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

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 August 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 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 (25)

I guess I don't get it having recently taken the train from Moscow to Beijing in October when it was snowing in Irkutsk.. Siberia looked great and the people were great. Perhaps the graduates were hoping for an assignment where traffic is light, vodka is cheap, and the air is clean. It is odd that Moscow is giving away hectares of land away in the East yet using the East as punishment for government employees who don't do what is expected.
Jim Swint, Tvedestrand, Norway
07/11/2017 20:36
I want out of this place and Vlad knows it. Kill the witch and get me out! I need new clothes and an American Express Master Card with lots of cash added at regular intervals. And if you were abused the UN and lets dance.
03/11/2017 05:35
Please explain somebody to a dummy Finn: What made this graduation parade so "indecent" and "betrayal"? That they used Mercedeses, German cars? That they made it so public, though they should stay away from publicity, being "secret agents"? I didn't get it from the article. And where did they get so many special cars? Was this the transgression?
Helen, Helsinki / Finland
01/11/2017 01:51
It’s amazing how they managed to achieve so much. It’s always nice to hear and be inspired by such success stories. Thanks!
StephanieRMontgomery, usa
07/10/2017 00:48
i agree with michael jon houston and Steve Kasti. Putin, at least built underground bunkers in case of nuclear war FOR THE PEOPLE to hide in. OUR govt is bulding them FOR THEMSELVES, not the american people. What does THAT tell you about OUR govt! and now...all we see is our own spiteful congress and senate trying to make life hell for our president. it makes me sick! at least putin is FOR his people. OUR govt wants to kill us all off, and make the ones left, into their freakin slaves! satan has really gained some ground here, let me tell ya! im really hating my govt right now.
Becky, Tennessee, USA
29/07/2017 08:40
I know I shouldn't be laughing but you need to promote the leader that organized this parade of Mercedes. Vladivostok wouldn't be such a bad place and if they could be part of catching the US CIA trying to spy on your naval base they would get to a warmer city in the future. Wait! Moscow is not warm in the winter.
Aarky, Ft Smith, USA
28/07/2017 03:59
You American traitors should be locked up too.
Ron, Ashford
18/03/2017 20:32
Where are they now?
Doc, US
13/01/2017 10:09
I agree with Steve,(above comment)., actually, I think many Russians might be surprised at how many of us are "Vlad Fans"., Most of us, ...well, maybe half of us, admire your leader., I hope our new president and Mr. Putin get along well., though our government currently seems to be trying to antagonize him, the PEOPLE here generally like, and admire the Russian people, and hope that relations improve to the point where trust can be gained and maintained., right now, we have a few rogue elements in our government who make trusting our side ...difficult., (that was diplomatic, huh?)., the "New World Order" should be EVERYBODYS enemy #1., I just found this paper, I like it., I plan to be a regular reader., ...oh, almost forgot, I've got some possible campaign slogans ready in case your president ever decides to toss his hat in the ring over here., here they are..."You Darn Tootin' I'm Rootin' for Putin !", and "Vlad Ain't Bad!".,...(Vlad,..."call me",...I'm available in 2020.)
michael jon houston, spokane,washington USA
27/12/2016 05:08
It saddens me that the FSB rightly punishes for this, while here in the USA our versions (CIA, FBI) can and do get away with murder, regime change, and crimes against humanity but here in the US they are called a hero. How difficult is it to migrate to Russia and away from war crime nation?
Steve Kastl, Raleigh, NC, USA
07/11/2016 02:11

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