Before his arrest, Medusa journalist Ivan Golunov was preparing a story about the funeral business and was confronted with the names of the head of the FSB department in Moscow and the Moscow region Alexei Dorofeyev and his assistant Marat Medoev. As the sources of Novaya Gazeta in the FSB say, these are people with great connections and resources. Dorofeev’s colleagues call him the man of Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, who in the past headed the FSB. They also note the good relations between Dorofeev and the current FSB director Alexander Bortnikov. Novaya’s interlocutors speak about Medoev as the employee nearest to Dorofeev, through whom “all questions are resolved”. Novaya Gazeta and journalists from the investigative centers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia found foreign real estate and business of the Medoeva family in Slovakia, where it has settled since 2009. The business partners of the family, as well as the neighbors in the respectable suburb of Bratislava, turned out to be Russian businessmen - the largest suppliers of special footwear for Russian security officials. Since 2010, their companies have received more than 11 billion rubles from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Security Service and the Emergencies Ministry of state contracts. And since 2015, their company has the exclusive right to provide all the Russian Interior Ministry with special shoes. The journalists talked with Medoev’s father in Slovakia, he denies the connection between his son and the Golunov case.
Villas in Slovakia
Lt. Col. Marat Medoev - hereditary security officer. His father, Hero of Russia Igor Medoev on the First Channel was called the legendary personality, one of the creators of the special forces in the Russian army.
Medoev Sr. is a native of North Ossetia and is highly respected in his small homeland. On his example, patriots are raised in the republic. In the brochure "Heroes of Russia - natives of Ossetia" he is in the first place. His biography is also there: since 1992, he worked in the FSB Directorate for North Ossetia, since 1996 - served in the center of special mission of the FSB, since 2001 - worked as Assistant Secretary of Defense. In the biography of Medoeva Sr., it is not mentioned that in the past he worked in tax with Anatoly Serdyukov. According to former FSB officers, Serdyukov helped some KGB agents in his career (for example, Viktor Voronin - the former head of the FSB banking department and the former head of colonels arrested on corruption charges - Colonel Cherkalin and Dmitry Frolov).
FROM THE BROCHURE WITH MENTION OF MEDOEV
“The 90s of the last century will remain the“ black ”page in the history of our Motherland. Our great Soviet power collapsed. Years later, when the true goals of foreign “well-wishers” came to light, for whom the struggle against the communist system was only a screen for dismembering the country and maximally weakening it, the leadership of the new Russia took a decisive course towards restoring patriotic education.
The Medoev family does not seem to think that Russia is “a fortress in the ring of enemies.” Otherwise it is difficult to explain the fact that since 2009 it has firmly settled in the center of the European Union.
Marat Medoeva’s mother, Irina, opened Medeva in Bratislava when her husband was still an assistant minister of defense. Judging by the documents, she is engaged in property management. Since 2011, Medoeva's father and his wife became owners of a country house in the town of Limbach, near Bratislava, where wealthy Slovaks live. If you believe the Slovak press, for example, former president Ivan Gasparovic settled there.
Our colleagues from the Center for Investigative Journalism in Slovakia ISJK talked with three real estate experts, according to their estimates, the Medoevs house can cost from 250 thousand euros, however, much depends on the interior decoration, the price may be higher - up to 600 thousand euros. At the same time, Medoev Sr. worked in the state security agencies, his wife does not own a large business in Russia, and his son works in the UFSB.
Civil service and friendship
Next to the Medoevs house there is another villa with a pool, which belongs to their daughter Maya and her husband Peter Ovsyannikov.
In Russia, he is the director of a government agency - the Control and Accounting Service of the Moscow Department of Labor and Social Security. Until 2017, he worked in the family business - headed the Slovak company Medeva. But not only her. From 2013 to 2017, the son-in-law of Medoeva Ovsyannikov was the director of another curious Slovak company with Russian roots - Ivera Invest. The owner of this company, Svetlana Andrianova, and her entire family (Oleg Andrianov and Alexander Andrianov) in Russia are associated with the largest supplier of special footwear for security agencies - the Faraday company. In the suburb of Bratislava Andrianov - neighbors Medoevyh.
Over the past few years, the Faraday company has received government contracts from Russian security officials for more than 11 billion rubles. Moreover, out of 153 contracts, information about which is on the site of public procurement, 106 were concluded according to the procurement procedure from a single supplier - that is, without competition. Why do law enforcement agencies buy shoes and don't even try to find a seller who offers the best price?
The procurement documentation does not always have an answer to this question. For example, the military unit of the FSB purchases for its servicemen boots with high berets and boots combined from the Faraday company without competition, referring simply to the decision of the leadership.
It is curious to read how the FSB determined the fair price for products: the agency sent a request to five suppliers who have experience in supplying such goods, chose three offers with the lowest prices and signed a contract with the company that offered the lowest price.