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Andrey Yarin:  Kremlin’s Chief Political Technologist

Andrey Veniaminovich Yarin was born on September 13, 1970, in Nizhny Tagil in a family of a worker. His father, Veniamin Alexandrovich Yarin (1940 – 2011), became famous during the years of perestroika, initiated by the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev. He was a delegate to the XIX Party Conference and was later elected as a deputy of the Supreme Council of the USSR. For some period he was a member of the opposition United Front of Workers, but in 1991 he was expelled due to support for Gorbachev’s economic program. Veniamin Alexandrovich was also a member of the Presidential Council under M. Gorbachev.

After graduating from school in 1987, Andrey entered the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University named after Mikhail Lomonosov, which he graduated in 1992. During 1992-1993, right after graduation, he worked as an economist in the credit department of the Moscow commercial bank “Discount”. From 1993 to 1995, he was a deputy and then a head of the credit department of the bank. Later, “Discount Bank” was considered as a bank used by FSB for transferring large amounts abroad. In 2006, the bank was closed, a criminal case was initiated, and the future head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, was among those suspected of corruption in this case. In 2007, The New Times wrote: “According to [our] sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who agreed to provide information solely on the condition of anonymity, we are dealing with criminal case No. 248089, started on September 8, 2006, following the results of an audit performed by the Department of Economic Security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia”, against unidentified persons among the employees of the “Bank Discount” (LLC) on the grounds of crimes under Art. 173 and paragraph “a” part 3 of Art. 174 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. These articles refer to the establishment of fake companies without the intention to carry out entrepreneurial activities (Article 173) and the laundering of money or other property acquired by other persons in a criminal way (Article 174). According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the audit discovered a scheme of money withdrawal, led by officials, who are close to Kremlin-controlled oil companies and Lieutenant General Alexander Bortnikov, deputy director of the FSB and head of the FSB’s economic security department. Bortnikov is known for his close relationship with the deputy head of the Presidential Administration, Igor Sechin, and Vladimir Putin’s aide, Viktor Ivanov. According to The New Times sources, Bortnikov allegedly oversaw the outflow of money from various commercial structures involved in the sale of electronics in Russia.

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Andrey Veniaminovich Yarin was born on September 13, 1970, in Nizhny Tagil in a family of a worker. His father, Veniamin Alexandrovich Yarin (1940 – 2011), became famous during the years of perestroika, initiated by the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev. He was a delegate to the XIX Party Conference and was later elected as a deputy of the Supreme Council of the USSR. For some period he was a member of the opposition United Front of Workers, but in 1991 he was expelled due to support for Gorbachev’s economic program. Veniamin Alexandrovich was also a member of the Presidential Council under M. Gorbachev.

After graduating from school in 1987, Andrey entered the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University named after Mikhail Lomonosov, which he graduated in 1992. During 1992-1993, right after graduation, he worked as an economist in the credit department of the Moscow commercial bank “Discount”. From 1993 to 1995, he was a deputy and then a head of the credit department of the bank. Later, “Discount Bank” was considered as a bank used by FSB for transferring large amounts abroad. In 2006, the bank was closed, a criminal case was initiated, and the future head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, was among those suspected of corruption in this case. In 2007, The New Times wrote: “According to [our] sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who agreed to provide information solely on the condition of anonymity, we are dealing with criminal case No. 248089, started on September 8, 2006, following the results of an audit performed by the Department of Economic Security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia”, against unidentified persons among the employees of the “Bank Discount” (LLC) on the grounds of crimes under Art. 173 and paragraph “a” part 3 of Art. 174 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. These articles refer to the establishment of fake companies without the intention to carry out entrepreneurial activities (Article 173) and the laundering of money or other property acquired by other persons in a criminal way (Article 174). According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the audit discovered a scheme of money withdrawal, led by officials, who are close to Kremlin-controlled oil companies and Lieutenant General Alexander Bortnikov, deputy director of the FSB and head of the FSB’s economic security department. Bortnikov is known for his close relationship with the deputy head of the Presidential Administration, Igor Sechin, and Vladimir Putin’s aide, Viktor Ivanov. According to The New Times sources, Bortnikov allegedly oversaw the outflow of money from various commercial structures involved in the sale of electronics in Russia.

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