We also surprisingly found that Alexander Torshin also met frequently with Alexander Zaldostanov — the sanctioned head of the Night Wolves motorcycle gang which is a closely Putin-linked group of unofficial former GRU Spetznaz troops that physically invaded the Crimea and Ukraine in 2014 on behalf of the Russian state.
Lastly, he was apparently a close associate with the recently deceased former head of FSB’s Alpha Spetznaz named Yuri Torshin, whom the deputy Russian Central bank governor led a controversial investigation while in the Russian Federation Council because of their raid on Beslan, an incident often compared to 9/11. Torshin’s self-declared assistant is Colonel Sergey Lysyuk — a Hero of the Russian Federation honoree — for leading the Dzerzhinsky Division, which was then one of the FSB’s Vityaz Spetznaz brigades, to stop a 1993 coup attempt in Moscow, keeping Russian President Boris Yeltsin in power.
The published first photo of the Torshin with his two assistants, Col. Lysyuk and a 24-year-old Maria Butina is from August 2012, barely a year after she joined Putin’s United Russia party and ran in the Youth Primaries.
One year later, the old soldier became an honorary member of her Right to Bear Arms front group at their first “All Russia Congress” while former American Conservative Union board member Paul Erickson better known as ‘US Person #1’ and former NRA President David Keene — the ACU’s past Chairman — looked on from an English-language propaganda (photos below) covered room in Moscow on Halloween five years ago. Early the following year, Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea and annexed the territory with a vote at gunpoint.
 Col. Lysyuk got to keep the name Vityaz for his new, private army.
Russia’s Ministry of Interior placed the Vityaz and Rus special forces outfits under a single command called the 604th Special Operations center, and two years ago, that unit was folded into Putin’s personal 350,000 man bodyguard the RosGvard or Russian National Guard.
Today, Col. Lysyuk is still the apparent head of a sprawling group of private military companies named Vityaz which operate just outside Moscow, and Torshin is his very conspicuous political ally.
Vityaz is open to the public, and the movie star who recently became a Russian envoy
What makes the story of the Vityaz even more unusual is that they are open to the public, offering training courses in their own brand of Spetznaz martial arts as a counterpoint to Israeli Krav Maga. They even offered a Vityaz training package for American tourists who presumably were lined up to pay at least $32,000 for a group of 10 to train with Russian special forces.
“Torshin’s relationship with the Night Wolves leader Alexander Zaldostanov coincides with the three fateful years where the Russian plan to invade Ukraine came together, was executed and led to repercussions against the biker gang leader.
The Night Wolves are reputed to have 5,000 men, and Zaldostanov led them into Eastern Ukraine and Crimea to support operations by the Russian Federation, backing Putin’s invasion and annexation of the peninsula, plus the ensuing war of insurgency in Eastern Ukraine.
Two years before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Crimea in June 2012, the Night Wolves leader gave an award to the Russian Federation Council’s then-number two man, TorshinIt appears that Torshin accepted the award at Club Sexton, a massive nightclub owned by the Night Wolves in the middle of Moscow.
The Night Wolves were active in the United States during the time of the 2016 elections according to the Miami Herald’s Pulitzer-winning reporter Nick Nehamas, when a security company front man purchased condominiums in Miami with what was likely dirty cash, and his partner opened a biker gang called M.C. Spetznaz, which sought official recognition from the Night Wolves.
When Nehamas asked the biker group for comment on the story, they filed dissolution paperwork with Florida’s Secretary of State.
However, the Night Wolves foray into Florida, and their incorporation filings left a paper-trail definitely linking them to Alfa-Anticriminal, a private security company which shares the name of one of the FSB’s most well known special forces outfits and numerous former government agents in its ranks.”
“Then Russian Federation Council Chairman Torshin was pictured with Alpha Group’s longtime commander Yuri Torshin — his “namesake” but unrelated per his tweets — in 2015 around the time he left official service.
Alexander Torshin has posted frequently on social media about Yuri Torshin since his demise in 2016 from a motorcycle accident, and the two have a history that goes back to at least 2004 and their ties to an event considered the Russian 9/11.
Two members of Torshin’s investigation refused to sign off on the final report, denouncing the panel as an official cover-up and casting doubt upon its findings.
Just last year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Russia and in favor of petitioners seeking civil relief for the state’s excessive use of force at Beslan which resulted in over 300 hostage deaths.
In September 2016, Yuri Torshin died in the Caucasus after falling off his motorcycle while working as a private military consultant advising government troops.
Alexander Torshin is linked to numerous top-level special forces commanders in Russia, both formal and informal leaders, and he is called the Godfather by other gangsters in a racket that specializes in corporate raiding.
One may reasonably conclude that Alexander Torshin’s people, the Vityaz are his muscle, and he has sway with the Night Wolves and FSB’s “Alpha” and that is the real reason why he is called “Godfather” by the Taganskaya mafia.”
BIKER CLUBS AS A HYBRID WAR TOOL. Zarina Zabrisky August 20, 2018
“On August 11, 2018, the anniversary of Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Trump hosted 180 bikers from across the country at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Read on to discover how the Russian secret services agents and officials close to the Kremlin ran an operation to organize armed para-military biker club network throughout the US in 2012–2016, approached Trump personally, invested millions of dollars into Trump-brand luxury property, curtailed the operation due to the public scandal and how a non-biker with family and career connections to the top US politicians lobbying for the Russian oligarchs is currently continuing to mobilize and politicize existing biker base in the US.
This article covers the following facts and events:
The Kremlin uses Russian Orthodox bikers also known as “Putin’s bikers” as para-military pro-Putin forces domestically and internationally since at least 2012.
The leader of this biker group is close to Putin and other government officials and has received grants, awards and honors from the Kremlin.
He is also connected with former and functioning Russian military special forces officers, secret service agents and Russian government officials who own or owned Trump-branded luxury condominiums in Florida.
These Russian state employees/Miami real estate investors teamed up with a Russian-American police officer and founded and ran a Russian-American biker club in Miami. The club bore a Russian special forces (KGB/FSB) name and logo, had a branch in Moscow and communicated with “Putin bikers” and their leader. Their members had a right to carry firearms.
The Russian-American biker club founders were/are connected to the real estate agents working for Trump and his family in the US and Russia, participated in soft power projects run by the Russian Consulate in Washington D.C. in 2015 and 2016 and have a criminal record history in Russia and the US as well as ties with the FSB and FBI.
In June 2017, the club was dissolved a few days before an expose in a US publication came out and caused a scandal in Russia and the US.
In 2015, a former Washington D.C. employee with the experience of working for the election campaigns of a former Vice President, Secretary of State and a presidential candidate whose family members lobbied for Putin’s ally, and related to a prominent long-time Evangelical Christian active in the coalition that ushered Trump to power, registered a biker group as a Delaware limited liability company with undisclosed members. The group has an agenda that directly mirrors that of Putin’s bikers club and appeared at events sponsored by Putin’s supporters.
In August 2018, this club announced that its members were to “step up rallies across America in time for midterm elections” and currently they are promoting a strong pro-Trump and anti-Democrat campaign for midterm and the 2020 elections, pushed by the Russian bots on the social media.”
The authorities’ report refers to the United Russia senator’s ties to the alleged Taganskaya leader in Spain, Alexander Romanov, who was jailed in May for illegal transactions worth 1.65m euros (£1.4m; $1.82m).
The findings were based on recordings made between Torshin and Romanov in 2012 and 2013, as well as documents seized in a raid on a villa in Majorca that Romanov owned at the time.
Prosecutors say the documents show how Torshin petitioned Russian law enforcement officials on behalf of the Taganskaya mob’s violent takeover of the plush Univermag Moskva department store, whose proceeds were linked to Romanov.
Torshin said responding to requests for assistance was part of his job and that his ties to Romanov are purely social. He said he simply has a wide network of contacts, including the US, where he is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
St Petersburg-based network
A senior Spanish official told Bloomberg it would not be worth prosecuting Torshin because Moscow did not cooperate in cases involving its high-ranking officials. However this has not stopped authorities in the country probing numerous suspected Spanish links to Russian criminal networks.
A Spanish judge investigating Russian mafia networks in May issued an arrest warrant for 12 Russian high-level officials, including Vladislav Reznik, deputy head of the State Duma’s finance committee, and General Nikolai Aulov, the deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service.
Another Russian syndicate, the St Petersburg-based Tambovskaya group, has also been investigated by Spanish prosecutors, who accused the group of laundering criminal proceeds in Spain.
According to a WikiLeaks cable published in 2010, the judge Jose Grinda, told US officials that Russian president Vladimir Putin ran a “virtual mafia” state where criminal activity is indistinguishable from government activity.”