FBI File of George Gordienko

David Bixenspan filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1352612-000
Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

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From: David Bixenspan

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I should be categorized as a media requester. This request is part of my reporting process, and I will use the materials in my coverage (for various outlets including VICE, Wrestling Observer, Fighting Spirit Magazine, and Death & Taxes) of news in the public interest. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the FBI file on George Gordienko, a Canadian professional wrestler who passed away in 2002. Please provide not just main file records, but also for cross-reference records, the products of an ELSUR search, and all records of past requests and denials for records pertaining to this investigation. For anything not produced, please send a proper Vaughn Index.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Bixenspan

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Bixenspan,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: David Bixenspan

Here are some articles and profiles that report on George Gordienko's 2002 death:

Slam Sports article acknowledging his death: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2004/05/10/454165.html

Art gallery article acknowledging his death: http://www.winchestergalleriesltd.com/artists/gordienko/essay.php

Fight Times article acknowledging his death: https://magazine.fighttimes.com/one-of-my-all-time-favourites-george-gordienko/

Wrestling website profile acknowledging his death: http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/g/george-gordienko/

Another profile acknowledging his death: http://houseofdeception.com/George_Gordienko.html

From: David Bixenspan

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below (along with a subsequent proof of death communication), and originally submitted on June 11, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1352612-000.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I should be categorized as a media requester. This request is part of my reporting process, and I will use the materials in my coverage (for various outlets including VICE, Wrestling Observer, Fighting Spirit Magazine, and Death & Taxes) of news in the public interest. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the FBI file on George Gordienko, a Canadian professional wrestler who passed away in 2002. Please provide not just main file records, but also for cross-reference records, the products of an ELSUR search, and all records of past requests and denials for records pertaining to this investigation. For anything not produced, please send a proper Vaughn Index.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Bixenspan

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Here are some articles and profiles that report on George Gordienko's 2002 death:

Slam Sports article acknowledging his death: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Wrestling/2004/05/10/454165.html

Art gallery article acknowledging his death: http://www.winchestergalleriesltd.com/artists/gordienko/essay.php

Fight Times article acknowledging his death: https://magazine.fighttimes.com/one-of-my-all-time-favourites-george-gordienko/

Wrestling website profile acknowledging his death: http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/g/george-gordienko/

Another profile acknowledging his death: http://houseofdeception.com/George_Gordienko.html

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Bixenspan,

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Thank you,

Holly Early
Government Information Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: David Bixenspan

To whom it may concern,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

On August 10, 2016, you sent a "no responsive documents" letter about FOIPA # 1352612-000 for files on George Gordienko. However, according to your letter, you did not search for ELSUR or cross-reference records in spite of my FOIA request specifically requesting you do as such. Please re-process having checked both the ELSUR and cross-reference records databases. In addition, in the event that my request was overly narrow, please search for all mentions of George Gordienko's name and not just if he specifically had a file.

Please produce all internal communication about this FOIA request, as well as any communication with outside agencies about this request as well. Please produced all other internal records about this request, as well. In addition, as per my original request, please produce any records you have of previous FOIA requests relating to George Gordienko and any further documents you end up producing.

Thanks,
David Bixenspan

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

09/06/2016 12:43 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-005141

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-005141 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.

From: Laurel Macondray

I will be out of the office January 30 thru late April  and will respond when I return. If you need immediate assistance please contact the Special Access and FOIA Branch at 301-837-3190 or specialaccess_foia@nara.gov. (mailto:specialaccess_foia@nara.gov)

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