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Paul Tatum

Paul Edward Tatum (1955-1996)

Paul Tat<br />um

By David Amoruso

The first time the Western world became familiar or in touch with the crime entangled Russian business scene was when American businessman Paul Tatum was murdered by unknown assailants reputedly over a business dispute. The murder sent shockwaves through the business community and had American congressmen screaming for justice after a few months it seemed like all was forgotten, Tatum as well as the corrupt Russian business scene. Maybe forgotten but hardly out of mind.

Paul-TatumPaul Tatum was born in 1955 in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated from Edmond Memorial High School. In High School Tatum already showed an enormous drive to succeed and it became clear to his fellow students and his teachers that Tatum would excel at whatever he pursued. After dropping out of college Tatum began hopping from one business deal to another doing whatever, he eventually ended up doing fundraisers for the Republican Party. Tatum first came to Russia in 1985 at the age of 29 when he was with an American trade delegation. Tatum immediately saw the potential of the Russian market and began planning his path to Russian success. In 1987 after 2 years of planning and preperation Tatum was ready to conquer Russian business, Tatum set up a business center for foreign firms in Moscow a first for the communist city. Not long after he and several other American businessmen founded Americom International Corporation. Two important associates in Americom were H.R. "Bob" Haldeman and Bernie Rome two former members of President Nixon's chief of Staff, Tatum came into contact with them while he was working as a fundraiser for the Republican Party. These 2 men helped Tatum get an 'in' with all the important people in Russia and enabled him to set up and expand his business without too much dificulties.

Paul Tatum and Mihail Gorbachov


By 1990 Tatum's big break came. The break came when Tatum's company RedAmer Partnership joined up with Radisson Hotel Corporation and signed a contract with Goskom Intourist and later the Moscow City Government that agreed to construct an American hotel combined with a business center that would go by the name Intourist Redamer Hotel and Business Center (later changed to Radisson - Slavyanskaya Hotel). A year later in the June of 1991 the Hotel opened it's doors. At the numerous parties at the hotel and business center Tatum mingled with powerful figures from Russian business, politics and eventually ,and inevitably, the Russian underworld.

The Moscow Underworld is a maze filled with a different Organized Crime group or gang on every corner. In the mid 1990s the Russian interior ministry did research on the amount of gangs in Moscow and came up with around 200 organizations, about 20 of those had branched out to other parts of the world. The Moscow underworld is made up `out` of groups from several different ethnic backgrounds. The main groups are Slavic (Russian), Georgian, Armenian and Chechen. With so many groups in Moscow Moscow business is inevitably tangled up with Organized Crime and vice versa. Organized Crime is said to control around 75% of all private businesses in Russia. With Russian criminals threatening legit business and demanding pay offs and ineffective Russian law enforcement it is not surprising then that the demand for private security sky rocketed seeing to it that across Russia private security businesses stepped into the forground. In 7 years 25.000 Russian security firms were established employing between half a million to a million workers. These workers are mainly ex Spetznaz commando's or war veterans who are desperately seeking money and would rather stay legit then go into crime. The funny and dangerous thing about these security firms is however that most of them are controlled by Organized Crime groups. With this concrete basis Organized Crime has a lockdown on the entire legit business world in Russia. It was this shady world that Paul Tatum was slowly becoming part of.

Radisson SlavianskayaTatum's Hotel was doing good business and things went great, a little inconvienant for business was the August 1991 Russian Coup but after the frenzy died down Tatum emerged even more powerful. It is rumored that he was the one responsible for a direct phoneline between the White House and Gorbachov's camp. After the coup things settled down again and Tatum went back to business. A business that was ever changing. In 1992 Goskom Intourist was liquidated and the Moscow City Government became a new partner in the deal. No big deal for Tatum at first, his company still owned 80% of the 50% (50% that belonged to the American partners in the deal, the other 50% belonged to the Russian companies and Moscow City Government) of the property. But with the Moscow City Government came a partner that held a lot of power, more than any of the other partners in the deal. The Moscow City Government had connections throughout the Russian government and it's system, it could pressure anyone to give in to their demands and their demands would become clear very fast.

Umar DzhabrailovPaul Tatum and The Moscow City Government had a quiet working relationship for about 2 years after that it started to rumble. In January of 1995 problems arose with the General Director of the American Partnership. The American hadn't received his Russian visa and wasn't going to receive one either. The loss of the General Director was a big blow for Tatum because now that position would be taken over by someone from the Russian partnership. Umar Dzhabrailov was named General Director. Dzhabrailov was a Chechen who had heavy connections within the Moscow City Government and used those connections to get into the position of General Director. But those weren't the only connections Umar Dzhabrailov had, several law enforcement agencies including the F.B.I. and Interpol list Dzhabrailov as a member of Chechen Organized Crime. A report in the Russian press went even further calling Dzhabrailov a "known contract killer and one of a handful of Chechen mafia bosses operating in Moscow." Dzhabrailov doesn't deny his ties to Organized Crime but says they are "only social". With Dzhabrailov as General Director things made a turn for the worse for Paul Tatum.

Paul Tatum didn't realize it that fast but the Russian partnership had made ousting him it`s priority....by any means possible. While Tatum went about his business the Russian side showed it's teeth. On St Valentine's Day 1995 one of Tatum's bodyguards was found beaten and stabbed in the chest with a pen knife. The bodyguard also had a message from his attackers: "Tell Paul it's high time he left for home." Most businessmen would've gotten the message and would've left town immediately, but not Paul Tatum. Tatum had grown a fondness for the Moscow nightlife, the clubs, the women. Tatum had enough money and liked to spend it and some even say he started acting like a mobster throwing around cash and surrounding himself with gorgeous women. Meanwhile the cold war for control of the Hotel and business center continued. Tatum had upped his bodyguards and after the attack on his bodyguard took extra security measures he now always had his bodyguards guard empty rooms so no one could plant bombs in them. He also decided to fight Dzhabrailov in the media he called him a "genuine Mafioso" who "has threatened he can kill me at any time" The fight had turned ugly and was now spilling from the boardrooms onto the public scene.

After months of warring between the Tatum and Dzhabrailov in February 1996 it looked like there would be a solution to Tatum's problems. The solution was to bribe Dzhabrailov and the Moscow City Government. If Tatum would pay the sum of $1 millions dollars to a certain person all his troubles would end. $500.000 dollars would go to the Moscow City Government and the other $500.000 dollars would go to Dzhabrailov so that he would resign or step down as General Director. But instead of paying Tatum decided to take the matter to court. Tatum sued the Russian partners for $35 million dollars additional payments and payment of damages. In the media Tatum remained defiant as ever saying "They will have to shoot me to get rid of me" Things were heating up and Tatum was bracing himself for the hit. He now had said goodbye to the fast nightlife of Moscow preferring to stay in his Hotel in suites 850 and 852. Tatum was now told repeatedly by U.S. embassy oficials to leave Russia, Tatum replied in U.S.A. Today with: "I feel like I'm fighting a one-man battle." "They'd rather pay than stand up and fight." On September 30, 1996 Tatum went even further when he published a full page ad in a Moscow paper directed to Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov:

"Yuri M. Luzhkov: I must tell you that not one person here in Russia or abroad is fooled. All know of the dangerous activities. I implore you to show the world your resolve and commitment to become the catalyst to solve these grave problems-peacefully, efficiently, with fairness and justice for the investor and for the legal agreements under which their original activities were created. The world now awaits this signal. This is your choice and your crossroads. Where do you stand, Yuri M. Luzhkov? In the shadows or the bright sunlight?"

It would be Tatum's last defiant gesture.

Paul Edward TatumOn November 3rd, 1996 around 5.00 PM Paul Tatum left his Hotel and headed towards the Kievskaya metro station, where he had arranged to meet someone. When Tatum arrived there with his bodyguards the person he was supposed to meet wasn't there, instead a man walked up towards Tatum and shot him 11 times from 5 meters distance with an AK-47. Tatum's bodyguards did nothing to protect there boss, the killer dropped his weapon and fled the scene unharmed. Tatum's bodyguards rushed their wounded boss to the hospital but to no avail Paul Tatum died shortly after his arrival. Shortly after the news of Tatum's death Dzahrailov and the Moscow City Government took undisputed control of the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel and businesscenter. He denied any role in the Tatum murder but did say: "What goes around, comes around". Dzahrailov also saw to it that a planned memorial service at the hotel was nixed as well as Tatum's wishes to be buried at the prestigious Novodevichy Cemetery. Tatum was eventually cremated and interred in the Moscow Novodevitsji cemetary. "Paul never learned it was their country," said Tatum's Americom associate Bernie Rome. "He was like a bull in a china shop. He didn't understand you have to play by Russian rules. It's all very sad."

Tatum's murder shows how corrupt Russian business had become. Russian business is controlled by Organized Crime groups and powerfull businessmen who use strong arm tactics and criminal ways to get deals done. With Russian law enforcement and the Russian courts inefective Russian business has absorbed Mafia tactics to get it's demands done. It will be interesting to see how and if Russian business will ever de-criminalize and return to normal business procedures such as sueing each other over a business dispute instead of putting out a murder contract.

Paul Tatum funeral

It is interesting that the relatives not take the body to the United States, and Paul was interred in Kuntsevo Cemetery, Moscow.

Paul Tatum tomb

On the monument orthodox cross but I think that Paul was a catholic, because it american.Orthodox cross here possibly mean that he was buried in ortodox country with ortodox traditions.

I think he talking about Paul Tatum


Video of murder of businessman in Moscow

Here is video of murder of Solomon Gavrilov.

Murder of Vor v zakone

News is not new but has to be here.At 7th of February 2009 in Moscow was killed Vor v zakone Alik Minalian (Alik Sochinskiy.Vor of Kavkaz). His friend was wounded on his back.

Alik Minalian


On the video at 1:12 minute talk about accident that happened on the same day in the Tula Oblast(Tula).
On roadside was found burned Mercedes with two bodies inside:man and woman.Before burn the car passengers were shot.

Tumba de Alik Minalian


P.S:some people say that Alik was apelsin (the orange). But not orange as color, orange as fruit.Apelsin is Vor v zakone who never was in prison.

Russian mayor with wife gunned down

tuchkovoThe mayor of a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) west off Moscow and his wife were found dead in their house on Sunday, investigators said.

Vitaly Ustimenko and his wife were found with multiple stab wounds, a police official said.

Ustimenko was the mayor of the town of Tuchkovo with population of over 18,000, for only too months, a local police source said.

"Reports on the murder came to police late in the evening. Investigators are working at the scene," an official spokesman for the Investigation Committee in the Moscow region said, giving no further details


Almaz-Antey lost employee

Today in Moscow was shot the chief of department of «Concern PVO «Almaz-Antey» Andrey Barabenkov

According to law enforcement officers after murder the offender was looking something in the car and then fled.

- Casual witness saw a how two mans after shot went in different sides, and a third began to rummage in the cabin - told L!FE.ru source in law enforcement. - He took from car three bags and fled.

I want to say that on 6 June 2003 in Moscow, was shot dead the acting director of Concern PVO Almaz-Antey Igor Klimov. According to the basic version, the murder is connected with professional activity Klimov and has a contract character. As reported in "Almaz", 26 June, was to be held shareholders' meeting, during which wanted to choose a general director.

Bullet for Yaponchik

Today in Moscow was an attempt at a vor v zakone Viacheslav Ivankov known as Yaponchik.

The shot was taken from the sniper rifle with telescopic sights when the Yaponchik left the cafe.Bullet pleased Ivankov in stomach.Wounded he taken to hospital where doctors are struggling for his life.And i think struggling under the pistols.

Shoot was made from this car

Wife of Ivankov

Ivankov had surgery but the condition is heavy.

Surveillance camera video

Criminal Russia

S-hodka of vor v zakone

S-hodka is meeting for address issues.Here are 37 vor v zakone:36 caucasians and 1 slavonian from Belorussia.

Criminal Russia

Russian police attacks 2 Cayenne's in attempt to arrest Moscow bankrobbers

Russian police is looking for a Porsche Cayenne that is carrying 4 bankrobbers that robbed a bank and killed a bank employee, crazy enough a black Porsche Cayenne Turbo matches the exact description including a 177 177 license plate but it's not the right one.... Only after attacking the cayenne and dragging the drivers out they find out about their mistake.

BMW vs Police

Snow Bars

It Bars(Snow Bars,Irbis),Bars in russian is Snow Leopard.

Nice video with Bars


Since the beginning of the month in Moscow was at least 3 shootings.Two firsts occurred the night of 6 May.First was Mercedes with azerbaijanian businessman who died on way to hospital and then tried to kill dagestan buisinessman but he survived.

A week later, on Cherkizovo market in Moscow was killed in BMW two azerbaijanian.


Say that the reason of the noise is construction business of Moscow.

Criminal UAE:Murder of Sulim Yamadayev

Former Chechen rebel commander Sulim Yamadayev, a bitter rival Kremlin-appointed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, was critically wounded in an assassination attempt in Dubai on Saturday, Russian newspapers reported Monday. In September, Sulim's brother Ruslan, a deputy in Russia's lower house of parliament, was shot dead in an apparent contract killing in central Moscow.

The brothers were part of a powerful Chechen clan who fought the Kremlin during the first secessionist war in the early 1990s, before changing sides. In 2004, they were named Heroes of Russia, one of the country's highest honours.

Sulim Yamadayev challenged Kadyrov, another former rebel, for control over Chechnya's security forces until last summer, when he was dismissed from the military and forced to flee.

A rash of high-profile killings of Chechens in Moscow and abroad last month has spooked exiles from the war-torn Caucasus region and cast suspicion on Kadyrov.

Kadyrov has denied links to Ruslan Yamadayev's shooting and the murders of three Chechens in Vienna and Istanbul, calling such accusations an attempt to seed disorder and blacken his name.

On photo Sulim Yamadayev with Ramzan Kadyrov

Russian daily Moskovsky Komsomolets said Yamadayev had been attacked by unidentified gunmen in an underground garage at his home in Dubai mid-afternoon on Saturday.

He was hit by three bullets to the chest and shoulder, according to reports.

"I am now in the hospital in Dubai," the paper quoted Yamadayev's younger brother Isa as saying on Sunday.

"Sulim is in a poor state, unconscious, no one is allowed in the see him. But I think he will pull through. I hope... There have been so many attempts on his life."

In a conflicting earlier report, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency WAM cited Dubai's police chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim as saying on Saturday that a younger Chechen man, Suleyman Madov, had been killed in what looked like a closely planned murder.

"It is obvious that the murderer knew the victim very well, and knew where he lives and parks his car," Tamim was quoted as saying.

A suspect identified by Dubai's authorities in the attack was able to escape the scene, daily Kommersant said Monday.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates' Premier Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is to hold talks in Moscow on Monday with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin press service said.

Sulim Yamadayev was commander of Vostok, a pro-Kremlin Chechen battalion, that is oft cited among Russia's most experienced and battle-hardened troops for its role fighting separatists rebels in the republic.

But local media reported in April that animosities between Yamadayev and Kadyrov had culminated in clashes between Vostok and Kadyrov's security forces.

Russian military officials have denied rumors of a shootout between the rival pro-Kremlin forces.

Last week, Medvedev backed lifting a federal anti-terrorism security regime in place since 1999 in a move that underlines Kremlin support and looks likely to boost Kadyrov's power.

Yamadayev, for his part, was relieved of command over Vostok in May over charges of kidnapping and illegal detentions.

The charges were later dropped, and, before being finally dismissed by the military in August, Yamadayev led Vostok troops in Russia's brief war with Georgia in August.

He could be assassinated by islamic extremists for the destruction in Chechnya islamic leader Abu al-Valida.

Video of conflict of Kadyrov and Badrudi Yamadaev(junior brother of clan Yamadaev)which had been fatally wounded two soldiers «Vostok»

Criminal Russia:Murder of Ruslan Yamadayev

Ruslan (Khalid) Bekmirzayevich Yamadayev (December 10, 1961 – September 24, 2008) was a Chechen military leader and politician.More information

Video of murder

Killer on Audi,not BMW.

Russian Criminal News:Sturm apartment with bandits in Vladivostok.

Today in Russia in Vladivostok were liquidated three bandits suspects in the recent attack on businessmen from China.
The attack resulted in the chinese with gunshot wounds of varying degrees of severity were taken to hospital, one of them died from injuries received.
Bandits defend from grenade cup discharge and automatic weapons.
All three criminals killed during the operation.
At 55 seconds of video can be seen as due to smoke the bandits went to the balcony with guns and they killed.

Alix Lambert's The Mark of Cain

Docimental movie about russian criminal tattoo,very interesting.