilities at the FSB FSB. Bellingcat’s mobile phone billings indicate that he kept in touch with the Pennants for a year and visited their training facilities.
One of his regular contacts was Eduard Bendersky, a veteran and head of the Vympela charity foundation. And although he acts on state channels as a veteran, apparently, he is not such a former employee. Formally, he is a private entrepreneur, the owner of several private security companies. But he is also the chairman of the Russian-Iraqi business council, and it was his companies that for some reason received the exclusive right to protect Russian oil facilities in Iraq. This format of a “private entrepreneur” with its PMCs abroad is well known following the example of Yevgeny Prigozhin. On his website, Bendersky proudly announces that his main company, Vympel-A, was “repeatedly noted by the thanks of the leadership of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the State Duma and other government bodies. An interesting (and possibly random) coincidence: the famous Russian hacker Maxim Yakubets, for whose capture the FBI promises $ 5 million, is Bender’s son-in-law. According to US authorities, Yakubets worked not only for his own enrichment, but also in the interests of the FSB.
When Krasikov begins to carry out active preparations for the murder in Berlin, his calls to Bendersky become more frequent. So, for example, they call up on July 3, when Krasikov returns from Bryansk, where he made a passport in the name of Sokolov, and on July 28, upon returning from St. Petersburg, where he received documents on employment at Rust CJSC (for a visa).
About Bendersky’s close ties with the leadership of the TsSN FSB has long been known. Here is an excerpt from a letter to Novaya Gazeta journalist Yuri Schekochikhin from fighters of the Alpha group (also related to the FSB FSB):
“Now - about one of the sponsors of the TsSN FSB. Once in the center served a humble officer Bendery Eduard. He quit as a senior lieutenant. In civilian life, he created the private security company Vympel-A under the "roof" of our center. Our General Tikhonov <the permanent head of the FSB FSB - The Insider> personally supervises it. Bendersky rides on a Gelendvagen jeep, has both a special standard and a cover certificate. Almost all banquets, concerts, competitions are paid by his private security company. Mr. Bendersky himself regularly comes to the sauna to take a steam bath, despite the fact that this sauna is located on the territory of the special regime center of special operations. He prefers to take a steam bath in the center’s leadership. Now remember the events on Dubrovka. Immediately after the successful assault that Vimpel and I fought, some of the leaders of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs told on television how the preparations for the assault and the assault went. What was the amazement of many of us when in one of the plots we saw Mr. Bendersky, a civilian who had long since quit his organs. He, sitting in front of the monitors, told in detail how and from where special forces had moved around the seized building, naming the numbers of departments and groups. It goes without saying that the information and videos made by our operators were provided to him by the center’s management. ”
Interestingly, this letter was published after the death of Schekochikhin. He died as a result of poisoning with an unidentified substance (the criminal case under article murder was opened twice and closed to no avail). Bendersky, in a conversation with The Insider, said that he was not familiar with Krasikov and was not going to give any comments.
As can be seen from the movements of Krasikov (which are also visible on the billing of his phone), he repeatedly visited the main training centers of the FSB FSB - at least 8 times in 2019 the base of the FSB FSB in Balashikha (military unit 35690). The last time he trained on the territory of this unit on August 8 was just a few days before he went to Europe to commit the murder.
Russo tourist - Paris
The first two days in Paris there is no metadata from the phone, but on August 19, the “Sokolov tourist” completed the entire mandatory program by visiting the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Invalides, or Madeleine Church. Judging by the fact that he began to visit the main tourist attractions only on the third day, the first two days were clearly not devoted to tourism, but what exactly is not yet clear. On August 20, Krasikov flew to Warsaw.
Landing at 3 p.m. in Warsaw, Krasikov went directly to the hotel. From there, he headed to Lazienki Park, where he inspected the royal palace, then returned to the old city and spent the rest of the evening in the Sexy Duck restaurant. The next day, he made several calls to a man who, as we were able to establish, is a local Russian-speaking guide. In the afternoon he went to the Wilanow Palace and returned to the hotel in the evening.
On August 22 and the next few days, Krasikov's phone remained at the hotel — it was turned on (judging by the periodic activity of GPRS), but there were no connections on it. Apparently, on the 22nd, Krasikov had already gone to Berlin. And since there is no data on his flights to Berlin, he went there either by train or by car. The next day, at 11:58, he killed Zelimkhan Khangoshvili with two shots to the head.