Dead Bodies Left in the Wake of the Klyuev Organized Crime Group

In addition to torturing and killing Sergei Magnitsky, and calling it “Heart failure with no signs of violent death”, the Klyuev Organized Crime Group has left a trail of dead bodies in its wake.

Twice when Klyuev was caught committing crimes, people surrounding him immediately died and were blamed for the crimes.

Sergei Albaev Name: Sergei Albaev
Date of Birth: 09.12.1965
Died: 08.04.2005
Age at Death: 39
Body found: Rostov, Russia
Official Cause of Death: Heart Failure
Profession: Klyuev’s Driver


In 2006, when Klyuev was caught trying to steal $1.6 billion in shares of the Russian iron ore company, Mikhailovsky GOK, numerous witnesses identified Klyuev as the mastermind of the fraud. At that time, Officer Major Pavel Karpov, the lead investigator in the case, went on a secret vacation with his main suspect, Klyuev. After their return, Major Karpov’s investigation concluded that Albaev, Klyuev’s driver, was an organizer of the complicated multimillion crime. Before Albaev could challenge this conclusion in court, he was found dead in the Rostov Region. The official cause of death was heart failure, but he was only 39 years old.

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As a result of Albaev’s convenient death before trial, much of the crime could be blamed on him and no one could dispute it. Klyuev was then only blamed for organizing a fraud “without the features of large-scale embezzlement” and as a result he was given a 2-year suspended sentence without any jail time.


Alexei Alexanov Name: Alexei Alexanov
Date of Birth: 04.06.1959
Died: 2006
Age at Death: 46
Body found: Rostov, Russia
Official Cause of Death: Heart Failure
Profession: Administrator for a Klyuev company


In 2006, when Klyuev was caught trying to steal $1.6 billion in shares of the Russian iron ore company, Mikhailovsky GOK, numerous witnesses identified Klyuev as the mastermind of the fraud. At that time, Officer Major Pavel Karpov, the lead investigator in the case, went on a secret vacation with his main suspect, Klyuev. After their return, Major Karpov’s investigation concluded that Alexanov, an Administrator for one of Klyuev’s companies, was an organizer of the complicated multimillion crime. Before Alexanov could challenge this conclusion in court, he was found dead. The official cause of death was heart failure, but he was only 46 years old.

As a result of Alexanov’s convenient death before trial, much of the crime could be blamed on him and no one could dispute it. Klyuev was then only blamed for organizing a fraud “without the features of large-scale embezzlement” and as a result he was given a 2-year suspended sentence without any jail time.


Valery Kurochkin Name: Valery Kurochkin
Date of Birth: 20.06.1964
Died: 30.04.2008
Age at Death: 43
Body found: Borispol, Ukraine
Official Cause of Death: Cirrhosis
Profession: Convicted for burglary in 1994


In 2009, when Sergei Magnitsky and Hermitage had forced the Russian Government to recognize the theft of the $230 million in taxes, the Ministry of the Interior began trying to blame the crime on low-level members of the Klyuev Organized Crime Group. After trying to blame the entire crime on Viktor Markelov, a convicted criminal, who played an important but no organizational role in the tax theft, the Russian Interior Ministry then blamed Valery Kurochkin, another previously convicted criminal, as his accomplice. However at the time the Ministry of the Interior tried to blame Kurochkin, he was dead.

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Octai Gasanov Name: Octai Gasanov
Date of Birth: 9 January 1954
Died: 1 October 2007
Age at Death: 53
Body found: Moscow
Profession: Security Guard

In 2009, when Sergei Magnintsky and Hermitage had forced the Russian Government to recognize the the $230 million theft, the Ministry of the Interior began trying to blame the crime on low-level members of the Klyuev Organized Crime Group. After trying to blame the entire crime on two low-level members of the group, they then blamed Octai Gasanov as the main organizer.
However, Gasanov’s Death Certificate shows that he died two months and 24 days before the Klyuev Organized Crime Group applied for the fraudulent $230 million refund.


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Semyon Korobeinikov Name: Semyon Korobeinikov
Date of Birth: 14.05.1951
Date of Death: 2008
Age at Death: 57
Official Cause of Death: Falling from a balcony
Profession: Clothing salesman


In 2009, when Sergei Magnintsky and Hermitage had forced the Russian Government to recognize the $230 million theft, the Ministry of the Interior began trying to blame the crime on low-level members of the Klyuev Organized Crime Group.

At the same time the Ministry of the Interior had to protect Klyuev, because he had already admitted in court that he owned Universal Savings Bank, the bank that received $107 million in fraudulent refunds in 2006 and $230 million in fraudulent refunds in 2007.


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One year after Sergei Magnitsky’s death, the Ministry of Interior announced at a press conference that Klyuev had sold Universal Savings Bank to Mr. Semyon Korobeinikov before the stolen government money came to Universal Savings Bank.
Mr. Korobeinikov was dead at the time and so cannot be questioned.

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