19 June 2019, Wednesday, 7:11
We are in the same boat

Tesak’s buddy Maluta could have participated in attack on Sannikau


He is covered by Belarusian KGB that is why Maluta evades all the accusations unpunished.

As the charter97.org web-site previously reported, Russian fascist Maksim Marcinkevich, known as Tesak, was detained in Minsk and then released with the obligation to show up on the first demand. The Investigatory Committee of Belarus reported that Marcinkevich was ready to cooperate with the investigation.

We would remind that he is accused of violating the part 3 of the article 339 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – especially malicious hooliganism with the use of weapon. The punishment provided for that crime is imprisonment from three to ten years. According to the investigation, on 15 February there was a fight near the building of the eye clinic between Tesak and two of his acquaintances, Belarus’ citizens, and three anti fascists. As the result one of the antifascists was stabbed and received a penetrating wound. The fact that the antifascists did not file an application to police was the reason for releasing the ultra-right activists from jail. One of Tesak’s buddies is a former leader of a neo-Nazi grouping of the National Socialist Association Siarhei Karotkikh known under the nickname Maluta, in Russia he is suspected of organizing the explosion in Manezhnaya square in 2007.

Radio Svaboda reported today that Siarhei Karotkikh (Maluta) was a friend of Valer Ihnatovich, life-sentenced for the murder of a journalist Dzmitry Zavadski. At the end of 1990-ies he could participate in Russian National Unity’s actions against democratic activists. He is covered by Belarusian KGB that is why Maluta escapes all the accusations unpunished. This person is more dangerous than Tesak, a former official of a Belarusian prosecutor’s office Dzmitry Petrushkevich is sure.

“I remember well the rumors that together with his people he beat some oppositionists in 1999, - a former official of a Belarusian prosecutor’s office Dzmitry Petrushkevich tells to a Radio Svaboda’s reporter. – Now it turns out those were Andrei Sannikau, Dzmitry Bandarenka and Aleh Biabenin. And if we compare the facts from his biography and add another release, than I personally don’t have any more doubts that he cooperates precisely with Belarusian special services”.

“Sannikau lay in a puddle of blood and several people were kicking him. He was being actually murdered, - the coordinator of the European Belarus civic campaign Dzmitry Bandarenka tells. – I have some skills acquired when serving at special mission military unit, Eastern martial arts experience, but this did not help. I simply ran out to the road”.

“Lukashenka then said: fascists beat fascists”, - Bandarenka says. They cleansing of oppositional politicians started exactly with the attack on the leader of the European Belarus, former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau – he is sure.

RNU’s activists attacked the politicians in February 1999.

Bandarenka says that the attack was guided by the leader of the RNU Gled Samoilov. “There were three of us, there were 20 of them, - he explains. – Bebenin got into a hospital then, he had his kidneys damaged. Sannikau had two ribs and nose broken and a brain concussion”.

Petrushkevich is a former official of a Belarusian prosecutor’s office. He participated in the investigation of the cases of the disappeared politicians. He now lives in the United States. He was disturbed by the release of Siarhei Karotkikh (Maluta). “We can treat Marcinkevich’s release differently, who allegedly agreed to cooperate with the investigation… but the fact that Maluta was released the next morning goes out of bounds”, - Petrushkevich writes in his blog on Belarusian Partisan web-site. Petrushkevich is sure: Belarusian special services has been covering for Maluta since the end of 1990-ies.

“Maluta was brought to RNU by Ihnatovich”

Siarhei Karotkikh was born in 1969. In Russia he is known as one of the heads of the extremist organization National Socialist Association. Although he was kicked out of it for harming the organization.

The rumors that Maluta is a Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation’s (FSB) agent are there in Russia as well. Moreover, Maluta is considered the organizer of the explosion in Manezhnaya square in 2007.

Since the mid-2000s his name has been associated with the name of Maksim Marcinkevich (Tesak). Maluta is a Belarusian citizen himself. Tesak is also nostalgic for his Belarusian roots.

Before becoming known for his activities in Russia, Maluta managed to show his capabilities in Belarus. He was a member of the Russian National Unity here. And he was brought to the organization by no one other than Valer Ihnatovich, who was later sentenced for kidnapping and murdering a journalist Dzmitry Zavadski.

“There was a person in military uniform, - Banderenka keeps describing the attack of the RNU’s activists. – We thought it was simply some officer. But alter they told us at a police station that it was Ihnatovich. In fact Ihnatovich commanded the attack on Sannikau then”.

“Ihnatovich was the one who brought Maluta to RNU, - Petrushkevich states. – They were fairly close. But despite that, Karotkikh took a higher status in the organization”.

Why? According to Petrushkevich’s version Maluta could provide the financing. But where this financing came from – it was dangerous even to dig into this issue then.

“Everyone knew about Karotkikh’s connection to the special services already back in the 90-ies (there were only differences as to the degree of their closeness), many facts actually took place”, - Petrushkevich writes in the blog.

“Karotkikh was Samoilau’s deputy, in fact the second person in the RNU, - Dzmitry Petrushkevich says. (According to Radio Svaboda’s information, Maluta headed one of the RNU’s units Variag) – And Ihnatovich was responsible for the issues of operation support. They had a fairly serious organization in terms of physical preparation. They then held multiple marches with the slogans “Russia, Serbia, Belarus”.

Bandarenka is sure: such organizations are always guided by special services. And in Belarus these connections are the firmest. “There was a curator Ihnatovich, a former Almaz officer”, - Bandarenka says.

This version is confirmed by Petrushkevich as well: “They then spoke about the connection of Samoilau (the leader of Belarusian RNU) with the FSB, and then it was more dangerous than any KGB or riot police”.

“All in all it was a scary time which you try to forget and not to recollect in details”, - Petrushkevich confesses.

“In 1999 Narodnaya Volia newspaper together with Charter’97 held a competition “Elect you own government”, - Dzmitry Bandarenka tells. – And the readers called Henadz Karpenka the head of the government, Hanchar – the Minister of Justice, Ghyhir – the Minister of Economy, Sannikau – the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zakharanka – the Minister of Interior etc.

Kaprenka then dies, Ghyhir gets arrested, Zakharanka, Hanchar and Krasouski disappear. And Sannikau was attacked and remained alive by a miracle”.

The criminal case about the attack on the democratic activists was closed. Bandarenka faced several years in prison since there were injured on the part of the fascists because he protected himself.

“And the police of Pershamajski district took joint raids together with RNU activists in that time. The activists wore uniform with swastika’s. There were threats to my family. They threw the newspaper “Russian order” with a swastika in my mailbox, - Bandarenka explains. – Ihnatovich then easily came to police stations. I then asked policemen: how is that that fascists with a swastika walk in here? And they said: well, he is our former buddy, he was in our MIA’s system”.

Maluta is covered for by special services. This follows from his biography.

Ihnatovich and Samoilau had serious disagreements. Samoilau was more interested in the ideology, wheres Ihnatovich and Karotkikh stood for more extreme methods, - Petrushkevich says.

Later the leader of Belarusian RNU Hleb Samoilau was murdered at the entrance of his house. This happened on 5 August 2000.

“The investigation of Samoilau’s murder was held together with the criminal cases of the disappearances of Belarusian politicians, - Petruskevich says. – And Karotkikh (Maluta) has a witness in the investigation”.

At some point Petrushkevich dealt with the case.

“In the case of Samoilau Karotkikh was a secondary witness, - Dzmitry tells. I did not question him then. I got this case only four months after the murder and then it was considered a dead end. Almost no one worked on the case and there were only general phrases on the protocols of the questionings”.

Petrushkevich questioned other RNU members, but they all behaved reserved. Dzmitry tells that cooperation with law enforcing agencies is against the rules of such informal associations. That is why now no one filed an application against Marcinkevich and his comrades. “And what Marcinkevich writes on his account in Vkontakte social networks, that there are applications being composed against him – it is not true”, - Petrushkevich states.

“I do not have any reasons to assume that Karotkikh murdered Samoilau, - he says. – But it was surprising that no one checked his possible involvement in the murder. They inspected whoever else but not him”.

Petrushkevich says, that  even back then they were told that “it is better not to get involved in this case”. “We had two people died of those who were involved in the case. I do not claim that they were killed, but the very fact did not add to the desire to work on this”.

“That Karotkikh is covered for by Belarusian special services is obvious from his biography. He was never held responsible in Belarus, whereas in Russian he was wanted on the case of an explosion, - Petrushkevich concludes. And now he was released again. And it is strange to me that the Belarusian opposition does not care at all about the case of Karotkikh. Almost no one even recalls him”.

The latest time when the name of the RNU was discussed was connected to the kidnapping of FEMEN activists in Belarus. The girls then said that the people who tortured them called themselves the members of this organization.