Archive for October, 2009


Death of a Russian crime barron

RUSSIA OBIT IVANKOVA happy ending story is a story which has not ended yet… Find below a short report on one of the most famous and scared crime barron of Moscow, Vyacheslav Ivankov. After spending 10 years in US jails, he got sent back to Russia where he was of course acquitted. Two months ago he got shot and died last week. Streets are tough…

Vyacheslav Ivankov, 69, a Russian crime boss who spent nearly 10 years in a U.S. prison, died last week  in a Moscow hospital, two months after being shot several times as he was leaving a restaurant.

After spending 10 years in a Soviet prison for running a ring of thieves, Ivankov moved to the United States in 1992. He was arrested by the FBI in 1995 and convicted of trying to extort millions of dollars from an investment firm run by Russian emigres in New York.

He was extradited to Russia from the United States in 2004 to face murder charges, but he was acquitted.

He was shot in the abdomen on July 28 from a sniper rifle fired from inside a minivan. The gunman has not been identified, the investigative agency said Friday.


what really happened to the Russian hijacked cargo!!!

In a previous post, few weeks ago, I mentioned some theories and rumours I heard in Moscow streets about the Artic Sea, the cargo which mysteriously disappeared in Northern European waters, before reappearing ten days later in West Africa.

The boat was carrying a one million dollars freight of timber, which seemed to anyone quite a small profit for such a kamikaze operation in some of the most controlled sea region.

As I had heard quite a few times in Moscow, I talked about nuclear weapons secretly transfered. The truth does not seem that far from my prior hypothesis. Would Russia have sent some of its best warships to seize the cargo so fast for lumber?

What most people (well informed people of course!!!) now believe and openly say is that the ship was actually carrying ground-air missiles to Iran.

Israeli intelligence, which is planning a air attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, heard about the freight and believed this new generation missiles could fail the operation and shot down many Israeli fighters.

Israeli government then decided to send special forces in the Baltic sea to seize the boat (who else than a special force unit could be professional enough to seize a boat in the most populated sea corridor), took control of the boat and took the missiles away.

End of the story??? Not so fast. Russian authorities, and Vladimir Putin especially, got quite upset when they realized what had happened and how they got fooled by Israel. Therefore, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly went to Moscow to settle the issue directly with Medvedev and Putin.

Of course his journey to Russia did not remain secret…