How the family of the chief of the 5th service of the FSB hides real estate worth 360 million rubles.

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The FSB Fifth Service is considered one of the main culprits for the failure of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – it was this unit that was preparing the Ukrainian “fifth column”, which was supposed to support the “special military operation” at a decisive moment, and provided Putin with an analyst on the political situation in the country. In fact, it turned out that Ukraine was ready to resist, no one provided any support for the Russian invasion, and the huge funds allocated for the “fifth column” disappeared without a trace. General Sergei Beseda is in charge of the Fifth Service, and what is happening to him now is unclear, according to rumors, he fell into disgrace and even became a defendant in a criminal case, but formally he is still listed as the head of the service. But knownthat he earns more than could be explained by legal income: as The Insider found out, the Beseda family classified real estate worth hundreds of millions of rubles, which they could not afford on their official salary.

Neither Sergei Beseda himself, nor his family members (he has two sons) have ever shone in business. However, all of them, as The Insider found out, are provided with expensive apartments. Judging by the archival data found by The Insider, the general himself was registered in a 173-meter apartment in Bolshoi Sergievsky Lane. The market value of this object is more than 100 million rubles, information about it has been removed from Rosreestr.

The youngest son, 40-year-old Alexei, is fond of music and plays records in Moscow clubs. He is known as “Aleksey Bes” aka Ranking Cat. Here is how he is presented in the announcement of one of the performances: “Vinyl collector and selector. He has been fond of reggae and Jamaican culture since a young age. When I first heard the dub mixes, King Tubby realized that this music has a powerful cultural message and the right vibe.”

Alexey Beseda (center)

In general, the general’s son tried to do business, he was a co-founder of Vending Initiative LLC, which was engaged in the installation of coffee and snack machines, but the company closed back in 2018, leaving behind debts on fines and several lost lawsuits for non-payment to suppliers. Prior to that, Alexei Beseda worked at the Togliatti JSC AvtoVAZagregat, but in 2016 the company was declared bankrupt, around the same time he returned to his homeland in Moscow. Bankrupt “AvtoVAZagregat”, a member of the board of directors of which was the son of Conversations, with a scandal: management tried for debt wages and tax evasion.

Alexey’s entire previous career was also not brilliant: until 2014, he headed the IT Invest company (now working under the ITI Capital brand), in 2015 he registered the Foton-Ik consulting company, but the company did not bring a lot of money, in 2020 in 2009, the revenue amounted to only 1.5 million rubles, and last year the joint-stock company was liquidated. Aleksey Beseda received a parallel salary at New Investment Group LLC, about 300 thousand rubles a month.

From the leak of food delivery services, it follows that the general’s son orders food at the address in the house number 23 in Bolshoi Predtechensky Lane, information about his apartment has been removed from Rosreestr along with the cadastral number. The market value of an 87-meter apartment is about 30 million rubles (Alexey’s wife, Anastasia Gulina, has no official income at all). Also, Alexei’s family owns 4.3 hectares of land in the same elite village of Akulinino, where Navalny’s team once discovered Vladimir Yakunin’s palace with a “fur coat store”. Even without taking into account the two luxurious mansions, the plot of the general’s son costs about 100 million rubles.

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Country house of Alexei Beseda

It is worth recalling that Alexey Beseda stood for offshore company, which owned the Russian enterprise Photoelectronic Devices, which undertook to launch the production of matrices for a thermal imager used in armored forces and military aviation. The enterprise received hundreds of millions of rubles from the budget, but the project failed. The board of directors of the company included Roman Rogozin, the nephew of the ex-deputy chairman of the government Dmitry Rogozin, who oversaw the military-industrial complex and lobbied for the interests of Beseda’s offshore business.

The eldest son of Beseda Alexander is also associated with Rogozin, he worked in Rosoboronexport, the government apparatus (as deputy head of the secretariat of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin), and then moved to Roskosmos following Rogozin and became chief of staff. He worked at Roscosmos until 2020. The total income of the general’s son for four years of work in the government (2016–17) and Roscosmos (2018–19) amounted to 36 million rubles. His wife, Tatyana Beseda, works for a leasing company with an annual salary of less than 3 million rubles. But his apartments from data leaks are more expensive than the total official earnings: on Chasovaya Street (10 million rubles), on Vasilyevskaya (25 million) and Profsoyuznaya (60 million), and all apartments have also been removed from Rosreestr.

Thus, the market value of housing associated with the family of the FSB general, the data on which was removed from Rosreestr, is no less than 350 million rubles. Beseda’s 69-year-old wife retired. The income of the security official himself is not disclosed, but it is known that the leaders of the FSB, even at the level of deputy director, earn about 6 million rubles a year.

Meduza, 04/08/2022, “Journalist Andrei Soldatov: FSB foreign intelligence chief Sergei Beseda transferred to Lefortovo pre-trial detention center”: The former head of the 5th FSB service, Sergei Beseda, who, according to unofficial data, was placed under house arrest shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was transferred to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. This is reported by journalist Andrey Soldatov, who specializes in Russian special services.

“His case is being handled by the Main Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee,” the journalist writes.

The 5th service of the FSB (Service of Operational Information and International Relations) includes the Department of Operational Information, which, as wrote Andrey Soldatov and Irina Borogan, performs the functions of foreign intelligence and is engaged, among other things, in attempts to keep the post-Soviet countries in Russia’s sphere of influence. According to journalists, it was he who was responsible for providing Russian President Vladimir Putin with information about political events in Ukraine on the eve of the invasion. — Inset, 04/15/2022, “The UK denies information about the arrest of FSB General Sergei Beseda”: The Main Military Investigation Department (GVSU) of the Russian Investigative Committee has no information about the arrest of FSB Colonel-General Sergei Beseda and the criminal case against him. This follows from the agency’s official response to the RTVI request. — Inset