We’ve had basic questions about John Giduck timeline for his arrival in Beslan. In numerous places, John Giduck refers to his friend, Archangel consultant, and Beslan travel partner as “Yuri Ferdigalov”. Interesting that the John Giduck “SOCNET Boo Hoo” mouthpiece site has taken to referring to Yuri Ferdigalov as “Yuri Federov”. John Giduck is clearly a master of the art of disguise!


It is pretty well established that “Yuri” is Yuri Ferdigalov.

Yuri Ferdigalov was a GRU spetsnaz commando, severely wounded in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Now a contract consultant and instructor with Archangel he traveled to Beslan with John as the Beslan siege was happening, then spent three months there with him over three trips interviewing the spetsnaz who fought the battle out, FSB officials, other government agents and townspeople. Yuri confirms that they spent a great deal of time with officers and commanders from Alpha, SOBR and Rus in addition to FSB [KGB] agents involved in the government’s operation.



When the Beslan siege first happened I grabbed Archangel consultant Yuri Ferdigalov, a former Soviet Spetsnaz (Special Forces) commando, and we got the first tickets we could and headed straight for it.



The person Giduck suggested we contact when we asked about his Beslan sources was his commercial associate Yuri Ferdigalov;


in John Giduck’s, Terror at Beslan” book on Page 29

and even here on the John Giduck’s mouthpiece site, “SOCNET Boo Hoo”:

And John Giduck has entered a number of these areas either alone, or most typically only with his spetsnaz comrade Yuri Ferdigalov, who himself has also worked in Iraq and Somalia.  

So one has to wonder why then would the same SOCNET Boo Hoo site in a statement that indicates approval by John Giduck refer to Yuri Ferdigalov under clearly another name like “Yuri Federov”?

“when did you arrive at the school”

The following information has been confirmed by Dr John Giduck, Yuri Federov and John Anderson, Sergeant Major Special Forces (ret.), who was the Archangel board chairman.

At 11:20 pm on Sept 3 the last terrorist was killed in the basement of the Belsan School . At 11:45 pm the spetsnaz declared that the building was under control by government forces; however, the fire engulfing the south wing was not extinguished until 3:10 am on Sept 4. Throughout Sept 4 bodies were removed, the school searched and weapons and IEDs removed. This information is confirmed by spetsnaz intereviews, the Russian Parliamentary Commission Report and the North Ossetian Parliamentary Report.

When John Giduck and Yuri Federov arrived in Russia late on Sept 4 they were immediately briefed by a couple of ex-spetsnaz people they knew as to what had happened. Vladikavkaz airport had been closed and John Giduck and Yuri Federov were on one of the first flights into the area once the battle was over and the area secured.

John Giduck and Yuri Federov were in the School at Beslan on Sept 5.

The above is approved by John Giduck, SGM Anderson, and Yuri What-ever-his-name-will-be-today Federov.

One could speculate some reasons for this distancing.

Speculation #1) Perhaps Yuri knows the truth about John Giduck’s improbable and ever changing timeline for his arrival in Beslan and doesn’t want his real name associated with John Giduck (if you recall the arrival at Beslan school went from “before the final assault” to “4 sept which was the morning after the final assault” to the current “in Beslan on 5 September” shown in the quote above….when the reality is that a US Congressional Delegation clearly states in the Congressional Record that they were the first and ONLY Americans authorized to visit the Beslan school after the siege and massacre.

Speculation #2) Perhaps Yuri is distancing himself from John Giduck. Imagine for a second, if, as a former Spetsnaz commando, Yuri continued to work for a Russian intelligence organization such as the FSB.  This isn’t a far-fetched opinion given Yuri’s previous line of work, combat experience, and potential access to the valuable personal information, background, and tactical discussions of seminar attendees through John Giduck and Archangel. It also would fit into John Giduck’s narrative of maintaining ongoing, personal friendships with Russian intelligence officials.  The opinion that my speculation is also based on the reality that most real people working in sensitive roles stay quiet and away from limelight….unlike, say, John Giduck.

Speculation #3) Perhaps Yuri has some other reason for operating under multiple aliases that includes his US and state documents as well as other public records.  Imagine for a moment the implications if a person of Yuri’s training and background were to potentially hold multiple passports, driver’s licenses, or other forms of identification as a result of slight spelling differences.  Yikes!  Good thing that couldn’t be the case, right?

Oh well, back to reality. Enough opinion and speculation protected speech. The reality is that though Yuri has instances of using multiple spellings of his name, none goes so far as to include “Federov”.

I don’t know why John Giduck and John “Judas” “Andy” Anderson are changing Yuri’s name as if no one would notice.  What I do know is that a statement marked as being “approved by John Giduck” and others in Archangel executive circles has a clearly different last name for Yuri that all of the previously published references as shown above.. There must be some reason behind that.

The actual reasons are only known to them.


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