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'Sent to Siberia' - rookie FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow

By The Siberian Times reporter
21 July 2016

Gelandewagen parade videos leads to 'career change' as Russia demands highest standards from secret servicemen.

FSB veterans spoke of 'treason' and 'betrayal'. Picture: Ren TV

A brash parade of FSB Academy graduates in a cortege of black Mercedes Gelandewagens, horns blaring, met with horror from veteran spies but also the Russian authorities. The best agents stay in the shadows, but in their graduation celebration this basic rule was forgotten. 

At the time the Kremlin declined to comment, instead making clear that the FSB Academy and the service itself should take action - and now they have. 

Those responsible were given an ultimatum to leave the service, or face postings to the other side of Siberia, in Chukotka, or Kamchatka, it was reported. 

'The main part of FSB Academy graduates who took part in the ride of Gelandewagen cars were sent to serve in Chukotka and Kamchatka detachments,' reported Life.ru tabloid. 

'The graduates were offered either to agree and to go to these remote regions near the border, or to resign. Almost all chose the first option.'

FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow


FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow


FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow


FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow


'Sent to Siberia' - rookie FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow


'Sent to Siberia' - rookie FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow
Violating the basic principle of serving FSB, the Moscow Academy graduates. Pictures: Ren TV


A source told the news outlet: 'It was important for the FSB leadership to teach their graduates a lesson for such a provocative behaviour.'

Yet despite the 'indecent and demonstrative behaviour' and the 'anger' it caused, it was decided 'not to withdraw their chance to serve in the FSB'.

A way back to Moscow has been allowed for those graduates who service their time in the Russian Far East and 'demonstrate exceptional professional skills'.

A statement from the FSB made clear the incident flouted the code of ethics and acceptable behaviour. 

'The leadership of the Academy are subject to disciplinary actions,' the statement continued. 'Some of the directors were reduced to lower positions, others were listed for resignation. During the internal investigation it was established that in order to dramatise the situation numerous fake video and other materials allegedly related to graduates to the Academy were used in the Internet. 

'This information will be studied in detail.'

FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow


FSB agents are punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow
FSB agents punished for 'indecent' graduation jinx in Moscow. Pictures: Ren TV


Retired Vladimir Rubanov, former head of the KGB analytics department, was quoted saying that such behaviour was a 'disgrace' and 'should not be forgiven'.

Other veterans spoke of 'treason' and 'betrayal'.

Images of the Mercedes parade were shown on the internet and the story was covered by the Russian and international media. 

Comments (5)

I used to work for the National Security Agency (NSA) in Europe. I was not allowed to leave my office building wearing my security badge as it would have given away my identity and work. Leaving the building I look like an average Joe.
Elgog Partynipple, Philadelphia USA
02/08/2016 22:39
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Oh yea, the senior FSB guys say to the new younger ones; go & spend a day in Siberia then report back on duty in Moscow, you'll be needed to shape up for the new election's in case of protests from the ordinary folk. You can misbehave on those people if you like...without punishment. Wink-wink.

-PS. I see Putin has got his way with the crooks who run the IOC. But then it takes one crook to know these other crooks in Luusanne, Switzerland.

PPS. So cheaters of the world unite, Rio, will now welcome you all with open arms.
Jaker, Dundalk
24/07/2016 22:23
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I agree with Benedikt. I think that we need to treat all of our First Responders (all over the world) with the greatest of respect and to hold everyone to the highest standards of behavior certainly. Given how beautiful the nature of Siberia is and how beautiful the women, I am just not quite convinced this is a particulalry harsh punishment but it is also all in the eye of the beholders, I realize...:-).
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
23/07/2016 20:05
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Lots of wasted spies lol
Maxim, Pribilof Islands, Alaska USA
22/07/2016 00:21
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good, let them shovel snow there. and peel potatoes. and maybe write some parking citations....Bravo
Benedikt, Moscow
21/07/2016 12:31
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