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Landsknecht in Syria sent Petersburg

Rumors about Russian citizens, with weapons in the hands of the speakers in the Syrian conflict on the side of Bashar al-Assad, turned out to be true. Fontanka was convinced of this by checking information about the deaths of Russians who allegedly went to war under a contract with a Hong Kong company. The surprise is that St. Petersburg turned out to be the recruiting center, and the Russian mercenary killed in Syria on the 9 day turned into a living fighter of a private security company.

Landsknecht in Syria sent Petersburg

In the last decade of October, a number of foreign and Russian media reported that Russian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Mujahideen of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham reported on a successful attack on the “kafir” in the province of Homs, during which about 100 enemies were destroyed. According to the rebels on their network resources, among the dead were several soldiers from Russia, the name of one of which was reliably established - Alexey Malyuta from the city of Abinsk, Krasnodar Territory. In confirmation, photos and documents were published showing the involvement of Malyuta in the security consortium of Moran Security Group, and his contract with Hong Kong private military company Slavonic Corps Limited.

The American television channel TheBlaze wondered about the number of Russian mercenaries in Syria. The Ukrainian press was outraged by the silence of the incident in the Russian press. At the same time, commentators doubted the accuracy of the information, noting that the contracts do not look like real ones and resemble falsification.

Moran Group: we have nothing to do with it

The certificate of Moran Security Group, allegedly taken from the corpse of a murdered mercenary, suggested the simplest path.

Correspondent "Fontanka" contacted the representative of the company. Contacts of managers of a security company known in Russia and abroad were in the editorial office; over the past year, journalists have been in constant communication with them. Recall that in October 2012, in Nigerian Lagos, the local naval forces seized the security vessel Myre Seadiver belonging to the Moran Security Group, whose crew was completely released only in October 2013, the fate of our seamen was interested in “Fontanka”.

One of the leaders of the Moran Security Group, Alexey Badikov, whose signature is on the certificate, explained that Alexey Malyuta really worked for the company in 2012 and the beginning of 2013, participated in operations to protect vessels from the threat of pirate attacks, but then quit. Hong Kong Slavonic Corps Limited has no relation to Moran Security, Moran Security does not carry out activities in Syria.

Hong Kong - Petersburg

Attempt to contact the Slavonic Corps (“Slavonic Corps”) instead of Southeast Asia led to the banks of the Neva. Although the company was registered on 18 in January of 2012 in Hong Kong, Sergey Kramskoy, permanently residing in St. Petersburg, is listed as its head. It is easy to establish that Sergey Kramskoy is headed at once by two St. Petersburg LLCs with the name “Slavic Corps”, established in January and April of 2012. The only founder of both companies is St. Petersburg-based Sergei Soharev. Correspondent "Fontanka" found his phone number.

- Tell me, please, are the Slavonic Corps LLC owned by you somehow connected with the Hong Kong Slavonic Corps Limited, which sends mercenaries to Syria, or with the Moran Security Group?
- No, not related. Why do you think so?
- We assumed that they may be related, since these companies with the same name are headed by the same person, Sergey Kramskoy, and they were established at about the same time. In addition, as reported by the Syrian rebels, the mercenary-Russians discovered the identity of Moran Security.
- No connection. I do not know anything about Hong Kong, and Kramskoy has already been dismissed from Slavic Corps LLC. Slavyansky Korpus LLC itself is my own project, not connected with Syria or with the Moran Group.
- You can tell the phone Sergey Kramskogo?
- Well, I don't know, I have to ask the president, Vyacheslav Vasilyevich ...
- Do you mean Vyacheslav Vasilyevich Kalashnikov, president of the Moran Security Group?
- Yes.
- So “Slavic Corps”, Kramskoy and Moran Security Group are somehow related?
- No.

In order to clarify the conflict, Sergei Soharev offered to meet in person the next day and promised to call back. Not yet called back.
By telephone "Slavic Corps" listed on the organization's website, no one answered. On the same site was a description of the activity: “The private military company“ Slavic Corps ”was created by professional military officers, reserve officers, who have a great practical combat and team experience ... only in the“ Slavic Corps ”are stock officers, professionals of the highest quality, who possess unique military professions, as well as having work experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Africa, Tajikistan, the North Caucasus, Serbia, etc. ”

It was also stated that Slavic Corps signed the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies - the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (IcoC).

Again moran

After reviewing the IcoC site, the journalist was convinced: the code was indeed signed by Slavonic Corps Limited 1 June 2012.

The location of the company's location is St. Petersburg. On behalf of the company, his signature was put by Deputy General Director Boris Chikin (Boris Chikin, Deputy of Gerneral Director).

Boris Chikin is a famous man. Petersburger, one of the best experts in practical shooting, the author of the methods of training bodyguards. And one of the founders and leaders of the Moran Security Group. Boris Chikin answered the call of the correspondent.

- Boris Georgievich, can you explain to us what the company Slavonic Corps Limited does?
- I have absolutely nothing to do with this company.
- But don't you hold the position of Deputy General Director of Slavonic Corps and did not sign the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies on June 1?
- There was some weird история. I was asked to do it, well, that's all. Neither I nor Moran Security Group have any relation to the activities of the Slavic Corps.

Fontanka has no reason to doubt the truthfulness of Boris Chikin’s words. In the end, the fact that Slavyansky Korpus LLC is registered at: Alexander Blok Street, 5, in the house of the Baltic Shooting Center, which is called by Boris Chikin as head of reference sites, may be an accident. As well as the almost literal coincidence of the job descriptions of the Moran Security Group and the “Slavonic Corps” on specialized sites.

Elusive recruiter

Sergei Kramskoy managed to remain elusive. Our interlocutors at Moran Security reported that such a person, although not working for the company, is known to them, they saw him and talked to him, but no one has his phone. Sergey Sokharev, who, according to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, is the sole owner of the companies headed by Kramsky, did not find his telephone either. The author of the site “Slavic Corps” did not disclose the coordinates and name of the customer to the journalist. The head of the personnel agency "AV-Group", who recruited recruits for the "Slavic Corps", explained that he had a phone number of Sergey Kramsky, and promised to share them. I asked to call back later and turned off the phone. Sergey Kramskoy does not fit his home phone.

The documents shown by the militants are true

Nevertheless, Fontanka was able to establish that the documents of Alexei Malyuta and his contract with the Hong Kong Slavic Corps were real, and Malyuta 2013 was actually in Syria in October with a weapon in his hands. His brother, Sergei, told the reporter about this. They were contacted by journalists in Moran Security Group. The surprise was that Alexei Malyuta himself was alive and well. During the call of the Fontanka correspondent, the brothers noted the return and 9 days from the date of the announcement of their own death. My brother handed Aleksey a pipe, and he wished everyone to celebrate their 9 days like that.

Sergei Malyuta, who served as the senior security group in Syria, agreed to answer a few questions. But was laconic.

- Sergey, tell me, in October 2013, did you go on a business trip to Syria?
- Yes.
- Under the contract with which company?
- “Slavic Corps”.
- Is everyone back?
- Yes.
- What tasks did you perform?
- Protection and defense of economic objects of the Syrian Republic. The point is to relieve the Syrian army units from these duties so that they can take part in the fight against the bandits.
- You and your colleagues took part in the clashes?
- Of course not.
- How did it happen that some of Alexey’s documents were at the disposal of the opposition?
“They were just stolen.” The guys went to the store, buy groceries. The backpack, left briefly unattended, was dragged away.

The incredulous journalists were not completely satisfied with the conversation and asked Alexey Malyuta to send more reliable evidence of their presence in this world in order to publish it on Fontanka.

Here is the answer.

"Fontanka" does not dare to reproach men for some relaxation after returning from a combat zone.


According to the information available to the editors, at the present time all the guards, who left 2013 for Syria in late September under contracts with Slavonic Corps Limited, have returned to Russia. The short term of a business trip was due, according to our data, to the non-fulfillment of financial obligations by the host country, which caused problems with the domestic and food supply of the Slavian Corps fighters. The contract was terminated and the employees were revoked.
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 1 November 2013 08: 42
    I want to continue the second series of this performance - readers need a dose of adrenaline.

    Information war - ongoing, very interesting.
    1. Canep
      Canep 1 November 2013 10: 05
      Something I'm not surprised. Since the Chechens are fighting on the other side, why should not the Russians fight on the side of Assad.
  2. Sirocco
    Sirocco 1 November 2013 08: 43
    The American TV channel TheBlaze wondered about the number of Russian mercenaries in Syria.
    A strange situation is developing with the United States; logs are not seen in their own eyes. How are American PMCs, and where are they now? So Leps was recorded in the circle of Evil, although the states themselves have their hands to the elbow in blood, Canada, USA, Great Britain, Australia, France, these are already terorist countries on a global scale.
    1. Canep
      Canep 1 November 2013 10: 07
      Quote: Sirocco
      the states themselves have blood elbows

      Throat if not an eyebrow. Remember Hiroshima and Vietnam.
    2. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 1 November 2013 10: 08
      Quote: Sirocco

      And the picture is from the 80s of the last century. Relevance is not lost.
  3. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 1 November 2013 08: 45
    I remember there was already a shnyaga with the murder of a Russian general, even the documents of the "killed" were shown. True, he later gave interviews, but in the West it was no longer important.
    Separate Ukrainian media pleased with their indignation
    1. nov_tech.vrn
      nov_tech.vrn 1 November 2013 09: 14
      Yes, the guys do not have enough imagination, they repeat
    2. Nayhas
      Nayhas 1 November 2013 10: 08
      Quote: Alexander Romanov
      I remember there was already a shnyaga with the murder of a Russian general, even the documents of the "killed" were shown.

      Not so rosy. Usually illegal immigrants work under foreign names and in Syria they really killed one of our ...
  4. makarov
    makarov 1 November 2013 08: 46
    ".. The surprise was that Alexei Malyuta himself was alive and well ..."
    Well, thank God. What else can I say (?), Except perhaps to change the forgotten proverb in a new way. - There were affectionate jokes at Alexy Malyutka.
  5. kafa
    kafa 1 November 2013 08: 47
    continue to blow the fly you look elephant get
    and militants from the group "alblahalbaranwalal" killed the dead sea laughing
    1. Same lech
      Same lech 1 November 2013 08: 52
      "alblahalbaranwalal" - something new needs to be adopted smile
  6. Civil
    Civil 1 November 2013 08: 50
    Crushed people .... before volunteers and went for free, for example to the Balkan wars ...
  7. Valery Neonov
    Valery Neonov 1 November 2013 08: 56
    An employee of a private security structure .... and SHO, but ... his head is on his shoulders."Ukrainian press was outraged" oooh at uS forgot to consult .. laughing
  8. Captain45
    Captain45 1 November 2013 09: 01
    Well, what can I say about what was stated in the article: I think in the days of Sudoplatov and Starinov such a cover legend would have passed without a hitch, but in our age of the Internet and other information technologies, the special services need to better prepare cover documents and legends. Journalists are what you want they’ll dig up for the appropriate amount. Yes, and the soldiers are more responsible for the safety of documents, otherwise the backpack from him, you know, was stolen.
    1. crazy_fencer
      crazy_fencer 1 November 2013 09: 09
      In addition, the article clearly reveals the reluctance of everyone to communicate with magazines. You never know who pays for what.
  9. shark
    shark 1 November 2013 09: 26
    "The Ukrainian press was outraged by the silence of the incident in the Russian press." -this is where they climb. Pugs. Their fate is to paint the diameter of Barroso's point. And not to yapping at a great country. Greatness for them is now the past
  10. kafa
    kafa 1 November 2013 09: 35
    Quote: crazy_fencer
    In addition, the article clearly reveals the reluctance of everyone to communicate with magazines. You never know who pays for what.

    still, the second oldest profession, well, about the first everything is in the know wink
    1. crazy_fencer
      crazy_fencer 1 November 2013 11: 27
      Yeah. Robert Sylvester still has such a book on this topic. This is exactly what it is called: "The second oldest profession".
  11. nik6006
    1 November 2013 10: 04
    It's a pity the backpack laughing
    And most importantly - the fighter returned drinks
  12. kafa
    kafa 1 November 2013 10: 14
    Quote: nik6006
    Mujahideen of the “Islamic State of Iraq and Sham” reported a successful attack on the “kafirs” in the province of Homs, during which about 100 enemies were destroyed.

    Mujahideen of the “Islamic State of Iraq and Sham” reported on a successful attack on “kafirs” in the province of Homs, during which about 100 enemies were destroyed. An incorrect backpack was taken prisoner and its contents were executed and after that the galaxy became a caliphate but not for long wassatthen they were let go and the hangover came
  13. George
    George 1 November 2013 10: 34
    Hello all.
    I remember there was a man on the site here, it seems the name from Kaliningrad unfortunately I do not remember, who was all eager for Syria, and asked a question about how to get there. So I think maybe went?
    Are ours involved? Handsome men! I often saw a section of the wall with the inscription "Syria today, Russia tomorrow"
    Guys ! Sign there ", not Syria and Russia!"
  14. Double major
    Double major 1 November 2013 10: 54
    Assisting Syria cannot be a business. It is clear that Syria is not in a position to provide the financial side of the contracts in the position it is in. Here help can only be help.
  15. Captain45
    Captain45 1 November 2013 11: 04
    A version of the incident was born, which, it seems to me, has a right to exist: our home-grown Wahhabis, under the guise of studying theology, go to the Middle East, so that they can gain military experience at the same time, and our specialists, as a subspecies of PSC employees, go there to shoot especially harmful ones, etc. to. At home, this is neither democratic nor tolerant. The Wahhabi house runs with the Koran under his arm, and there with a gun in his hands. You will not be mistaken if you see this in the sight.
    1. crazy_fencer
      crazy_fencer 1 November 2013 11: 32
      Moreover, both those and others call it modestly: "combat practice."
  16. jandjella
    jandjella 1 November 2013 14: 01
    The usual work of PMCs in hot spots. Here is a story about the work of the Russian watch military company in Iraq.
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