Major Pavel Karpov

Position: Investigator of the Investigative Unit of the Moscow Branch of the Russian Interior Ministry.

Promoted to the Federal Investigative Committee of the Russian Interior Ministry

Official Annual Salary: $6,000

Assets purchased by him and his family since the $230 million theft: AT LEAST $1.3 MILLION

Born 27 August 1977


Officer Karpov is a key member of the Klyuev Organized Crime Group. He uses his position in law enforcement to aid the group in committing crimes and to protect it when it gets caught.

Officer Karpov can take credit for being a key player in a $230 million theft from his own government. He was the custodian of the corporate seals and financial and statutory documents that were used to steal $230 million of government money. He oversaw a fake criminal case opened in order to seize those materials and then prosecuted those who reported his role in the theft. For his service to his country he was promoted in early 2010. For his service to his criminal colleagues, he appears to have been very well compensated financially.

Just before Karpov was entrusted by the police with holding the seized Hermitage documents that were later used to steal the companies and the $230 million, Officer Karpov secretly flew to Larnaca, Cyprus with Klyuev Group lawyers, Pavlov and Mayorova, the same lawyers who would later arrange almost a billion dollars in fraudulent court judgments to effect the $230 million dollar theft.

At this same time Major Karpov’s colleague, Lt. Col. Artem Kuznetsov secretly flew to Larnaca, Cyprus on a private jet with Dmitry Klyuev, the head of the Klyuev Organized Crime Group and owner of the bank that would soon receive all the refunded money. Shortly after the officers’ arrival on Cyprus the head of Moscow Tax Office 25 who would later sign off on the fraudulent refund and her husband flew to Larnaca, Cyprus to join Klyuev in planning the tax theft.

After Sergei Magnitsky discovered the theft of the Hermitage companies and helped prepare a complaint, officer Karpov retaliated by opening a groundless criminal case that was later used to arrest Magnitsky.

Officer Karpov’s ties to the Klyuev Organized crime group go back to 2006 when Officer Karpov was the main investigator in the Mikhailovsky Gok case and Klyuev was the main suspect. Four months before the trial, Officer Karpov and Klyuev secretly flew to Larnaca, Cyprus. Upon their return Karpov directed the investigation findings so that Klyuev avoided jail time and the fraud was blamed on low level Klyuev associates; two of whom died before they could testify at trial. Low level Klyuev accomplices or innocent people blamed for Klyuev’s crimes by Karpov and his colleagues have a very high death rate, most of them by what Russian officials refer to as “Heart Failure”.

In the Mikhailovsky Gok case Karpov also failed to indict Klyuev’s lawyer Andrei Pavlov who prepared documents for the court cases in that fraud. This is not surprising as Officer Karpov has taken no less than 5 vacations and 9 flights with Kluyev Group lawyers Pavlov and Mayorova further demonstrating the ties between the Russian Interior Ministry and Organized Crime.

Please click here to see important dates in the career of officer Karpov, dates when he abused his authority.

Below are copies of documents showing at least $1.3 million of Karpov’s illicit assets that have been located to date. All of these assets were acquired by members of Karpov’s family after the massive theft that Sergei Magnitsky accused Karpov of perpetrating. Complaints have been filed to see if the money that was used to buy these assets was declared. These complaints further demand that the Russian authorities investigate the source of funds in light of Sergei Magnitsky’s explicit testimony implicating Karpov in the theft of $230 million.

See below for a list of the assets Karpov’s family now owns: Real Estate, Cars. Compare it to their declared income here.

Real Estate

Apartment purchased in the name of Karpov’s mother.
Apartment: 93.8 sqm
Address: 7 Michurinsky prospekt, Apt. 40
Registered to: Karpov’s mother,  Nadezhda Fedorovna Karpova
Market Price: $930,000.00
Purchase Date: 27 November 2008

Printout from the Unified State Register of Real Estate Rights confirming the ownership of the apartment by Karpov’s mother.

Land Plots

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Mercedes-Benz E280.
Mercedes-Benz E280 owned by Pavel KarpovMercedes-Benz E280
VIN: WDB2110541B057517
License Plate: Х717АА177
Owned by Pavel Karpov
Market Price: $72,601




Printout from the Moscow Traffic Police registry confirming the ownership of the vehicle to Pavel Karpov.

Porsche 911
Porsche 911 owned by Pavel Karpov's motherPorsche 911
License Plate: P070HA177
VIN: WP0ZZZ99ZWS606808
Owned by Pavel Karpov’s 60-year old mother, Nadezhda Fedorovna Karpova
Market Price: $41,000




Printout from the Moscow Traffic Police registry confirming the ownership of the vehicle to Pavel Karpov’s mother.

Audi A3
Audi A3 owned by Pavel Karpov's motherAudi A3
License Plate: Н777ВН199
Owned by Pavel Karpov’s mother, Nadezhda Fedorovna Karpova
Market Price: $47,000





Printout from the Moscow Traffic Police registry confirming the ownership of the vehicle to Pavel Karpov’s mother.

Declared Income

Bank certificate showing confirmed income by Pavel Karpov as $530 per month (16,000 rubles), or $6,000 per year.




Major Karpov, who played a major role in the theft of $230 million from the Russian budget was promoted from the Moscow Branch of the Interior Ministry to a higher position within the Interior Ministry, according to a Russian newspaper Vedomosti (see an article from 20 January 2010).

Major Pavel Karpov was promoted to the Federal Interior Ministry.

Important dates

Below is a short timeline showing important dates in officer Karpov’s career.

August 2006: Major Pavel Karpov, along with Lt Col Artem Kuznetsov and a convicted killer Victor Markelov, were accused of organizing the kidnapping of a young businessman and father, Fedor Mikheev, and attempting to extort $20 million from Mikheev’s boss (Case 352470). According to his testimony, Mr. Mikheev was kidnapped and held as a hostage for more than a week until a team of special forces freed him. A criminal case into the kidnapping was opened, where officers Karpov and Kuznetsov came under investigation, and their accomplice Viktor Markelov was arrested. Mr Mikheev testified about the role of Major Karpov and other officers in his kidnapping. In a short while, Interior Ministry officers had Mr. Mikheev arrested and put into a cell with one of the criminals who had kidnapped him. Mr. Mikheev was pressured to withdraw his testimony against Major Karpov and other officers. He refused and the officers sent him to prison for 11 years where he is today. After that, Major Karpov and his accomplice Markelov ceased to be the subjects of the investigation, and the case against them was closed.

4 June 2007: Lt Col Kuznetsov carried out raids on the American-owned law firm in Moscow, Firestone Duncan, and seized – without a warrant – the original statutory and financial documents of all their clients, including of three companies belonging to the Hermitage Fund, the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia at the time. He then transferred these documents into custody of his colleague, Major Pavel Karpov.

11 June 2007: By decision of officer Ivan Glukhov, head of the Investigative Unit of the Moscow branch of the Interior Ministry, Major Karpov was appointed to investigate a criminal case, opened by Lt Col Kuznetsov. This case falsely alleged that a company called Kameya, that was owned by a client of Hermitage, had underpaid taxes. In fact, Kameya paid over $135 million in Russian taxes and was one of the largest taxpayers in Russia. Kameya did not owe any taxes and never received any tax claims. Despite this and written statements from tax authorities confirming that Kameya’s tax compliance was in order, Karpov refused to close the bogus case and kept it going in order to keep custody of the documents and seals of Hermitage Fund’s Russian companies. He refused multiple requests to return these documents to the Firestone Duncan law firm.

11 and 20 September 2007: The documents and seals being held by Karpov and Kuznetsov were used to fraudulently alter the registration records of three Hermitage Fund companies and re-register them into the name of the convicted killer, Viktor Markelov. This is the same criminal who, according to Fyodor Mikheev’s testimony, had worked with officers Karpov and Kuznetsov one year previously when they were all accused of kidnapping Fyodor Mikheev.

3 December 2007: Hermitage Fund lawyers reported Karpov’s and Kuznetsov’s abuses of office and complicity in the theft of the Hermitage Fund companies and requested that a number of Russian law enforcement agencies open a criminal case against them. Complaints were filed with the heads of the Russian Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry Internal Affairs Department and the Russian General Prosecutor. Hermitage’s complaints against Karpov and Kuznetsov were forwarded for examination and possible action to Major Karpov himself.

24 December 2007: Moscow tax authorities approved in a single day a request for a $230 million tax refund which was fraudulently filed by Markelov and his accomplices. The tax authorities paid out $230 million two days later to bank accounts opened just ten days before by Markelov and his accomplices. These bank accounts were in a bank owned by another figure in the Mikheev kidnapping case. MAJOR KARPOV IS A KEY PLAYER IN AN ENORMOUS THEFT FROM THE STATE. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE THEFT, KARPOV’S RELATIVES BOUGHT AT LEAST 1.3 MILLION DOLLARS OF PROPERTY AND CARS.

15 January 2008: Major Karpov tried to question the Hermitage Fund lawyer who had filed the complaint about his abuse of office, violating Russian law that specifically bans questioning lawyers as witnesses.

5 February 2008: Hermitage Fund lawyers succeeded in getting a criminal case opened to investigate the theft of the three Hermitage Fund companies and the role of Major Karpov and Lt Col Kuznetsov in the theft.

26 February 2008: To punish Hermitage for filing its complaints reporting their role in the $230 million crime, Karpov and Kuznetsov retaliated by initiating a criminal case against Hermitage executives. Major Karpov together with Kuznetsov’s subordinates and an FSB officer Kuvaldin flew to the Russian republic of Kalmykia and pressured local investigators to reopen a criminal tax investigation that had been initiated by the FSB in 2004 and closed in 2005 due to lack of crime. Then they had the case moved to their control in Moscow. KARPOV OPENED A CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST THE PEOPLE WHO HIRED LAWYERS TO REPORT HIS CORRUPTION.

27 March 2008: Major Karpov continued his retaliation against the people who reported his corruption,and proceeded to open a criminal case against a London-based Hermitage Capital executive. This case, organized and led by Karpov, was determined by the Council of Europe to be an emblematic example of “politically-motivated abuse of the criminal justice system.” (The Council of Europe Report was adopted on August 7, 2009.)

5 June 2008: Sergei Magnitsky gave his first witness testimony to Investigator Gordievsky of the Southern District of Moscow Prosecutor’s Office about the theft of the Hermitage Fund companies and the role of Major Karpov and Lt Col Kuznetsov in this theft. At this point he did not yet have full evidence of how these officers and their accomplices organised the fraudulent tax refunds to rob the government of $230 million in previously paid taxes. Magnitsky and his lawyer arrived early for the testimony and they saw officer Kuznetsov in Gordievsky’s office. Sergei asked why Lt Col Kuznetsov was there and Investigator Gordievsky explained that Kuznetsov was appointed to the investigation team under this criminal case. Sergei Magnitsky then explained that Kuznetsov was one of the people Gordievsky should be investigating for the theft, not working with on the investigation. KUZNETSOV, ONE OF MAJOR KARPOV’S PARTNERS IN THE THEFT WAS NOW IN CHARGE OF INVESTIGATING HIMSELF AND MAJOR KARPOV.

June-July 2008: Sergei Magnitsky discovered the stolen companies were used by the criminals to steal $230 million from the Russian budget.

23 July 2008: Hermitage Fund lawyers filed formal complaints with the Russian government and law enforcement bodies regarding $230 million in stolen budget funds and the lack of an investigation into the perpetrators who also stole the Hermitage Fund companies.  The complaints included substantial evidence of the role played by Karpov and Kuznetsov and reiterated details previously submitted in the Hermitage Fund’s complaints beginning 3 December 2007.

20 August 2008: One month after the filing of the Hermitage Fund’s complaints about the stolen budget funds and the absence of any investigation into corrupt Interior Ministry officers, the Interior Ministry searched the offices of all the Russian lawyers representing the Hermitage Fund (from four different law firms in total). In a further act of intimidation, the Hermitage lawyers received summonses from the Interior Ministry for questioning as witnesses in relation to the theft and corruption they reported on behalf of their client. Shortly thereafter a criminal case was brought against two Hermitage lawyers who had filed complaints reporting the crimes. These two lawyers realized that staying in Russia would endanger their safety.

7 October 2008: Sergei Magnitsky testified again stating that Major Karpov and Lt Col Kuznetsov were involved in the theft of the Hermitage companies and abuse of office, and that they were unlawfully prosecuting the Hermitage lawyers who reported them.

12 November 2008: Deputy Head of the Interior Ministry’s Investigative Committee Oleg Logunov, orders that Lt Col Kuznetsov and his three subordinates (Droganov, Tolchinsky and Krechetov) be made part of the investigative team pursuing a retaliatory criminal case against Hermitage executives. Logunov also ordered that the case target Magnitsky in retaliation for his testimony.

24 November 2008: Lt Col Kuznetsov’s subordinates arrested Sergei Magnitsky at 8am in the morning in his home in front of his wife and two children.

24 November 2008 – 16 November 2009: Lt Col Kuznetsov’s subordinates submitted false reports to seek Sergei Magnitsky’s continued detention without trial. On the basis of their reports, Russian judges refused to release Magnitsky from detention on five different occasions. Sergei Magnitsky was tortured while in custody and pressured to withdraw his testimony against officers Karpov and Kuznetsov and to falsely implicate himself and his client in the crime committed by Interior Ministry officers.

11 November 2009: Magnitsky filed a complaint with the Moscow court stating his determination to bring to trial the Interior Ministry officers who falsely imprisoned him, fabricated the case against him and tampered with the case materials.

16 November 2009: Sergei Magnitsky was reported dead by prison officials. In the previous four months Sergei Magnitsky had lost 20 kilograms, was unable to keep food down, was in constant and excruciating pain and had been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. Continuously throughout his pre-trial detention, Magnitsky was denied any further diagnostic examinations, medical treatment or pain relief — even though the prison authorities had diagnosed him as being seriously ill and requiring medical attention. During his detention, Magnitsky wrote hundreds of complaints alerting the authorities to the fact that he was being denied essential medical treatment, but they were all either ignored or denied. SERGEI MAGNITSKY DIED IN THE CUSTODY OF OFFICERS HE ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION. THE WITNESS WAS PERMANENTLY SILENCED.

January 2010: Major Karpov was promoted from the Moscow branch of the Interior Ministry to the Federal Branch, a significant promotion.

To see the complaints that have been filed click here.

File your complaints here about the crimes of the Untouchables to Russian President, the Head of the Russian Parliament and the Russian General Prosecutor.

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