Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
16th March, 2016
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Recently, a number of regional media outlets posted allegedly false information relating to a significant but little-known detail of the biography of ex-official of administration of the Governor of Sverdlovsk area, Alexei Bagaryakov. The story declared a link between Alexei and the US State Department.
Now economically attractive, the Sverdlovsk region has erupted into a new round of struggle for power. The electoral campaign is in full swing, and constantly released new information about local politicians should be read skeptically and double-checked.
However, being greatly experienced in the now fairly raging informational war, we have learned how to distinguish “disinformation” from the truth and verified facts. Let’s take a closer look at the personality and background of one of the senior managers Academy of Foreign Trade Alexei Bagaryakov.
In late 2004, the US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg issued multiple entry visitor visas to Alexei Bagaryakov. At this time, Bagaryakov was a supporter of the “Union of Right Forces” political party, founded in 1998, which included notable people like Yegor Gaidar, Anatoly Chubais, Irina Khakamada, Boris Nemtsov, Leonid Gozman, which preached neo-liberalism and liberal conservatism.
It is noteworthy that at this time another well-known person in Yekaterinburg, Anton Bakov, took an active role in the “SPS”.
|Anton Bakov & Boris Nemtsov|
Alexei Bagaryakov meanwhile, obtained a visa and together with his wife and children left for the US for 18 months at the invitation of Mr. Leonid Kellner.
Literally piece by piece, gathering scraps of information from open sources, we were able to establish that Bagaryakov worked in house flipping in the US. How successful was this business, it is hard to say due to lack of available data. But what is certain is that the person who invited him is far from ordinary, and that is a “medical fact”.
According to public data, Mr. Kellner, in 1973, left for permanent residence in the US, where he became the founder of two successful companies – Fenix Technology International and Atlas Group (until 2006).
It is curious that the American company Fenix Technology International was the co-founder of the Fund “International Business & Technologies Incubator”, which in 2009 was transformed into LLC “Technology Incubator”. The stated purpose of this organization is the development of infrastructure for support of innovation of business in Russia.
Perhaps it is the desire to create a comfortable business environment in our country that attracted the attention of Mr. Kellner to the young and talented businessman Bagaryakov. At this time, Alexei ran a successful business, was the owner of a dozen different firms, a successful banker, developer, and overall, was a sample of the “American dream”.
Interestingly, since 2002, Kellner’s wife, Irina Kellner (maiden name Feygin), began to work on the “Voice of America” and received the position of senior editor of the program “Panorama”. Let me remind you that “Voice of America” is a propaganda radio station, coordinated by a government agency – the board of governors on broadcasting (Broadcasting Board of Governors). Some details about the life of Irina Kellner in the US can be read here.
|Irina Kellner. (Source: http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/content/russian-voters-in-usa/1536861.html) It is also noteworthy that Irina Feygin-Kellner, according to her biography, gave birth to son Mark in Cleveland in 1974. However, the story that this is the son of the infamous lawyer-Russophobe and agent of US influence Mark Feygin, has not been confirmed: according to his official biography, he was born in 1971 in Samara, and his mother’s name is Lydia Terentyev (http://mark-feygin.livejournal.com/95831.html)|
Apparently, the US authorities were satisfied with the professionalism of Kellner, because after closing the “Panorama” program, she received the opportunity to be transferred to the political “Events and Reflections” program. Furthermore, it is known that Irina Kellner lectured in psychology for the staff of the US Department of State.
Anyway, the acquaintance of Alexei Bagaryakov was very “successful” with the Russian emigration to the US: On his return to Russia in 2007, his career sharply went uphill.
However, Feygin went in a different direction – as a politician and not an entrepreneur, like US influenced Bagaryakov. Alexei, for some reason, did not decide to use the American entrepreneurial experience in Russia.
However, the discrepancy between the declared purposes and the real business purposes is very often characteristic of people who have returned from overseas.
For example, in Yekaterinburg, Leonid Volkov argued that training in one of the electoral commissions in the state of Indiana finally convinced him that the “Washington regional committee does not exist.” And anyway, after the tour, Volkov said that he became the “enemy of the American people“.
This, however, did not prevent him from enlisting in the ranks of US political agents, applying his acquired skills in the organization of voting to the Coordination Council of the Russian opposition, and then to head election headquarters of Alexei Navalny in the Moscow mayoral elections.
Another activist from Ekaterinburg, Ekaterina Petrova, in the fall of 2015 returned from the US and said she would not be participating in elections or politics.
The American tour of Petrova was long lasting. She traveled the country from coast to coast, visited Washington, the US State Department, and the Public Chamber in New York. Her flight was from Helsinki, and she traveled in a group of eight people. The US State Department organized and paid for the tour. A photo report about Petrova’s journey was posted on a social network.
Soon, despite the promise not to engage in politics, the opposition blonde helped the truckers to organize themselves to protest and even to talk about it on the resources of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s “Open Russia”.
Meanwhile, Bagaryakov’s time in the political arena after returning from overseas went brilliantly: The Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the Altai branch of the Communist party, Deputy Chairman of the government of Sverdlovsk region, first Deputy head of administration of the Governor of Sverdlovsk region – all in less than seven years.
|Mikhail Abyzov, Dmitry Medvedev, Alexei Bagaryakov, and Eugene Kuyvashev|
Any graduate of the same famous narrow circles of the “Moscow school of civic education” would just dream about such a career take off.
Here, in contrast with disciples of this school, Alexei Bagaryakov, besides the necessary knowledge, had also obtained the right connections and serious patrons.
It’s hard to resist the thought that a staff member of the main ideological mouthpieces of the US, the “Voice of America”, and concurrently lecturer of the Department of State, disregarded the business partner of her husband.
In turn, Mr. Kellner, according to some reports, cofounded the “International Incubator of Business & Technologies” with the money received from the infamous USAID – US government Agency for international development (details about the grant here).
How Alexey was assisted by his American friends in his political career, is hard to judge. But, there are certainly no coincidences in politics: “if the stars are lit, it means somebody is needed”.
After completing his mission in the Federal Parliament, Bagaryakov had his head immersed in the intricacies of the political life of the Sverdlovsk region. And this caused the former leader of the “fifth column”, Leonid Volkov, to become jealous. Birds of a feather flock together, and Bagaryakov and Volkov in the same region was definitely too cramped. The position of Alexei Bagaryakov was much more stable than Volkov’s as the Deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma. If Volkov could have gradually moved to the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk region, the situation could have changed, but it didn’t. Volkov gradually moved to Moscow, to his patron Alexei Navalny.
Meanwhile, Alexei Bagaryakov presently has great forces at his disposal. His hard work by embedding in regional structures of power led to the result in the main election campaign of 2013 – the election of the head of Ekaterinburg – where he played a key role.
Having exposed the obviously weak candidate Yakov Silin from the Governor’s staff, and the frankly draining election campaign, Bagaryakov actually cleared the way for Roizman for the mayor’s chair.
It is hard to believe that any average member of the electoral campaign with a high-status position would resign voluntarily and publicly, with recognition of his own responsibility for results – but that is exactly what Bagaryakov did. A fault confessed is half redressed.
|Alexei Bagaryakov at the presentation of his book “The Struggle for Yekaterinburg”|
That is why the victory of Yevgeny Roizman in the struggle for the post of the mayor of the capital of the Middle Urals can be called a most complex combination that Alexei has built for at least several years – ranging from initiatives to transfer the gratuitous use of the Eugene Roizman’s mansion, in which the Fund “City without drugs” convened, to the idea of building a hospice under the direct supervision of the now-convicted Oleg Kinov, who organized the murder of a lonely grandmother Ledovskoy, in order to obtain her flat.
|Yevgeny Roizman, Oleg Kinov and the late Olga Ledovskoy|
And what preferences Alexei Bagaryakov received from the results of the decisions from the different centers of influence on the situation in the area – is a secret covered with gloom.
So, today, for those who want to destabilize the situation in the region, Bagaryakov is a source of information on internal processes, existing political alliances, and potential opportunities. What prospects can open in front of our transatlantic friends, if Alexei Bagaryakov, with the best intentions, will want to apply his knowledge and skills to correct some of the election results?
It is clear that the artificial wave of protests that swept the Sverdlovsk region recently were not sincere promptings of their members, but were from many global processes that run from overseas. And we, continuing this hard work, all again and again bump into American ears sticking out from behind almost any meaningful policy in the region.
My name is Ilya Belous, and we will continue our study of the Subversion of Western intelligence agencies in the heart of our country – the Urals, from which the Americans plan to start a Russian “Maidan”.