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Yury Chaika was born in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur (Khabarovsk kray) in 1951. In 1972 after serving in the army, he entered Sverdlovsk Institute of Law where he met Yury Skuratov. After getting a degree he began his career in the public prosecution bodies, first he was on probation, then served as an investigator and later as a deputy district prosecutor of Irkutsk region.
1973-1984 transport prosecutor of the town of Tayshet in Irkutsk region
1983 head of investigative department of East-Siberian Transport Prosecutor's office. Noticeably he was the first prosecutor to bring gangsterism charges.
1984-1992 He hold the position of instructor in the administrative department of Irkutsk regional branch of the Communist Party. He was a first deputy Irkutsk Region prosecutor, head of a department of Irkutsk regional branch of the Communist Party and East-Siberian transport prosecutor.
1992 Irkutsk Region prosecutor. The media said that he helped to close the Kozyrev brothers criminal case (3 businessmen affiliated to mafia - Magomet, Murat and Bashir (Vakhi) who moved from Ingushetia to settle in Irkutsk. Later Bashir became a member of the state Duma as Ingushetia's representative).
1995 first deputy prosecutor general of the Russian Federation. It was prosecutor general Yury Skuratov who nominated Chaika.
1999 After Skuratov's suspension Chaika was made an acting prosecutor general. He supported the suspension of the ex-boss and said that the suspension was lawful.
1999 minister of justice of Russia
23 June 2006 the Federal Council of Russian parliament appointed him a prosecutor general
June 2007 The president of Russia asked Chaika and his office to control funds for the Olympics.
While in office he effectively prosecuted ex-head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the chairman of the board of directors of MENATEP Group Platon Lebedev, who are now serving their time in far-off camps of Baikal Region and in the north.
Order of Merit for the Fatherland (4th class)
Order of Honour
Medal for martial valour
He is a meritorious lawyer and honourable worker of the prosecution bodies of Russia
Chaika is married and brings up 2 children. His wife Yelena has a degree in teacher-training. She is a housewife who owns half of the flat (203.6 square metres), a land plot (4300 square metres), non-residential premises and a Mercedes-Benz. His elder son Artem is a lawyer and businessman who co-founded a number of companies. He is a business partner of Bashir Kodzoev, a deputy of the state Duma, who represents Ingushetia. His younger son Igor entered the Academy of Law in 2006.
There was a jailhouse riot in the camp ST-2 (Tulun, Irkutsk Region) in 1979. Inmates Khasanshin and Kupriyanov who were heavy drug addicts said that investigation group member Chaika had brought marijuana to their ward, offering it in exchange to the testimony he needed. Kupriyanov wrote a statement in the name of Pel'she. The details found in a party archive turned up during the perestroyka.
Source: The New Times, 14.05.2007
Since the early 90s Chaika and Nikolay Nebudchikov were colleagues. Later they became friends. Nebudchikov rose to the rank of an inter-district prosecutor and in 1991 knocked together a criminal group. The prosecutor's gang committed mostly contract-killings and extortion. They were caught by chance (some are still on loose). The trial was closed. These events happened when Chaika was a regional prosecutor. Nikolay Nebudchikov has never been found guilty.
Source: Novoye Vremia, ¹ 13-14, 14.05.2007
In the mid 90s Chaika decided to construct a building for the newly-opened Institute of Law in Irkutsk. The government allocated money to the works. The examination hold by the FSB officers discovered that the records of construction works were doctored. The damage made up over $ 1.5 million. Deputy chief of the FSB Aleksandr Nikolyuk informed Anatoly Merzlyakov, Chaika's succeessor at the post of regional prosecutor, and offered to institute criminal proceedings. Merzlyakov refused point-blank and decided to shelve the case. However when in summer 1998 the information finally reached Moscow, a group of FSB officers and federal prosecutors was sent to Irkutsk. The investigation proved everything. The evidence went to Moscow, but FSB and Prosecutor General's office agreed on not giving the case publicity.
Source: Baykalskaya otkritaya gazeta, 13.10.1999
On March 9, 1999, the anti-crime unit of Moscow region police detained Syzyr Chumakov and Ibragim Yevloyev on suspicions of $60.000 extortion. They extored money from Formpost firm, registered in Odintsovo. Chumakov and Yevloev drove a Daewoo Leganza with registration number o682oo (such numbers usually belong to VIPs and nicknamed 'blatnoy' meaning thieves'). The police withdrew a revolver, RGD-5 grenade, heroine and special permission which exempted the car from the pull-overs (issued for Yury Chaika). The car belonged to the younger son of Yury Chaika, Artem. They drove the car by his warrant.
Artem Chaika gave evidence to provide an alibi for Yevloyev. He said when the extortion took place both of them were at the airport awaiting Artem's flight to Irkutsk.
Source: Kommersant newspaper, 27.09.2000
In 2002-2003 Artem Chaika's business was expanding dramatically. Thanks for the bailiffs who were under unofficial guardship of Yury Sindeev, the head of the main organisation and inspection department of the Prosecutor General's Offices. Junior Chaika and his business partners, including member of the state Duma Bashir Kodzoev, tried to take control of the Upper Lena River Steamship Company. They also supported Continental Management company (a subsidiary of the Bazovy Element) in their bid to acquire Bratsk and Kotlas pulp-and-paper plants, the leaders of Russian forestry industry. In 2004 the war broke out with an aim to raid Moscow Public Transport Agency (JSC). The justice ministry workers (covertly controlled or directly subjugated to Yury Sindeev) were involved in the corporate raids.
Source: The Moscow Post 25.06.10
February 2007 brought a major scandal related to Yury Chaika. For 15 years Chaika's old friend Sergey Zubarev was the mayor of Irkutst district (municipal unit in the south-east of Irkutsk region with the center in the city of Irkutsk). This district is a prestigious residential area with the land used for construction of elite cottages. The authorities gave 1.5 hectare land plot to Akvamarin Company (Limited Liability Company). The company was founded by mayor's close relatives. Another plot (9 hectares) was given to a firm owned by Zubarev's son-in-law Nasonov. 34 hectores went to God knows whom and at unknown price: there was no bidding, and not one single pence of taxes went to the local budget. The civil services has long ago been divided between the firms owned by Zubarev's relatives. They feel absolutely safe and protected by the city prosecutor's office (incidentally the city prosecutor is Anatoly Merzlyakov, Chaika's old friend and former deputy). While Chaika convened a conference of heads of law-enforcement agencies of the Siberian Federal District, people held a meeting outdoors, protesting against bribery and hushing up.
Source: The New Times, 14.05.2007
According to the tax return, in 2009 Chaika earned much less than his first deputy, the head of investigative committee Aleksandr Bastrykin. His income was just 2.16 million of roubles, compared to Bastrykin's 6.29 million. But Chaika is a married man. His wife's income was 6.36 million of roubles and she purchased Mercedes E350 4M. The register of legal entities says she has been managing «Artikul 2001» Limited Liability Company (registered in Moscow) since 2003.
Source: Vedomosti newspaper, 07.05.2010
Yury Chaika is very cautious, but even he was unable to disguise his son's criminal business. It is rumoured that Artem Chaika controls Solidarnost Limited Liability Company. The company was a lucky buyer of a lucrative chunk of state property - 4th largest Russian salt deposit Tyretsky Salt Mine JSC. The assets were bought for 660.6 million roubles (with opening price of 639.6 million)
Solidarnost had to add just 21 million for this super-profitable asset. Moreover 9 companies were excluded from the auction.
The owner of Solidarnost is Nikolay Kulgayev, who manages RTI-Tsent Plus Limited Liability Company, owned by Mikhail Karamushka. According to Russia's Property Agency, Karamushka and Kulgayev are affiliated to Artem Chaika and Solidarnost represents his business interests.
Source: The Moscow Post, 25.11.2010
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