The volunteers of InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community, together with the team of the project “Ihtamnet_m0209” and the hacktivists of the Ukrainian Cyber Alliance, collected data on the Russian mercenaries from PMC “Wagner” that have criminal past. Many of them participated in the seizure of the Crimea and later fought in Donbas and Syria. Some served in Russian special operations units but were fired and served sentences for various crimes. Some were caught on petty thefts, robbery, others were convicted for beatings, for inciting ethnic hatred and beating up foreigners. But some of them have more serious crimes in their records: manufacture and sale of drugs, financial fraud in millions of rubles, rape, kidnapping, and murder. Criminals have become not only convenient raw material for the Kremlin’s hybrid military operations, they are encouraged and motivated by state awards, which are handed over personally by Vladimir Putin. In this publication, we disclose the data and circumstances under which more than 20 mercenaries were convicted but received a second chance.
According to our preliminary statistics, one out of three PMC “Wagner” members were tried for various offenses before joining the company, so this is only a small part of the data on the criminals who serve in Putin’s private army.
Attack of the “Troll Factory” on InformNapalm
The InformNapalm community announced the publication of data on convicted “Wagner” mercenaries on March 7. Within several days, the five most active volunteers and the speaker of InformNapalm, who actively communicate with media, were blocked on Facebook by mass complaints about old posts.
This massive attack on all the resources of our volunteer community on the eve of the publication was probably sanctioned by the influential businessman and “Putin’s restaurateur” Evgeny Prigozhin, who sponsors not only the PMC “Wagner”, but also the famous “Troll Factory”.
Let us remind you that in the end of February we published data and infographics on 20 mercenaries belonging to a battery of 2S1 howitzers and 25 mercenaries from the PMC “Wagner” tank crews. This is the third tranche of data about such criminals. Everyone picks the suitable scale of the crimes they commit: Putin stole Crimea and is robbing Donbas, and his mercenaries kidnapped people and robbed stores.
The criminals in “Putin’s cook’s” personal guard
Date of birth: 01/20/1982. Position: 3rd squad leader, 2nd platoon, 3rd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0754.While in military service, he participated in combat operations in North Caucasus. This became a mitigating factor in the sentencing: He was sentenced to a 2-year imprisonment in a general security colony ( archive ). He is the recipient of the “Order of Courage” and has other awards, including some received at PMC “Wagner”.
Additional Info About Valentin Kalnyn
Social network accounts:
Possible place of residence:
Russian Federation, Zabaykalsky Krai, Mogoytuyskiy Rayon, Tsagan-Chelutay Village. The exact address is unknown.
Some of the information about him appeared in SBU databases and was published in the “Peacemaker” database.
Details of his drug distribution case:
According to the press release of the Federal Drugs Control Service (FDCS) in Irkutsk Oblast, Valentin Kalnyn (born in 1982) and his accomplice Anatoly Adanakov (born in 1990) sold hashish to servicemen of the unit where they served. The convicts made drugs themselves: they collected cannabis outside the city and made hashish with it. Also, the convicts consumed the produced drugs personally. Adanakov and Kalnyn took part in combat operations in North Caucasus. They received medals and awards. All this was taken into account by the court and a relatively lenient sentence was imposed on these servicemen: they had to spend 2 years in the regular security colony ( source ).
Additional information about Alexey Yaninov
Social network accounts:
Details of his crimes:
Multiple charges for drunk driving.
Details of the case . The victim became disabled (archive ).
In 2016, Sberbank of Russia sued Yaninov in order to collect on a loan(archive).
Also, according to the court’s decision, Yaninov was convicted of committing a crime, provided for by the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and he was sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years with the deprivation of the right to hold posts in public service, local government, state and municipal organizations, connected with performance of organizational-administrative, administrative-economic functions for the period of 3 years. The sentence was suspended with a 3 year probation (archive).
Yuriy Sergeyevich Yandemirov
Date of birth: 06/10/1986. Position: driver of the fire support squad, 1st reconnaissance and assault platoon, 2nd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-2156. He served in the Russian Armed Forces since 2003, in 2008 in an officer position in military unit 29483. He also served as a platoon commander in military unit 66431 (4th Russian military occupation base in Georgia). He was convicted of fraud and forgery of documents of the military unit.
Additional information about Yuriy Yandemirov
He was sentenced by Vladikavkaz Garrison Military Court on 02/03/2011 to imprisonment under: Part 1 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud), Part 1 of Article 327 of the Criminal Code (forgery, manufacture or sale of forged documents, state awards, stamps, seals, forms). A sentence of imprisonment for 1 year 6 months was suspended with the probation period of 1 year and 6 months (at that time he served as platoon commander of military unit 66431). By the order of the commander of military unit 66431 dated 08/30/2012 he was removed from the roster of that military unit as of 10/05/2012, taking into account the granted leave and the decisions of the attestation commission of military unit 66431 from 07/08/2011 and 02/10/2012. A year later he sued, first for wrongful dismissal, later for the non-payment of “per diem for an assignment abroad”.
Cassation Decision of 03/24/2011, Rostov-on-Don.
Decision of the Yoshkar-Ola City Court, Mari El Republic, of 07/22/2013
Appeal decision of 10/24/2013
Appeal decision of 02/07/2014, Privolzhskiy District Military Court (Samara Oblast)
Appeal decision of 08/27/2015, Rostov-on-Don.
Appeal decision of 08/27/2015, Rostov-on-Don.
Decision of 12/15/2015, Kazan Garrison Military Court, Republic of Tatarstan.
Anis Karimovich Umraliyev
Date of birth: 7/9/1977. Position: scout-driver of the 2nd squad, 1st platoon, 1st reconnaissance and assault company (RAC) of PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0610. Served in military unit 6688 (12th Separate Brigade of Russian Interior Ministry Troops). In 2014, he was convicted for desertion.
Sentenced to a term in a correctional settlement.
Additional information about Anis Umraliyev
Place of residence: the city of Astrakhan. In 2014 he was convicted for desertion from military unit 6688.
Dmitriy Vladimirovich Rodin
Date of birth: 7/26/1972. Position: a UAV squad leader, technical reconnaissance platoon, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-1978. Served in the rank of major of Russian Army in Zarya settlement near Moscow as an engineer of the automated control systems complex of the Center for Automated Control Systems of the Central Control Post of the Air Force and Air Defense of Russian Armed Forces. He was discharged under Article 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud).
He is a recipient of a Wagner award. Presumably, he operated a secret Russian UAV shot down in Donbas. A similar modification of the UAV was also shot down in Turkey. PMC “Wagner” likely uses these versions of UAVs when performing joint tasks with Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine and Syria.
Additional info about Dmitriy Rodin
Place of residence: 6/6, Koroleva str., apt.38, Rostov-on-Don.
He had multiple lawsuits against the Russian Ministry of Defense:
in April 2012
In May 2012
ОIn October 2012
He has deleted his social network accounts:
Evgeniy Viktorovich Otayev
Date of birth: 12/12/1982. Position: C&C squad leader of the D-30 122mm howitzers battery, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0910. He served in the Office of the Federal Service for the Execution of Sentences in Kalmykia. He was an accomplice in the case of torture and humiliation of prisoners. His father is also a mercenary of PMC “Wagner”.а».
Viktor Sangadzhievich Otayev
Date of birth: 3/27/1959. Position: driver of the engineer platoon of PMC «Wagner». Personal number: M-2188.
Additional information about Otayevs
Extract from the case materials:
“On March 2, 2012 in IK-2 (Yashkul village) there was violence against the convicts held in a penal isolation ward. Officer Evgeniy Otayev, who was in the state of intoxication, came to the ward building together with special unit servicemen and demanded that prisoners go out into the corridor for a search. The prisoners appropriately objected, because this was happening at night, after lights out. Apparently, Otayev counted on that. Special unit soldiers dragged the prisoners into the corridor one by one beat them and together with Otayev beat them. After the violence broke out, the prisoners, unable to resist such abuse, began to cut their veins.”
Viktor Sangadzhievich Otayev
Evgeniy Viktorovich Otayev
Place of residence: 8A, Severo-Zapadnaya str., Elista, Kalmykia.
Artyom Nikolayevich Maloletniy
Date of birth: 2/7/1989. Position: crew leader of D-30 howitzer, reconnaissance company headquarters, PMC “Wagner”.
Personal number: M-2266.
In 2011 he was convicted under part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code (deliberate infliction of serious harm to health) for 3 years imprisonment. And in 2015, he was convicted under part 3 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code (taking bribes).
Additional information about Artyom Maloletniy
The verdict of 2011::
The verdict of 2015:
Archive of the page:
Konstantin Anatoliyevich Ladik
Date of birth: 9/28/1989. Position: scout-grenadier of the 1st squad, 2nd reconnaissance and assault platoon, 4th reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0544. He was convicted under Article 158, part 3, paragraph “a” of the Criminal Code (theft with unlawful entry). Based on the materials of the criminal case and the court’s decision, it is known that this was not his first crime.
Additional information about Konstantin Ladik
Accounts in social networks:
Details of the theft case:
“The court qualifies the actions of Konstantin Anatoliyevich Ladik under Article 158, part 3, paragraph “a” of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – theft, that is, covert stealing of another person’s property committed through conspiracy by a group of persons, causing significant damage to a citizen, with unlawful home invasion.
Konstantin Anatoliyevich Ladik is found guilty of committing a crime under Article 158, part 3, paragraph “a” of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and is sentenced to 2 years 4 months of imprisonment in a high security correctional colony without fines and without restriction of rights.”
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Kuznetsov
Date of birth: 8/10/1977. Position: commander of the 1st reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0271.
According to the “Fontanka”publication, in 2008 Alexander Kuznetsov served in the special forces as a major. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and robbery, and in 2010 he was convicted and served time in a colony in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. By the decision of the Borskiy City Court, his sentence was reduced and in April 2013 he was granted parole. A year later, he assumed the command of the first reconnaissance and assault company in PMC “Wagner”.
In the photo from the award ceremony, Aleksandr Kuznetsov is standing to the right of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and to the left of Dmitry Utkin (“Wagner” himself).
Additional information about Aleksandr Kuznetsov
Place of birth: Nikol’skoye settlement, Gatchinskiy District, Leningrad Oblast, passport 0703_769818, issued on 04/29/2003, registered:
Moscow Oblast, Solnechnogorsk-2, military unit 92154, Special Operations Center “Senezh” of Russian Special Operations Forces.
Fyodor Vladimirovich Koshel
Date of birth: 4/13/1976. Position: deputy commander – filtration platoon leader, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-1521.
Additional information about Fyodor Koshel
In 1997, he was expelled from Novosibirsk Higher Military-Political Army College. On April 13, 2010, he was assigned as the supervisor of the clothing warehouse of the clothing and food section of the training and recruiting military department of the military enlistment office of Krasnodar Krai. On 10/19/2010 he was a subject in the case of inflicting material loss to the military enlistment office of Krasnodar Krai in the amount of 594 856 rubles.
The decision of Sovetsky District Court in Krasnodar on 10/19/2010 (Krasnodar Krai)
Timur Shabzgireyevich Korigov
Date of birth: 2/26/1977. Position: mortar battery command squad leader, PMC “Wagner”.
Personal number: M-1285. In 2011 he was convicted under Article 222 part 1 of the Criminal Code (illegal purchase, transfer, sale, storage, transportation, or carrying of weapons, their main parts, or ammunition).
Additional information about Timur Korigov
Born in Malgobek, Republic of Ingushetia. Lives in Artyom, Primorskiy Krai.
On 07/06/2011, by the verdict of Primorskiy Krai Court, he and his brother were found guilty of committing a crime under Article 222 part 1 of the Criminal Code (illegal purchase, transfer, sale, storage, transportation, or carrying of weapons, their main parts, or ammunition). He was sentenced to 2 years 6 months of imprisonment with a fine of 30,000 rubles, the primary sentence suspended with a 2 year probation.
Pages in social networks are not very informative:
Zaur Firailovich Kasumov
Date of birth: 7/15/1989.
Position: BM-21 MRLS crew gunner, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-2218. He was caught on bribery and suspended from service for up to 3 years.
Social network accounts:
While serving as a bailiff, he was caught on a bribe and suspended from service.
Victor Feliksovich Zhidayev
Date of birth: 8/9/1976. Position: senior MANPADS crew gunner, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-1233. He was convicted under Article 228 part 1 of the Criminal Code (illegal purchase and possession of drugs).
Additional information about Victor Zhidayev
He was born in Mizur settlement, Alagirskiy District, North Ossetia-Alania, passport 9012 073504, issued on 03/06/2013 by the office of the Federal Migration Service of Russia in Zaterechnyy municipal district in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia-Alania Republic
Social networks pages:
Convicted under Article 228 part 1 of the Criminal Code of Russia.
Archives of the court decision:
Murat Haydarovich Esaliyev
Date of birth: 2/9/1989. Position: gunner, tank company, PMC “Wagner”.
Personal number: M-2234.
In several court decisions of 2015 and 2016 he was mentioned as a soldier of Russian Armed Forces. He participated in the operation of seizure of Crimea.
Additional information about Murat Esaliyev
Pages in social networks:
Found guilty of committing a crime under part 1, Article 307 of the Criminal Code (giving knowingly false testimony).
In 2018 he is the defender in a criminal case considered in the court of Volodarskiy District, Astrakhan Oblast..
Ruslan Rafisovich Voronchikhin
Date of birth: 5/25/1980. Position: scout-sniper of the 1st squad, 2nd reconnaissance and assault platoon, reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0692. Served in military intelligence. In 2010 he created a dummy company and over a period of 2 years borrowed large amounts of money from banks and businessmen totaling 125,372,291.23 rubles and 637,835,892.89 rubles, which he did not return. Despite more than 30 lawsuits, he has so far managed to avoid confinement. The lawsuits continue. Despite financial fraud, in 2017 Voronchikhin ran as the LDPR party candidate for a seat in Mozhgov City Council.
Maksim Abdullovich Bobomurodov
Date of birth: 3/13/1983. Position: AGS-17 crew grenadier, 1st reconnaissance and assault platoon, reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”.
Personal number: M-0828.
He was convicted for car theft and battery.
Additional Info About Maksim Bobomurodov
On 07/01/2014, he was found guilty of committing crimes under Article 166 part 1 of the Criminal Code (unlawful possession of a car or another vehicle) and Article 116 part 1 of the Criminal Code (battery). He was sentenced to community service for a period of 4 months, with 5% of the monthly salary withheld by the state, and a fine of 8,000 rubles.
Decision No. 2-251 of February 18, 2013, Tagilstroyevskiy District Court of Nizhniy Tagil (Sverdlovsk Oblast).
The verdict of 07/01/2014, Dzerzhinsky District Court of Nizhniy Tagil (Sverdlovsk Oblast)
Social networks pages:
Tahir Mingayanovich Bakhtigarayev
Date of birth: 4/18/1980. Position: driver, 4th reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Callsign “Fartovy”. Personal number: M-0483. Committed petty thefts. Took part in the hostilities in Donbas.
Rishat Mukhamedvaliyevich Baikin
Date of birth: 1/4/1984. Position: a scout-driver, 1st platoon, 3rd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-1112. In 2009 he was convicted under Article 131 part 1 of the Criminal Code (rape).
Additional information about Rishat Baikin
Listed in the Peacemaker database.
Court of First Instance: Kolomna City Court.
Case number in the city court: 1-609g / 09.
Rishat Mukhamedvaliyevich Baikin, the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: Article 131 part 1; cassation instance decision: the sentence of lower instance was upheld.
Social networks accounts:
David Pavlovich Aslibekyan
Date of birth: 11/14/1981. Position: scout, assistant grenadier, 1st squad, 1st reconnaissance and assault platoon, 3rd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0658. A former serviceman of the 17th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade (military unit 65384), was convicted for evasion of service.
Additional information about David Aslibekyan
Knyaz Rasul-Ogly Amoyev
Date of birth: 3/15/1982. Position: driver, logistics platoon, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-2084. He was convicted Article 112 part 1 of the Criminal Code (deliberate infliction of moderate bodily harm): he beat his wife.
Additional Info about Knyaz Rasul-Ogly Amoyev
Partizanskaya street 28, Bakinskaya settlement, town of Goryachiy Klyuch.
Social networks profiles:
Denis Magomedovich Gandamagomedov
Date of birth: 7/14/1985. Position: 3rd squad leader, 2nd platoon, 3rd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-1753. In 2009-2014, he served as deputy platoon commander in military unit 74814 (Budyonnovsk). On 06/26/2014 he was convicted for committing a crime under Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (abuse of authority) and sentenced to 1 year of imprisonment in a general security penal colony.
Additional information about Denis Gandamagomedov
The decision of Budyonnovsk Garrison Military Court of 04/11/2014
The decision of Budyonnovsk Garrison Military Court of 06/26/2014
The appeal decision of 08/14/2014
Social networks accounts:
Rishat Ramzilovich Abdrashitov
Date of birth: 7/1/1984. Position: AGS-17 crew grenadier, 1st reconnaissance and assault platoon, 4th reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-1586.
In 2008, as a senior operative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Abdrashitov was convicted for abuse of authority and exceeding authority.
Additional information about Rishat Abdrashitov
Article 285 part 1 paragraph “a”, Article 286 part 3. Abuse of authority, Exceeding authority.
Leonid Gennadiyevich Ikonnikov
Date of birth: 10/29/1985. Position: 12.7-mm machine gun “Cord” crewmember, 2nd reconnaissance and assault platoon, 2nd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”. Personal number: M-0769. Convicted under several articles for 6 years in a general security colony.
Additional information about Leonid Ikonnikov
In the photo he is the second from the right. You can see ribbon bars of medals, including those issued by “Wagner”. Another “Wagner” soldier with a “Wagner” award is standing third from the left. His name is Alexander Kuzmin, and he is an 82-mm mortar crew gunner, 2nd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”, personal number M-1667.
Pages in social networks:
https://vk.com/id174207931?z=video174207931_162655732 – вa video on his page about the sentencing.
On June 3, 2009, the Federal Court of the Central District of Krasnoyarsk sentenced Leonid Ikonnikov, the leader of the Krasnoyarsk Cell of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration.
The 23-year-old politician was charged simultaneously with crimes under three articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and was sentenced to 6 years in a general security colony.
The court proceedings in this criminal case lasted 1 year 5 months, during which testimonies of more than 70 witnesses were heard, 8 expert reports were examined, and a large number of other investigative actions were conducted to establish the truth in the criminal case.
The charges were brought under:
Article 213 part 1 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism),
Article 282 part 2 paragraph “a” of the Criminal Code (incitement to ethnic hatred),
Article 318 part 2 of the Criminal Code, part 2 art. 318 of the Criminal Code (violence against a government official). http://www.cirota.ru/forum/view.php?subj=84515
After Leonid Ikonnikov was imprisoned, the role of the main Nazi of Krasnoyarsk was picked up by his younger brother Aleksandr Ikonnikov, the organizer of “Russian marches”: “The Russians Are Coming!”, “Krasnoyarsk – Russian city!”, “Give Russia a Russian government” http://www.zrd.spb.ru/news/2009/news-804.htm.
His brother also fought in Donbas and served in PMC “Wagner”. Both brothers together make up a Kord machine gun crew, even their personal numbers in PMC “Wagner” are sequential.
Aleksandr Gennadiyevich Ikonnikov, born on June 25, 1989, Krasnoyarsk, personal number M-0770, 12.7-mm Kord machine gun crew gunner, 2nd reconnaissance and assault platoon, 2nd reconnaissance and assault company, PMC “Wagner”.
By Mikhail Kuznetsov and Roman Burko specially for InformNapalm
Translated by Marina Liutenko, edited by Max Alginin
(Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International — CC BY 4.0)
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