“The protege of Nevzlin” Khazin will ruin the RSUH?

Ex-Senator Andrei Khazin, working for the “Yukosov” Leonid Nevzlin, his “dubious reforms” will lead the RSUH to decline and turn this university into a “center of protest”?
Candidate from Nevzlin

Soon, for the first time in ten years, the rector of the Russian State Humanitarian University (RGGU) will change, as the acting head of the university Yefim Pivovar ends his second term in this post, and therefore the reelection of the Pivovar is impossible.
Journalists write that one of the candidates for the post of rector of the RSUH is former senator, member of the Supreme Council of United Russia Andrei Khazin. However, in the RSUH itself, students and teachers do not really want to see Khazin at the rector’s post.

The thing is that Mr. Khazin is often called the “second Nevzlin”. Recall that the RGGU was founded in 1991 on the basis of the Moscow Historical Archives Institute. In 2003, the university signed a partnership agreement with the oil company YUKOS, which promised to invest ten years in the university for $ 10 million a year. After that, the rector was one of the company’s managers Leonid Nevzlin, but several months later, because of the “YUKOS affair,” he resigned and flew to Israel, where he still lives.
Experts for good reason are afraid that Andrei Khazin will follow the road “YUKOS” at the RSUH. The thing is that Leonid Nevzlin, who was convicted in absentia for the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk while in exile, maintains constant contact with the brothers Mikhail and Andrey Khazin, with the close business consultant Grigory Trusov, as well as the hiding in France Sergei Guriev (ex the rector of the New Economic School, NES).
At one time Guriev, as an expert, questioned the legality of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s sentence in the Yukos affair. Earlier, the investigators suspected the experts of receiving money from YUKOS for analyzing the second case of the former heads of the company Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. In other words, Mr. Guriev could lobby for interests of the ex-YUKOS owners for money.

It is interesting that at one time it was Guriev who provided direct assistance in appointing Nevzlin to the post of rector of the RSUH. Now Nevzlin is trying to “promote” Khazin to a leading position in the RSUH.

“The Cradle of the Revolution”

There is information in the expert community that Nevzlin, through his associates inside the Russian Federation (including the Khaziny brothers), is taking measures to create positions and influence certain social groups for their subsequent participation in mass protests during the parliamentary and presidential elections.

That is why Mr. Nevzlin is now introducing his “man” to the post of rector of the RSUH. This, of course, is about Andrei Khazin. Nezlina and Khazin are not lagging behind, and other “Yukos”, who are trying to turn on the course of the elections. So, for example, on the eve of the September elections to the State Duma, “Open Russia” Mikhail Khodorkovsky has already announced that the movement will support opposition candidates.
It is worth noting that Mikhail Khazin, the brother of a candidate for the post of rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, has repeatedly talked about Khodorkovsky and some kind of “bloody tyrant”, and also constantly talks about how everything is bad for the Russian economy.
I wonder what Andrei Khazin of the RSUH will bring to, if he is elected after all, despite the protest of the public? Will he try to turn the RGGU into a “cradle of the revolution” for the sake of Nevzlin, Khodorkovsky and their “friends” from Washington? It seems that such a rector, like Khazin, the RGGU is not needed.

Economist with a “lime formation”

Elections of the rector of the RSUH have already managed to draw a series of scandals. Take, for example, rumors that the members of the Academic Council on February 5, 2016 were allegedly summoned to the personnel department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and there were given “recommendations” for voting when choosing the rector. In addition, some candidates for the rector’s post have already made their open letters. In general, the elections turned into a real mess.
Against the backdrop of all these scandals in the media, in the main, the version is being replicated, that it is Andrei Khazin who will become the new rector of the RSUH. In particular, journalists write that under the rector of Khazin the RSUH will become an ideological forge of cadres. I wonder what kind of ideology Mr. Khazin will be able to teach his future students.

Experts say that “when a person with a proven biography claims to be rector, questions arise about possible changes in the work of the institution.” But only in Mr. Khazin’s biography there are a lot of “blank spots”. At the same time, they relate to the fact that Hazin has a higher education.

So, his candidate in the RGGU rectors began his “path in science” with studying at the prestigious secondary school No. 57. Together with him, by the way, studied Mikhail Verbitsky, who created the “Russian service of blogging – Lj.Rossia”. In October 2014, this blogosphere was officially blocked by Roskomnadzor for the dissemination of extremist materials.

It is very interesting that the data on higher education of Andrei Khazin cause very serious doubts. It is known, for example, that after school Khazin entered the Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty of Moscow State University. Lomonosov, moreover, the data that he successfully graduated from Moscow State University, no. Even in his autobiography there is no information about the completion of his studies at Moscow State University.

But it is said that in 1990 (until 1991) he was the head of the laboratory, a senior researcher at the Mathematical University of Moscow. It is not clear how, at 21, not the name on the hands of the diploma of completed higher education, he managed to become both head of the laboratory and a senior research fellow.

However, in the early 90’s in science and education (as, indeed, and in general across the country) there was such a mess that you could take positions in scientific or educational institutions, for example, for a bribe (or “for communications”).
It is known that, having suffered a fiasco at the Moscow State University, Khazin again tried to get a higher education at the St. Petersburg Institute for Foreign Economic Relations, Economics and Law (SPCE IVESEP), where he studied from 1994 to 1999, having already obtained two diplomas specialty “Management” (received in 1998) and specializing in “Finance and Credit” (received in 1999).

It is interesting that SPV IVESEP was organized exactly in 1994, when Mr. Khazin entered there, and this new university was gaining as many students as possible in order to take its place in the market. In general, somehow I do not believe that Khazin defended two diplomas at the newly opened university, so to speak, “honest way”.

And this despite the fact that he never managed to finish his first “formal” education at Moscow State University. So could Andrei Khazin in the late 90’s banally “buy” himself two diplomas of SPB IVESEP? Experts do not exclude this version.

A “tower” – bought?

It is not excluded that in this way, with a difference of only one year, Khazin was the owner of two diplomas of the SPB IVESEP.
At the same time, Andrei Khazin writes in his biography that since 1991 he “worked in a number of credit and financial organizations in leading positions” and at the same time received a profile higher professional education. As it turned out, in 1991 – 1992 he was president of the JSC “Investment Optimization Institute”, and in 1992-1993 he worked as an adviser to the board of KB “Elbim Bank”, and from 1993 to 1995 he was the first deputy chairman of the board of JSCB “Moscow. Centre”.

He occupied all these positions without a complete higher education. As he was entrusted with leading positions in these organizations, remains a mystery to this day. Almost the entire period of training in the SPb of IVESEP Andrey Khazin served as vice-president of the AOOT “Institute of Financial Management” (from 1995 to 1998). How he could combine leadership positions in these companies and really work hard at school in SPB IVESEP – is not clear. Even if Khazin studied at the correspondence department, it still does not give an answer, as he had enough time to receive two higher educations at once. So, most likely, his diplomas SPB IVESEP can really turn out to be “bought.”
Further, Khazin continued to “gravitate” to science, since at the beginning of the 2000s he was chairman of the board of directors of the closed joint-stock company “Bookshop of the Moscow State University”, and later took the same post to ZAO “The Cherokee Bookhouse”. It is very interesting that since 2005 the economist Andrei Khazin “suddenly” became chairman of the Public Council of the Association of Lawyers of Russia (AYR). At the same time, AYUR was formed in 2005 as well. At the same time, there is no information on the Public Council on the AYUR website, but there is information only about the Board of Trustees. Although the media continue to point out that Khazin is the chairman (coordinator) of the Public Council of the All-Russian Public Organization “Association of Lawyers of Russia”.
However, the AYR charter does provide for the existence of a Public Council. At the same time, Article 18 (paragraph 2) of the ALR Charter states that the Public Council of the Organization may include persons, including those who do not have a legal education, who are interested in raising the prestige of the legal professions. It seems that the paragraph on the lack of a compulsory profile education was written just “under Khazin.”

Scandalous banker

Speaking about the scandals associated with Hazin, it is worth mentioning that he was not only an adviser, but also a member of the board of “Albim Bank.” In 1993, “Albim Bank” was involved in a scandal with the former policlinic of the Politburo, now the Russian Clinical Diagnostic Center (RDCT).

It is rumored that this bank could be involved in the withdrawal of finances from the RDC after the Ministry of Health in the early 1990s allowed the RDCT to provide paid services.

In addition, one of the founders of the Solntsevo OPG, Sergei Timofeev, nicknamed “Sylvester”, was interested in “Albim Bank”. He promised in the case of taking under the protection of “Albim Bank” transfer from the concern “Albee-Diplomat” its 400 million rubles for a long term in “Albim Bank”. Moreover, the manager of “Albim Bank” Morozov in the summer of 1993 was attacked by bandits. In the end, everything ended with the fact that this bank was deprived of a license due to non-compliance with the requirements of federal laws. Here, in such an “authoritative” financial organization, Mr. Khazin worked.

By the way, the bank JSCB “Moscow. Center “(later it was renamed Bank” Nokvigator “), in which Andrey Khazin worked as the first deputy chairman of the board, would also be deprived of a license to conduct banking operations due to non-compliance with the requirements of legislation in the field of countering the legalization (laundering) of income received by criminal means, and the financing of terrorism.

Mr. Khazin also worked in the bank “Renaissance Capital” (now controlled by Mikhail Prokhorov’s group ONEXIM). According to other sources, Khazin was vice-president of Renaissance Capital. By the way, for some reason Hazin did not write about his work in this credit institution in his autobiography.


It should be noted that Andrei Khazin has a great “senatorial experience”, since he visited the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation as a representative of the Legislative Assembly of the Kostroma Regional Duma, as well as the parliament of the Kirov Region.

It is known that Khazin ceased to represent the Kostroma region in the Federation Council because of a conflict with the governor, but Khazin, a senator from the Kirov region, ceased to be, because in 2011 he could not get into the legislative assembly headed by Andrei Khazin “United Russia” Kirovsky District No. 19 gained 32% of the vote. This is even less than the United Russia received in the region as a whole – 36.7% (one of the lowest party results in the country). The fact that Hazin “flew” with the deputy did not seriously upset ordinary Kirov, as in the region they hardly saw him.

Let’s pay attention to the fact that from February to June 2006 Khazin was the general director of NP “Republican Center for Entrepreneurship Development”. These data are given in Khazin’s autobiography. It turns out that he held a leading position in the NP at a time when he was no longer a senator from the Kostroma region, but he has not yet become a member of the Federation Council from the Kirov region. By the way, civil servants are forbidden to engage in business, unless their business is not on a share with the state. Perhaps, in the name of the NP, which was headed by Hazin, the word “republican” is a safety net. It’s just not clear what kind of republic Hazin meant.

The case was in RAGS, or a professor without a rank

Work in the Federation Council prompted Khazin to receive another higher education. In 2006, he graduated from the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation with the specialization “Parliamentarism (parliamentary activity)”. But in the Federation Council Hazin “sits” since 2004, that is, he “passed” to the upper house of parliament, and profile education received hindsight.
By the way, already in 2008 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on the topic “Formation of the Russian award system at the end of the XVII – XVIII centuries”, becoming a candidate of historical sciences. It is rumored that his thesis was not without plagiarism.

Further, the “thorny pedagogical path” led Khazin to other universities. For example, he was a professor at the Department of Local Government of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and a professor at the Department of Strategic Communications of Moscow State University. Lomonosov Moscow State University. In both cases, he was a professor only in office, but not in rank. According to rumors, Khazin tried not to spread this “subtlety”.

Avoiding taxes or “unaccounted”?

Another interesting aspect about Khazin was found out in 2010, when the press published the incomes of officials and their wives. The income of Andrei Khazin, then a member of the Federation Council from the Kirov region, and his family in 2009 amounted to almost 173 million rubles. Of these, the income of Andrei Leonidovich himself was 2 million rubles, and his wife – 171 million rubles. His wife was one of the most wealthy wives of senators – the only person who was richer than her was Vyacheslav Fetisov’s wife.

Little is known about Elena Khozin’s wife Elena Zotova. “The daughter of a major diplomat, the granddaughter of the academician and the great-granddaughter of the general, lived out of the first 17 years of her life abroad,” this is what the press writes about her.
It was very strange that the income of Khazin’s wife exceeded 170 million rubles. But officially she did not work anywhere (that is, she was a housewife). In this case, there are two versions: either the Hazins’ family departs from taxes, or at that time Senator Khazin had “unrecorded incomes” and very actively rewrote them to his spouse.

Doubtful Reformer

All these corruption scandals, in which Hazin managed to “light up”, undermine his faith as a potential rector of the RSUH. In addition, the program proposed by the candidate for the post of rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Andrey Khazin, raises doubts.

This program states that “the strategic goal of the RSUH is the formation of a stable position of the modern classical university of world level”. As part of the implementation of this strategy, Mr. Khazin proposes the following: “To create conditions for giving the RSUH the status of the main research university – a partner of state authorities”.
In order to understand the absurdity of Hazin’s proposals, it must be remembered that the “classical university” is by definition a university with a full set of classical university disciplines. So what does Hazin suggest? To join the RSUH the mathematical, physicotechnical, medical universities? But this will kill the RSUH in its present form.

Moreover, the establishment of the university as a classical university lasts for at least 20 years. In addition, the definition of a classical university includes two more criteria:
“The share of educational programs related to the natural sciences and humanitarian and social specialties and areas should be at least 60% of the total number of educational professional programs licensed in the university”;

“The share of educational programs in the natural sciences and mathematics specialties and areas should be at least 25% in the aggregate of educational programs licensed in the university.”
However, none of these items correspond (and can not) correspond to the parameters of the RSUH. The attempt to turn the University into a “classical” university will only lead to a blurring of the specifics of the university. In any case, this can not be done by 2020, planned by Khazin as reporting, since “the establishment of a university as a classical university” takes at least 20 years.

All last 20, and even 25 years, the RSUH has developed precisely as a humanitarian university, one of the leading universities in Russia in the field of humanities education.

In turn, NIU status is assigned, as a rule, to specialized, profile higher education institutions. In fact, these are industry leading scientific centers with an educational component. For the RSUH, this will be the most reasonable and promising option also because there is not yet a single humanitarian university with the status of a NRU in the country. The RSUH could become the first, especially since the University has been purposefully moving in this direction for several years.
But the attempt to conduct the RSUH on the way of becoming a classical university and at the same time into a research university is absurd. Simply because they are two opposite directions with different financing mechanisms.
It will not happen with Khazin to “transform the RSUH into a federal or national research university”, since Moscow already has its own “main federal university” – this is the Moscow State University. In the second Moscow State University, the RGGU can not be transformed into Khazin exactly.

“The Institute of Expertise, including for public authorities, is an important social function. And if the RGGU can gain sufficient authority to perform this function, I think that this will benefit everyone, “Khazin told the press in January 2015.

In general, Khazin sees the RGGU as an advisory center for state bodies. The University can only welcome it (especially since it is already de facto carrying out such a mission throughout its entire existence). But, as they say, “to sound a name means to tame.”

In Khazin’s program, this is draped with another, much more sonorous goal: entering the project of the Ministry of Education 5-100. And not just the entry, but its successful passage to 2020, in which the RGGU must certainly enter the top hundred universities of the world’s global QS rating.

And the RGGU should become a “University 3.0”, for which there is an active commercialization of innovative and creative products created in the educational and production creative cluster of the RSUH and its divisions. Given the humanitarian specifics of the RSUH, it is not entirely clear what products Mr. Khazin has in mind, but the intention to adjust to the selection criteria for universities 5-100 is obvious. Are there a lot of liberal arts schools there now?
Key words: Synergy. “Interdisciplinarity.” “Cross-cultural communications”. “International Campus”. “University of Peace.” If you ignore the haphazard phrases, then constructive proposals in the program Khazin once or twice and obchelsya. These are: the creation of the Higher School of Museum Affairs, the Higher School of Theater and Performing Arts, the Institute of Humanitarian School Education, the Institute of Military Organization of the State, as well as the Higher School of Modern Management and Social Systems (candidate for leaders is a representative of a foreign university). Comments are superfluous.

The destroyer of the RSUH

Andrei Khazin headed the institutes throughout his career, although the institutions were of a somewhat different scale. Theater studios also opened. But the RGGU gives scope! With the museum activity at the RSUH, everything is in order (the branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the IV Tsvetayev Museum, the Department of Museumology, the Restoration Center, the exhibition halls), and the rest, again, without comment.
The general message of this, if I may say so, not very competent commercial proposal – let’s live amicably, well and richly, and yet so that the state would interest us. At the same time, Khazin does not indicate which specifically “breakthrough” directions of the RSUH he is going to develop, and passes to the specifics only when he offers to create his own. He does not say anything about the archives, but here the RSUH is the undisputed leader. The same documentation and records management – graduates of RSUH work in all state institutions. This is what needs to be preserved and developed. To get into the top hundred of the world’s leading universities, you do not need to turn into an advisory center. And what is the connection between the theater school and government agencies? But the uniqueness of the RSUH in Khazin’s program is not mentioned in principle.

Sad result

Thus, it should be noted that Mr. Khazin’s program has little to do with the RSUH. In the process of reading, there is a desire instead of the RSUH to inscribe the Higher School of Economics, under the educational model of which this program is much more suitable. Perhaps such a program could help Mr. Khazin take the place of Mr. Kuzminov, but it is not applicable to the RSUH, where a fundamentally different model of education. This is not a program for the development of a liberal arts university, but an outspoken statement by a candidate for a rector’s post on the availability of an administrative resource.

What in the end? A person pretending to be a rector does not know the specifics of the RSUH, does not distinguish the types of universities and their statuses, while promising to do for four years what the best universities of the country have failed in 20 years. It is good, if Mr. Khazin personally composed his program. If other people, equally familiar with the specifics of higher education, have applied to it, it is terrible to imagine which team Khazin plans to bring to the RSUH.

The patrons of Khazin and their connection with foreign special services

Of course, that without the presence of “steep patrons,” Khazin could not claim to be the rector of the RSUH, but behind him stand Nevzlin and Guriev. At the same time, Guryev is well acquainted with the former deputy minister of education Igor Fedyukin, who was promised a post of a pro-rector or even a rector of the Moscow State University after his resignation.

Fedyukin was accused of plagiarizing his diploma. In addition, he had an open US visa, where this official before joining the civil service was noted among the students in the not-prestigious University of North Carolina, which is the basis for the development of projects for the introduction of the CIA and the NSA. The linguistic analysis of Fedyukin’s thesis for the PhD degree showed that the text was prepared by native speakers. The style of three different specialists was traced in the work. It seems that Fedyukin’s work was written by “specialists from the CIA”, and he himself probably can work for American intelligence.

Now Trusov (the creator of the consulting company “Contact-Expert”), Mikhail Khazin (president of the Mikhail Khazin Foundation for Economic Research) and his brother Andrei Khazin are continuing the Fedeyukin and Guriev case.
According to preliminary data, they are working through consulting projects to develop a scheme for the development of INNO funds and the implementation of Western grants and USAID programs, as well as commercial structures controlled by Yukos.
This once again confirms the version that Khazin and his associates are implementing the “Nevzlin program” to create a “center of protest” from the RSUH. It is obvious that Andrei Khazin can not be allowed to shoot a cannon at a senior position at the RSUH. Otherwise, this university faces catastrophe.

Author: Victor Nikolaev, 2016-02-08 14:00:00


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