Russia's Former Top Anti-Corruption Cop Commits Suicide During Questioning

Tyler Durden's picture

And now for something truly bizarre.

While in America any anti-corruption "probe" typically results in a bank being slapped with a fine that is expressed in minutes, if not seconds, of its annual revenue, or, at worst, the corporate logo being sent to prison, in Russia things have a different "resolution."

Moments ago, Boris Kolesnikov, former deputy head of Russian Interior Ministry unit overseeing economic security and anti-corruption, threw himself out of window during questioning today, according to the Russian Investigative Committee. Kolesnikov jumped from window while investigator, lawyer were out of room, Bloomberg reports, citing another Kolesnikov lawyer Georgy Antonov.

The good news is that the broken window will add at least 0.00001% to Russian GDP (which just like Spain and the rest of insolvent Europe, needs to start adding the "contribution" of hookers and blow to economic output immediately).

The bad, even even more bizarre news is that, if one will pardon the pun, third time was the suicide charm, as this was Kolesnikov third suicide attempt while under guard. Kolesnikov’s lawyer said his client suffered head trauma twice since his arrest and may have been subjected to physical pressure, Kommersant newspaper reported May 24.

And yet, despite Kolesnikov's suicide, which may have also involved foul play as Moscow Times reports below, he will hardly take all his knows to the grave with him: after Kolesnikov was arrested in February, his former boss Lieutenant-General Denis Sugrobov was also dismissed, arrested in May. One wonders just how bad the corruption secrets must be for people to start dropping like flies?

More from Moscow Times:

Investigators have opened a probe into the bizarre death of the former deputy head of the Interior Ministry's anti-corruption department, who reportedly jumped out of a window during questioning on Monday.


"During the interrogation, the investigator and lawyer left the room, and at that moment my client dove out the window. He is dead," said Georgy Antonov, the lawyer of Boris Kolesnikov, Interfax reported.


The Investigative Committee posted a statement on its website with a different scenario, however, saying that Kolesnikov, who was being questioned over abuse of office accusations, had asked two guards to let him use the bathroom. He then knocked them over when they removed his handcuffs and jumped from the sixth floor balcony, the statement said.


Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group and a veteran human rights campaigner, cast doubt on the official version of events, calling the situation "very strange."


"When he ran, knocked over the guards, he just knew that a window was open somewhere? It's very strange somehow. It's unclear whether he jumped himself or was thrown out," Alexeyev said in comments carried by Interfax.


Investigators have opened a probe into Kolesnikov's death, but Alexeyeva has suggested that a public monitoring committee conduct a separate investigation into the incident, Interfax reported.


Kolesnikov was arrested in February over accusations he had abused his position, the same charges that saw his boss, the head of the department, being personally dismissed by President Vladimir Putin.


Several other people were detained in the case, though no charges had been filed against Kolesnikov and the investigation was ongoing.

One thing is certain: whatever corruption exists in Russia, deadly as it may be, pales to the hundreds of billions in illegal wealth transfer that took place during the bank bailout after the Lehman failure, and which has yet to see any member of the ruling banker oligarchy sent to jail. Now executives of scapegoated foreign banks, that's a different matter entirely.

And another thing: if this was the US, Kolesnikov would have been free long ago, but certainly not before greasing the palms of justice appropriately with the required "settlement" fee.

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Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Defenestration, bitchez!

Latina Lover's picture

I think I can fly, I think I can touch the sky, ooops.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

This seems like a better way to go than a nail gun.

SamAdams's picture

Not nearly as strange as attacking the FBI with a samuri sword/knife/table and then having them shoot you in the head 7 times during questioning.... all while limping along on crutches.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

We sure he wasn't interviewing for a banking position?

Arius's picture

it is not simple corruption fight ... it is more that someone up there is trying to put 2 + 2 together, and that is easier said than done ... others from outside might want that 2+2 = 15 ... do you dig ???

the big leagues my man ...very big leagues, not our cup of tea.  in a normal corruption thing, money just moves up the chain of command and that is that.  this is about control, more than likely control of resources

SafelyGraze's picture

there are a lot of scenes like this in the "matrix" movie

time slows down, etc

very trippy

max2205's picture

Jumped, fell into a hot tub, shot self with nail gun, rolled off cliff into a river and shot himself left handed....and hanged himself by accident....


Fixed it....

Mister Ponzi's picture

I wish human rights groups had been as critical in the case of the death of Michael Hastings...

eatthebanksters's picture

Anyone can jump with a little help...

Anusocracy's picture

I always thought that 'white men can't jump' saying was a lie.

manofthenorth's picture

PLEASE start the questionong of Eric Holder and leave all the windows open !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


MeetTozter's picture

They can jump just fine if FBI (or Russian equivalent) is in the room.

TheReplacement's picture

You forget the time he tied a rope around his neck and mashed the gas.

SilverIsKing's picture

He jumped or was thrown.

"What difference does it make?!"

NoDebt's picture

Ah, the Hillary Clinton / Benghazi defense.  Well played, sir.  Well played.

power steering's picture

Speaking of Hitlery mother Russia with her pendulus veined breasts needs a new suckiling to stop the ache

TheReplacement's picture

The judges give extra points for style and distance.  Thrown=more distance and so more time to execute better style.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

He jumped or was thrown.

In Russia, all the same!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

This is certainly one for Ripley's Believe It or Not!  Fancy a spontaneous death-event during an interrogation!  My word, these are strange days.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

"If you don't tell us everything you know, IMMEDIATELY, you will shortly be taking flying lessons!"

sodbuster's picture

Bizarre is the new normal. Just look at the equity and bond markets.

papaclop's picture

I wish he could have taken a few JP Morgan execs with him.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Fucking quadrupile post.  Thanks VPN & IE 8. 

chapaev's ghost's picture

The Forrestal option. Very dramatic. I wonder why Hillary never used it?

Latina Lover's picture

Stalin was reputed to hand his generals a gun, and tell them that they could save him the cost of a trial.    Old School justice, Bitchez.

Bastiat's picture

Not so sure about the "justice" part.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Interesting form of 'justice' though. Makes you wonder- was he the one who was corrupt, or did he actually do his job and discover some corruption that he wasn't supposed to see. Very different from American 'justice' though, where the bank pays some small % of their ill gotten gains in the form of fines, and never even has to admit guilt.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

True. Hitler did the same to Rommel. His mistake was wishing to try Hitler for war crimes vs taking him out. Terribly sad. My dad fought against him in WWII and highly respected the man.


Rakshas's picture

..... too bad one of them didn't put the muzzle under Joey's chin and make sure the gun was loaded..... Tyrant Pop!!! 

Long-John-Silver's picture

I think I can fly, I think I can touch the sky, ooops.


We think he can fly, We think he can touch the sky,  (thunk) mission accomplished!

The Longest Call's picture

After further investigation authorities revealed he was also a senior executive of the newest JP Morgan branch in Ukraine.  

DeadFred's picture

The double tap to his chest didn't help him either

brockhardman's picture

UPDATED HEADLINE:  Upon further investigation, we have determined the root cause of death to be suicide.  Oh, also, on the way down he shot himself in the face twice and shotgun to the chest once. 

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Did the nailgun run out?  Is there an embargo on nails for Russia?

Dr. Engali's picture

"Suicide"... LOl... yeah right.

Bastiat's picture

In Russia suicide commits you.

Bastiat's picture

. . . and not just in Russia

MarkAntony's picture


"Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group and a veteran human rights campaigner, cast doubt on the official version of events, calling the situation "very strange."

 "When he ran, knocked over the guards, he just knew that a window was open somewhere? It's very strange somehow. It's unclear whether he jumped himself or was thrown out," Alexeyev said in comments carried by Interfax. "


L O Mo-Fo L

chapaev's ghost's picture

Lots of strange suicides lately. At least when you're suicided, you're happy right up iuntil the end. You don't have to struggle with the crushing, debilitating depression that usually precedes "self-inflicted" suicides.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Now that's looking at the bright side of things.  <sarc/>

Marley's picture

The problem with Pro-Russian sites like this is that commentors don't know that they are the subject of war against their own state.

IndianaJohn's picture

So just how do you know that?

CPL's picture

Defining the 'state' as it is historically ever done is always in past tense.  As in, there once was a state of Rome that is no longer.  Or there once was a civil state that is no longer.  The term 'state' as an action or a noun is as disposable as tissue from a box and is always subject to change.

Assuming otherwise is only wishful thinking.  History provides the example that the change of affairs is completely indifferent because there are no hard and fast rules to any of it except some obvious points of maintaining the current state.

Once the current state is done, it goes into a book and become past history.