Colonel-General Gennady Zhidko was removed from his post as deputy defense minister in connection with the beginning of the failures in the war with Ukraine, for which he was responsible this summer. However, as it turned out, in the current Ministry of Defense, all generals are irreplaceable. As the VChK-OGPU telegram channel found out, having lost the post of deputy minister, Zhidko did not go into civilian life. According to the extract from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, he was “demoted” to the post of commander of the Eastern Military District, which he still occupies to this day.

In the Eastern Military District, commanded by former Deputy Defense Minister Zhidko, there are interesting shots. In the VVO there is a kind of "face" - Ivan Taraev. A man with a very interesting biography and connections.

Иван Тараев begins a story about Colonel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Taraev Ivan and his relative Giga Gigava and their high-ranking patrons.

Giga Archilovich Gigava is a native of the city of Ochamchira, Georgian USSR. In 2005 he moved from Georgia to Russia. According to the operational reports of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow, Giga Gigava was repeatedly detained, including on suspicion of committing a crime under part 3 of article 161 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (robbery).

Gigava has corruption ties in the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow and the Moscow Region, in particular in the Western Administrative District and the Odintsovo District.

Constantly holds "business" meetings in trendy restaurants and cafes. After moving to Russia, for a long time he lived with his relative (the husband of his cousin) and patron - Ivan Stepanovich Taraev.

Гига Гигава

Ivan is a very interesting character. His father Stepan Ivanovich Taraev, served in the military in various senior positions in the maritime department of the Red Banner Transcaucasian Border District of the KGB of the USSR. From the middle of 1990, he held the position of head of the department for military mobilization work in Sochi.

Ivan Taraev himself was born and raised in Tbilisi, where he acquired extensive connections in the underworld. He had his own criminal "brigade". However, according to a source, his fate was drastically changed by one of the showdowns, where he met Sulim Yamadayev, at that time the commander of the Vostok battalion of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Moscow Region. Taraev was enlisted in the staff of the Vostok battalion in rank of lieutenant. But is it really appropriate to go as a lieutenant with such a friend as Sulim? Soon a good opportunity turned up to prove himself. The war began in Georgia, better known as the "five-day war." From there, Taraev returned to Moscow with diplomas and medals. However, as they say, the music did not play for long. Yamadayev was killed in Dubai, Vostok was disbanded, and Taraev fell into dark times. Authority was rapidly declining, and soon after another hit on a businessman, a criminal case was opened against Taraev, he was arrested and placed in Moscow SIZO-3 " Presnya".

In April 2010, Taraev, along with 27-year-old native of North Ossetia Artur Bichilov, was detained by SOBR in the Skazka Vostoka restaurant on Frunzenskaya Embankment on charges of robbing businessman Sergei Merzlov.

During a search of Taraev's apartment, 3 hunting rifles, a Makarov pistol, a Makarych traumatic pistol, 3 shooting pens chambered for a 9-mm cartridge, 9 knives and a lot of ammunition were confiscated from Taraev. In addition, more than 20 certificates of various special services in the name of the detainee were found. During this search, a crocodile living there on a chain was discovered in the jacuzzi of Taraev's apartment.

However, after 9 months of investigation, the case was reclassified from “robbery causing damage on an especially large scale” to “arbitrariness”.

In December 2010, at hearings held behind closed doors at the Moscow Garrison Military Court, the victim Sergei Merzlov renounced his claims against Taraev and petitioned for the termination of the criminal case against him. As a result, the case was closed.

At the end of 2010, after leaving the pre-trial detention center and taking a breath, Ivan decided to rejoin the armed forces of the Russian Federation and went to bow to the chief of staff of the Volga-Ural (later Central) Military District, Sergei Surovikin, now commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces. Acquaintance with such a high-ranking officer Taraev was naturally obliged to Sulim Yamadayev. Of course, a combat general should probably be more attentive to his surroundings and not enter into very toxic contacts, but at that time personnel decisions were often made without looking back and checking.

Having sworn allegiance to Surovikin, who, in his new position in Yekaterinburg, needed support and assistance on the spot, Taraev, after being reinstated in military service and receiving a position at the headquarters of the Central Military District, actually became his shadow adjutant.

According to a source, while serving in Yekaterinburg under the command of General Surovikin, Ivan Taraev and Gigi Gigava met Yevgeny Bakharev, an employee of the CSS of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Ural Federal District, who then managed to transfer to a similar position in the Moscow region. The fate of Yevgeny Bakharev has already been told by the Cheka-OGPU.

It is worth noting that for a long time Gigawa illegally tried to get Mr. citizenship of the Russian Federation. But he managed to do this only after Evgeny Bakharev took the post of deputy head of the Main Directorate of Internal Affairs of the Moscow Region. With the help of Bakharev, Gigava was issued a Russian passport on a reimbursable basis.

The whole piquancy of this story with Gigava’s documents is that from 2005 to 2017 he actually lived illegally in Russia and at the same time managed to look like a tough bandit, then a GRU officer who was issued a letter for participating in the operation to “force Georgia to peace » for the signature of the President of the Russian Federation Medvedev.

It is worth noting that Taraev is currently an active colonel in the Russian Armed Forces, and his last position was head of the international military cooperation department of the Eastern Military District.

The younger brother of Ivan Taraev, Albert, also a native of Tbilisi, is also very famous in the circles of small deciders.

In 2014, Albert Taraev, in order to organize and conduct gambling with the extraction of income on an especially large scale, created a criminal community in Moscow. As follows from the decision to initiate a case, during the period of its criminal activity, this organized crime group has derived income in the amount of at least 69 million rubles.


In this regard, Albert Taraev, Vitaly Kovalenko and Sergey Bochkov were charged with committing crimes under Articles 210 (organization of a criminal community) and 171.2 (illegal organization and conduct of gambling) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

According to a source, the illegal organization and conduct of gambling was covered by the detective of the 1st operational-search unit of the economic security and anti-corruption department (ORCH OEB and PC) of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Central Administrative District of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow Alexander Kirillin.

In the end, Albert Taraev was able to jump off the real term of punishment by testifying against his accomplices Vitaly Kovalenko, Sergey Bochkov and Alexander Kirillin. It is possible that the brother's high-ranking connections worked here too.

To be continued

Timofey Zabiyakin