Glushchenko Mikhail Ivanovich



Born May 5, 1957 in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR. In his young days he took great interest in boxing and eventually became the master of sports of international class.

In 1979 Glushchenko was convicted and had been compulsorily treated until January 1982.

After the treatment Glushchenko moved to Leningrad, became an active participant in the criminal wars; in the late 1980's he was one of the leaders of the Tambovskaya criminal group.

In 1993 Glushchenko was injured during the attack committed on him.

In 1995, Mikhail Glushchenko became an advisor to the then leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky in St. Petersburg, and then he ran for the Russian parliament. He entered the list of candidates from the Liberal Democratic Party offices in the Leningrad region as vice president of urban veterans association of boxing. In the same year he became Vice President of the State Duma, a member of the LDPR faction. He used to be member of the Duma Committee on defense and on geopolitics. In 1996, Glushchenko, already being a deputy, established ZAO “North-West Fuel Oil Corporation” along with the rector of Lesgaft State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Taymazov.

On the site of the State Duma the deputy was called a graduate of St. Petersburg State Academy of Refrigeration and Food Technologies.

After his parliamentary powers had expired, Glushchenko wished to continue working as an MP, but failed the election. In November 2001, he established the company "Ultra zvuk" along with businessmen Sergey and Vyacheslav Shevchenko (he also became a State Duma deputy from the LDPR second convocation in 1995).

In June 2002 Glushchenko organized non-profit partnership "Information Center" Public Initiative ", and in November of the same year Glushchenko and Taimazov set up all-Russian sports organization “Federation of French boxing in Russia”.

In 2003 Glushchenko left Russia, went to Europe, and lived Spain as well.

In June 2009 Glushchenko was arrested in St. Petersburg and was provided custody under the court’s decision in the same month. He was charged with the organization of assassinations of three Russian citizens in the Republic of Cyprus - businessmen Vyacheslav Shevchenko and Yuri Zorin, and interpretor Victoria Tretyakova - in March 2004. Up to date, Mikhail Glushchenko is under arrest.

Glushchenko was awarded a UNO medal for participation in the peacekeeping mission in Yugoslavia.

Source: www.





The crime biography of Glushchenko began in 1979 when he was convicted for the gang rape of a minor (Article 101 part 3 of the Criminal Code of the Kazakh SSR), and was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment. However, in the same year, after a forensic psychiatric examination at the Serbsky Central Institute of Forensic Psychiatry in Moscow, Glushchenko was found insane and sent for compulsory treatment in the Inter-Republic psychiatric hospital № 1 of a special type under MIA of the Kazakh SSR. Glushchenko had been until January 1982.

Source: Izvestia, 18.06.09



In the late 80's Michael Glushchenko became a member of the Tambovskoe criminal community, and engaged in money extortion from traders and businessmen in St. Petersburg. Then he was known by the nickname Trener. The interests of the Tambovskaya gangsters became crossed with other criminal groups and in 1989 in the area of St. Petersburg "Devyatkino" an armed conflict between members of criminal groups took place. Since then the Petersburg underworld parted into the Tambovskaya and the Malyshevskaya criminal gang.

Given the evidence, criminal proceedings were instituted, and in 1990, 72 members of the Tambovskaya gang were brought to trial, including its leader, Vladimir Kumarin-Barsukov; he was sentenced to four years of imprisonment. With the same disassembly the criminal career of Mikhail Glushchenko began, hitherto he had been a ordinary member of the Tambovskaya OPG (“organized crime group”). He approved himself in the armed conflict and became the leader of the so-called power block of the Tambovskaya OPG and was given the nickname Misha Khokhol. In the late 80's Glushchenko met the now dead crime boss, “thief in law” Yuri Alexeyev (Gorbaty), who supported Glushchenko and later began to effect his political career.

Sources: "Novye Izvestiya" of 23.06.2009, "Tayny Sovetnik" from 22.06.2009, "Kommersant" from 16.06.2008



In the early 90's, Mikhail Glushchenko along with his driver-bodyguard Yury Kolchin (now he is recognized by the court to be the murder customer of the Duma deputy Galina Starovoitova), were detained by the police, who found them carrying fire-arms and grenade battle. Subsequently, Yuri Kolchin took the blame upon himself, denying acquaintance with Glushchenko, and the latter was targeted in the case as a witness, though, he had been in custody as a suspect for five months. Before he got out of "Kresty", Glushchenko claimed that he had been recruited by the Turkish intelligence. Allegedly, on this purpose the foreign spies fabricated a case of rape in the early 90's against him, and then sent for treatment in the Alma-Ata psychiatric hospital. Glushchenko said that later in St. Petersburg he was found by the representatives of Turkish intelligence and proposed him cooperation - consisting of the transfer of certain classified information and the preparation of subversive activities, in particular, an explosion of Zaporozhsky tank-production plant. Glushchenko said to security officials his nickname in the CIA - John Kelton.

Sources: "Tayny Sovetnik" from 22.06.2009, "Novaya Gazeta" on 09.07.2009



In April 1993, Glushchenko’s life was attempted in St. Petersburg. One of the versions of the attempt was associated with the name of the former director of St. Petersburg Planetarium - Vahan Ayvazian. Some time before Ayvazian’s murder, he said members of the Tambovskaya OPG had been preparing an assassination attempt against him. At the same time Ayvazian turned for protection to a certain Alexander Snyatkov from the association "Zashchita"; a serious conflict began, which turned into a gunfight at once. Ayvazian instructed Snyatkov to carry out actions against the gangsters of the Tambovskaya OPG and, in particular, against Mikhail Glushchenko. But he never learnt the results as he was killed. Perhaps, the attempt and wounding of Glushchenko in 1993 was the «protection’s" responsive action to the death of Ayvazian




In 1993, Mikhail Glushchenko and Yuri Kolchin were suspected of killing Officer of the RUBOP Vladimir Trotsenko in St. Petersburg. Later members of the Kazanskaya OPG were convicted under that criminal case.

Source: "Nevskoe Vremya” № 110 (1992) on 18.06.1999



At the end of December 1995, after learning of Glushchenko’s intention to run for the State Duma, the journalists of the two television companies- from Finland and from the program "A television security service" of the St. Petersburg television came to his cottage on the Vyborg highway. But those TV journalists were beaten at the entrance to the house; Mikhail Glushchenko himself was among the attackers. Then, the Finns received death threats in case the event appeared on TV broadcasts, while the St. Petersburg journalists were taken over the videotape with the footage.

Source: “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” № 209 from 26.10.1995


Mass media reported that staff of ChOP “Baltic Escort” - owned by the close friend of Vladimir Putin’s family, Roman Tsepov - guarded Michael Glushchenko. The address of the object stated under protection in the contract between Glushchenko and the Security Company was the house of Glushchenko at Vyborgskoe highway in St. Petersburg and the office of “Baltic Escort” on the Fontanka embankment. Mikhail Glushchenko was assumed to spend a lot of time at that address.

Source: "Moscovskie Novosti" from 08.10.2004



In early 2000’s, there was a big quarrel between Michael Glushchenko and Vladimir Golubev, who was known in criminal circles as Barmaley and wanted to quit the Tambovskaya criminal group. Glushchenko called 1 million dollars on Barmaleev as compensation. As a result of the conflict, Golubev had to go hiding in Israel, and Glushchenko instructed to take over his business. During the confrontation there were explosions organized in the sites controlled by Barmaleev in St. Petersburg - the restaurant "Adamant" and the clothing market on Vasilevsky Island.

Source: from 16.02.2010



Mikhael Glushchenko is a suspect of the murder of Galina Starovoitova, which occurred on November 20, 1998. The suspicion fell on him after the arrest of Yuri Kolchin (Jura Bryansk), who was close to Glushchenko. They wrote that Glushchenko and his friend, former State Duma Deputy Vyacheslav Shevchenko, were a link between the customer and the murder of Starovoitova. At that time a member of the Federation Council of the Republic of Tuva, Lyudmila Narusova stated that Glushchenko threatened Starovoitova. In turn, Vladimir Zhirinovsky defended Glushchenko, saying that he rarely engaged in political activities and was not in conflict with Starovoitova. In April 2010, being convicted for the murder of Starovoytova, Yuri Kolchin went to bargain with investigators and called the name of the assassination customer - Sergei Shevchenko, brother of Vyacheslav Shevchenko, who was also a member of the Tambovskaya gang, thereby he tried to remove suspicion from Mikhail Glushchenko.

Sources: Kommersant »№ 218 (3057) on 20.11.2004,"Vremya Novostey” № 167 (842) on 09.09.2003,"Novaya Gazeta" on 25.06.2009



Mikhail Glushchenko was called a leader of the power block of the Tambovskaya criminal group by Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin. Glushchenko was also told to have relation to the criminal group of Vladimir Belyaev, nicknamed Bob Kemerovsky, and to the criminal group boss Igor Sbitnev (by some resources, both of them led killers’ groups in the Tambov criminal association). at one time Sbitnev was accused of assassination attempt on Mikhail Osherov - Adviser to the Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznev, as well of the last attempt on a reputable businessman Ruslan Kolyak and preparing the assassination attempt on the director general of security company "Baltic escort" Roman Tsepov. Subsequently Sbitnev was acquitted as the chief witness for the prosecution had been killed. After some time, Igor Sbitneva himself was killed - some media believed that Mikhail Glushchenko was involved in his murder.

In 2003, when Sbitnev and his companions had been accused, Glushchenko left Russia and went to Europe (presumably to Spain or Switzerland). He lived abroad until 2009. They wrote that Glushchenko actively communicated with the Greek, Spanish, Georgian and Ukrainian security services during his immigration. As for his businesses, he opened a casino in Europe on shares with a former State Duma deputy from the LDPR, the leader of the Tambovskaya OPG members Mikhael Monastyrsky. The latter died in a car accident in Switzerland in 2007.

Sources: "Tayny Sovetnik" from 22.06.2009, "Novye Izvestiya" on 23.06.2009, www. from 17.06.2008, Kommersant № 68 (2671) on 18.04.2003, Kommersant № 27 of 17.02.2003.



In 2004, there was information about the possible involvement of Mikhail Glushchenko into two high-profile murders - Ruslan Kolyak in Yalta and the criminal leader Konstantin Yakovlev in Moscow; he was close to the thieves in the law. Both of them were at odds with the Tambovskaya criminal group. Ruslan Kolyak had survived after nine assassination attempts; he openly accused Vyacheslav Shevchenko of one the attempts, the teammate of Mikhael Glushchenko from the Tambovskaya group, and Mikhail Glushchenko himself.

Sources: "Tayny Sovetnik" from 12.07.2004, "Tayny Sovetnik" from 22.06.2009



Journalists talked about Mikhail Glushchenko in 2008 as well in connection with the murder of two crime bosses in St. Petersburg, whose activity was associated with the Tambovskaya criminal gang - Gennady Urban and Alexander Bojtsov. They were members of the group by Basil Khimichev nicknamed Khimik who in his turn was under the command of Mikhail Glushchenko. The evidence of the relationship between Glushchenko and Himicheva was the fact that in 2008 the latter tried to bring a new passport in the name of Mikhail Glushchenko from St. Petersburg to Odessa (passport of Mikhail Glushchenko became invalid in 2002 when he turned 45 years old. Since then, the businessman had been living abroad without Russian passport), for that he was detained by law enforcement officials. At the same time Deputy Head of the passport service of the Vyborg district of St. Petersburg Olga Evseeva was prosecuted for the issue of the passport in the name of Michael Glushchenko to Khimichev. Supposedly, the passport was needed for Glushchenko in order to leave the United States for permanent residence, where he had some property acquired.

Sources:, «Vremya novostey" from 18.06.2009



In 2009, Mikhail Glushchenko himself came to St. Petersburg for a passport, but was arrested by the FSB Directorate. He was charged with the murder of the former State Duma deputy, member of the Tambovskaya OPG, Vyacheslav Shevchenko, businessman Yuri Zorin and interpreter Victoria Tretyakova. According to one version, Shevchenko and Zorin came into conflict with their comrades from the Tambovskaya OPG. Supposedly, in December 2003 Glushchenko demanded either a share of the business Shevchenko brothers - Slava and Sergei, and proposed them to give him the building of “Metropol” in St. Petersburg, or 10 million dollars; and in case refusal he threatened them with death. Shevchenko brothers refused, whereupon one of the brothers was killed. Despite the fact that the murder took place in Cyprus, the case was initiated in Russia - it happened because the victim Yuri Zorin was on friendly terms with the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, and the widow of Zorin asked Bastrykin for such a favor. Subsequently, another person appeared in Shevchenko-Glushchenko case - the director of the security firm “Eles", Ashot Voskanyan, formerly member of the Tambovskaya criminal group. They said that during interrogation Mikhail Glushchenko pointed to Voskanian, as one of the organizers of the Cyprus murders. However, Voskanyan did not become the suspect, but a the witness on the case.

Sources: "Novye Izvestiya" of 23.06.2009, "Vremya novostey" from 18.06.2009, "Kommersant» № 111 (4166) on 24.06.2009, "" Kommersant № 144 (4199) on 08.08.2009



At the time Mikhail Glushchenko and leader of the Tambovskaya OPG Vladimir Barsukov conflicted because of the Petersburg Fuel Company, for which share Mikhail Glushchenko claimed. Glushchenko's claims were based on the fact that he had been involved in the company opening, but still he was not included in the business. "PTK" had been after Barsukov up to his arrest.

Source: "Tayny Sovetnik" from 22.06.2009



Regarding the business interests of Glushchenko, in 2001he organized a network of gambling clubs in Ukraine, in 2003 he had a timber company in Hungary. They said that Mikhail Glushchenko was the owner of a casino in Andorra. With regard to the property: Glushchenko has his own house in Spain, in Malaga.

Sources: "Vremya novostey" from 05.10.2009, "Novaya Gazeta" on 09.09.2009, "Tayny Sovetnik" from 03.03.2003



After his arrest in 2009, Mikhail Glushchenko said that he had relation to the business of Sergey and Vyacheslav Shevchenko, who were the owners and managers of OAO "Nord", the St. Petersburg clubs "Hollywood Nites" and "Golden Doles”, OOO “Vostochnye Sladosti" , "Sever" and "Metropol". According to Glushchenko, he and Shevchenko brothers bought restaurant Neva, on the basis of which the club "Hollywood Nights"was later opened, a restaurant and casino. Glushchenko invited Alexander Sobchak as an investor in this project, first cousin at one remove of Mayor of Leningrad Anatoly Sobchak, who invested 800 thousand dollars then. According to the statements of Glushchenko, his role in joint business projects was limited to searching for investors. In 2002 the businessmen transferred part of the business into offshore in Cyprus. Subsequently Glushchenko went to Spain and lived on the money, which Shevchenko brothers transferred to him as dividends from the St. Petersburg companies. In April 2004 Glushchenko stopped receiving money from Russia, in the same month Vyacheslav Shevchenko was killed.

Source: from 14.07.2009



There was a suicide note by Vyacheslav Shevchenko posted in Internet, which he allegedly accused Mikhael Glushchenko in a number of serious crimes. In particular, in the murder of Igor Klitschko, Shevchenko's business partner, in the murder of Gennady Tuganov, coordinator of the LDPR in the North-West, who had known a lot of compromising information about Glushchenko and might have posed a risk on his political arena. As it followed from the note, Glushchenko had executed the assassination attempts on Deputy Chief of the RUBOP Nikolay Akulov, and he had also received instruction to remove Galina Starovoitova - from Stanislav Zhibrovsky, close ally to Vladimir Zhirinovsky - the murder of Starovoitova was a pay for Glushchenko's entry in the Duma. According to Shevchenko, Glushchenko participated in the murder of Paul Kapysh, head of ZAO "Baltic Financial and Industrial Group". Shevchenko accused Glushchenko of the organization of several attempts on the respected businessman Ruslan Kolyak, and then - in his murder; in an attempt to director general of the security agency "Baltic escort", Roman Tsepov. Allegedly, Glushchenko organized two unsuccessful assassination attempts on Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, Nikita Ananov. At different times he also killed several people whom Shevchenko had mentioned by the nicknames only: "Haidar", "Tormoz", "Helmanson", "Bravve", "Kirpich".

For the period of spring-summer 2010, Mikhail Glushchenko was accused of organizing the triple murder in Cyprus, due to which he had a gesture confrontation with the family of Shechvenko, whose members initiated the criminal case and the prosecution.

Source: www. from 17.06.2009