FOIA Request: Marat Balagula records

T. McElwee filed this request with the Department of Justice, United States Marshals of the United States of America.
Due June 24, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: T. McElwee


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records within relevant USMS systems of records regarding the individual MARAT BALAGULA, a former fugitive from justice.

The particular systems of records to search for the name Marat Balagula are the Prisoner Processing and Population Management-Prisoner Tracking System (PPM-PTS); the Warrant Information Network (WIN), Witness Security Files Information System, and Inappropriate Communications- Threat Information System.

To assist in the search and identification of records, the following facts about Balagula are known: his birth date was September 8, 1943. His place of birth was Orenburg, Russia (as part of the former Soviet Union). The first five digits of his social security number were 062-60. U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his register number as 35664-066.

Balagula was reported dead December 2019 by the British Broadcasting Corporation World Service/BBC News Russian. The original obituary in Russian is attached, as is the Google Translate machine translation. This shall serve as proof that Balagula is deceased, and that privacy concerns under FOIA and Privacy Act are diminished.

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,

T. McElwee

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From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

Good Afternoon,

I hope this email finds you safe and in good health.

Attached is an acknowledgement letter pertaining to USMS FOIA Request number 2020USMS35295.

Should you have any questions you can email usms.foia@usdoj.gov.

Thank you,

USMS FOIA Administrative Team

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

Dear Mr. McElwee;
Please be advised that your request has been tasked for searches in the appropriate offices, however, given the current operating status of the NARA Federal Records Centers (FRCs) and the age of the documents in question, the completion of these searches is pending while we wait for the FRCs to reopen so that they can provide the requested documents back to us for processing.

USMS FOIA

From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

Good Afternoon,

I hope this email finds you safe and in good health.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we don't have a certain time frame or date of production at the moment.

Please know we are working diligently to work on as many cases as possible.

Should you have any questions you can email usms.foia@usdoj.gov<mailto:usms.foia@usdoj.gov>.

Thank you,

USMS FOIA Administrative Team

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