Col Gennadi Bernovski

Col Gennadi Bernovski

Birth
Russia
Death 25 Jul 2000
Queensland, Australia
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 88145976 · View Source
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Former Russian KGB Colonel Gennadi Bernovski was shot dead outside his luxury canal home on Queensland`s Gold Coast on July 25, 2000. Two men dressed in wetsuits were seen in the vicinity of Mr Bernovski`s home around the time of the shooting.
After police made it public about the presence of the two men in wetsuits, witnesses have come forward and told of seeing a woman and two men in wetsuits days earlier in the vicinity of Mr Bernovski`s house.
Det-Insp.Len Potts said that if frogmen were involved , they could have escaped by swimming across the canal, where a car or a boat could have been waiting.
Insp.Potts said this would explain why no car was seen leaving the scene of the shooting.
Mr Bernovski was shot five times as he took a bag of garbage outside to the bin. His wife, Svetlana and six-year-old daughter were at home at the time and found him after he was shot.
Mr Bernovski had business links to Oleg Kouzmine and Valentine Masnyi, who alleged in 1998 they were victims of a million-dollar Russian mafia extortion attempt.
It is believed the three men had business interests in Prima Foods, a smallgoods distribution company based in West Burleigh. It was sold after facing financial difficulties earlier this year.
As part of the investigation, Inspector Len Potts said police were looking into an alleged confrontation between Mr Kouzmine and another Prima Foods business partner, Michael Shnirman.
The confrontation is alleged to have occurred at the Gold Coast casino a couple of weeks before the shooting took place.
In 1998, police arrested two Russian men and charged them with extortion in relation to alleged Russian mafia threats made against Mr Masnyi and Mr Kouzmine.
One of the men, Anton Kouropatkine, was committed for trial on the charges. The other, Igor Solonkovich, failed to show up during his committal.
It was claimed, during Mr Kouropatkine`s committal hearing he and Solonkovich had come to Australia seeking $1.5 million stolen by Mr Kouzmine and Mr Masnyi via a Bahamas registered company, Sunfield International.
Mr Masnyi and Mr Kouzmine both denied the allegations, saying the claim was part of the extortion attempt and that they had earned the money legitimately through Sunfield`s construction material importing business.
During the trial Mr Kouzmine indicated Mr Kouropatkine and his colleague had been in possession of police documents.
The documents alleged Mr Kouzmine and Mr Masnyi had been linked to drugs and theft back in Russia. But the pair say the documents were fraudulent and part of the mafia extortion.
Queensland police say there is no suggestion Kouropatkine and Solonkovich were involved in the killing of Mr Bernovski.
"These were two good-living, hard-working people and the motive remains a mystery," Insp.Potts said.
Austrac, the Federal Government agency which investigates the transfer of funds in and out of the country, checked Mr Bernovski`s bank accounts with police confirming large amounts of money had passed through his accounts.


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