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Andrey Kuziaev - Head of Perm financial and industrial group

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 13:01 + в цитатник

Surname: Kuziaev

Name: Andrey

Fathername: Ravelevich

Position: Head of Perm financial and industrial group


Born October 6th 1965 Perm

1987 graduated from Perm University faculty of economics, worked as an economist in Perm plant “Communar”

1991-1993 took part in establishing of Perm commodity exchange, worked there as a manager

1993 JSC “Perm commodity exchange” reorganized to OJSC “Perm financial and industrial group”, during privatization period PFIG bought in the Industrial incorporation “Permneft”

1996-2003 CEO of CJSC “Lukoil-Perm”, established on the basis of “Permneft”

2000 became President of Lukoil Overseas

2003 PFIG sold to “Lukoil” its stock in “Lukoil-Perm”

82-nd in the list of Forbes “100 richest businessmen in Russia 2010” with the wealth of $850 million.

Married, three children.
Source: vedomosti.ru


In summer 2002 chief ballet master of dancing theatre “Experiment” Eugeniy Panfilov accused Perm commodity exchange, which President was Kuziaev, of not assignment promised sponsoring money to the theatre. In protest Panfilov shaved his head. Kuziaev called Panfilov’s accusations “figment of fevered imagination”. According to him, for advertisement of “Experiment” was spent half million, but sponsoring agreement was not signed for the reason that the theatre dancing type was not considered to be beautiful. Panfilov was indignant of the fact that Kuziaev told mass media about allocation of sponsoring million, but nobody had seen the money. Consequently there left nothing to pay salary to the theatre troupe. According to Panfilov, it was hard for him to find other sponsors, because everybody asked him where did he put Kuziaev’s million.
Source: Magazine «Kommersant » № 125 (125) from 22.06.1992

In 2001 Perm region Legislative assembly sent as it’s delegate to Federation Council Victor Dobrosotskiy, head of “Mineral Trading”. Kuziaev stated his election to be the result of lobbying by the owner of JSC “Uralkaliy” Dmitriy Rybolovlev.
Source: «Kommersant » № 182 (2312) from 05.10.2001

In January 2003 “Lukoil Overseas” press service published a message that Iraq left for Lukoil a share in project of development of a deposit Kurna-2. Earlier Kuziaev personally visited Baghdad and negotiated with Vice President of Iraq Taha Yasin Ramadan and reached the agreement about remission of mutual claims. Earlier the government of Iraq announced of ripping up the contract with Lukoil. According to “Lukoil Overseas”, at the same time it was decided to hold a meeting of the project executive board – united executive committee, which meetings hadn’t been hold since 1999. Iraq insisted that Lukoil would force working in the fields irrespective of UN sanctions. However the works hadn’t been done.
Source: «Kommersant » № 7 (2610) from 18.01.2003

In June 2003 Kuziaev and Vice-president of CJSC “Kazmunaishgaz” Timur Kulibaev signed in Astana agreement of cooperation in trial and extraction of hydrocarbons in Kazakhstan sector of Caspian Sea.
Source: «Kommersant » № 110 (2713) from 27.06.2003

In August 2003 Kuziaev was elected Chairman of “Lukoil-Perm” board of directors.
Source: «Kommersant » № 158 (2761) from 03.09.2003

In December 2003 Perm financial and industrial group (PFIG), controlled by Kuziaev, purchased two A class office centers in Moscow. It was the former Samsung mansion in Gnezdnikovskiy side street, bought from Capital Investments LLP, and also a building in 8 March street nearby Moscow branch of Swedish Ericsson Inc. After that PFIG ranked the third by the amount of investments in capital office real estate.
Source: «Kommersant » № 235 (2838) from 25.12.2003

In 2004 at the extra stockholders’ meeting of OJSC PFIG was taken a decision to reorganize the company to Limited Liability Company. It was planned first to set up authorized capital of PFIG Ltd so that the owners could afterwards exchange their shares for investments in LLC.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 5 (2844) from 15.01.2004

The same year Kuziaev was elected new Chairman of board of public organization “Perm association”, set up to improve image and investment attractiveness of Perm region in the capital. Governor Yuriy Trutnev also gave Kuziaev a task to unite Perm association with the similar organization from Komi-Permiatskiy autonomous area.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 16 (2855) from 30.01.2004

In March 2004 the governor of Perm region Yuriy Trutnev at anniversary meeting of economic policy committee offered Kuziaev to lead establishing of free economic zones in Kama region. As a platform for the that Kuziaev was ready to offer plant OJSC “Morion” incorporated into PFIG.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 39 (2878) from 04.03.2004

In May 2004 Kuziaev visited Perm state university, where he checked the expenditure of one million dollars allocated by him for completion of new building construction. He was satisfied but refused request of university rector Vladimir Malanin to allocate additional money for completion of the construction.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 96 (2935) from 29.05.2004

In 2004 PFIG took part in regional stock sale auction of OJSC “Perm flour mill”, which minor stockholder was invest holding. PFIG however lost for “Skies” owned by Perm businessman Vladimir Plotnikov, chairman of OJSC “Kamcable” board. “Skies” offered double price for blocking share package. Immediately after sale the negotiations began to buy out the rest of “Perm flour mill” shares from PFIG. Besides, it was decided in PFIG in future to get rid of two more assets, considered non-core – “Chusovskiy mill” and “Permzernoproduct”.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 157 (2996) from 26.08.2004

In 2005 Kuziaev appeared in court as respondent against claim of Agishevs spouses to Perm mayor’s office and PFIG Ltd. Kuziaev’s company constructed elite housing estate “Petropavlovskiy” nearby their house. The spouses supposed that the construction was done with violations and they were concerned about the consequences. The court assigned an expertise, which would prove that the construction could lead to the claimants’ house fall. As an undertaking as to damages the construction was suspended. Respondents doubted the expertise. First the court was intended to assign an additional expertise, for that the consent of all parties was needed, but Kuziaev didn’t appear before the court. The representatives of PFIG also entered an appeal for cancellation of undertaking to damages.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 153 (3237) from 18.08.2005

The same year Kuziaev stated that “Lukoil Overseas” got applications for support of a deal on purchasing operating in Kazakhstan Bermuda company “Nelson Resources” from majority of it’s minor shareholders.
Source: «Kommersant » № 199 (3283) from 21.10.2005

In 2005 Lukoil together with Kuziaev tried to prevent “China National Petroleum Corporation” (CNPC) from purchasing assets of Canadian PetroKazakhstan (PKZ). Lukoil announced to be ready to buy 100% PKZ for the price offered by CNPC. Such a deal could be more profitable as it would have been done in shorter terms and with more determinacy. Lukoil brought also a claim to arbitration about its preferential right to buy out shares in PKZ. Lukoil also tried to negotiate with CNPC and offered to buy out company’s 50% of «Turgay Petroleum» at an equitable price, but the negotiations got nowhere.
Source: «Kommersant » № 202 (3286) from 26.10.2005

In 2006 Minister of natural resources of RF Yuriy Trutnev decided to put up for auction the unique complex of potassium fields and oilfields “Solikamskaya depressiya”. Specialty of the field was that under chlorhydric potassium and magnesium salt strata there were oilfields. Therefore “Lukoil-Perm” and “Uralkaliy” argued for a long time about the fields. The decision to put the fields up for auction brought oilmen and potassium miners to compromise mining.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 38 (3369) from 04.03.2006

In 2006 the Russian market of cable television entered a big player “R-Telecom”, which main stockholders were Kuziaev and former Head of OJSC “Uralsviazinform” Vladimir Rybakin. It was announced in Lukoil that “R-Telecom” – Kuziaev’s personal business.
Source: «Kommersant » № 70 (3401) from 20.04.2006

In December 2006 PFIG Overseas Investments Limited, registered in Cypros, which beneficiary was Kuziaev, bought out additional emission of the bank “Ural FD”, in the result the authorized capital of the bank increased 2,5 times, and share, owned by Kuziaev’s structures – up to 98%. Thereby, the bank became more expensive, and it turned out to be more difficult for the owners of “Kamabank”, intended to buy it.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 226 (3557) from 02.12.2006

In 2007 it became known about PFIG intensions to build in Dobryanskiy district of Perm region the village Demidkovo. The plot for construction was rented at an auction by daughter company of “Demidkovo-Project” Ltd group. It was supposed to construct in the territory cottages and multistoried buildings and to restore existed in real village Demidkovo, drowned in 50-th.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 97 (3673) from 06.06.2007

In 2007 the biggest Lukoil’s contractor “Neftserviceholding”, controlled by Kuziaev’s PFIG, purchased in Kazakhstan drilling company “OntustikMunaiGaz”, and also established a daughter company – limited partnership “South-East service group”, which would deal in oil wells maintenance.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 135 (3711) from 01.08.2007

In 2008 bank «Ural FD» began presale preparation. PFIG Overseas Investments Limited, which beneficiary was Kuziaev, sent stockholders an obligatory offer to buy out bank’s shares.
Source: «Kommersant » № 28 (3845) from 20.02.2008

The same year the structures related to Kuziaev started negotiating with Vladimir Rybakin purchase his share in CJSC “R-Telecom”. Consolidation of assets was planned before company’s IPO.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 41 (3858) from 14.03.2008

In 2010 Lukoil decided to finance the project of reconstruction and construction of a new stage in Perm opera and ballet theatre. Lukoils involvement was Kuziaev’s personal initiative.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 42 (4340) from 12.03.2010

New director of Perm opera and ballet theatre was appointed Anatoliy Pichkalev, who managed it already in 90-th, than worked in PFIG and Lukoil’s structures. Thereby, Kuziaev’s prot?g? would control the reconstruction and development project.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 146 (4444) from 12.08.2010

Journalists wrote that Kuziaev intended to participate in co-financing of the Rosnano project of establishing nanotechnological centers. Basic platforms should become PFIG and OJSC “Morion”.
Source: Kommersant (Perm) № 44 (4342) from 16.03.2010

In August 2010 mass media informed about planned changes in Lukoil management, supposedly Kuziaev could take Vagit Alekperov’s place. Company’s press service denied that information.
Source: Kommersant -Online from 30.08.2010

Perm Vice governor Nikita Belikh owed Kuziaev in his career. Kuziaev noticed Belikh when he studied in his last years, and after graduation appointed him Vice-president of PFIG. In two years Belikh became CEO of PFIG.
Source: "Moscow news" from 27.05.2005

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Mihail Kusnerovich - Member of the Board of Directors of Bosco di Ciliegi

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 13:00 + в цитатник

Surname: Kusnerovich

Name: Mihail

Fathername: Ernestovich

Position: Member of the Board of Directors of Bosco di Ciliegi



Born October 3, 1966 in Moscow. Father - a builder, mother – a chemical engineer.

In 1989 he graduated from the M.I. Mendeleev Moscow Institute of Chemical Technology (MKhTI) (currently is the Chemical Technology University), specializing in “chemical engineering”. At the same time together with the institute fellow Evteev Sergei, Yevgeny Balakin and Mikhail Vlasov created a firm Moscow International House “East and West”, which first project was organization of an amusement park in CPKiO of A.M. Gorky. In 1989 - 1991 he worked in publishing house "IMA-Press" (youth edition of the youth department in the press agency “Novosti").

In 1991 Kusnirovich founded a group Bosco di Ciliegi (JSC "Group of Companies" Moscow International House “East and West"(a trademark of Bosco di Ciliegi) which now manages more than 80 single-brand boutiques (Etro, Kenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier, and others); and multibrand boutiques ( BoscoFamily, BoscoScarpa, and others); and produces sports clothing under the brand BoscoSport. This group also includes perfumery and cosmetics shops Articoli, jewelry and watch boutique Sublime by Bosco, beauty salons, cafes and restaurants, dental clinics and pharmacies. GC "East and West” is the main shareholder of OAO "Trade House GUM”, the main tenant in which is the Bosco di Ciliegi.

The building of the shop owned by the Government of Moscow is leased by the GUM till 2042. According to the data of 2007, company Bosco di Ciliegi by Mikhail Kusnirovich controlled more than 75% stake in GUM. The group’s shops are located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, and Milan. Since 2001 the Bosco has been organizing the Festival of Arts "Cherry Wood"; since 2002 – the Official Outfitter of the Olympic team of Russia. The main owner is Michael Kusnirovich. According to "SPARK-Interfax”, by 2002 he owned 50,2% of LTD, 16,6% owned equally by Sergei Evteeva and Eugene Balakin, and Michael Vlasov.

On October12, 2006 Mikhail Kusnirovich was awarded the Order of Honorary Commander of the Italian Republic "- the highest Italian award.

He is married. His wife Catherine Moiseeva is a head of the department of retail chain and is a member of the board of directors of the company Bosco di Ciliegi. They bring up a son. All the family can speak Italian fluently.
Source: www.glomu.ru, «Kommersant» № 214 (4269) on 17/11/2009



The media has noted the relationship between Michael Kusnirovich and Vladimir Yevtushenkov (AFK "System"). According to the official data, in 1997 “System” together with the Olympic Committee of Russia (CBR) established a company "Olympic system", specializing in creation and management of sports facilities, equipping sports facilities with the necessary equipment and uniforms. In the press there is evidence that under a license agreement between the Russian Olympic Committee and the Olympic system, the company dressed the team during the XXVIII Olympiad 2004 in Athens, XX Olympic Winter Games 2006 in Turin, as well as the XXIV Olympiad 2008in Beijing. Bosco di Ciliegi Mikhail Kusnirovich has rights to product the Olympic gear. They wrote in the media: the vague license agreement covered the fact that the "Olympic system", ie Yevtushenkov, owns the rights to manage probably the most lucrative sports brand - the Olympic rings. That is, the five world-famous Olympic rings symbolizing the friendship of the five continents are the property of Mr. Yevtushenkov in Russia. As reported, the consequence of this is that the owner of Bosco di Ciliegi Mikhail Kusnirovich pays to Olympic Committee about 6 million dollars for the use of Olympic symbols annually; And another 500 thousand - directly to the Olympic system.
Source: Vsluh.Ru on 30/11/2005


In the media Kusnirovich appears as the main party of several scandals related to the Olympic Games 2006 in Tirine.

In 2001 the first contract was signed between the Bosco di Ciliegi and Olympic Committee of Russia. Bosco di Ciliegi acted as an exclusive supplier of gear for Olympic team of Russia at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, 2002. Then the media reported that the Olympic Committee of Russia (OCR) and a group of companies Bosco di Ciliegi officially announced the signing of partnership agreement for the period of the XXVIII Olympiad, 2004 in Athens and the XX Olympic Winter Games, 2006 in Turin. Under this agreement Bosco di Ciliegi also acted as the exclusive supplier of gear for the Olympic team of Russia, as well as a general sponsor of the OCR.

The first scandal: One Olympic uniforms element for the Olympiad in Turin, namely – heat-insulated snickers from the shoe company Bosco designed in traditional red and white color scheme, aroused criticism of athletes. As written in the media, members of the teams on three sports complained that the shoes were very uncomfortable; they compressed strongly, and just in a couple of hours walk began to "fade". As the press was writing, athletes called them wooden.

The second Scandal. According to media reports, during the Olympiad in Turin representatives of the "Bosco" presented the Olympic Committee of Russia a claim of $ 1 million. Sponsors were reported to have been closely monitoring the clothing athletes appeared in in front of the press and award ceremonies, they recorded the slightest violations of agreements and for the first nine days of the Olympics there had been several dozen non-compliance of the rules of equipment. As they wrote in the media, the Olympic Committee did not refuse to pay, but promised to put a counterclaim. ROC claims were related to untimely, incomplete and poor quality of the teams’ equipment. They reported of injuries received by athletes because of the uncomfortable shoes. Vice-president of the ROC, President of the Federation of ski racing Vladimir Loginov told the edition "Time of news" that sponsors demanded the impossible: they wanted athletes to walk, to train and even to eat and sleep in their clothes: "But ... why should the skier change his clothes twice -to walk a couple of meters from the bus to the start, first wearing the "Bosco", and then wearing a sweat suit and a special shoe. To sum up, what have our athletes arrived to Turin for – promoting "Bosco", or wining medals? ", raged Loginov.

As reported by RIA Novosti, Mikhail Kusnirovich declaired that the only official outfitter of the Russian team was a firm "Bosco-sport". And the perpetrator - the company Addidas - was trying to interest athletes to come out in an unofficial outfit.

One of the leaders of the official delegation of Russia at the Games in Turin, as media reported, recalled that Bosco’s claims against the team to Russia totaled about 400 thousand dollars for the Summer Olympics in Athens 2004. "Of course, we did not pay anything, but it was the amount which Kusnirovich did not transfer under the contract for the Games-2006", - said one of the editions of the source.

The third scandal: Media wrote about the statement of Russian officials that the company "Bosco" abused the rendered confidence at the Olympiad in Turin. "I would say more explicitly – they have become arrogant. Olympiad is the most crucial start of the four-year period, and nothing should interfere with the athletes to get prepared, and to make them distracted from the start. All the coaches are very unhappy with the situation around the "Bosco". And we have accumulated a sufficient number of claims that we can bring to it ", Vladimir Loginov told the press.

The coaches’ claims to "Bosco" came to particularly excessive obsession of the sponsor in relation to the athletes. It was reported that at a meeting of the operational headquarters of the Olympic team of Russia the federation winter sports presidents appealed to the President of Olympic Committee of Russia, head of the official delegation of Russia in the Turin, Leonid Tyagachyov and head of the Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sport Vyacheslav Fetisov, with a request to protect the athletes from the obsessive attention of Mikhail Kusnirovich .

Leonid Tyagachev was no less emotional while communicating with the press, and declared: "Hands off the champions. I will not allow to interfere in the affairs of the team. At the moment athletes are extremely strung up. And they are distracted by the various presentations and immediately after the competition are drag to the "Russian House" ... We will return to this issue after the Games, and meanwhile I banned to let athletes go in the "Russian House" during the starts. We have taken into account the sad experience of the Athens Olympics, when almost all the athletes were brought to Bosco House after the competitions... They were there supposed to have a rest and relax. But in fact they didn’t. The constant obsessive attention of arts and culture celebrities, inability to withdraw into themselves, to analyze calmly the success or failure strained the guyes, who had to go for a start some time after.

However, in the press there are reports that the initiative not to allow athletes to go to the "Russian House" came not from the Russian officials, but from Kusnirovich, who reportedly got offended by the ROC. Kusnirovich did not let in the "Russian House" not only athletes, but also journalists. Moreover, it was not about banquets, but about the press conferences. It was reported that clerks of "Bosco" asserted their exclusive right to "give access to the body of Champions" for reporters.

In continuation of the conflict, as written in the press, the company Bosco banned the Olympic Committee of Russia to place banners with advertising of other sponsors in the "Russian House", which was a part of Bosco Village. Despite the agreement reached, as claimed the representatives of the ROC, according to which other sponsors’ advertisement could be placed in the "Russian House", Kusnirovich prohibited to place banners of the ROC’s sponsors, such as Lukoil, Rosgosstrakh, Sberbank, Gazprom, Samsung and others. Kusnirovich’s argument was simple: I paid for rent, I am the master here, so everything will happen as I say.

The fourth scandal: According to media reports, during the Olympics in Turin Mikhail Kusnirovich managed to enter even into the room for doping control. Citing to sources at the operational headquarters of the Olympic team of Russia, the press wrote: Immediately after the end of the tournament in sporting pairs figure skating, where the Russians Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin won the gold medal, Kusnirovich took advantage of his formal Russian team accreditation and the knowledge of Italian language in order to receive a special card, he entered the room for doping control, where Totmianina was at that time. Finding a stranger in a room for doping control could result in unpredictable consequences up to disqualification, as they wrote in the press. It is prohibited by all regulations in force at the Olympics. After a protest of the Russian team doctor Viktor Anikanov Kusnirovich was taken out of the room. He reportedly handed over his card to some journalist, and ordered him to arrange the visit of Tatiana Totmianina to “Bosco Village".

The fifth scandal: Representatives of the International Olympic Committee accused the supplier of dress uniforms for the Russian team Bosco Sport of too aggressive advertising and violation of the rules of equipment. Under the rules of the Olympic Charter, advertising manufacturer may be mentioned only at once, so "extra" advertising is prohibited in all the team sports. Representatives of the International Olympic Committee counted on equipping of our athletes more sponsor's logos han the rules allowed. The media immediately reported that the Russian Olympians could prematurely be sent home. As reported in the press, Bosco justified they did not know about the new requirements of the IOC and just wanted to make the most beautiful uniform. As a result, an extravagant solution was found: they simply stuck down the extra labels with plaster. Thus the Russian team had been saved from disqualification.

The scandal, as written in the press, did not affect the behavior of the "Bosco" representatives too much. In all Olympic sites pert young people as usually tried to give Cheburashka to every Russian winner. Even foreigners got accustomed to the long-eared beast and thought it was the "Bosco" company logo.

Later the media reported the scandal played into Kusnirovich’s hands: the name of Bosco, a trader of luxury goods, was not widely known before him. But after the name had been repeatedly uttered in the leading Russian and international media, its visibility soared at times.

The sixth scandal: During the Olympics in Turin the company "Bosco", as written in the media, distinguished itself in one more story. It managed to get on the wrong side of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which expressed dissatisfaction with excessive consumption of black caviar in the house of "Bosco". Environmentalists reportedly claimed that the Russians brought to the Olympics a hundredweight delicacy in circumvention of the existing laws, in other words – it was smuggling.

In the media there is evidence that the ROC and "Bosco" intended to clarify their relations after the Olympics in Turin, already in Russia. But, according to reports, the scandal faded away. On the contrary, the leaders of the ROC declared that "Bosco" was going to have a slight advantage over competitors at the conclusion of new sponsorship deals for the next Olympic cycle.
Source: The Gazette of 17.02.2006, www.newsru.com dated 23 October 2003 "Time of news" from 21.02.2005, "Komsomolskaya Pravda" from 21.02.2005, Gazeta.Ru from 21.02.2005, www.newsru.com of 9.02. 2006, "Regnum" of 21.02.2005, www.newsru.com from 14.02.2006, www.newsru.com from 15.02.2006, www.newsru.com from 15.02.2006, Gazeta.Ru from 15.02.2006, www.newsru.com from 20.02.2006

In 2007, the name of Mikhail Kusnirovich appeared in the press in connection with the scandal, which had been initiated by the famous fashion designer Pierre Cardin. It all started with the fact that two companies competed for the right to equip the Olympic team of Russia at the Games-2008 and -2010 - Bosco Sport company, and House of Pierre Cardin, which offered, as reported by the media, 13 million 325 thousand and 19 million 500 thousand dollars accordingly. However, on April 9, 2007 the Executive Committee of the Olympic Committee of Russia, voted with one against and one abstain to contract with Bosco Sport (Incidentally, the decision confirmed the promise given by the leaders of the ROC who said after the Olympic Games in Turin that Bosco " was going to have a slight advantage over competitors at the conclusion of new sponsorship deals for the next Olympic cycle”). On April 22, 2007 the ROC’s President Leonid Tyagachev and the head of Bosco Sport Mikhail Kusnirovich signed a contract. Pierre Cardin being a creative person reacted emotionally. The media reported that on April 23 the legendary couturier signed an official communique, in which he expressed his attitude towards the election results of official equipping of the Olympic team of Russia, consisting of the fact that the Olympic Committee of Russia (COR) preferred the company Bosco Sport to House of Pierre Cardin despite the fact that House of Pierre Cardin offered a contract for 6 million dollars more. According to media reports, director of House of Pierre Cardin in Russia and CIS, Jeff Knipper-Chekhov forwarded the Cardin’s communique to the Agency of Sport Information "All Sport". The text was released without any cuts:

"Dear Sirs,
Upon acknowledging the decision of the Executive Committee of the ROC on selecting a group of companies Bosco to be a sponsor of outfitting, I tender them my congratulations and wishes for a successful implementation of their plans.
I hope that their new collection will not have any quality problems like it had had at the previous Olympics, and the collection will be worthy of Russia's Olympic team.
I have participated in various tenders and I know how to win and to lose.
I know exactly who never loses in the tender - its organizer.
I am very happy for my friend Leonid Tyagachev; that he was able to raise the ROC sponsorship bar so high and to build relationships skillfully with all project participants.
I am confident that there is certainly my contribution to this noble cause.
I know that Russia wants to get 2014 Winter Olympics into their territory - in Sochi.
I sincerely wish you win!
With respect and best wishes.
Pierre Cardin.
PARIS, April 23, 2007.
Source: www.ski.ru of 26. 04.2007

Mikhail Kusnirovich was mentioned in the press in connection with the attack of cyberblackmailers at GUM department store. In autumn 2007 someone launched a website www.gum-online.ru which on behalf of the Finance Director of the Firm, Alexei Skvortsov the privatization of the department store challenged. Hackers urged to hand over the shop to the "true masters" - to the heirs of the Upper Trading Rows owners. For termination of the "subversive" activities they demanded Bosco di Ciliegi which controlled GUM to pay ? 80 thousand.

In the press wrote that the demands were put forward at a sibling of the original site of GUM (gum.ru). The home page gum-online.ru opened with a photo and a statement of the financial department director Alexei Skvortsov. The "Fake" of Skvortsov was saying that " the privatization of GUM carried out in the 90’s allowed a handful of officials to seize control of the building which had never belonged to them." As a result, as it was claimed by the message, the department store went to "aliens", including - the head of Bosco di Ciliegi Mikhail Kusnirovich and CEO of X5 Retail Group Lev Khasis. According to the message, owners and managers of the GUM department store had been "indefatigably thinking out uncomplicated schemes of evading from taxation of the profit which came from the subletting space of the building, legally owned by Russia." Then a call came to descendants of "eminent noblemen" to unite and restore the “rightful” building. The fund of returning historical property rights was supposed to organize the event, which was allegedly headed by Skvortsov again. The letter author named the Board of Trustees members: those were, in particular, the RF Duma Deputy Gennady Zyazikov, Advisor to the Chairman of Gazprom Sergei Lykov, Adviser to the President of Russia Svyatoslav Samsonov, and others. But, according to journalists, deputy Zyazikov was not found in the database of the State Duma, and they knew nothing about the advisor Lykov at Gazprom.

The actual financial director of GUM Alexei Skvortsov said to "Kommersant" that neither trading house, nor he personally had any relation to the attacks of blackmailers. But still, as they reported in the media, GUM conducted an internal inspection. Skvortsov’s involvement into those unpleasant events was not confirmed. According to journalists, in GUM they had learned about site creating a month before the scandal broke out in the letter, which contained a requirement to pay ? 80 thousand for the closure of the portal. But no contacts were specified in the letter. According to the press reports, law enforcement agencies tried to investigate the situation. However, judging by the lack of information in the media about continuation of this history, they did not achieve any great successes.

Mikhail Kusnirovich expressed confidence that a sibling site was not associated with competitors or raiders of Bosco, and was created solely for the purpose of extortion.

In the media there are assumptions that the site creation could be initiated by a former employee of the Firm, perhaps, a minority shareholder outraged at the strategy of Bosco, according to which the proceeds had been invested in the store development, while dividends had not been paid to its shareholders (15 thousand people, consisted of individuals mostly). According to press reports, the labor collective of GUM on various estimates owned between 4% and 10% of shares (the exact structure of the beneficiaries was not disclosed). One article published an opinion of Deutche UFG analytic Alexei Krivoshapko who declared that several before that Bosco had offered him to buy up to 10% of the shares of minority shareholders. He managed to purchase only 2,7%. "In 2007, according to media reports, GUM shares were traded on MICEX, RTS and Germanic stock exchanges. At that time the daily volume of transactions in shares on Russian exchanges did not exceed 1.8 million rubles, while the foreign one - dozens of thousands of euros.
Source: "Kommersant" dated 30.08.2007, the newspaper "Vedomosti" on 30/08/2007

In late 2007 a scandal with construction of the rink on Palace Square in St. Petersburg burst. It had been planned to be opened on December 1st for three months. According to media reports, the initiative came from the Committee for Physical Culture and Sport. They planned to build it around the Alexander Column; as well as to accommodate restaurants, cafes, changing rooms, toilets at the same place. Authors of the draft were not even embarrassed by the problem of electricity, the Palace Square was not provided with it. Press wrote that the head of "Bosco di Ciliegi” Mikhail Kusnirovich leaded the deal with the rink construction (by that time he had built a similar rink in Moscow).

The project supported the governor, Valentina Matvienko, referring to the previous year experience in Moscow, where the rink had been built on Red Square, as well as to the international experience, saying that "all public squares work for people."

“Construction of the rink on Palace Square will be a complete loss of taste for those who conceived it. The rink is going to mutilate the area "- said Mikhail Piotrovsky, the Hermitage director. Piotrovsky put it in the press in the sense that “plans to organize a skating rink was a tendency to turn the historical Palace Square into a usual stadium", and that " skating rink would not be consistent with the spirit of the cultural city." However, the head of the museum did not go into open conflict with the governor, apparently, he did not dare to. After all Valentina Matvienko, reportedly said,"This area is for people, not for individuals and leaders of individual institutions", and the"ice rink will let the St Petersburg citizens to" enjoy mentally the ride in this beauty. "

Mikhail Kusnirovich reacted philosophically, linking the presence of the rink with the lack of rebellious sentiments typical to the city on the Neva: "this untroubled state about the theoretical possibility of a revolutionary situation inculcated from childhood - dictates our actions. As soon as there is a skating rink on the Red Square, a revolutionary situation will not occur on the Palace Square. Revolutionary soldiers and sailors have nowhere else to go - the place is occupied, it is called a rink. While there is a skating rink, there is no sense to beat the showcases. And there is no sense to organize intervention of Entente, while the country is ready to open its main areas for the citizens - young, mature, or old in order to let them circling, "- said Kusnirovich to journalists.

A few days after the opening press reported that the ice rink got inflated and reared because of the frosty (!) weather, according to the official version... Journalists reported that bumps and holes appeared in the ice. it was risky skate because there was a real danger to break one’s neck. On January 5 the rink was closed; however, just for a day. Special machines - ice harvesters were saving the situation. As reported, they quickly stamped surface, and the rink got reopened to the public.

The scandal surrounding the rink got continued by a claim to the Kuibyshev district court. The claim was filed by the executive director of the Association of Small and Medium Business, Sergei Vesnovo, and by members of the public movement "Living City" - Alexander Makarov and Julia Minutina. They made claims to the organizations responsible for the preservation of cultural heritage in St. Petersburg - Committee on state control, use and protection of monuments (KGIOP) and Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service management in St. Petersburg. The plaintiffs complained that the ice structure built by "Bosco" infringed "the right of access to cultural heritage sites, in particular - to the Alexander Column.

At trial the defendants acknowledged that access to the Alexander Column had been "temporarily hampered, but they did not see any violation of civil rights. Chief Inspector of the Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, Alexander Lardugin presented a letter from the company "BoskoNeva (representative of the" Bosco "in St. Petersburg), in which the company noted that directly across the ice rink there was a free passage to the Alexander Column arranged. The court found that, on the order of the committee for architecture and urban planning of the city, Alexander Viktorov the construction of the rink was to be no closer than 10 meters from the objects of cultural heritage, and the rostrum was to be located not less than 50 meters from the Alexander Column. As it turned out, "BoskoNeva" did not fulfill the requirements.

In the end, as the press wrote, the plaintiffs successfully sued for inaction of Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service’s officials, as well as the Committee’s for Protection of Monuments officials. The judge ordered the defendants to verify the legality of construction of the rink on the Palace Square, and issued an order to remove obstacles to cultural heritage sites for the citizens’ access - the Palace Square and Alexander Column.
Source: Rosbalt of 02.10.2007, "Around the news" of 30. 04.2008, www.vokrugnovostei.ru of 11.01.2008, "Kommersant» № 18 (3835) on 06.02.2008, Gazeta.Ru on 19.03.08, "Business Petersburg» № 50 (2616) on 21/03/2008

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Leon Lann - Member of the criminal group of Zakhary Kalashov

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:59 + в цитатник

Surname: Lann (Kaplan Leonid)

Name: Leon


Position: Member of the criminal group of Zakhary Kalashov



Born in Novosibirsk in 1946.

In March 1976 he emigrated to Israel; in July 1985, he moved to the U.S. and received citizenship there. In 1997, Lann returned to Russia because of persecution by the U.S. law enforcement agencies.

In Russia, Mr. Lann engaged in gambling and became representative of the American corporation Optical BASIC Inc., which appeared to be the founder of the casino "Kristal", «Golden Palace", «Salut","Kolizey", and "Imperia ". According to the MIA information promulgated in October 2006 (after a sharp deterioration in relations with Georgia because of the arrest of Russian militaranians in the country), all of those gambling establishments were allegedly controlled by the Georgian criminal authorities. Later, they were closed (in accordance with the new law "On state regulation of activities on the organization and conduct of gambling», now all the establishing gambling in Russia is allowed in special zones only ).

Mr. Lann's activities after that are unknown. But he was a remarkable character in the secular circles of Moscow, appearing often at various events and surrounded by numerous bodyguards wearing expensive neckerchief and shoes of crocodile leather. He is a close friend of many officials and musicians.
Source: «Kommersant» № 53 (4353) on 27.03.2010



First Leon Lann appeared in the view field of law enforcement agencies in 1997 when the Central District Court in Los Angeles (California) issued a warrant for his arrest, and he promptly left for Moscow. However, the U.S. Officials declared a suspect only in the local search, and did not pass the information to Interpol.

According to the FBI, when settled in Malibu (California), Lann committed a fraud with health insurance. Together with associates, he established a network of fake medical centers, sending false invoices to the insurance companies to pay more than $ 10 million in total. Lanna was convicted in absentia in the U.S and found guilty of fraud, financial transactions in order to obtain illegal income, as well as of incitement to crime and committing the crime. "

In Moscow, Lann Kaplan joined one of the most ambitious projects of Russian businessmen and representatives of the gangs — opening a huge complex of different casinos in the city. The American friends recommended Lanna to the capital mafiosi.

The law enforcement agencies believed that thief in law Zakhary Kalash (Shakro-young) was running the project from the criminal world; they associated the activities of Leon Lann with him. Business organization was entrusted to Lann and businessman Konstantin Manukyan. He was born in Georgia; in 1989 he was sentenced to 15 years for the murder of an "authoritative" Kurd.

The construction of the gambling complex failed, but they managed to create five major casinos in the capital, which brought fabulous profits, since they almost did not pay any taxes. Part of this money was "laundered" and sent to Spain.
Source: IA Rosbalt from 16.03.2010, Kommersant № 53 (4353) on 27.03.2010

In 2000 journalists became interested in Lann in connection with the interest of a well-known Moscow sculptor Zurab Tsereteli in the gambling industry. In particular, they wrote the story of Moscow casino "Kristal".

In 1994, under President Yeltsin's decree on the target project of "Disneyland" construction land in the floodplain of the Moscow River and the land in the center of the city with buildings was donated. The project was tackled by the Children's Wonderland Park Fund, it became the owner of the premises as well. The fund was led by Zurab Tsereteli and it was to be allocated in one of the transferred buildings in the street Marxist, 38.

The fund transferred the ownership of the building to some closed joint stock company with the same name "Children's Wonderland Park». Then, the building was sold legitimately to an American company, which established the casino "Kristal". When selling the building Tsereteli negotiated for himself the opportunity to take part in the casino profits and got a 10 percent stake of the establishment.

In 2000, the sole shareholder of the casino was a corporation "Optical Basic Inc.." (Los Angeles, USA), while representatives of the corporation in Moscow and, in fact, the owner of the casino "Kristal" was Leon Lann, who had a 70 percent stake.

Then the third owner of the casino "Kristal" was Carlo Azizbekyan, head of the private security firm "Magma-V». he owned 10 percent of the shares in the casino. He was targeted in the investigation of Chechen false aviso and extortion.

As journalists wrote, in August 1999 the corporation "Optical Basic Inc." changed the power. President of the corporation became Victoria Crane's ex-husband Alex Crane (his name is also Arutyunov and Begoshvili). Supposedly, that happened as the shareholders of the corporation became aware of the prosecution in respect of Victoria Crane and Leon Lann. Afterwardst, Lann was simply banned to enter the casino "Kristal". Lann filed a lawsuit against his attackers, who had swept him from the power: Azizbekyan, Moscow sculptor number 1 and others.

In early 2000, in the midst of arbitration courts, Vladimir Dukhno disappeared; he replaced Leon Lann to serve as corporation representative in Moscow. Azizbekyan written applications letters to the Attorney General's Office and the FSB. He believed that Duhnov had been kidnapped by Lann as he had long threatened him and a year ago kidnapped a relative of Duhnov - Vaskov, who had been kept all the night in the basement of the casino «Golden Palace». Azizbekyan suspected Lann not only of the kidnapping, but the murder; he claimed that together with Duhnov the shares of the corporation got lost; they were to appear in the Court of Arbitration against Lann.

As a result, Leon Lann sued the casino to himself, proving he was the boss.

Tsereteli proposed Mr. Lann to compromise an action - to share all revenues in halves, but Leon Lann rejected the proposal. Evil tongues asserted the sculptor offered his friends in law enforcement structures a million dollars for the removal of Lann from the casino.
Source: "Versiya" from 18.07.2000

In March 2003, there was a large-scale meeting in Spain , attended by such «thieves in law» as Zahar Kalash, Aslan Usoyan, Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik), Vitaly Izgilov (Zver), Tariel Oniani (Taro), Merab Gogia (Merab), Jamal Khachidze (Jamal represented the interests of the Solntsevskaya gang), Vakhtang Kardava, Mamuka Mikeladze, Armen Arutyunov, as well as several businessmen, including Leon Lann.

Then it was decided to establish in Spain one of the largest financial "laundry", through which the majority of criminal and semi-criminal proceeds of the Russian mafia would be passing. The gangsters decided to invest the "laundered" money in purchasing a real estate on the Costa del Sol, as well as in various other projects.

For this purpose, several companies had been created , in particular Sunnivest 2000, Elviria Invest, Megrisa, Megabetta V and N, Inmboliarios Estepona, etc. According to the Spanish version of the investigation, the founders of Sunnivest 2000 - Leon Lann and Konstantin Manukyan were in charge of «laundering" money.

"Laundry" worked so well that soon other criminal groups from Russia, in particular from St. Petersburg began to use the company's services .

In June 2005, local security forces conducted an operation called "Wasp", which resulted in the detention of approximately 200 people, including the "thief in law" Vitaly Izgil. They were charged of money laundering and tax evasion. Later Zakhary Kalash was arrested; the Spanish police reported then that he was one of the most influential underworld crime bosses in the former Soviet Union.

In Moscow, according to Spanish investigators, Lann and Manoukian tried to take all possible efforts to rescue Kalashov from the bars. As a result, the Russian lawyer of Kalashov - Alexander Hofshteyn was put behind the bars. In October 2006, he flew to his client in Madrid and was also arrested. According to representatives of the prosecutor of Spain, there were talks between Kalashov and Hofshteyn recorded about "some very influential people could effect the judge and the prison authorities" - so that Kalashov had been accorded mitigation, and then he even was released and left Russia. Lann and Manoukian were allegedly willing to invest in the operation
Sources: RosBalt from 16.03.2010," ABC, Spain, Translation: "Inopressa.Ru" from 29.10.2008

In autumn 2006 in Moscow, Department of Economic Security (DEP), Ministry of Interior of Russia held operational activities in the casino Golden Palace Weekend, located in the premises of the hotel "Hotel Vinogradovo." After those checks, its operations had been suspended.

This was his third casino, affiliated with the cultural and entertainment center of Kristal and Golden Palace (controlled by Leon Lannom), whose activities were suspended earlier by the Economic Security Department of Russia. Representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that, as in the previous casino Golden Ralace Economic Security Department ,there was no evidence of tax registration gaming tables and machines. Employees of Economic Security Department of the Russian Interior Ministry found during the check that the leadership of the casino conducted files of clients with their photographs, videotapes, copies of passports and other documents.
Source: www.newsru.com from 05.10.2006

In the summer of 2008 in Malaga (Spain) an Operation Troika was carried out. "It was attended by over 300 local law enforcement officers, who blocked the villa, inhabited by "authentic" inhabitants of St. Petersburg, like Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev, as well as the "thief in law" Vitaly Izgilov. Then he and a number of Russian and Spanish nationals were arrested for money laundering. In Russia from Spain received a request for extradition of "thieves in law" Vladimir Tyurin and Tariel Oniani, businessmen Leon Lann and Konstantin Manukyan.
Source: RosBalt "from 16.03.2010

In early March 2010 the FSB detained Leon Lann in Moscow at the request of the 4th investigative court under Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Spain, received by the main control international legal cooperation of Prosecutor General Office of the RF. At that time, Spainish prosecutors accused him of organizing illegal financial scheme in the country to launder the proceeds of crime groups by Zakharia Kalashov.

According to the Spainish prosecution, described in the request for extradition, Mr. Lann was directed by the kingpin Zakharias Kalashov to create in this country a financial scheme to launder the proceeds of crime by investing in real estate in the resort of Costa del Sol.

On April 26, 2010 Transfiguration District Court in Moscow decided to extend the arrest of Leonid Lann until 5 September 2010.
Sources: Kommersant № 53 (4353) on 27.03.2010, № 74 (4374) on 27/04/2010

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Aleksandr Lebedev - Chairman of the Board of Directors of CJSC «National Reserve Corporation», president of AKB «NRBank» (JSC)

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:59 + в цитатник

Surname: Lebedev

Name: Aleksandr

Fathername: Evgenyevich

Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors of CJSC «National Reserve Corporation», president of AKB «NRBank» (JSC)



Born December 16, 1959 in Moscow; Russian. His father, Evgeny Nikolaevich — PhD in technical sciences, was Professor at MVTU. His mother Maria Sergeevna - a professor of English at MGIMO in Soviet Foreign Ministry. He finished the English specialized school number 17. In the school he studied in the same class with Alexander Mamut. In 1977 he entered the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and graduated in 1982. He studied in the eighth English-Spanish group of monetary-financial department of economic faculty at MGIMO. In 1984 he graduated from the KGB Red Banner Institute of the USSR. After MGIMO he worked at the Institute of Economics of the world socialist system (IEMSS) USSR. Since 1983 — he served in the First Main Directorate (PGU) of the KGB of the USSR (foreign intelligence). From 1987 to 1992 he worked in the Soviet Embassy in the UK attachй (1987-88), third secretary (1988-90), Second Secretary, Embassy (1990-92). He was engaged in "analytical" espionage.

In 1992-1993 he was representative of the bank «Compagnie Financiera Tradison» (Switzerland) in the CIS. He had internship in the British and Swiss banks.            

In autumn 1994 RIFK acquired National Reserve Bank (NRB) which beforehand had been subsidiary of the Bank "National Reserve" by Oleg Boyko . In fact RIFK bought NRB for banking license (which NRB had, but RIFK didn't). Shares bought in NRB had been acquired by the clients of RIFK — RAO “Gazprom», «Gazexport» and a number of foreign economic associations.             At the same time RIFK separated from the «Imperial» bank.

Since March 1, 1995 to January 2004 - Chairman of the Board of NRB (18 March 1999 to January 2004 - the president of the bank).            

At the IV congress of the Movement «Our Home- Russia"(NDR) by Viktor Chernomyrdin in April 1997 he was elected a member of the political council of the NDR.            

Since 1997 - Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Reserve Bank (NRB, Chairman of the Council  was representative of «Gazprom» Vyacheslav Sheremet).            

April 24, 1999 at the VI Congress of the NDR he was re-elected member of the political council of the NDR; elected as one of the Vice-Chairmen of the NDR by Chernomyrdin.            

On May 27, 2000 at the founding congress of the "Unity" was elected a member of the central political council of the party.            

Staring from June 2000 till May 2003 - Member of the Board of Directors of RAO «UES of Russia».            

Since January 2002 - Member of the Board of Directors of OAO "Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC).       

Since January 2003 - Member of the Board of Directors of the Bank "Voronezh", purchased by Lebedev's structures in 2001.            

In 2003, he combined the major-controlled assets into the «National Reserve Corporation» (NRC).            

In August 2003 he ran for mayor of Moscow.            

In December 7, 2003 he was elected to the State Duma of the fourth convocation elected from the party lists of the block "Motherland".            

Since the end of 2003 till July 2007 - a member of the party "United Russia"            

January 21, 2004 resigned the post of chairman of the National Reserve Bank (NRB) due to his election a State Duma deputy.            

In June 2007, moved from the "United Russia" to the party "Fair Russia".       

In 2008, the holding company by Lebedev «National Reserve Corporation» assessed the value of its assets at 5.5 billion dollars.            

In January 2009, he bought 75 % stake of Evening Standard at Associated Newspapers.            

Alexander Lebedev's personal fortune was estimated at 3.5 billion dollars.

In Britain he owns 75% stake of Evening Standard, and is negotiating to buy The Independent and Independent on Sunday.       

In Ukraine he owns shares of Energobank and insurance company, as well as resort with 235 rooms, resort-recreational complex "Almond Grove", and four-star hotel "Glory." In addition, he owns several boutique hotels in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

In Germany he owns 48 % of the budget airline «Blue Wings».

In Switzerland he owns aircraft leasing Airstream.

In Russia, along with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev he owns 49 % stake in the opposition newspaper «Novaya Gazeta». He is selling his 26% stake of «Aeroflot» to the Russian government for 550 million dollars and 26% of aircraft leasing company «Ilyushin» to the Bank for Foreign Economic Activity (chairman Vladimir Putin) for 177 million dollars. He owns a major stake in the state gas giant «Gazprom». His "National Land Company» owns 45 000 hectares of farmland. In addition, he is the sole owner of the National Housing Corporation.
Sources: www.peoples.ru of 09.09.2008, "Moskovsky Komsomolets" of 27.03.2009, http://rus.ruvr.ru on 28/01/2010




In the media there is evidence that Alexander Lebedev began his business career having Ј 400 in his pocket. They wrote that he was selling everything - from shoes to real estate. The most exotic episode of his activities was manufacturing of barbed wire for zones and selling it to NATO peacekeepers in Mogadishu. Lebedev reportedly loves to recall it: a vivid detail is the key to successful PR.
Source: "Moskovsky Komsomolets" on 27/03/2009

Press wrote about how Alexander Lebedev "played for" the founders of the National Reserve Bank ". It is reported that in 1992 the bank "Kairos"was founded . Shareholders in the new-born structure became Natalia Arkhipova, Gennadiy Petrukhin, Oleg Pirojkov, and Eugene Barihov representing the company "Aretiks». In 1994, the bank "Kairos" changed the owner; And then it acquired another name: the National Reserve Bank (NRB). Eventually NRB got new owners - «Gazprom» and «Gazexport». By the time, two shareholders had dropped out - Natalia Arkhipova and Gennadiy Petrukhin.

Each of the four shareholders of "kairos" owned 25% of the capital which at the time of the bank registration amounted to 3 million rubles, or about $ 6000 at the rate of the time. According to the protocol of the "Kairos"shareholders meeting  from July 15, 1993, the former shareholders decided to introduce into the team of the then working «National Credit» and a number of structures affiliated with it. At the same time they increased an authorized capital of the bank, so that the equities of former shareholders turned into nothing. In 1994 when being re-registered the bank was renamed in NRB, and the former shareholders were withdrown from the founders. Moreover,according to press reports, Arkhipova and Petrukhin claimed that during the fateful meeting they had noteven been in the capital, and, accordingly, they could not have signed any treaties of  new bank shareholders joining.
Source: "Компромат.Ru" from 19.11.2003

It is reported that Lebedev made his first big money on debt obligations, known as "MinFin bonds» (“vebovka”). Lebedev and Kostin created a Russian investment and finance company (RIFK). Since 1993 RIFK on a management basis became a part of the AB "Imperial" (one of its founders was a classmate of Lebedev - Alexander Mamut and his company "Company Project Financing" (COPF). Lebedev became the head of department on foreign investments of the bank. As they wrote, the essence of the scheme with «MinFin bonds” was that debts of state enterprises got privatized  by a private company which then presented a bill for payment to the state.

Former chairman of Imperial Sergei Rodionov told in an interview that after the Soviet Union collapse debts of the Vnesheconombank to the Russian importers had been frozen, and debts to commercial banks should have been repaid. To convert the debt into cash in April 1993 the firm «Technopomimport» sold one of its debts at an undervalued rate - at $ 15 million to a new bank  of Mamut - "Company on Project Financing "(COPF). That, in turn, pledged to put that debt to the share capital of Bank «Lefortovsky” in which Mamut was an advisor and co-owner. And meanwhile they demanded "MinFin bonds" for the full amount of the debt with from the "Imperial", where the "Technopomimport" had been holding its accounts. Economists calculated that due to exchange rate differences budget lost $ 8.8 million.  According to Rodionov, along with KOPF Lebedev and  Kostin also did a vanishing act from "Imperial" and earned through the "MinFin» bonds in the bank  just like Mamut did. They wrote that the story ended luckily enough for Lebedev: enterprising financier had been noticed in high spheres, they did not reprimand him for fraud, but on the contrary began to actively promote him at the oligarchic stairs. Otherwise, as reported, it is difficult to explain the fact that it was Lebedev who headed the «National Reserve Bank» in 1995 , which was largest shareholder was "Gazprom".

Retrieved from "Compromising" from 19.11.2003, "Компромат.Ru" from 27.01.2005


The press described the story about central bank with NBR credited the Ministry of Finance, and doing that was generally prohibited. As the press reported, the Deputy Finance Minister Andrei Vavilov told about the circumstances of the story in his statement to the Prosecutor General. They wrote that Vavilov described the transaction carried out in August 1996. According to Vavilov, there were other participants involved along with him: the Central Bank chairman Sergei Dubinin, Eurobank and National Reserve Bank (NRB). According to Vavilov, in a result of the complicated financial transaction NRB gained an opportunity to earn $ 170 million. However, Vavilov prevented it despite requests of Dubinin. In his statement the former deputy finance minister pointed out that two days after the last conversation with the chairman of the Central Bank his official SAAB had been blown up.
Source: "Kommersant» ? 119 (1301) on 26/07/1997


As reported, in a while the case on $ 170 million which NRB never received was softpedaled.
Source: "Moskovsky Komsomolets" on 27/03/2009

The name of Alexander Lebedev was mentioned in the press in connection with high-profiled case about the a copier box full of money which had been carried out of Government House for election campaign of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 and promotion of the party «Our Home is Russia ".
Source: "VolgaPolitInfo" on 30/03/2007

"MK" wrote that according to the documents available for the edition, almost all the money spent on Yeltsin's campaign and promotion of «Our house is Russia» on parliamentary elections, had been received from the state budget. Then it was laundered through offsets between Gazprom and the Ministry of Finance. Big role in those schemes was assigned to the National Reserve Bank. And  the box of copier, as journalists claimed according to the documents, was refilled by members of UXO.            

It was reported that there was only one bank fixed in the journal of the money inflow for the campaign activities payments of the Party «Our Home is Russia" - National Reserve Bank. The daily revenue reached up to $ 4 million.             

None of commercial bank could have withstand such costs, as the press wrote. But when the head of the Central Bank became Sergei Dubinin launched a scheme which allowed this to happen (he originated from the "Imperial" like the head of the NRB Lebedev ). In addition, the accounts of UXO had about 55 million dollars received.
Source: "Moskovsky Komsomolets" on 03/06/1999


According to press reports, another scandal involving NRB dates back to 1997. In July, prosecutors filed a criminal charge of tax evasion by UXO. A former citizen of Russia, former submariner Igor Fedorov claimed about the crime. In its turn NRB accused Fedorov of stealing several million dollars.            

As press reported, at the moment of the statement writing Igor Fedorov born in 1952  lived in the United States as a stateless person. In his explanation he indicated that several heads of the National Reserve Bank carried out a series of deals through their relations in the government offices (former Deputy Finance Minister Vavilov). Those deals supposed that internal currency bonds (OVVZ) got used both in Russia and  abroad (Switzerland, USA). As Fedorov argued , the stated above people had transferred about $ 30 million abroad on accounts of specially created companies that were used to launder unlawfully obtained proceeds.            

According to media reports, investigation found out who was involved in those transactions. Those were: Lebedev Aleksandr Evgenyevich (Chairman of NRB), Kostin Andrey Leonidovich (former Vice Chairman of the Board of NRB, the head of Vnesheconombank) and the Shvedsky Roman Lyvovich (Advisor to Chairman of the Board of UXO). The essence of criminal financial transactions was described as follows: through connections in the Ministry of Finance of Russia Lebedev acquired internal currency bonds for $ 190 million (in nominal value of $ 1 billion), that was 19% of their actual value, while in the market those securities were traded in the range of 30% at the time of purchase. Supposedly representatives of the bank had already gained potential benefit of $ 110 million. To hide the proceeds received from the sale of securities, Shvedsky and Kostin concluded an oral agreement with Fedorov. The latter opened and registered several companies in offshore areas upon their request.  

The further scheme, according to investigators, existed in order to disguise the true owner of  OVVZ - National Reserve Bank - in transactions of transfer of currency abroad. As reported, the investigation concluded that the National Reserve Bank had entered into formal agreements with Fedorov on exchange of OVVZ 6 and 7 trenches to the bonds of the 5th trench. In fact, all funds received from sales of OVVZ, as directed by Shvedsky and Kostin, Fedorov credited to the correspondent account of the Bank «American International» in Mosbusinessbank in favor of the opened firms. Then also on oral instructions the currency was transferred to the accounts of campaigns on the Cayman Islands. And in the end it fell on the firms' accounts in different banks in Switzerland. One of the companies was called "Lebeko", which literally meant "Lebedev and Kostin.       

In his explaination to General Prosecutor Office of Russia Fedorov wrote: to destroy the traces of their illegal activities, as well as witnesses  his "partners" intended to put Fedorov out of the way as soon as he completed all the planned transfers of currency abroad. In the course of the cooperation with Lebedev and Kostin, wrote Fedorov,  they stole all  the contracts confirming his role in transactions with OVVZ, and obligations of Lebedev and Kostin to pay his mediation services. After Fedorov became aware of it, in his words, he decided to break off relations with the companions.       

At the time of the "partnership" breaking the accounts of the companies managed only by Fedorov numbered more than $ 7 million from the sale of OVVZ. According to the investigation, to recover the stolen funds the former companions of Fedorov forged documents on behalf of Mosbusinessbank; they indicated that Fedorov got a loan in that bank and maliciously refuses to repay it. The counterfeits were sent to the arbitration courts of Great Britain (London), Switzerland (Zurich) and the U.S. (Baltimore), which ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.            

The Russian General Prosecutor's Office opened a criminal case N «18/171845 under Article 199, Part 2 of the Criminal Code of Russia (the repeated tax evasion of organizations). The case was investigated by the Investigation Department in the General Prosecutor's Office.
Source: B-F.Ru "from 26.11.2003


The media wrote: In order to find Fedorov, Lebedev hired several well-known detective agencies. But Fedorov disappeared from his house in Norfolk. He became unavailable for Lebedev. That did not stop him from appearing in front of  reporters here and there. For the "head" Fedorova, or at least for any information about his whereabout Lebedev's people reportedly offered the American associates and lawyers a fugitive from 200 to 500 thousand dollars. All in vain.

When Lebedev had won lawsuits in the foreign arbitrations he immediately withdrew them. In this regard the media supposed: he did it considering that it was not very prestigious to be played for — they would no longer respect him. After that the press was full of articles that it was not Fedorov who had stiffed Lebedev, and vice versa - a poor submariner had been a victim of dirty tricks of the financier and had been forced to hire a staff of private security guards.       

Igor Fedorov reportedly settled in America on the millions gained. In 2002 he wrote a statement to the new Russian General Prosecutor Ustinov in which he said that all the statements having  made to the previous General Prosecutor Skuratov - accusations against Lebedev and his companions — was a lie without any basis.
Source: "Compromising.Ru" from 19.11.2003

Media reported on participation of Alexander Lebedev in a scandal which occurred because of the film with a man "similar to the former Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov» having fun with girls of easy virtue.
Source: "VolgaPolitInfo" on 30/03/2007

The scandal began in winter 1999 when the record had been shown on television. In  April 2, 1999, Yeltsin signed a decree on dismissal of Yuri Skuratov. Skurotov was prosecuted for abuse of power.

In this regard, the media reported that there had been a criminal case of fraud for the National Reserve Bank (NRB) headed by Alexander Lebedev in progress of the Prosecutor General Skuratov that time.  

Reportedly in this case there were three directions: scam of money transfer to overseas accounts, establishment of companies by NRB management to take advantage of them for unreasonably increasing of the bank's capital and illegal obtaining licenses for NRB leaders for gun  and for private security.            

According to media reports, the first direction investigation could have been most frightening for Lebedev. He tried to hush up the case, as reported in the media. When the agreement failed, Lebedev began to look for compromising about Skuratov. Incidentally, as reported, Skuratov said that Lebedev was involved in his "deposition" by organizing surveillance.            

They wrote that, according to rumors, the security company "Konus" guarding NRB  ( to the establishment of which Lebedev had been related) began surveillance of family members of the prosecutor. They wrote that the results of that work appeared in the Internet and that Skuratov asked the Minister of Interior Rushailo to investigate the situation. As a result, management of "P" MIA of Russia found out that the security firm "Konus" located all available information through the foreign servers.            

They wrote that neither investigation nor expertise did not confirm the version of Lebedev's involvement in the scandalous filming. Although there was plenty of circumstantial evidence. For example, several firms of Lebedev located not far from "the bad apartment." The shooting equipment was designed for a short reception. There was a witness who said she contacted with people of Lebedev and he was in the house, where the record was made. Lebedev was reportedly interrogated, but without any consequences for him.
Source: "Компромат.Ru" from 19.11.2003

According to press reports, Lebedev used "black" technologies when he ran for mayor of Moscow in 2003. Media wrote that during the election campaign an unprecedented action started which could have been explained only as an attempt to bribe voters. The action reportedly was associated with a candidate for mayor of the capital, the team leader of NRB Alexander Lebedev. Press wrote that during the week the mailboxes of Muscovites had been thrown with electoral cards. There was a depiction of smiling Lebedev arm-wrestling with a man in cap. One could easily guess Mayor Yuri Luzhkov in the second hero, told the media.  The slogan on the postcards was: "The best is a friend of 'good'." Obviously Lebedev was implied under the best candidate, reporters concluded.            

There was one nuance featuring Lebedev's cards from other campaign materials, the press  wrote - they were numbered, that was each card contained a unique group of numbers. Thus, as reported, postcards became something of a lottery ticket. The media also reported that after distribution of cards mobile groups of citizens posing as members of the electoral headquarters of Lebedev allegedly visited apartments, and gave out valuable prizes - household appliances and even money in the amount of 50-100 dollars. However, not all the owners of cards got the prizes, but only those whose cards contained a "fortunate" set of numbers. It was reported that some Internet youth forums and message boards had messages posted by those who wanted to buy postcards of Lebedev with certain combinations of numbers for 300-500 rubles. According to press reports, a source in the headquarters of Lebedev said that there had been issued 2.7 million of cards issued (i.e. almost  all the Moscow apartments amount), and that every tenth of them was "winning". Press wrote that, according to experts, Moscow faced, on the one hand, the most blatant vote-buying program, on the other -  the most expensive one.
Source: B-F.Ru on 06/12/2003

In early 2005, according to press reports, Lebedev conflicted with Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov who had initiated the arrest of NRK shares owned by the leasing company «Ilyushin Finance Co» (IFC), established to promote the Russian aircraft.
Source: www.peoples.ru on 09/09/2008

Problems with «Ilyushin Finance Co" appeared in 2003 when more than 50% of the company shares (i.e., the entire non-state package) were arrested. Media wrote that, according to official version, the Prosecutor General's Office appeared to claim the formation of the legal person's own capital. Journalists referring to the information of knowledgeable sources wrote that investigators of the case on “the Ilyushin Finance Co" found sufficient number of facts to bring to trial on fraud in a large scale a well-known businessman and politician Lebedev.
Source: "Our Time" from 18.06.2007

According to press reports, on September 6, 2005 at a press conference Lebedev said he was ready to leave the State Duma and head the board of directors of JSC "Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC), which 38% (in other sources - 36%) of the shares belonged to the NRC. He said he did not seen any "other way to save the company."            

It was reported that on October 27, 2005 Lebedev filed in the Supreme Arbitration Court a claim against the government of Russia, and challenged the arrest of shares of the «Ilyushin Finance» in early 2005. On December 19, 2005 the Supreme Arbitration Court dismissed the Lebedev's claim of 27 October 2005.
Source: www.peoples.ru on 09.09.2008 with reference to the "Vedomosti" on 22.06.2006.

In the press there was an opinion that NRC had simply «played for' "IFC" by paying only a quarter of its share of issue of additional issue. NRC argued their actions by «uncertainties in the criminal proceedings."
Source: Moskovsky Komsomolets, 27.03.2009

According to press reports, on May 27, 2007 St. Petersburg hosted the first lottery «Nevskoye bingo"- a joint project of the private businesses and the government in St. Petersburg. That event was directly linked to Alexander Lebedev. In the media there is evidence that the actual owner of the lottery were the structures close to the National Reserve Bank (NRB). So the main fighter against gambling Alexander Lebedev (he has repeatedly proven himself as such) appeared to be involved in this business.       

Lebedev, as the media wrote, changed his position and recognized the link between NRC and the drawings taking place in St. Petersburg. "I haven't been aware of it until today, the same as the CEO of the bank hasn't. Maybe it was an initiative of the Petersburg branch of NRB ", he let his hair down to the press.
Source: "Our Time" from 18.06.2007

The media wrote that in June 2006, Lebedev was involved in a conflict between the residents of the micro district in the Southern Butovo and the Moscow authorities which attempted to forcibly relocate residents from their private homes by court decision. It was reported that Lebedev was involved in the conflict on the side of Butovo.
Source: www.peoples.ru on 09/09/2008

According to the press, Lebedev appeared in the story of the Southern Butovo in the midst of a scandal. In the media a suggestion was made that he had played not the last, if not the main role in the conflict. In some editions he was called the initiator of hype around Butova.            

Reporters found out that there was a contract of lease signed between the deputy and a resident of one of the houses slated for demolition Valentina Popova. Media paid noted that the document was signed on April 3, when noone was going to relocate. At the time of eviction the parliamentary immunity of Lebedev spread to the house. It was reported that Popova gave a room to banker Lebedev for six months rent just for 30 rubles monthly.            

There is information in the media that Lebedev's participation in Butovo events was likely to be a part of long-planned PR-action against Yuri Luzhkov. Journalists speculated that after taking a thrashing three years ago and losing the election for Mayor of Moscow Lebedev tried to take revenge. In fact the events in Butovo had seriously hit the image of the capital's mayor.
Source: "Life" of 30.06.2006

In the summer of 2007, as written in the press, a revising of the terms of many Lebedev' property objects privatization began in Ukraine. It was reported that Ukrainian investigators found that the process of transferring of some state properties into private hands had been carried out with apparent violations. With reference to the data of Ukraine security, the media wrote: there was every reason to believe that resort land had been bought by the businessman on undervalued rate on the basis of some unknown agreement with the Crimean authorities or even with someone higher up.

One example - hotel "Ukraine" in Kiev, the total area about 20 thousand square meters. It is reported that the scandal around the hotel began in 2004 when there were suspicions that 50% of state property had been transferred illegally to the entities controlled by Lebedev. They wrote in the media that the investigation had led the law enforcement to the top of the Ukrainian authorities: Alexander Lebedev's relation with Igor Bakayev, manager of the President Kuchma. With reference to the Ukrainian press, Russian media wrote that under Bakayev the commercial structures (including Lebedev's one) had been sold the state property for an amount approximately to 64 million dollars.
Source: "Our Time" from 18.06.2007

In autumn 2009 the media reported that Ukraine lost the lawsuit on the property of the «Ukraina Hotel» which had lasted throughout the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko. By decision of the Supreme Court, the building passed to the ownership of JSC "Hotel" Ukraine " founded five years ago with participation of the National Reserve Corporation (NRC) by the former Duma deputy Alexander Lebedev.
Source: http://www.dsnews.ua ? 41 (439) on October 12, 2009

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Lev Levaev - The head of the group

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:58 + в цитатник

Surname: Levaev

Name: Lev

Fathername: Avnerovich

Position: The head of the group


Born July 30, 1956 in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, in a family of Jews - the Sephardim, Hasidim by religion. His father, Avner Levaev was an employee of trading network, the leader of the Hasidic community, the spiritual leader – a zaddik.

In 1972, Avner and Lev Levaev were chased by Soviet law enforcement agencies under the guise of illegal trade in consumer goods and antiques. In the same year the family traveled to Israel.

Then diamonds at $ 200 000 (data «Forbes») were smuggled, according to other sources those diamonds were fake, which put the family in an extremely difficult financial situation; then a state program of assistance to returnees and support of Hasidic community helped.

In Israel, Levaev whose general education consisted of junior secondary school # 91 in Tashkent continued his studies as an apprentice of diamond cutter in the studio "Zotar" in the town of Kiryat-Malachi.

In 1974 - 1976 Levaev served in the IDF (The Israel Defense Forces) in the Signal Corps.

After serving in the army of Israel, Levaev settled his own diamond business, which intensive development was contributed significantly by a successful marriage (1976) on the daughter of an influential businessman who had been also specializing in this industry. Currently, the family of Olga and Lev Levaev has nine children; some of them are also involved in the family business.

In 1986 Levaev was awarded the best entrepreneur of the diamond industry in Israel.

In 1987 he became site holder of «De Beers».

In the period 1986 - 1990 he acted as the representative of «De Beers» in Russia, Israel, Belgium and Ireland.

In 1989, the delegation of specialists Glavalmazzoloto accompanied by representatives of the Soviet secret police, visited Israel to choose a worthy partner for the first joint lapidary business in the USSR. The choice was made in favor of Levaev.

JV “Ruiz Diamonds "(participants: Glavalmazzoloto USSR & Levaev) was registered in 1989

In 1990 he began equipping the plant.

In 1991, the plant produced its first products. In the same year in connection with the collapse of the Soviet Union Glavalmazzoloto ceased to exist. After some time, Levaev became the sole participant of the project.

In spring 1995, relationship between Levayev and «De Beers» got seriously cracked. Levaev was removed from the number of «De Beers» sight holders.

In 1996, ZAO “Kam – Crystal" was registered in Perm (participants: 51% of the regional administration, NP “Uralalmaz", a number of Perm enterprises, 49% of Levaev).

In 1997, Levaev bought from the Bank Leumi le-Israel the controlling stake of a diversified holding Africa - Israel. Later on cooperation of one of the largest Israeli banks and the Levaev Group became even closer - the son of the President of the Bank Leumi Galia Maor - Ron Maor joined the management team in the corporation by Levaev.

In 1997, Levaev (through the company DIUMONTY) became the holder of 18% GRO "Katoka” (Angola). Some time later, Levaev (1999) began to monitor all diamond exports from Angola through a shared venture with the Angolan Government "Askorp”.

During the period of 1998 - 2005 he acquired a substantial stake in Namibian company Namko, which was leading diamond mining in Namibia's offshore fields, and South Africa; he created a new polishing business in India, China, Angola, Namibia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, and signed an agreement on cooperation with the manufacturers of diamond jewelry and trademark owners networks of world-class - Bvlgary and Stern, and even attempted to create his own jewelry brand «Levaev». In those years Levaev also succeeded in building relationships with Russian producers of rough diamonds: "Ruiz Diamonds” became the largest site holder of ALROSA and almost a quasi-monopoly buyer of diamonds mined by JSC" Diamonds Anabara” (a joint venture of ALROSA and administration of the Anabar district in Yakutia). Another Russian lapidary plant, controlled by Levayev - OOO “Almy Diam” bought diamonds from the Yakut mining company OAO “Nizhnelenskoe”.

In 2000, Levaev created the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), headed by Rabbi Berel Lazar. Thus he deprived the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC), led by Vladimir Gusinsky of an exclusive right to represent the Jewish community of Russia.

Source: www.rough-polished.com






In 1992, Joint Venture Mining Company "Katoka" was established for the development of the Angolan diamond fields called Katoka. The state company ALROSA owned 32.8% stake in the joint venture, 18% was controlled by Levaev through the Dutch Dumont Financing Company. Since then all diamonds mined in Angola had to be sold only through Angolian Selling Corporation (ASCORP). Representatives of ALROSA were confident that almost 25% of the corporation had been controlled by Levaev. In such an arrangement of ALROSA was perceived as a serious blow to the image of the company.

Source: "Kommersant» # 67 (1952) on 18.04.2000



ALROSA was especially proud of Katoka mine, as it linked its future to the mine's subsoil. ALROSA became interested in Angola; then there was a civil war because of which De Beers left it in 70's. ALROSA decided to get settled in the deposit rink Katoka. It was like an exit to a world level for the company. And then Levaev entered in the joint venture by buying a 18% stake. They said that ALROSA lacked the money and therefore agreed to accept Levaev.

After this, the Government of Angola took an unprecedented step - it canceled all previous agreements on the diamond trade in their country. Since then, ALROSA had been mining diamonds - and giving them to Levaev. The foreign press in Angola linked this victory of Levaev with the support of the military and the KGB. The Western press also wrote openly that in 90's Levaev organized a "private channel through which the Russian government had been reselling large illegal shipment of diamonds for cash receiving."

Source: "The Company" from 18.07.2000



In 1998, Afrika Israel Investments Ltd., which board of directors was headed by Levaev, bought shares in the Russian investment group “CentreInvest” - it was the first educational alliance with an Israeli company in the Russian stock market. By that time, Levaev had already been one of the largest players in the diamond business; basically, it is due to his activities in Russia. In November 1997, his company Levaev International Diamonds (LID) due to expanding in the Russian market became one of the founders of the Permian Russian-Israeli lapidary plant "Kama-Kristall”. In addition, "Ruiz Diamonds” - the largest enterprise in Russia producing diamonds established with the participation of LID – for three years had been retaining the right to buy from the Gokhran (State Depository for Precious Metals) 20% of jewelry Permian diamonds. The prosperity of "Ruiz Diamonds" in Russia was attributed to the fact that it had always had a strong lobby in Roskomdragmet (the Russian Federation Committee for Precious Metals), Gohran and other state structures.

However, that was because of the close ties with Russia the South African company De Beers, controlling the world diamond market, in 1995 removed the company from the ranks of their sight holders, thus Levaev had to buy diamonds for cutting only indirectly, i.e. 10-15% more expensive than from De Beers. Company representatives did not comment on the exception of Levaev.

Source: "Kommersant» # 53 (1456) on 27/03/1998



Perhaps the reason for the decision of De Beers was the fact that Levaev created problems for the company in Africa in the mid 90's. At that time the diamond-producing regions of Angola had been controlled by UNITA rebels, who attempted to overthrow President Dos Santos. To get money for weapons, the rebels threw diamonds on the market. In order not to lose its control over the world prices, De Beers had to buy them. In 1998, the UNO imposed sanctions on the purchase of diamonds from Angolan rebels, and De Beers was forced to stop buying them. And in 1996 Levaev paid for 16% of the largest Angola's diamond mine, which the government had fought off the rebels, and started guarding it. Then president gave him an exclusive right to purchase Angolan diamonds.

Another field of struggle in between Levaev and De Beers became Namibia. The country decided to develop its own cutting industry, and in 2000 forced the manufacturers to provide local factories with raw materials. At first De Beers refused, but later softened its stance. Levaev also used the situation to the fullest. In 2000 he bought 37% shares of Namibian Minerals Corp. (Namco), then initiated its bankruptcy and bought all of its concessions.

Source: "Russian Forbes» on 28.04.2004



In 2001, the press became aware of the details behind the scenes of the events associated with Levaev’s struggle to Permian "potassium Baron” Dmitry Rybolovlev for the Ural diamond deposits. Levaev-controlled enterprise OOO "Edelweiss" filed an application for licenses search on three diamondiferous areas of the Perm region, two of which had also been claimed by the company “Uralkali” of Dmitry Rybolovlev. Obviously, Levaev became interested in mining in the area due to the wording of the law "On Subsoil" coming into force, by which the one who discovered deposit was licensed to develop it without any competition. Before the tournament diamond-producing was considered to be a purely state matter, 98% of the deposits had been developed by the state ALROSA.

Source: "Kommersant» # 84 (2214) on 18.05.2001



As a result, next year, both Levaev and Rybolovlev received licenses to develop fields including those disputed lands, which had been claimed by the both of them, and nobody had got them then, so the authorities had exposed them to the competition.

Source: "Kommersant» # 113 (2482) on 03.07.2002



Levaev's interests in the Perm region laid also in a mine "Uralalmaz", which had been a national enterprise by 2002, unless its director Boris Protasov got retired. Then, Levaev decided to take control over the company; thereto he created the JSC "Uralalmaz", 50% of which belonged to the mines and to the plant "Kama-Kristall”. Such property redistribution caused indignation of Protasov, who was left with 1% in NP Uralalmaz. He claimed that upon a dismissal the employees of the company were supposed to receive the full price of their shares. NP “Uralalmaz" through court required to oblige Protasov selling the 1% stake in the mines, and the court satisfied the claim, but Protasov still refused to sell it. After that, "Uralalmaz" through arbitration wrote off the interest from the personal account of Protasov. Protasov considered that a payback by Levaev for Protasov had not let him in the national enterprise.

Source: "Kommersant» # 83 (2922) on 12.05.2004



In 2006, Levaev's name became surfaced during the investigation of illicit export of unrefined diamonds from Russia, which was conducted by the department to combat international organized crime of the Israeli police together with the Russian Federal Security Service. There were suspicions that Levaev had been exceeding the diamond exports quota with a help of surrogates. In general, the actions of Levaev - a citizen of another state - threatened the sovereignty of Russia. However, it never grew into anything more that a suspicion.

Source: solomin from 06.03.2006



In 2008, Jacob Vaynrot - a prominent Israeli lawyer - was questioned in the case of the former tax inspector Gush-Dan, Yehoshua (Shuki) Vita. Vita was suspected that thanks to him Levaev, and some other businessmen like Arkady Gaydamak, Cherney, as well as crime boss Zeev Rosenstein bought or sold real estate on "more favorable" conditions, as well as received benefits in the taxation of their income. The investigation was initiated in 2006 by YaHBAL (Department of Police to investigate international and especially grave crimes) in Israel. Levaev also spent 15 hours answering the questions of investigators of the case.

Source: Izrus.co.il from 01.04.2008



Levaev categorically denied receiving any tax benefits.

Source: Izrus.co.il from 07.11.2008



In 2009, journalists began to talk about serious debts that Levaev was confused with. In particular, it was reported on a debt of almost $ 2 billion; Africa Israel reached an agreement of its restructuring with bondholders. It was assumed that lenders would get about 33% of the company, and the share of its main owner Levaev would be reduced to 52%. It was assumed also that Mr. Levaev was to pay the debt with shares of subsidiaries of the company Africa Israel, among which AFI Development (built in Russia) could appear. One of the options supposed that the bond holders could get 16% of the Russian developer.

It became known about the problems of Africa Israel in the end of last year; then Mr. Levaev had to lay all the 74.83% of the company he owned on his credits. According to Africa Israel, in late 2009 the total debt amounted to 8 billion shekels, i.e. more than $ 2 billion, of which 7.5 billion shekels were in the form of bonds, the rest – of bank debts. During the spring and summer, the company sold several real estate development assets in Israel, in particular the two trading centers and office center. IDEX Online, with reference to the statement of Mr. Levaev in August, wrote that the assets had been sold for $ 1.04 billion

Source: Kommersant # 205 (4260) on 03.11.2009



Later on it was reported that Levaev was considering the opportunity of selling the Moscow Jewelry Factory for $ 200 million. That would allow him to repay the debts to Israeli banks. Thus, he failed to deal with creditors without any sales of assets. Supposedly, most of the funds gained from the sale of the Moscow Jewelry Factory (controlled by Mr.Levaev) could be directed to the banks: Bank Leumi Israel Discount Bank, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, and First International Bank of Israel for the debts’ payment.

Source: "Kommersant" from 03.12.2009



The very next day after that message Levaev denied the possibility of selling the Moscow Jewelry Factory, as well as other diamond jewelry assets in Russia.

Source: "Kommersant" from 04.12.2009



In February 2010 it was reported that in order to pay the debts of its parent structure Africa Israel Investment, the Israeli businessman Lev Levaev would have to give a share in his development business in Russia to bondholders. 17,7% of AFI Development would cover only a portion of the 2-billion-debt of the businessman, so Lev Levaev would also have to give up 25% of Africa Israel Investment.

The restructuring plan also assumed that Africa Israel Investment would convert the bonds of 13 former loans to bonds of the two new releases - the first one for 1 billion shekels, short-term (for two years), and the second one - for 3 billion shekels (for 16 years). In addition, the remaining portion of the debts Lev Levaev’s corporation would pay in cash (550 million NIS), and with shares of Africa Properties (owned real estate in Israel and Europe). Total value of shares in AFI Development and Africa Properties was to cover the debt of 1.2 billion shekels. As they clarified in Africa Israel, the proposed plan would "completely restructure the debt of the corporation”.

Source: Kommersant »# 24 (4324) on 11.02.2010


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Igor Leytis - General Director of ZAO

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:57 + в цитатник

Surname: Leytis

Name: Igor

Fathername: Mikhailovich

Position: General Director of ZAO



Born October 12, 1963 in Leningrad. He graduated from Leningrad Engineering-Construction Institute. From 1985 to 1988 worked as a foreman in Trust № 18 "Santehmontazh-62", in 1988-1989 - Head of construction site of the plant “Santehoborudovanie”. In 1989 – 1991 he was Deputy Chairman of the cooperative "Industry"; since 1992 - General Director of Adamant. Married, has with two children.

Company "Adamant", which is headed by Leytis, is the largest chain of stores for the interior, best known in St. Petersburg and North-West region.

Another area of the company business is the construction of shopping centers.

Nowadays "Adamant" is a trade network of ten stores with total area of 6.5 thousand square meters. ZAO "Adamant" also has two restaurants, a bar, and a night club.

The company owns 30% stake in shopping malls: "Balkan", "Shuvalovo", "Aerodrom", the windows and doors production "Evrostroystandart",has is a motor transport enterprise with the park of 32 cars.

The Company’s staff counts 700 Employees.

"Adamant" holds shares in “StroyInvest" and "StroyInvest-1". Adamant participated in the construction of large shopping centers like "Kupchinsky", "Shuvalovo", "Adamant" at the metro station "Pionerskaya", which were opened in 1997-98.

"Adamant" owns 13 shopping centers with a total area of more than 60 000 square meters. Also, the company owns a chain of confectionery "Ontrome", "Adamant" and "Valhalla" restaurants, Casino Club Plaza, as well as a cafe-club "Taboo" in Moscow.
Source: www.ceo.spb.ru



In the mid 90’s Igor Leytis, then a novice businessman was under an influence of the criminal authority close to the Tambovskaya criminal group, Vladimir Golubev (Barmaley). In particular, media wrote that Golubev knocked up the initial fortune and became actively engaged in business keeping the relations to the Tambovskaya gang. He became "in charge" of the trading network "Adamant" and after some time managed to obtain the founder’s rights in the firm which was so well-known in St. Petersburg.
Source: "Banditsky Peterburg" from 2004

In general, Igor Leytis is a very public figure, he is happy to talk to the press; especially when asked about his own achievements, or offered to act as an expert. At the same time journalists turn to Leytis due to the fact that he has been involved in large development projects, indicating the presence of some very decent administrative resources.

In particular, in 2006, journalists reported on informal relationship between Leytis and the board member of Gazprom Valery Golubev. They wrote about this in relation to a major transaction for the sale of the building of the banking institution on Nevsky Prospect, which was acquired for $ 17 million by OOO “Luka-invest”. According to the journalists, the building was purchased for Valery Golubev – a former administration official of St. Petersburg (as well as the old friend and colleague of President Vladimir Putin), who had been overseeing the selection of properties for Gazprom. The operator of the transaction was manager of the holding "Adamant" Igor Leytis, whose representative - Alexander Kvashonkin (he had previously acquired Hotel "Moscow” for "Adamant") and won the auction for the "Luka-Invest”.
Source: newspaper "Kommersant-SPB" № 96 (3427) on 31.05.2006

That transaction led Leytis to the courtroom. Leytis had to terminate the contract of long-term lease with the International Banking Institute (“MBI”), which had been occupying a building on Nevsky Prospekt, 58, acquired by his company at the auction of Urban Property Fund. Interestingly, those trustees of the MBI confronting with Leytis at that time were as follows: Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin and Economic Development Minister Herman Gref. But in the end the parties managed to agree.
Source: newspaper "Kommersant-SPB" № 235 (3566) on 15.12.2006

In January 2008, at the site of Directorate of the Federal Antimonopoly Service in Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region an information about the administrative liability of Igor Leytis appeared imposing a fine of $ 2,5 thousand on him. The essence of the offense was the following - Inconsistencies with the Antimonopoly authority on the acquisition of more than 20% of the voting shares in Lenexpo, which occupied more than 35% of the market for the trade exhibitions in Petersburg.

As Mr. Leytis told reporters, he has obtained about 31% of the shares of the company, which owns a trade and exhibition complex in the Harbour.

Judging by the press reports, those actions by FAS had not affect the business plans of Leytis, the scandal was hushed up.
Source: newspaper "Kommersant-SPB" № 15 (3832) on 01.02.2008

In February 2008, "Adamant" appeared to be involved in a very ugly story connected with a series of murders of colored people in St. Petersburg. The reporters discovered that one of the neo-Nazis gangs had been holding its gatherings in the premises belonging to businessman Oleg Rudakov, who at that time was a business partner Igor Leytis and had a number of common business projects with him. Rudakov was then the owner of OOO "Forum", which was the co-founder of OOO "Adamant Capital”. Thus, according to the journalistic perception of the situation, a person from minions of Leytis provided the Nazis with his own premise for the preparation of their murders.
Source: "Vash tayny sovetnik” № 6 (284) from 18.02.2008

In October 2008, they reported on a joint project by Leytis and a well-known businessman Shalva Chigirinsky. The Holding Company "Adamant" sold to the company Russian Land by Shalva Chigirinsky a blocking stake in the company ZAO “TPF Passazh”. Company's main asset was the building of the same name department store on Nevsky Prospect, 48. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed, but according to experts, it could have been about $ 40-50 million. They assumed that soon after the completion of the transaction the company of Shalva Chigirinsky would become the 100 % owner of the ZAO "TPF Passazh”. However, the story also turned into a scandal later.
Source: newspaper "Kommersant-SPB" № 182 (3999) on 08.10.2008

Also in late 2008, they reported on the joint grandiose plans of the state corporation "Rostekhnologii" together with "Adamant". Journalists wrote "Adamant" occurred to be a partner for "Rostekhnologii” which was going to help them privatize the nearly two hundred federal state unitary enterprises (FSUE) and "develop non-core assets." In this regard, the experts were surprised by the fact such a company could get access to registers of defense enterprises. There were hints of some informal relations between Head of “Rostekhnologii” Chemezov and Leytis.

Interestingly, considering the net profits, inhered to the computation of the company that was supposed to be created for the project, amounting to 30% of its total expenditure, it was to make up from 195 million to 285 million rubles per year. At the same time, the sources of funding were to be the main state funds: the funds of “Rostekhnologii” controlling the federal state unitary enterprises and public companies, as well as "cross-financing", "credit resources" and "other".
Source: Kommersant № 201 (4018) on 06.11.2008

Since May 2009, Igor Leytis tried to arrest the St. Petersburg apartment of Shalva Chigirinsky worth up to ? 4 million through his firm Edimax in the courts of St. Petersburg and Moscow. The arrest was announced as an interim measure in the trial in the London International Arbitration. According to Edimax, Mr. Chigirinsky did not pay up for the Cypriot companies transferred to him; they owned real estate in St. Petersburg, in particular, the department store "Passage".

In August 2009, Shalva Chigirinsky put on sale store "Passazh" for $ 70 million due to his own financial troubles. The journalists wrote that the sale could be complicated because of the fact that Chigirinsky had not yet paid for the purchase of "Passazh" by the time. In fact, Leytis blocked the deal because he considered that Chigirinsky owed him.
Sources: Kommersant № 121 (4176) on 08.07.2009, № 153 (4208) on 21.08.2009

In the summer of 2009 first reports appeared in the press stating that Leytis had some financial problems associated with the crisis. In particular, they talked about the fact that the fall in demand of the holding "Adamant", which had been developing a network of "Domovoy" - was forced to close all regional projects, leaving the shops in St. Petersburg and Moscow only.
Source: Kommersant (N. Novgorod) № 133 (4188) on 24.07.2009

In the end of 2009 journalists reported about Leytis in connection with the criminal authority - Vladimir Golubev (Barmaley) who was a business partner to Leytis. In particular , the biography of Golubev contained the information that Vladimir Golubev owned the company "Alliance” jointly with Igor Leytis. Besides that, Golubev was an honored trainer of Russia on boxing, Honorary Doctor of the St. Petersburg State Academy of Physical Education and Cavalier of the award of “Sports Veteran of the Bryanskaya Oblast”; he had been continuously managing Boxing Federation "Army Sports Club”, founded by "Adamant"
Source: "Our version of the Neva" from 15.10.2009

In early 2010, there were new reports of reduced financial indicators of business achievement by Leytis. They wrote that the amount of shopping space input of "Adamant" had slowed markedly. For example, last year, the holding put into operation about 57 thousand square meters, Igor Leytis says, while in 2008 the volume of input amounted to 170 thousand square meters, and in 2007 - 150 thousand square meters. According to him, in 2011, they do not plan launching a large number of objects - only 80 thousand square meters of shopping space.
Source: newspaper "Kommersant-SPB" № 6 / R (4306) on 18/01/2010

However, in early 2010, Leytis’s business has turned the corner. Such a conclusion can be drawn from the application to start construction of a glass factory in Moscow region - the media reported that the ZAO "Russian Glass Company” (RGC), a member of the holding “Adamant” planed to open the ninth Russian production facility for industrial glass processing in 2012. Investments in the project are estimated at ? 45-50 million. As it was also reported, at the same time the official opening of the plant "Russian Glass Company" happened in the village Pargolovo. At that time, the RGC had opened factories in Zhukovsky, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnoyarsk, and Samara region, Yaroslavl, Krasnodar and St. Petersburg.
Source: newspaper "Kommersant-SPB" № 20 (4320) on 05.02.2010

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Vladimir Lisin - Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:56 + в цитатник

Surname: Lisin

Name: Vladimir

Fathername: Sergeevich

Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO

The Biography:


Born May 7, 1956 in Ivanovo. He began working in 1975 as electromechanic in «Yuzhkuzbassugol».

In 1978 he graduated from the Siberian Metallurgical Institute on a speciality «engineer-metallurgist».

In 1990 he finished the Higher Business School at the Academy of International Trade

In 1992 he graduated from the Academy of National Economy with a degree in economics and management.

He began his career in 1975 in an electrical union «Yuzhkuzbassugol». On graduating he worked in the NGO Tulachermet, where he rose from an improvised steelmaker to deputy chief of the shop.

Since 1986 - Deputy Chief Engineer, and since 1989 - Deputy Director of the Karaganda Metallurgical Combine ON Soskovets;

Since 1993, he joined the Board of Directors of several leading Russian metallurgical enterprises;

Since 1996 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sayangorsky aluminum plant, a member of the Board of Directors of Novokuznetsk and Bratsk aluminum plant, Magnitogorsk and Novolipetsk Metallurgical Combines;

Since 1998 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO Novolipetsk Metallurgical Combine;

In 2007, he acquired a 14.42% stake in Bank Zenit through offshore companies «Silener Management»

Titles and awards:

1990 - Doctor of Technical Sciences (MISA).

2005 - Doctor of Economic Sciences (Academy of Management).

Professor of the market problems and economic mechanism department of the Academy of National Economy under the RF Government, the author of 16 monographs and more than 150 scientific publications.

Laureate of the Council of Ministers of the USSR in science and technology in 1990.

Honorable Metallurgist.

Commander of the Order of Merit,

President of Shooting Union of Russia. Master of Sports.

Honorary Citizen of Lipetsk (2009).

The main asset is a controlling stake in Novolipetsk Metallurgical Combine.

At the beginning of 2010 was recognized to be the richest man in Russia ( according to the magazine "Finance" his state was estimated at $ 18.8 billion at the date). Forbes magazine on March 11, 2009 assesses the state of Lisin at $ 5.2 billion (93 in the world).

Fluent in English. Takes great interest in shooting sport. Gathers a collection of pre-revolutionary Kasli cast iron (small sculptures, household items, interior furniture - all cataloging more than 200 exhibits). He likes cigars. Married. Has three children.
Site "Business Directory"

The Dossier:


For the first time the name of Vladimir Lisin got into the field of view of media in the late 80's, when Lisin, as deputy director of the Karaganda Steel Plant, Oleg Soskovets (later Minister of Metallurgy of the USSR) established a Soviet-Swiss company «TSC-style», which drove abroad substandard metal of Karaganda metkombinata using loopholes in the legislation and general chaos in the "reconstructed" country. Meanwhile percentage of defected goods at the mill increased dramatically, allowing Lisin to earn his first big money.

In 1991, Oleg Soskovets moved to Moscow. Lisin followed him and moved to the capital. However, Lisin always denied his friendship with Soskovets, saying that they met only a few times in the city. But whatever he said it was Soskovets due to whom a future oligarch Lisin met with those who helped him setting his own business - Brothers Michael and Leon Cherniy, and Sam Kislin. In the first years of cooperation Lisin helped their foreign affiliates buying on the cheap products of Krasnoyarsk, Novolipetsk, Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant, Sayan and Novokuznetsk aluminum smelters. Then, Lisin became member of the boards of directors of those enterprises. In addition, he first began the practice of tolling - plants paid for raw materials with finished products (mainly ferrous metals), which Lisin and his partners sold for export, but without paying customs duties. Turnover was hundreds of millions of dollars.

In late 1992, Lisin was involved not only in black, but in non-ferrous metals business. His new companion David Reuben helped him in this, together with brothers Cherniy they created a group the Rans World Group (TWG). Later they were accompanied with Oleg Deripaska, who was making his first steps in business then. In 1993, Lisin became a full partner of the TWG. Under the group's control was a majority largest metallurgical enterprises in the country. Meanwhile, the primary defender of tolling was the same old Oleg Soskovets, who had becoame a deputy prime minister by that time.

In 1995 several assassinations occurred in the metallurgical industry. Those killed were leaders of companies who had interests in aluminum plants, controlled by Lisin. The Commercial Director of the Sayan Aluminum Plant had almost been killed. Lisin was a member of the Board of Directors of the Plant.
«Lone shooter» - "Russian Forbes", December 2004

But then he broke up with his former companions in a fairly quiet way (at least without shooting). By the time the position of TWG got sharply weakened. It is noteworthy that the fall of the group happened a few months after Oleg Soskovets scandalously left his post in the government of Russia. The then head of the presidential administration, Anatoly Chubais and Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin were not going to support Lisin's business. But Lisin still managed to take control of NLMK when the business was divided.

In November 2005 brothers Rubeny from the UK sued Lisin, alleging that he gained control of the NLMK by secret transfer of shares from the management of a nominee under the control of his own firm. However, that judicial story was quickly ended. Lisin managed to resolve the conflict peacefully, calling for help Oleg Deripaska and Vladimir Potanin. The first prevented the brothers Cherniy from bankrupting the factory. The second did not interfere Lisin's repurchase of shares in NLMK from foreigners (Potanin owned 50 percent stake of TWG).

However, they say so far that Lisin was only a nominal owner of all the "facribs-plants-ships». Ostensibly his patron Soskovets was still standing for him, as well as brothers Cherniy together with Izmailovskiy OCG (organized criminal group), which in 90-es "covered" and "milked" NLMK. It is believed that for Izmailovskiy bandits Lisin got a Moscow factory "Ruby" and Gorbunov Palace of Culture, better known as "Crust". Izmailovskiy authority Anton Malevskii was earning an income up to $ 15 million. Someone named Aksen also looked after the shares of Izmailovskiy, after the death of Malevsky (he was fond of exotic sports) led the OCG.
"So steel was bought. Steel tycoon Vladimir Lisin can shoot in all senses" - Stringer, 13.03.2002, Lipetsk juggling "- The interviewer, 15.10.2008

Lisin is not fond of loud public scandals, he prefers settling all disputes quietly. Indicative is the history of Lisin's relations with Vladimir Potanin. After having agreed about collaboration, the partners quickly became fierce rivals. Potanin himself torn relationship and immediately went on the offensive - challenged in a court sale of assets of NLMK - Refrigerator Plant "Stinol", set auditors against the plant. Lisin, in turn, bought the securities of Norilsk Nickel. But then the oligarchs agreed on division of spheres of interest.

Lisin repeatedly clashed with the governor of Lipetsk. The last conflict occurred in 2008, when Lisin claimed the governor's office. By the way, Lisin had been aiming at the governor's chair since 1998, when his candidacy was considered for the post of head of administration of the Lipetsk region, but then Lisin himself refused the nomination and supported an alternative candidate Michael Narolin. In 2002 everyone expected that Lisin would again put forward his candidacy in the gubernatorial race, but businessman back pedaled - according to the Kommersant, Lisin felt that the Kremlin would support Oleg Korolev. They even signed the settlement agreement. Korolev pledged to stop the information war against NLMK, Lisin — did not get nominate for governor post.
Kommersant, February 19, 2002

But in 2008 the oligarch still decided to catch up. However, it was not only because o f the unrealized ambitions. They said that Lisin went to the gubernatorial elections in order to get out of Izmailovskiy control, who began to behave particularly brazen after the death of their leader Malevsky. They said even Mobs on jeeps came to Lisin just like in "good old" times and demanded to leave the plant, as well as to pass reins of power to "Rumelko" ( "Russian Metallurgical Company"), in which actions of criminal authorities were placed.

During elections the main rival to the head of NLMK became acting governor Oleg Korolyov, a prominent advocate of workers. Lisin's election campaign was on the brink of a foul. One of the episodes of the election struggle nearly cost to Korolev the governor's chair. In November, 7 during a rally at the central square of Lipetsk, two unknown persons began to trample on Russia's flag in front of the rostrum, on which Korolev was staying, the flag was burnt. The amazed face of the governor was shown to the entire country. They commented that Korolev had no control over the situation in the area. As it turned out, the vandals that outraged the flag were employees of NLMK and acted on behalf of some of the Lisin's image-makers. Then Alexander Voloshin intervened in the conflict of oligarch and governor. Lisin was even suggested a position of senator, but he felt that the position was too small for him. They even said that Lisin had an audience with Putin, arguing he was ready for the regional politics. But then President recalled the story of the sale of plant Stinol (Lisin sold a profitable enterprise, and never paid credit to the state). As a result, the billionaire kept a role of "gray cardinal".

Lisin had never gone to the conflict with the authorities - Putin even gave him the Order of Merit. They say the billionaire established close ties with the Kremlin - in particular with the manager of President Vladimir Kozhin. Their friendship began in the Graduate School of the Academy of Foreign Trade, in which Kozhin Lisin and studied in Soviet times.

Creation of Mechel case was ascribed to Vladimir Lisin, it caused panic in the stock markets. Then Vladimir Putin sharply criticized the steel plant Mechel for selling coking coal on higher price to domestic enterprises than abroad. Russian actions started falling in price rapidly. They said the president complained to the principal client of "Mechel" - the head of NLMK.
«Lipetsk juggling "- The interviewer, 15.10.2008," Mechel got stormed and raged "-" Kommersant ", 24.07.08

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Dmirty Mazepin - Chairman of the Board of Directors of the joined chemical company “URALCHEM”

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:56 + в цитатник

Surname: Mazepin

Name: Dmirty

Fathername: Arkadievich

Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the joined chemical company “URALCHEM”


Born in 1968 in Minsk. He graduated from the Minsk Suvorov Military School.

In 1986-1988 he served in Afghanistan. In 1997 he graduated from Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs

1997 – the Vice-president of TNK operating in Western Siberia

1999 – the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federal Property Fund (RFPF)

2002 – the First Deputy Chairman of the RFPF

2002 – the President of “Sibur Holding”

2003 - resigned from the post of the president of “Sibur”

2005 – the Chairman of the Board of Directors Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works (KCCW)

2007 – the Chairman of the Board of Directors of URALCHEM
Source: vedomosti.ru


In 1998 Mazepin became the General director of OAO “Nizhnevartovskneftegaz”. He started as a "cleaner" to remove the consequences of the confrontation between the owners of “Tyumen Oil Company" and the former CEO of OAO “Nizhnevartovskneftegaz” Viktor Paly. Mazepin used the same scheme working for the benefit of TNK, "Renova" and even the state while serving in the RFPF.

In 2002 Mazepin was invited to be the "cleaner" in “Sibur”. Managers of Gazprom concerned about the return of assets withdrawn from the company in the 90’s. “Sibur” was the largest of them, "Gazprom" made great efforts to break the resistance of his top manager Yakov Goldovsky. However, “Gazprom” didn’t expect that the withdrawal of assets would continue.
Source: "Tribune" on 06/05/2008

As the president of JS “Sibur”, Mazepin brought a group of managers with him who come from "Propane-butane group" from Nizhny Novgorod The new Sibur management began to annoy the Chairman of Gazprom Alexey Miller, and in 2003 he was retired. Mazepin took along a portion of the holding assets.
Source: "Kommersant-Vlast" from 05.07.2004

Practically all of nitric industry, controlled by Gazprom, was withdrawn by Mazepin, Nickolay Gornovsky and George Brilling. Gornovsky headed “Mezhregiongaz”, the main distributing division of Gazprom. On behalf of “Mezhregiongaz” Brilling headed agrochemical corporation (hereinafter ACC) "Azot", which included Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works.

Mazepin, Gornovsky and Brilling didn’t have money to pay for these companies at the market prices. Gornovsky found money by imposing excessive prices for gas, which he took in “Mezhregiongaz” and supplied through their home-based businesses. Regional sales divisions established the necessary limits on the usage of gas for the enterprises. Thus, in 2002, almost all the ACC Azot shares were passed into the Brilling’s companies. In other words, businesses were withdrawn and the withdrawn funds were used to buy shares.

After this operation, Brilling went to Spain and Mazepin stayed to monitor the withdrawn property.

In 2003, ACC Azot was under the control of “Neftegazbank”. “Gazprom” was trying to return the assets through it, but there was nothing to return. Later "Neftegazbank” went bankrupt, the assets remained to Mazepin. Holding “Uralchem” was based on the “ACC Azot” assets.

Since 2003 Mazepin did not lose control over the Kirov-Chepetsk Chemical Works.

In 2004 Mazepin miraculously beat Gazprom on the auction for sale of Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works state shares: it went to an unknown company "Fintrastkom", which acted for the benefit of Mazepin. “Gazprom” believed that Mazepin knew in advance how much the rivals were ready to give and he got prepared.

Someone decided to avenge Mazepin and the gas flow to the Kirov-Chepetsk Chemical Works was stopped. But as for the court decision it was decided to turn on the gas.

Similarly, in the same way Mazepin won the auction for a controlling stake of the enterprise "Halogen" against company “Renova”.

Conflicts with “Gazprom” and “Renova” eventually were settled.
Source: "Tribune" from 05.06.2008

In 2005-2006, the Kirov-Chepetsk Works (KCCW) was in the center of the scandal: it repeatedly appeared as a malicious intruder of the environmental standards in media reports.

Unscheduled inspection, conducted in summer 2005 revealed the excess of admissible norms of ammonium nitrogen - a byproduct in the manufacture of fertilizers. Concentration in water samples from the river Vyatka exceeded the norm by 10 times. Analysis of soil samples from the plant showed the excess of heavy metals concentration. In the groundwater - the excess of benzene, and the presence of petroleum products and lead.

In 2005 Mazepin denied the very fact of inspections at the plant. But environmentalists were carrying out the new checks. Then he changed tactics and began to declare in the media that raiders wanted to occupy his factory, hence all these checks were with rigged results. But then the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) of Russia announced its intention to inspect all the major chemical plants in Russia, and the version of Mazepin was beneath criticism.

Inspection in March 2006 found even more serious violations and the Ministry of Natural Resources began procedures on the withdrawal of licenses for water use from the plant.

Mazepin said through the press service of the plant, that no violations were revealed by the MNR.

Meanwhile, the results were shocking. Near the river Vyatka lake Prosnoe was found, which was covered with several layers of plaster. KCCW dumped its waste to the river Prosnitsa flowing into the lake. Substances between the layers of plaster in case of lake flooding threatened mass poisoning.

Re-inspection of waste waters revealed the excess of the limited concentration of ammonia nitrogen.

As long as the check was carried out, Mazepin agreed with Rostekhnadzor (i.e. Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Atomic Supervision), and very convenient standards were approved for temporary agreed dumping.
Source: solomin from 16.01.2006

In June 2008, holding «Uralchem» reported about purchasing of controlling stake of OAO “Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers” from a certain company. Mazepin knew that some of these stocks was the subject of litigation between the company “FosAgro” and the Austrian company “Uritrans”.

“Uritrans” acquired a controlling stake of the plant in 2006 with the right of a vendor to buy back 14.8% of its stake. But as soon as "FosAgro" decided to buy these shares, “Uritrans” went to court. "FosAgro” filed a countersuit. The court made a decision in favor of "FosAgro”. But three days before the decision was made Mazepin had already bought shares, and not even from “Uritrans”, but from the new owner "Agroprodmir”, whom Uritrans managed to sell a controversial package.
Source: "Tribune" from 23.06.2008

It is notable that to acquire “Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers” shares Mazepin did not even have any available funds.

After the purchase,“Uralchem” appealed to “Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers” minority shareholders with a public offer to purchase shares at the price of the controlling stake. Previously, minority shareholders tried to redeem them several times but Uralchem resisted. Minority shareholders were kicked out from URALCHEM office. Next time, when minority shareholders came to the office with the police, there were no doorplates and the main glass door was curtained with bed sheet. Mail did not reach the office since it was announced that URALCHEM personnel was in quarantine. “Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers” management also did not work.

And yet it seemed that Uralchem had received the notice of the offer as media reported that Sberbank extended a credit line to URALCHEM.
Source: solomin on 28/10/2008

It later turned out that Uralchem still did not receive a statement from a minority shareholder, Shades of Ciprus Limited. In October 2008 the Board of Directors "VMF" planned additional emission of its shares in order to reduce the share of Shades of Ciprus Limited.
Source: solomin on 07.11.2008

Mazepin also had problems with people standing behind Uritrans, the former owners of a controlling stake of "«VMF»" due to the fact that he had nothing to pay with. It was initially supposed to act in accordance with offshore trading scheme with the center of the accumulation of profits in Uritrans: there must have been a sufficient amount of money on the

offshore accounts to pay for the shares of «VMF». But the demand for fertilizers in the world markets fell sharply, and the money stopped coming.
Source: solomin on 28.10.2008

In 2008 Mazepin quickly begins to prepare Uralchem for the IPO. Most likely, he wanted to quickly and profitably sell the disputed assets abroad. Mazepin increased profit for the first half of 2008 to 126 times in the documents. But the crisis impeded Mazepin plans.
Source: "Tribune" from 23.06.2008

In early November 2008 «VMF» was stopped. Situation at the plant was deliberately pressurized, accusing for the stop the "FosAgro" company, a supplier of raw materials. Murad Chaparov, the company CEO, “helped” in this case. Rallies were held, letters were written. Employees were transferred for 3-4 days working week. Salaries declined. Law enforcement got interested in the situation at the enterprise.

But despite the propaganda, the majority of workers and Voskresensk residents inclined to conclude that the bankruptcy of the plant was brought by the leadership itself in the face of

Chaparov. However, it is not so, because Chaparov acted by Mazepin management. And he had such a plan: to save his other assets he was to donate "«VMF»". And to put all the blame for this on "FosAgro", which does not supply the plant with raw materials.
Source: solomin on 21.11.2008

Already having a debt of 700 million rubles to Sberbank, Mazepin applied for another loan - three billion. It was rumored that Mazepin received unsecured loans due to a special relationship with some members of the Sberbank. At the same time Mazepin decided to challenge in court acquisition of new assets he had committed himself to evade payment of the loans.

The fact that Mazepin had much to get away with it, showed that some influential figures helped him. So, early in his career, in “Sibur” Mazepin was recommended by the deputy chairman of Gazprom's security Sergei Lukash. As the president of Sibur, Mazepin often met with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. It is still not clear whether this affected Mazepin’s victory over Gazprom in court.
Source: Skandaly.Ru of 08.04.2009

By 2009, Mazepin was heavily in debt. There was a rumor about his big loss in preference. There were also rumors that soon Mazepin is going abroad. Through the radio station “Ekho Moskvy” Mazepin even asked the government to save him from bankruptcy.
Source: solomin on 05.06.2009

In 2009, Rosprirodnadzor (i.e. Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage) filed six lawsuits against "«VMF»", but the court did not accept anything referring to certain formal reasons.

Cyprus offshore company, which is 99% owned by Uralchem, sent three cases to URALCHEM for invalidation of the three acquisition deals for gaining control over "«VMF»" to force the former owners to return the money.

Mazepin tried to implement another way to make profit - by filing a lawsuit against the company "Apatite", with the requirement that "«VMF»" must be supplied by raw material at a fixed price. It would be a great opportunity to engage in speculation and sell raw materials on the market at world prices.
Source: solomin on 27.07.2009

In 2009, Uralchem registered in Latvia its wholly owned subsidiary Uralchem Trading, which would control the export of fertilizers, that is, the only income of URALCHEM. Mazepin also was going to create a profit center of the company in Riga.

At the same time, the shareholders of «VMF» approved an additional emission, which would result in the company authorized capital increase by 2.5 times. An unknown Cypriot company Assethill was ready to buy all the additional emission. Thus Mazepin prepared «VMF» to bankruptcy, so that all risks would lay down for another company as the formal owner of the plant. Mazepin took everything which could be useful from the "«VMF»": he drew land documents for Culture Center, which belonged to the plant, as well as museum and library, with the aim to sell them profitably in future.

He reissued approach lines and treatment facilities (the whole Kirov region depend on them) on his top managers.
Source: solomin on 28.07.2009

Everything happening on the "«VMF»" was carried out with the consent and participation of the head of Voskresensk Yuri Sleptsov.

He said to the public that he was unable to reconcile “Uralchem” and “FosAgro”, which supplied the «VMF» with the apatite concentrate.

But in fact, Sleptsov took the side of URALCHEM and its director Chaparov, and hence Mazepin.
Source: solomin on 12.10.2009

Sleptsov’s inaction “helped” «VMF» to go bankrupt and brought Voskresensk to social crisis. First Sleptsov shut his eyes to the way how funds were withdrawn from «VMF» through a fraudulent company, “Energosbytovaya Company of Moscow Region” (Retail supplier of Moscow Region). And then Sleptsov helped to sell the property of the plant: the rolling stock and access roads to "«VMF»" were brought to “Uralhimtrans” LLC, a freight forwarding company of Mazepin. The factory electrical substation was reissued to one another company.

Then Mazepin let Sleptsov to drive MUP “SEZ housing and public utilities” into bankruptcy in order to merge it with one of the Mazepin companies with inter-district treatment plants.

But not all “VMF" property was easily received by Mazepin. The Cultural Center was a problem: its director Alla Orlova raised citizens to fight. She had been threatened, they tried to find incriminating evidence against her but that didn’t frighten her, so the Cultural Center was left untouched.
Source: solomin from 10.07.2009

In October 2009, the head of Voskresensk was Elected - Sleptsov won. But the original protocols of the election commission showed that his main rival Gennady Yegorov had won. Ballot rigging was done by Mazepin.

On the fact of falsification the Russian prosecutor's office opened a criminal case. His collaborators found the original documents, according to which Yegorov won more votes, transformed by the manual editing into drafts of fakes.
Source: The Moscow Post on 09.11.2009

In 2010 it became known that Mazepin – the primary, but not the sole owner of URALCHEM. Previously Mazepin argued that he had never had partners but before the IPO was launched, it became known that this is not so.
Source: Vedomosti on 01.03.2010

Andrey Zherebtsov turned out to be the minority owner of “URALCHEM”, who owns 10% of the company. Zherebtsov – the former partner of law company “Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners”, the former head of the British representative of Investment Company "Horizon", and now - an independent investor.
Source: Vedomosti on 11.03.2010

The media made the suggestion that in fact Mazepin was a hired manager of URALCHEM, and its majority owner was Vladimir Malin, the former head of Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Mazepin was his deputy and protege at a certain time).
Source: solomin on 05.08.2009

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Vladimir Makarov - Chairman of the Committee on Advertising, information and appearance of Moscow

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:55 + в цитатник

Surname: Makarov

Name: Vladimir

Fathername: Petrovich

Position: Chairman of the Committee on Advertising, information and appearance of Moscow



Born 19.02.1951. Higher education. He graduated from the chemical-technological department of the Leningrad Institute of Cinema. He served in the Army; worked as a lab assistant and photographer in the Chamber of Commerce; was one of the founders of the Information Agency IMA-press. In 1999 he defended his thesis in social sciences department at MGU (Moscow State University). In 2003 - first deputy chairman of the Committee, since 2004 - Chairman of the Committee.
Source: www.akzia.ru



Vladimir Makarov came in view of the media in 2004 when he became the main Moscow advertiser. The official reports directly to the mayor, and supervises activities of two state-owned unitary enterprises: "Urban advertising information", and "Advertising on transport». By various estimates, outdoor market in Moscow is estimated at 20 billion rubles a year. According to the “Ogonyok», media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former member of the Federation Council of the Chechen Umar Dzhabrailov are behind the outdoor advertising in Moscow. Source: Journal «Ogonyok» 15 (5093) on 24/08/2009

The first searches of the Committee for advertising began in September 2008, when the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under article 293.ch.1 Code (negligence) in respect of the first deputy of Makarov - Alexander Menchuk. Investigators suspect an official in damaging the budget of Moscow. The point was that the structure of the company News Outdoor owned by Rupert Murdoch in 2002-2007 did not advertise the Moscow Association of Chemical Industry (Assohim). Under the contract News Outdoor was to place advertising on the 300 booths provided by "Assohim" in exchange for rent discounts for installation and usage of advertising boards. But in five years no advertising from chemists had been received - "Assohim"advertising simply did not exist. News Outdoor had to place on the boards other advertising.

It is noteworthy that immediately after the Investigation Committee became interested in the story, the Committee on Advertising filed a lawsuit for News Outdoor. First the public body headed by Makarov tried to recover from the Company "News Autdor" 382,7 million rubles, and then reduced its claims to 242.8 million rubles. It was surprising that Makarov had reduced the amount of the claim so easily, as it was extremely rare in legal practice. The court rejected the claim of the Committee. A similar decision was made in the Arbitration Court of Appeal. The investigation team was headed by Mikhail Tumanov - famous for the "Yukos case".
Source: "Kommersant» ? 194 / M (4249) on 19.10.2009, "Izvestia" of 12.09.2008

But soon the prosecution of the official was discontinued (the fate of Menchuka was successfully resolved after his criminal case got into the hands of Chief of the Investigative Division Oleg Pipchenkov, classmate of Menchuk). Menchuk returned to work and took the post of chairman of the Committee on Advertising. Makarov by that time had been on a trial.
Source: The Age. En "from 11.11.2009

By the time only one official from the Moscow Committee on Advertising had been brought to punishment for a crime. Igor Gavrilov, head of the urban commercial sector was sentenced to 3 and 5 years of imprisonment for "attempted fraud". The court found that Gavrilov had extorted from the company "Optiline" 500 thousand dollars for keeping a contract for video screens installation to broadcast commercials on the streets of Moscow. He told businessmen that he had been acting on behalf of the chairman of the committee, Vladimir Makarov, and his deputy Alexander Menchuk who, as it turned out during investigation, had been "unaware of his criminal intentions." Manual "Optiline" applied to the FSB.
Source: www.GZT.ru on 24/11/2009

In December 2008, a criminal proceeding was instituted against Makarov on Article 286 part 3 of the Criminal Code "abuse of office". The investigation was also led by Tumanov. First, Vladimir Makarov was targeted in the case as a suspect. But on August 19, 2009 Basmanny court in Moscow ordered the arrest of Makarov. The official was charged of using powers of the Moscow government in 2004-2007, and giving unfoundedly a 50-percent discount for the placement of commercial advertising to firms "Mosgorreklama" and "Capital-M» which had already controled about 80% of the capital market of transparency banners.

Those firms concluded a five-year contract for the manufacture and placement of banners to display of social advertising. As compensation of their expenses the firms received a 50% rebate on the rent of those constrictions, as well as permission to be placed on banners custom-made for the Moscow government and commercial advertising. According to investigators, then the state suffered a damage amounting to 131 million rubles. Sources close to the investigation said in the press that Makarov had received financial reward from the owner of 50% stake in «Mosgorreklama" and "Capital-M ", the Moscow City Duma Deputy Sergei Turta (the second part of the shares was owned by company News Outdoor).
Source: Skandaly.Ru, 05.02.2009


Makarov pleaded not guilty saying that all financial transactions had been conducted on transparent schemes, and he had signed the contract on behalf of Valery Shantsev, a former vice-mayor of Moscow - in 2004 he supervised the Committee on Publicity (now Nizhny Novgorod governor). When interrogated Shantsev at first said that Makarov had persuaded him to put the resolution to the document, and then he said that the subordinate had led him astray.


Lawyers of Makarov filed an appeal for his arrest, and demanded to release their client on bail. But the court dismissed the request referring to some anonymous message that Makarov had already bought a ticket to Tel Aviv, and could have escaped from the investigation. It was known that the official had business visa to the UAE and some real estate in that country. By the way, if Makarov had escaped abroad, it would have been a powerful blow to the Moscow mayor. In addition, investigators believed that Makarov while at large could interfere with witnesses in the criminal case. Basmanny Court received audio recordings of telephone conversations of Makarov and the deputy Turta — the deputy instructed the official on evidence he should have given to the investigators. Makarov called thу пшмут information a "clear provocation".

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, and 16 State Duma deputies from «United Russia" among them journalist Alexander Khinshtein and singer Iosif Kobzon stood up for Vladimir Makarov. The participation of those people protecting Makarov was not accidental. They said Vladimir Makarov had obtained the post of the head of the Committee on Publicity precisely thanks to Kobzon who had been co-owning an advertising company VestDiaMedia. Moreover, before his arrest Mr. Makarov provided a book by Hinshtein "The whole truth about the crisis" with advertising under the guise of social one.

On February 15, 2010 Makarov was released from custody under the personal guarantee of chairman of the Moscow City Duma Vladimir Platonov, and he already went to work on the day after. According to lawyers of Makarov, the criminal case consisted of 150 volumes, but it was unlikely to get to the court because their client had "acted within the law."
Source: www.Gzt.ru on 12/02/2010

Рубрики:  Dossier


Alexander Malyshev - Leader of the Malyshev's OPG

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:55 + в цитатник

Surname: Malyshev

Name: Alexander

Fathername: Ivanovich

Position: Leader of the Malyshev's OPG


Born September 9, 1958 in Leningrad. He arrived in St. Petersburg from prison in 1995.

Previously he had been doing wrestling but little success achieved. He has many friends among the athletes. After two prison stints in 1977 (premeditated murder) and in 1984 (manslaughter) was "thimblerigger" in Sennoy market, worked under the cover of Kumarin's gang and had the nickname "Malysh” (Babe). He created his own group in the late 80's, by forming under his leadership Tambov gang, Kolesnikov's gang, Kemerov gang, Komarov's gang, Perm gang, Kudryashov's gang, Kazan gang, Tarasov's gang, Severodvinsk gang, Saransk gang, Efimov's gang, Voronezh gang, Azerbaijan gang, Krasnoyarsk gang,Chechen gang, Dagestan gang, Krasnoselsk gang, Vorkuta gang and gangsters from Ulan-Ude. Each group was of 50 to 250 people. The total number of groups was about 2000 gangsters.

He was a manager of LLP «Nelli-Friendship» and the founder of the firm" Tatti" which owned a network of commercial stores.

After having it out with Tambov gangsters he fled to Sweden, there from he spread rumors of his death in a shootout. He returned back after trials on his colleagues had failed. In October 1992 Malyshev and 18 of his closest allies were arrested during the implementation of the operation of the Interior Ministry on the case of an entrepreneur Dadonov. In August 25, 1993 the closest fellows to Malyshev were released on their own recognizance: Kirpichev, Berlin, Petrov. In favor of the release of another colleague of Malyshev - Rashid Rakhmatulin Boxers Association of St. Petersburg, Russia Federation of French boxing, cooperative "Tone" and the administration of the prison where he had been detained, petitioned. Rashid was released, but the supervising prosecutor V. Osipkin who had opposed to that - soon got dismissed from the prosecutor's office.

The trial of Malyshev ended in 1995, he was convicted for illegal possession of weapons on 2.5 years of general regime, but since he had spent 2 years and 11 months in jail, he was released.
Source: "Kompromat.ru" of 1996

Alexander Malyshev moved to the Spanish Malaga at the beginning of 2000’s together with Olga Solovieva. In fact, Malyshev fled from Russia. It happened in the spring of 1998 after several unsuccessful assassination attempts on him. In the same year he managed to obtain Estonian citizenship. Tt came out that Alexander presented a false birth certificate when applying for the passport, so the Estonian authorities concluded the newfound citizen in jail for a month. Of course, this was not the first criminal record of Malyshev - earlier he had come under arrest on charges of premeditated murder, robbery and illicit possession of weapons.

Malyshev hastily left Estonia after getting liberated and found refuge in Spain. There he appeared as Alexander Langasite Gonzalez by marrying Latin American and taking her surname.

According to the Spanish police, within the period of approximately 2001-2008 they had laundered an amount of more than 10 million euros.

In 2002, Malyshev was arrested in Germany on suspicion of falsifying documents to obtain Estonian citizenship.

Currently Malyshev, Gennady Petrov and Kuzmin Sergey share higher place in the hierarchy of the criminal group they have created.
Source: Novaya Gazeta »? 50 dated 16.07.2008


In the mid of 90's Alexander Malyshev was seen by reporters as follows:

Malyshev's OPG - the most numerous, organized criminal network. It has mafia connections in the middle management of the city. It includes a large number of criminal elements. It is dangerous in a physical clash. The main objective was large commercial entities (including banks). One of the used methods is employing their people at work in the structures and companies, acquiring a controlling stake, and educating their economic workers in the formal educational institutions of the city.

Spheres of influence: Krasnoselsk, Kirov and Moscow regions, part of the Central and Kalinin regions of St. Petersburg.

Hotels: "October", "Ohtin", "Baltic";

Restaurants: "Polar", "Universal", "Petrobir";

Markets: carmarket in the Frunze region, Marshala Kazakova st., and allegedly it is taking control over the Nekrasov market;

Antiques trade, Gambling - especially on Nevsky Prospekt.

Malyshev's residence located in the hotel "Pulkovo"; he had an office on Birchen alley (Stone Island), where he accepted traders and, in particular, met with the chairman of board of the bank "Petrovsky" - Oleg Golovin. Mediator in the negotiations was a citizen of Cyprus -Getelson.

He kept relations with Moscow through a leader of Krylatsk gang, Oleg Romanov (killed in fall of 1994). He created a series of gang firms: call out of prostitutes at home, cafes, saunas, buying non-ferrous metals, etc.

He used Caucasians to obtain debts. Money was transferred to financial institutions (banks) of Cyprus; with its help he sought to influence the largest banks in St. Petersburg. For the money of Malyshev a music center by Kiselev has been created, celebrations «Vivat St. Petersburg! » and "White Nights of rock-n-roll» have been held. He organized the clandestine manufacture of small-caliber revolvers. At the gang meeting in 1993 he secured the drug trade, giving the "Azeri’s» agricultural products trade only.

After Malshev's arrest the Moscow thieves in law tried to get hold of the St. Petersburg criminal activity. Andrei Berzin (Beda) was killed after speaking against it in the Moscow-St.Petersburg gang meeting in March 1993. In the same year there had been attempts on nearly all the prominent St. Petersburg bandits.

Despite the fact that Malyshev had been in prison for a long time, his prestige was still high. He continued directing affairs through his lawyers. His structure consisted of 350-400 gangsters by 1995.
Source: "Kompromat.ru" of 1996

On June 13, 2008 Alexander Malyshev was arrested in Spain in the high-profile operation "Troika".

Some time after the high-profile arrests journalists were able to broadly understand the essence of the offenses alleged by the Russian gangsters in Spain.

First, they published a list of detained on June 13, 2008 in different cities of Spain:
- Gennady Petrov;
- Yuri Salikov (longtime companion of Petrov);
- Julia Ermolenko (Counsel to Petrov);
- Leonid Khristoforov (right hand of Petrov);
- Alexander Malyshev, alias Alexander Lagnas Gonzalez;
- Svetlana Kuzmina (wife of Sergei Kuzmin, an old comrade of Petrov);
- Leonid Khazin;
- Olga Solovieva (common law wife of Malyshev);
- Ildar Mustafin (Malyshev's accomplice in the early 90's);
- Huan Antonio Felix (Spanish lawyer);
- Ignacio Pedro (Spanish lawyer);
- Julian Peres (Spanish lawyer);
- Janna Gavrilenkova (wife of Victor Gavrilenkov - Stepanych Jr.);
- Vitali Izgilov (Moscow thief in law nicknamed Vitalik-Beast);
- Vadim Romaniuk.

In this sequence their names were listed in the official papers of Spanish justice. Of those, the court released only Janna Gavrilenkova and Leonid Khazin on bail of 100 thousand euros and 6 thousand euros respectively. The remaining thirteen were arrested.

According to journalistic sources, the operation began several years ago. Since autumn 2007 the Spanish police had been actively surveilling mobile phones of the seized gangsters, conducting secret surveillance of them, fixing the guests' arrivals. Within the framework of international cooperation, investigators received information from Greece, Germany and Russia.

The press drew attention that even general parts of the prosecution contain documents with accurate information about past convictions of Petrov, Malyshev, Khristoforov, Kuzmin, and Mustafin. Moreover, the Spanish Themis was aware of who and when had been brought together on trial and how they had met the decade before.

The documents also contain information about the hierarchy in the world of "Russian mafia". According to the Ministry of Justice, after Vladimir Kumarin's arrest in 2007 Gennady Petrov became the most influential figure. It happened due to huge amounts of money accumulated by him, and his relations with senior people in the period from 1996 to 2008. The Spaniards believe that Petrov's relations with Malyshev were not overly close. Nevertheless, Alexander Malyshev was the boss. Thus, according to one report, "Malyshev financially depended on Petrov, and Petrov depended on Malyshev historically. Only Malyshev was able to command and use force».

Near Gennady Petrov the Spaniards put the figure of Salikov Yuri and Sergey Kuzmin. A trusted Counsel to Petrov is Julia Ermolenko. Leonid Khristoforov is also present in the scheme -he is a person specifically responsible for the security of Petrov's business in Russia.

And in the immediate vicinity to Malyshev, according to the calculations of the Spaniards, Ildar Mustafin is. His area of responsibility is similar to Khristoforov's. Personal clerk of Alexander Malyshev is his common law wife - Olga Solovieva.

Alliance of Malyshev — Petrov is accompanied by Viktor Gavrilenkov and his wife, Janna. Thanks to Gavrilenkov the Spaniards added to the adjective "Malyshev's" the brand "Tambov". Indeed, Victor Gavrilenkov - brother of "Tambov gangster", Nicholas Gavrilenkov nicknamed Stepanych, killed in 1995, St. Petersburg .

At one time they lived in peace in one team with Vladimir Kumarin, unless in 1994 Kumarin was shot by nine bullets. Kumarin always believed it was Stepanych who had decided to eliminate him. After the shooting, after which Kumarin lost his arm, it happened so that Gavrilenkov Sr. was buried in the Kiev-Pechora monastery, and in Gavrilenkov Jr. was fired from rifles in the hotel "Nevsky Palace" in 1996.

Victor Gavrilenkov appeared in St. Petersburg only after the arrest of Vladimir Kumarin — in 12 years.

In connection with the interest in the origin of private property and the Russian capital in the provinces of Malaga, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, journalists mentioned Vitaly Izgilova - Moscow thief in law nicknamed Vitalik-Beast. They did not support the point of view that Izgilov was closely linked to the thief in the law of the federal level Shakro-young. They referred to the legalized in the court records' listening of telephone calls by Izgilova. According to the Spanish law enforcement officers, many of the films reflected the stereotype of Russian gangsters behavior in Spain.

Although the charges emphasize tax crimes mainly, all the arrested have been incriminated two combine articles of the Criminal Code of Spain - 517-I, Part 1, 517-I, Part 1, 2. They relate to the organization of criminal community.

Then accusations on the following articles have been claimed: 301 - money laundering, proceeds of crime; 390 and 392 - the falsification of financial and other documents; 305 - tax offenses against public property; 251 - fraudulent contracts.

An analysis conducted by law enforcement agencies allows to assume that since the mid 90's those accused had established in Spain several joint-stock companies of closed type, which received huge funds from the offshore companies of Cyprus, Panama and the Virgin Islands. In turn, those companies laundered money by buying land and houses in Spain through their subsidiaries, specializing in real estate transactions. The Spanish side explicitly described the two main structures implicated in illegal transactions: Inmobiliara Calvia 2001 and Inmobiliara Balear 2001.

Besides the charges of tax evasion at dozens million of euros, the Spaniards accuse those companies of illegal transactions with real estate, and they are confident that they will confiscate the assets of 30 million euros.

A lot of Russians have been targeted in the criminal cases filed against our "authoritative" countrymen, and the Spanish Crown Prosecution Service failed to catch them napping.

Prosecutors believed that the following persons could have been involved in the machinations together with Michael Rebo - the financial brain of "Tambov-Malyshev’s gangs", who was arrested by German police in Berlin:
Sergey Kuzmin (Petrov’s partner);
Salikov’s wife, Marlena Barbara Salikova (a Pole by nationality);
Ruslan Tarkovsky (Mustafin’s Partner);
Suren Zotov (a large merchant from Russia);
Botishev’s family (Sergey's wife Nina, and daughter Anna) is the owner of the five offshore companies in Cyprus;
Tatiana Solovieva (Solovieva’s mother) and Irina Usova (Solovieva’s sister),
Dordibay Khalimov;
Boris Pevzner.

The court of Spain has also frozen 25 million euros, credited to the accounts of the companies controlled by defendants from the banks of Russia, Panama, Cayman Islands, United States, Latvia, Switzerland and the UK.

But the core of the charges is materials received from the tax police in Spain.

Thus, for example, on May 30, 2005 ZAO “Internasion", owned by Gennady Petrov acquired a yacht "Sasha" for 3.5 million euros, but did not pay VAT. That means it concealed 530 thousand euros from the payment. On June 22, 2005 Gennady Petrov introduced seven major land parcels in favor of ZAO “Inmobiliara", and in return received 4000000 shares at 1 Euro per share, for which he did not pay any tax again.

There are hundreds of such examples.

The Spanish government is convinced that it understands how they legalized the money through the JSC to the offshore companies. Then they bought up property in Spain and Germany. Meanwhile it is unclear where the money came to the offshore came from, and whose money it was.

Information: Articles of the Criminal Code of Spain, brought to the members of the imputed "Tambov-Malyshev’s" community:
515, 517 - creation of illegal (criminal) associations - up to 12 years imprisonment;
390, 392 - forgery of an official or commercial paper - up to three years imprisonment;
305 - damage to the state treasury of Spain - up to six years imprisonment;
301 - Acquisition of property, knowingly acquired through a crime - up to two years imprisonment;
251 - attribution of false rights to property - up to four years imprisonment.

One should note that, in accordance with Spanish law, penalties for individual articles might be summarized in sentencing.
Source: www.fontanka.ru on 06/07/2008

Olga Solovieva - Alexander Malyshev’s wife and partner had indirect relations with other defendants. Malyshev lacks economic education, so Solovieva’s knowledge helps him manage the community finance. They laundered funds derived from criminal activity with the help of lawyers Huan Hezus Angulo Peres, Ignacio Pedro Eriho Sierra.

Solovieva collaborated with her mother and daughter - Tatiana Solovieva and Irina Usova, and with lawyer Nikolay Egorovich, who had been running their businesses in Cyprus; as well as someone named Armand who represented their interests in Switzerland.

Regarding the relationship between Malyshev, Solovieva and Petrov, for example, on July 31, 2001 the company owned by Petrov (Inmobiliaria Balear 2001 SL) made a fraudulent deal to sell the boat «Standing Ovations» of 100 000 Euro to the company (Peresvet SL) which only leader was Solovyov.

Money from Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Estonia and Latvia came to the accounts associated with Solovieva and Usova. Then an amount of 970 972 Euro was transferred to Boris Pevzner, and sent to the company (SBZ Investments Ltd). That Cyprus-based company returned the money to the company Peresvet S.L. in Spain, which invested them in real estate.

The money transferred from Cyprus were cashed or invested. They have cashed 3 100 000 Euro and invested 5 100 000 in such a way. Cyprus SBZ Investment is the largest recipient of funds and hides Solovyov and Malyshev behind it. In reality, that company’s money went back to Spain, arrived in deposits which guaranteed income of Solovieva, then again went to Cyprus, returning again to the name of another person. Thus, inflation of the Cyprus company capital was artificial, and it was necessary to justify the presence of large funds.

According to the indictment, Alexander Malyshev has a general business with the entrepreneur Sergey Kuzmin. Kuzmin’s wife Svetlana is also charged of having knowingly participated in the community activities, and having interacted with Gennady Petrov.

Kuzmin, owns 80% of Spanish companies "Inversiones finantsas inmuebles» (Inversiones Finanzas Inmuebles SL, in translation - "investment in real estate finance"). 20% of the company is owned by businessman Leonid Hazin, who is also appearing in a criminal case.

The firm is located at the same address and has the same phone number as the company "World of Marbella» (MYR Marbella SL) located in the resort town of Marbella. Hazin is its leader, as well as representative of the Swiss MYR SA. As it is stated in the site "World of Marbella”, the firm has been operating from the 1980's and is a part of the" World ", which brings together nine companies involved in marketing, financial planning, real estate transactions, as well as research and development of industrial technologies. The group declared that for the period it had implemented investmanet projects for 500 million euros in Europe. They listed industrial buildings, residential complexes, and prestigious villas, which had been worth of several million euros each. In 2006, the group "World" planned to invest 70 million euros. In particular, they stated the following completed projects on the company's website: recreational complex in the Southern Spain, apartments and restaurant in Marbella and villa in Sierra Blanca.

One of the arrested persons who were considered to be the leaders of a criminal association by the Spaniards, had talked with representatives of the Bank of Russia shortly before his arrest. According to the indictment, on April 3 someone Koba said to Vitaly Izgilovu that he could get a serious interest, if he transferred 11 million euros from the Swiss bank to the Bank of Russia, and thus would become a major shareholder. As stated in the Spanish paper, later a meeting of Izgilov, Malyshev, and chairman of the Baltic Development Bank Denis Gordeev happened in Puerto Banus.

The Baltic Development Bank was established in 1994 in Kaliningrad. By 2000 it had moved to Moscow. According to a former affiliate of the bank, it was founded by a Korean citizen Te, he had good relations with representatives of the Central Bank of Russia in the Kaliningrad region.

Before coming to the Baltic Development Bank, Denis Gordeev was the head of the department at MDM Bank. Affiliate of the Baltic Development Bank, Sergei Medvedev used to be the Head of Cash Operations at MDM Bank, former chairman of the Baltic Development Bank Igor Nizovtsev had also been a member of MDM Bank.
Source: Novaya Gazeta № 50 dated 16.07.2008

Рубрики:  Dossier


Alexander Mamut - Chairman of publishing group

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:54 + в цитатник

Surname: Mamut

Name: Alexander

Fathername: Leonidovich

Position: Chairman of publishing group

The Biography:


Born January, 1960; His father Leonid Solomonovich J.D. was a former representative of Russian President in Constitutional court; His mother Tsetsilia Lyudvigovna was also a lawyer.

At school he studied in one class with Alexander Lebedev ("National Reserve Corporation"). In 1982 he graduated from the Moscow State University, faculty of law where he studied together with his old friend Mikhail Vanin (ex-chairman of the State customs committee of Russia) and also with Dzhahan Pollyeva. In 1986 he entered postgraduate studies.

After graduating the university Mamut was sent to the printing house on a post of legal adviser. After working for four years at uninspiring job ("Power", on April, 3rd, 2006), it entered postgraduate studies and joined foreign trade and investment bank of USSR. After a few years Mamut was trusted to work abroad. In 1990 the publishing house “Kogan Page” issued a book by Mamut "Doing Business in the USSR" which was written in co-authorship with foreign lawyers. And in September, 1991 together with Oleg Kapanets (producer), Andrey Gloriozov and Dmitry Zelenin (the governor of Tver region) Mamut became director of two English companies Russian Capital Investment Co. Limited and Russian Commodity Trading Co. Limited. One year later both companies were liquidated. Gloriozov and Zelenin studied together at the Moscow Physic Technical institute. In 1988 Zelenin became the head of joint-stock company "Microdin", Vladimir Potanin's affiliated company "Interros". In November, 1990 the commercial share bank "Business and Cooperation" was registered at intermediary of Mamut and Gloriozov. In March, 1991 it changed the name for the bank "Imperial", and "Microdin", "Gazprom", "Trading house "Lukoil" became its owners. Subsequently Mamut took part in creation of the bank "Lefortovsky" and "Interexchange credit and financial company".

By that moment Mamut already had own business managing consulting and information co-operative society "ALM" created in September, 1990 (later "ALM Consulting"). In May, 1992 Mamut together with Grigory Berezkin and Vladimir Gruzdev founded the firm "Slavyanka" on the basis of shop №2 (Leninsky pr., h.61/1). This trading object became one of the first stones in the base of "Seventh continent". Mamut was co-owner of a retail chain till 1997.

In 1993 Mamut stopped managing the lawyer bureau in order to lead the "Project financing company" (PFC). "ALM Consulting" was not left without a head: Igor Shuvalov was appointed to a post of the senior legal adviser and in 1995 he got responsibilities of director. Among founders of PFC there were "Interprokom" (director – Mikhail Rahimkulov) and Grigory Berezkin's "KomiTEK". Company specialized in operations with Russian external debt. In September, 1994 Mamut even became the councilor on the industrial policy and business at the Government. In 1995 PFC obtained bank license and in one year it became known that one of its clients was "Sibneft".

In September, 1998 Mamut obtained a post of deputy head of acting administration "SBS-AGRO".

In May, 1999 Mamut was elected the councilor of directors in "Sobinbank".

According to the newspaper "Version", in 1999 Mamut was elected as the chairman of the supervisory board of MBW-bank ("Moscow Business World"), and the chain "the Seventh continent" was mentioned among the big clients of MBW-bank.

In July, 2000 Mamut was a member of board of directors of the insurance firm "RESO-GUARANTEE".

Mamut tried not to draw attention to him but in 2000 he became a public person. He was a member of board of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) and worked as non-staff adviser to the head of the Office of the President Alexander Voloshin, participated in work of Business Council in Mikhail Kasyanov's government

In 2002, Mamut was one of a dozen private investors, who bought shares of the company "Sixth channel" and supported the team of journalist Yevgeny Kiselyov.

The same year Mamut became a minority shareholder of the “Troika-Dialog”. He was elected chairman of the board of directors of the company and provided with an option to increase his share. Three years later, Mamut refused to implement the option and even sold the stock to the company management, headed by Ruben Vardanyan. By the time it became known that he was a partner of Oleg Deripaska in “Ingosstrah”. Two years later Mamut sold his insurer’s stake, and invested in Pechoraneft (sold to the West Siberian Resources), in book chain "Bookberry” and “Corbina Telecom" (sold to Golden Telecom and Vimpelcom). Then an acquisition of shares in Oriel Resources (sold to "Mechel"), "Polymetal", and "Euroset" (49.99% sold to Vimpelcom) followed.

Mamut was the leading investor and co-owner of the company "SUP”, which redeemed the blog service LiveJournal in 2007.

In May 2007 Mamut and independent producer, co-founder of TV company "View" Alexander Lyubimov filed a joint production company "Mirumir" and declared their intention to shoot films "at the intersection of art-house and commercial cinema."

In March 2008 first got in the list of the richest people in the world, compiled by the magazine Forbes. He took the 962 place with a fortune of 1.2 billion U.S. dollars.

Representatives of the business community noted that Mamut was a financier in the first place: he preferred investing in a variety of industries, but not trying to create any significant structure.

Mamut was married twice, the second time - to Nadegda Lyamina, with whom he also studied in the same school. Before that marriage Lyamina had been married to Andrei Brezhnev, grandson of the Secretary General of the CPSU Central Committee. She died in March 2002.

He is fond of cars, in 2000together with Oleg Deripaska and Roman Abramovich founded the Foundation for domestic science.
http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, http://lenta.ru/lib/14163493/, "interlocutor", 30.09.2003

The Dossier:


In the second half of 1990 Alexander Mamut appeared in the press as a "special trustee" of Boris Berezovsky - a businessman who was close to entourage of President of Russia Boris Yeltsin - and he was a member of the so-called "family circle". They wrote that Mamut was steadfastly faithful to Berezovsky and Abramovich, and rejected any proposals to work for Potanin, Prokhorov, Khodorkovsky. In an election year -1996 KOPF of Mamut formally paid 280 million rubles into the electoral fund of Boris Yeltsin's. This helped Mamut start a friendship with the son and daughter of Yeltsin - Yumashev and Dyachenko, and at the same time to become an advisor chief of administration of Alexander Voloshin.

Media wrote that Mamut secretly influenced public policy of the Boris Yeltsin.
http://lenta.ru/lib/14163493, http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, Полит.Ру 11.10.1999, www.newsru.com, July 16, 2001

Media reported on close friendship of Alexander Mamut and Mikhail Kasyanov, who was in charge of the government external debt. It is Alexander Mamut who became a sort of "ideologue" of the "family" of Boris Yeltsin, and the one who recommended Kasyanov to the post of Minister of Finance, later (January 2000) - the post of the first deputy prime minister, and later for the premiership post. Having achieved the purpose of having his “own” Prime Minister, Mamut, as media wrote, was able to put his people for a few other key positions. Igor Shuvalov became the head of the government apparatus. Mikhail Vanin - Head of the State Customs Committee. Alexander Dondukov - Minister of Industry, Science and Technology. In June, 2000 the First Deputy of Dondukov became an imperceptible employee of the State Institute of Aviation Systems (GosNIIAS) Boris Aleshin. Subsequently (in April, 2004) Aleshin became deputy prime minister for industrial policy, replacing Ilya Klebanov who was unloved by Kasyanov and Mamut. According to media reports, about 30 large state-owned enterprises were placed under de facto control of Mamut. He had a strong impact not only on the Administration of the President, the State Customs Committee, but also on the Ministry of Justice, Federal Tax Police. He was going to make his 70-year-old father the head of the Justice Ministry.
"Top Secret", May 2003

Media mentioned Alexander Mamut in connection with the cunning operation with bonds of Vnesheconombank, when the debts of state enterprises were privatized by a private company, which then presented a bill for payment to the state. According to media reports, in 1993 Mamut invented a scheme which resulted in Russia lost (and Mamut with his partners earned), millions of "green currency." The point was:. Mamut’s Company "ALM" was part of the bank "Imperial" founders. After the collapse of the Soviet Union debts of Vnesheconombank (Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs) to Russian importers were frozen, and debts to commercial banks had to be repaid. To convert the debt into cash there was a cunning scheme invented. In April 1993, the firm “Technopomimport” sold at an undervalued rate one of its debts at $ 15 million to a new bank by Mamut -" Company Project Financing "(KOPF). The latter, in its turn, pledged to put this debt into the share capital of Bank “Lefortovski" where Mamut was an advisor and co-owner. As for "Imperial", where the accounts of "Technopomimport" had been kept, it demanded "bonds" for the full amount of the debt. Economists calculated that if due to exchange rate differences budget lost $ 8.8 million, Kopf "vanished" from the ditched "Imperial". According to media reports, the whole election campaign of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 was funded on fiddling with the "bonds”, allowing Mamut to enter the" family ".
"Compromising", 19/11/2003, "Compromat.Ru", 27.01.2005

According to media reports, in 1994 Alexander Mamut intended to do operations on repayment of Russia's Indian debt at $ 150 million. He offered to buy 6 billion rupees in rubles at the rate underestimated by more than 5 times. The operation was to go through its own bank of Mamut - the “Company Project Financing "(KOPF). Mikhail Kasyanov actively lobbied the idea in the White House and a chief of Kasyanov, Alexander Shokhin. However, the Finance Ministry and VEB (Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs) did not give Mamut access to transactions in debt.
www.moscowuniversityclub.ru, "interlocutor", 30/09/2003, Compromat.Ru ", 27.01.2005

In the media they wrote about another financial scheme, whose author, as reported, was Alexander Mamut. In anticipation of the "elections-1996" the state handed over to the bankers securities at a discount of up to 70%; under the pretext of lack of money in the budget, the securities were taken back at par. Firstly, difference of 70% "was divided" between the pre-election fund and the bank in equal parts, which were further divided between the parties of transactions on a fair principle. It turned out that the author of this scheme was the financial brain of Berezovsky - Alexander Mamut.
Moskovsky Komsomolets, 05.04.2000

The reputation of Alexander Mamut was heavily influenced by the scandal with Sobinbank, in which he served as member of the board of directors. U.S. law enforcement authorities suspected Sobinbank in laundering the IMF trance through the Bank of New York (BONY). In August 1998 the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia sent to FBI of the U.S. a request to find traces of $ 300 000 which had been paid as ransom for the Russian lawyer Edward Olevinskiy kidnapped by criminal structures. FBI learned that the money had been transferred to the Bank of New York at the expense of the company BECS International, run by a Russia's emigrant Peter Berlin. From there, transiting through an offshore bank account, they were transferred to Sobinbank. Then the information about other unusual transfers of funds in the accounts of Berlin came out. In late 1999, "Sobin" was searched, aimed at trying to find evidence of cooperation with the Bank of BONY. A team of the Moscow Directorate for Combating Economic Crimes (UBEP), the Tax Police (FTPS) and the FSB tried to seize the documents in the office of "Sobinbank. Action was conducted with the approval of the Prosecutor General.

From media reports one could conclude that Mamut controlled both of the banks - "Sobin” and MDM. Both of those banks was supposed to play a large role in the diversion of capital abroad. Reporters converged on the fact that Mamut, MDM and “Sobin"- are kind of "one team", while reports of the Kremlin influence of Mamut and his connection with Voloshin completed the picture – it was the Kremlin's command. Journalists at the moment vividly discussed the level of Mamut’s influence and his participation in the state government. In particular, Yevgeny Kiselyov called him "a powerful adviser to Alexander Voloshin, having office in the Kremlin, and influence as big as Abramovich had; as for MDM – he called it a big" black cash desk"."Gazeta.ru” called Mamut the chief organizer of capital export abroad. Mamut responded to the publication with promise to file lawsuits over them. In his interview to Kommersant he explained the attacks on him with the desire of the public to see "clique" and "conspiracy" everywhere and said he was - just another "target" in the Kremlin's command. Mamut tried to “get away" from "Sobin" by saying to "Kommersant" that he "took quite a nominal position of member of the Board of Directors the bank" in the bank.

Conversely, neither Mamut, nor the bank’s management denied the involvement of Mamut to the activities of MDM. According to the newspaper "Vedomosti", Mamut officially resigned from the board of directors of “Sobin" only in the summer of 2000. As for MDM, he stopped working there in early 2001.
Interlocutor ", 30.09.2003, http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, Полит.Ру 11.10.1999, www.finansy.ru, 01.10.2001

In December 1999, on the eve of elections to the Duma the leader of the electoral block "Fatherland - All Russia” Yevgeny Primakov declared that he was aware the Kremlin administration was trying to prevent IAD from participation in the electoral race by bribing candidates - members of the electoral list. By law, if 25% of the list of representatives withdrew their candidacies, the ISI would be taken off from the election. According to ISI, Mamut being “close to the Kremlin" proposed the money in the amount of $ 700 thousand for the candidate. According to Primakov, he coordinated and organized the process on behalf of the presidential administration of Alexander Voloshin. Mamut filed suit in Krasnopresnensky Intermunicipal Court of Moscow, he demanded to refute the statement made by Primakov, calling the accusation a total slander. Moreover, in an interview with "Kommersant-Daily" he said that all of those were "PR actions", and even if he had won the court, the purpose of the IAD actions would have been achieved. Even after the elections, in February 2000, media reported on the reconciliation between the leaders of the Duma faction Fatherland Yevgeny Primakov and influential businessman Alexander Mamut: they ceased to pursue each other in court. It happened after the beginning of February; Primakov said he did not intend to run for president of Russia.
http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, «Kommersant» № 229 (1873) on 10.12.1999, "Kommersant» № 29 (1914) on 22/02/2000

Alexander Mamut came in the focus of media attention in connection with the arrest of media mogul, president of ZAO Media-Most, Vladimir Gusinsky in June 2000. The latter was suspected of fraud in a large scale by the Russian law enforcement agencies. In an easy state of mind of the SPS faction leader Boris Nemtsov, Mamut was declared the author of the persecution of the Media-Most. On the air of NTV Nemtsov said that the scenario of the arrest of Gusinsky had been developed by the head of the presidential administration Alexander Voloshin. "In fact, there is an obvious struggle of the Kremlin's most powerful factions, which consisted of Roman Abramovich, Mamut; economic resources of the country got concentrated and consolidated in the hands of that group, and power tool of this group is Voloshin," said Nemtsov. Mamut promised to apply for Nemtsov in court. But there was no information about the incarnation of those plans in the media.
Www.ko.ru, 04.07.2000, www.businesspress.ru, 15.06.2000

Once in February 2001 Mamut joined the Business Council under the Cabinet of Kasyanov, a working group of the RSPP Bureau under the leadership of Mamut submitted abstracts about banking reform in Russia.

Proposals related to greater freedom of the banking market and consolidation of financial institutions. Mamut promised to increase the requirements for his capital of the banks. The reform assumed that each bank, which had a general license (ie the right to any financial activity), was soon to have a capital not less than $ 100 million. The reform was never realized. Media referred to the initiative of Mamut's attempt to eliminate the smaller banks and associated it with desire to limit the scope of banks having access to the budget funds.
http://lenta.ru/lib/14163493, www.newsru.com, July 16, 2001, "Kommersant-Power, 11.12.2001

Alexander Mamut's name figured in the conflict over the fate of the “Sixth channel”. In 2002 he joined the dozens of private investors who bought back stock of the company "Sixth channel" and supported Yevgeny Kiselyov’s team of journalists. Scandal burst at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sixth channel. The question arose about the replacement of the General Director of TV company. The votes went for one of the shareholders of the company, Oleg Kiselyov. But the decision was not unanimous. Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Troika-Dialog”, Alexander Mamut was against, and deliberately left the meeting. Prior to that Mamut had repeatedly said that he considered the chief of information service of the channel - Grigory Krichevsky to be the General Director of TVS. Shareholders of the "Sixth Channel" divided into two parts. The first part - people close to Anatoly Chubais, like Oleg Kiselev, Igor Linshits and others. The second part - Roman Abramovich, Oleg Deripaska, Alexander Mamut. Abramovich and Deripaska on the board of directors did not come. Mamut also allegedly agreed with Chubais that the new CEO was going to be Krichevsky. But the agreement broke down.

Media called this situation a manifestation of conflict between the shareholders - the "Group of Chubais 'and “Group of Deripaska, Abramovich, Mamut”. At that time both the teams controlled the 45% stake in the channel, another 10% belonged to the reporters on whose behalf Yevgeny Kiselyov acted. They believed that «Chubais’s group” defended political interests, while the oligarchs from another group gave priority to the interests of business.
http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, www.izvestia.ru, 18.10.02, www.smi-nn.ru, 02.04.2003

The scandalous situation occurred when in May, 2007 Alexander Mamut sold his 38.46% stake in Ingosstrakh to Czech company, PPF Investments (PPFI) Peter Kellner (the majority shareholder Oleg Deripaska with “Bazel” owned 60,1%). According to media reports, Deripaska believed that Mamut had had to sell the package to him. Then the majority shareholder initiated a meeting of shareholders, where it was decided to increase the capital of the company 4 times - up to 10 billion rubles. PPF decided that it diluted its share in Ingosstrakh because in that case their package would be reduced to 9, 6%. The Czechs said that the decision was made without their knowledge, and filed a claim for recognition of additional share issue invalid. Peter Kellner had been trying for several years to prove the legitimacy of the transaction and eventually got his way. Mamut said that the process of negotiation and sale was long and was not a secret to Deripaska. he substantiated his decision as the need to find other means of developing their projects.
Journal of Money »№ 41 (696) on 20.10.2008, http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, www.gazeta.ru, 3.06.08, www.newsru.com, June 24, 2009

According to the media reports, in 2008 Alexander Mamut bought "on the cheap" a controlling stake of the notorious company “Euroset” (in September 2008 its offices were searched, and the company's management was accused of trafficking and abduction of a former employee). Shareholders of “Euroset” Evgeny Chichvarkin and Timur Artemyev escaped to England. The company's turnover for 2007 amounted to 5,5 billion dollars. According to experts, the company's value was estimated at about $ 1 billion. But in connection with the scandal and the ensuing searches in the financial market, price of the company declined slightly. The amount of the transaction was not commented on with the parties. However, in the press sources reported that the purchase cost Mamut $ 400 million (excluding debt of 850 million dollars). Cheap price, assumed the media, was a result not only of "crisis" discount, but of the situation in which Evgeny Chichvarkin appeared to be: because of problems with law enforcement authorities, he was in no position to bargain. Already in October 2008 the Mamut’s structures sold 49.9 % of “Euroset” to “Vimpelcom”.
http://slon.ru/xfiles/27128/, http://lenta.ru/lib/14163493, "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", № 4756, dated 23 September 2008, "Company", 31.08.2009

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Sergey Matvienko - CEO of ZAO “VTB-Development”

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:53 + в цитатник

Surname: Matvienko

Name: Sergey

Fathername: Vladimirovich

Position: CEO of ZAO “VTB-Development”



Born May 5th 1973 Leningrad; Two degrees in International economics and financial and credit management.

Studied in USA the system of management and financial control in big corporations; Defended a thesis on “Financial and organizational mechanism of innovation business development”;

Worked in such big financial and credit organizations as “Lenvneshtorg”, “Inkombank”, “Baltic financial agency”.

Since October 5th 2003 his mother Valentina Matvienko holds the post of St Petersburg governor.



According to journalists, studying Main Internal Affairs Directorate's summary for July 13, 1994 one may find a message about Ms Rozhkova reference to Smolniy chief administration of internal affairs with claim that from 8 to 8.30 pm. two unknown criminals burst into her apartment and threatening her and her son, Rozhkov A.N., stole some valuable things, including garnet necklace and other valuables. Criminal proceeding was instituted under that fact by the article 145 of RF Criminal Code (robbery).

Already on July16, 1994 Murin Eugeniy Igorevich and Matvienko Sergey Vladimirovich were arrested by Criminal investigation department. Charge was brought against arrested and stolen by them property was partly confiscated. Though, Matvienko was imprisoned less than three days. It should be noted that he admitted his fault at once and the rest of the days waited for his mother’s help. On July 18 th Valentina Matvienko came from Malta where she worked as an ambassador in those years. As a result, recognizance not to leave was chosen the preventive punishment for Sergey Matvienko while his partner in crime remained in preventive-detention cell.

In the course of investigation it turned out that Murin and Matvienko saw the suffered Rozhkov not for the first time. On May 10 th of the same year Rozhkov was beat by them and other three young men, after that got to hospital with injuries. It should be noted that afterwards Sergey Matvienko got the alibi that he stood with his mother in Malta that time. Therefore, irrespective the earlier established facts, he could not beat Rozhkov.

Murin and Matvienko were going to Rozhkov, on their way they got the next potential extortion victim – Murin’s classmate Lipgard. They intended to “drain” him later. According to witnesses’ and victim’s testimony, Matvienko beat Rozhkov and, to frighten, attempted to strangle him.

Rozhkov’s grandmother let the arrived group in. On the way the amount of debt for some reason increased to 80 000, Murin and Matvienko in a free and easy manner became to take away property against “debt”. Considerable amount of books were packed in bags, some valuables including the garnet necklace at the cost of 60 000 rubles. Perhaps, they decided that the item would be of interest for book lovers preferring Kuprin. They took calculator “Electronika”, hair drier and even a drawing set.

The result was the criminal case №187898, proceeded by the senior investigator of the 3-rd department of St Petersburg Chief administration of internal affairs investigation unit, justice lieutenant-colonel Zhukova. Murin’s and Matvienko’s fault of robbery and infliction of a bodily harm was established by investigation.

Murin Eugeniy Igorevich, born 1974, didn’t have powerful parents, therefore he got soon to jail. Matvienko Sergey Vladimirovich, born 1973, working at the moment of arrest as a manager in check investment fund “Augusta”, registered at the address: Tverskaya street, 15-65, partly admitted his fault, but accused Murin of the crime organization. I.e., bluntly speaking, put the blame on his partner in crime, expecting mother’s support. And the support came – investigator Zhukova spared the son, deprived of a worthy upbringing because of the mother’s permanent absence, and Sergey Matvienko’s crime was temporarily forgot. Those facts were made public only in 2005.
Source: www.pdvdnk from 17.05.2005

Initially mass media displayed interest in the son of Petersburg governor owing to the facts of using by Valentina Matvienko her administrative resources in assisting her son’s wealth and career development.

First publications about Sergey Matvienko touched upon his connections with bank “Saint Petersburg”. Journalists noted that Valentina Matvienko, Alexander Savelyev and Victor Krotov were tied in the beginning of 1990 by joint business. All three managed the company CJSC “Komavtoservice”, specialized on freight forwarding and trading.

In 2003 journalists stated the fact of owning by Sergey Matvienko shares in bank “Saint Petersburg”. Besides, in May 2003 Sergey Matvienko took the post of Vice President in the bank. In general, big mass media began to write about Matvienko in 2003 in regard St Petersburg governor elections, where one of the candidates was Valentina Matvienko, taking that time the post of RF President’s authorized representative in North-West Federal region. Nobody doubted her to win the elections whereupon journalists began to attend her and her son.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 160 (2763) from 05.09.2003

It was not accidental that bank “Saint Petersburg” began to rapidly grow in St Petersburg financial area than. For example, newspapers wrote that bank “Saint Petersburg”, that was planning an extensive promotion of Visa plastic cards, got an exclusive access to clients’ database of St Petersburg subway. It was intended to combine own cards with subway smart cards. However two years before “Saint Petersburg” was facing the exclusion from Visa system for the reason of poor technical facilities. Allocating more than $1 million to the new processing center and programming facilities the bank stated of it’s serious struggle for market. The Vice President of “Saint Petersburg” bank’s new technologies became Sergey Matvienko.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 165 (2768) from 12.09.2003

In regard to the appointment in December 2003 Alexander Kadirov, the Headman of Information agency “Rosbalt”, to the position of City center advertisement director, journalists paid attention to informal relations between Sergey Matvienko and well-known St Petersburg’s businessman, promoter and owner of some music radio stations, Eugeniy Finkelshtein, whose candidacy Matvienko lobbied to the position of City center advertisement director. Finkelshtein, however, stated that he was a “businessman but not a civil officer”, confirming that his candidacy was really discussed with the governor.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 233 (2836) from 23.12.2003

In April 2004 Sergey Matvienko married a singer Zara (Zariya Mgoyan). It was informed that the singer was christened to orthodoxy before in one of small churches in outlying district of St Petersburg and got the name Zlata. The marriage, however, didn’t last for long. To become free Sergey had to pay Zara half million dollars.
Sources: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 75/П (2914) from 26.04.2004, «Zhizn» from 23.06.2006

Sergey Matvienko was mentioned in regard with the deficit of drugs in St Petersburg since the middle of 2000. According to printed media it was not accidentally that the regional license for purchasing and distribution of drugs went to a company “Empire Pharma”. It happened, supposedly, after 25 % of the company went to Matvienko in December of the previous year. Some spiteful critics were even sure that the major holding of stock was given to Mr. Matvienko as a present. Matvienko’s partner in pharmaceutical business was the headman of “Empire Pharma” Omar Gurtskaya.
Source: «МK v Pitere» from 10.02.2005

Later it came up that the Vice President of bank “Saint Petersburg” Sergey Matvienko was preparing to transfer to VneshTorgBank (VTB). Thereby, VTB, preparing than to move to St Petersburg, did everything to guarantee warm meeting with local authorities.

According to journalists, taking into account VTB plans to move to St Petersburg, to purchase Promstroybank (SPb) and retailing business in the North-West of Russia, such transfer looked logical. VTB, undoubtedly, would need a specialist, leading IT in bank “Saint Petersburg” and being governor’s close relative at that.

In October 2005 the headman of VneshTorgBank Andrey Kostin officially stated about finalizing of re-registration of his credit and financial organization in St Petersburg.

It was additionally reported that after transfer to VTB Sergey Matvienko, in all probability, would remain the owner of bank “Saint Petersburg” stock (he owned that moment 7,69% of shares, according to other information sources - 11,04%).
Sources: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 209/В (3048) from 09.11.2004, Magazine «Money» № 13 (518) from 04.04.2005, "Kommersant-SPb" № 194 (3278) from 14.10.2005

Later bank “Saint Petersburg” announced about changes in the board of directors. As journalists predicted, structures, controlled by well-known Petersburg banker Vladimir Kogan, sold 35% of bank shares. According to official version, after completing all legal procedures, 51 % of bank shares would be concentrated in hands of it’s top managers. However, local financial experts considered governor’s son, Sergey Matvienko, the key shareholder of the bank.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 177 (3261) from 21.09.2005

In June 2006 it came up that Sergey Matvienko bought a beautiful island with the area of 10 hectares nearby the Pirita river together with Lukoil Eesti CEO Eugeniy Bolshakov and co-owner of Russian bank OJSC “Saint Petersburg” Alexander Savelyev. It was supposed that established by him company “SMB Invest” would construct on the island, located not far from farmstead Lagedi, eight houses for authoritative Russian businessmen. The second step in “SMB Invest” activity was supposed to be opening of helicopter line between St Petersburg and Tallinn.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 111 (3442) from 22.06.2006

Then the journalists paid attention to Sergey Matvienko in regard that he took the position of “VTB-Capital” Head and began to manage such VTB real estate projects in St. Petersburg as “Embankment of Europe” at the cost of about $250 million and “Nevsky town hall” at the cost of about $200 million.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 204 (3535) from 31.10.2006

In spring 2007 in St Petersburg took place a serious scandal with participation of Finnish company “Container Finance”, which owned «Mobi Dick» Ltd, operating the biggest container terminal in St Petersburg sea port, and Vladimir Kogan. In a fact “Mobi Dick” representatives accused Vladimir Kogan of an attempt to take away a plot of land from Finnish businessmen, where they were planning to construct additional terminal, and give it to well-known criminal Vladimir Barsukov. Kogan was one of RF Rosstroy managers then and motivated his actions by technological reasons: the plot hampers the construction of defensive facilities supervised by Rosstroy.

"Mobi Dick" rented a site on Kotlin island in St Petersburg since 2003. In autumn 2006 under pressure of St Petersburg Committee of state property administration “Mobi Dick” management had to sign additional agreement to the rent agreement for transferring the territory to Rosstroy for two years, to take it back afterwards.

According to official version, the plot was necessary to Rosstroy for dike construction. Valentina Matvienko guaranteed to permit Finns to return to the territory in two years. However signing the agreement with the city finns doubted they would be let back in two years.
Source: www.newsru.com 18.05.2007

In connection with that conflict journalists paid attention to the relations between Sergey Matvienko and Barsukov. For example, they wrote that from hearsay Barsukov had a serious conflict with St Petersburg governor. The reason of conflict was, supposedly, quarrel with Sergey Matvienko.

Printed media wrote that most members of St Petersburg’s beau monde became witnesses of unexpected meeting of two powerful St Petersburg businessmen, Sergey Matvienko and Vladimir Kumarin, in one of the biggest St Petersburg casinos, where a joint project was discussed. Matvienko offered to forget past disagreements inviting Kumarin to participate in ferry complex project. Tambov criminal group member was asked for force support. Solution of problems with authorities the official’s son took upon himself… Vladimir Kumarin, according to printed media, refused to participate in that doubtful project.
Source: «Vslukh.Ru» from 18.05.2007

In spring 2007, Sergey Matvienko stated of leaving the elite cottage settlement construction project in Estonia, supposedly, for political reasons, considering the transfer of Bronze soldier in Tallinn a personal insult.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 90 (3666) from 26.05.2007

In connection with that journalists reported that from the very beginning the message about intentions of St Petersburg governor’s son, Sergey Matvienko, with partners to buy an island in Estonia brought the Republic citizens to study geography of native land. It was considered by then that the island was piece of land in the middle of water, for example, sea or lake. What island could be in J?el?htme waterless area?

It clarified later that the small Pirita river in Nothern Estonia nearby Lagedi was divided in two branches, flowing together at a distance of half kilometer. The belt of land between them with the width about 200 meters was that mysterious island, which, according to it’s owners’ investment plans, would become soon the residence of some very powerful Russian men, who would every morning get to St Petersburg from the island by helicopter.

It became knows soon that “Matvienko’s island” were still in natural look, and plans to establish Russian Rublevka in Estonia could not move forward from the table of local elder.

Therefore, when after the occasion with transfer of Bronze soldier Sergey Matvienko stated that he refused to participate in that project in protest at the actions of Estonian authorities, it was reasonable from the investment point of view. Was it worth spending time and money for the slipping project especially when there were possibility to exit effectively unpromising game?

In addition to that, according to capital issues register, there had been an off-exchange deal in May with SMB Invest AS shares — company, owning the island, after that number of owners reduced from three to two. It was not hard to guess, what was behind that: Sergey Matvienko sold his stock of 46 % to another co-owner – chairman of bank “Saint Petersburg” board, Alexander Savelyev, whose stock amounted after that to 92 %. The rest 8 % belonged to working in Lukoil Estonian department Eugeniy Bolshakov. So the island remained in hands of Russians but from “Matvienko’s island” it turned to “Savelyev’s island”.
Sources: Application to newspaper "Kommersant" № 106 (3682) from 21.06.2007, «Kommersant» № 90 (3666) from 26.05.2007

Later journalists remembered about Sergey Matvienko in connection with the next huge developer project, where, according to journalists, Matvienko acted as lobbyist. It was talked that the United industrial corporation of Sergey Pugachev found investor for termination of one of the biggest in Russia shipbuilding yard – St Petersburg Baltic plant (Baltiysky zavod). It was supposed that VTB would give the corporation $550 million to transfer the plant’s facilities to “Nothern shipyard” (Severnaya verf) and clearance of site in Vasiliy island for the construction of offices and elite housing. As journalists reported, not only financial but administrative support of VTB was important for Sergey Pugachev: the son of St Petersburg governor, Sergey Matvienko, was at the head of one of VTB structures.

With reference to confidential source, printed media reported that VTB could make the project real. "The lobby efforts of Sergey Pugachev were not enough to move the project forward himself. During the last year he didn’t manage to, - the source from VTB supervisory board reported Kommersant.- VTB, where the governor’s son works is just a gift for him” Sergey Matvienko was at the head of “VTB-capital”, Petersburg daughter of the bank, dealing with developer projects. Officially there were no any comments from VTB about lobby part of the project.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 144 (3720) from 14.08.2007

Later journalists paid attention to mutually beneficial neighborhood of Smolniy and project “Nevsky town hall”, which was being realized under control of Sergey Matvienko. It was supposed that on the territory of “Nevsky town hall”complex woul be placed the new residence of St Petersburg administration, “Smolniy-2”, and business centers of A class.

According to investment contract, Petersburg government would buy meant for it more than 100 thousand square meters from VTB at cost price (at the cost about not less than $1 thousand for 1 square meter). Thereby the city would return VTB considerable part of taxes for re-registration the bank’s head office in St Petersburg in 2005 (amounted to not less than $37 million annually). At the same time “Smolniy-2” would become for VTB the anchor tenant, rising the attractiveness of other commercial real estate in “Nevsky town hall”.
Source: Application to newspaper “Kommersant” № 38/В (3855) from 11.03.2008

Later printed media informed that Sergey Matvienko came to city recycling market. It was informed that Sergey Matvienko got control over the first recycling plant at Volhonskoe shosse via CJSC “VTB-capital (investment “daughter” of bank “VTB”). Scandalousness of the situation was that the plant got in the middle of serious conflict between St Petersburg government housing committee Chairman Yunis Lukmanov and CEO of the plant Yury Likhachev.

According to Leonid Vaisberg, CEO of OJSC “Scientific production enterprise “Mekhanobrteknika”, VTB bought Yury Likhachev’s stock. First Deputy CEO of the company Mikhail Fedashko refused that information. According to opened printed media, the matter didn’t have further development.
Source: «Delovoy Petersburg» from 03.04.2008

Printed media got also interested in the news that the headman of “Novatek” Leonid Mikhelson and Sergey Matvienko planned to realize joint project of St Petersburg institute of mines. In that regard it was reported that the company of Mikhelson and Matvienko, “Brand” Ltd., was founded in 2005 in Samara region in accordance with Unified State Register of Legal Entities. In October 2007 Mikhelson owned 75% of «Brand», Matviyekno’s company «Strelets-2» (bank “Saint Petersburg” shareholder) — 18,2%, as stated in Unified State Register of Legal Entities. The rest of stock belonged to Sergey Okunev, an old associate of Mikhelson, Chairman of First United bank board.

The information was very closed, however, the printed media found out about oil and gas company “Gorniy”, which 27,5% belonged to “Brand” (Unified State Register of Legal Entities data). The founder of oil and gas company – St Petersburg institute of mines, it’s chancellor, Vladimir Litvinenko, reported to “Vedomosti”. Oil and gas company conducts prospect drilling in Nenetskiy autonomous area at Vorga-Missyurskiy section. In 2005 Institute of mines got the license for it. Students practiced there and the institute developed new technologies. However, till 2012 it would be necessary to open and register resources (according to license terms), which would require 300-400 million rubles annually, Litvinenko told. So institute had to refuse from that section for oil and gas company, because starting from 2004 state institutes of higher education were forbidden to take credits in banks, and starting from 2006 – to invest money to legal entities’ authorized capital. There were and exclusion for intellectual property investments. According to that model the institute established oil and gas company “Gorniy”. Then it was looking for investors for almost a year. There was no information about further development of the project with Matvienko’s participation.
Source: «Vedomosti» from 28.04.2008

Soon printed media described scandal with company’s “Parameter” claims for two buildings in the centre of St Petersburg. Gross legal violations were done in realization of those projects. Sergey Matvienko owned CJSC “Parameter” via CJSC “Empire”.
Source: «Vedomosti» from 29.08.2008

Later British printed media paid attention to Sergey Matvienko. British newspaper “Nottingham evening post” wrote that Russian businessman, the son of St Petersburg governor Valentina Matvienko, Sergey Matvienko, wished to be accommodated in Nottingham castle museum during his stay in Great Britain, however, he was refused by the museum management.

According to journalists, Sergey Matvienko was going to visit United Kingdom in the end of September to participate in wrestling tournament between St Petersburg’s club Red Devils and it’s competitor – team from USA.

The newspaper noted that when choosing place for Matvienko’s accommodation “Russians refused from president apartments, saying that they needed something bigger and better”. Russians were offered president apartments in five star Park Plaza hotel, but, according to “Nottingham evening post”, Matvienko said, that suitable place for him and his 40 fellows would be castle of Nottingham – the city, in which surroundings, according to legend, the noble robber Robin Hood operated.

It was not possible to realize that idea because the castle was not suitable for accommodation.
Source: «RIA-Novosti» from 16.09.2008

In spring 2009 journalists paid attention to the circumstance that Sergey Matvienko was one of co-owners of CJSC “National media group”. His structures owned 0,8% of “National media group” and shares in assets under it’s control – about 3% in TV and radio company “Petersburg” (“Fifth channel”), less than 1% in TV channel REN TV. The major stockholders of “National media group” still remained “Sever group”, “Surgutneftegas”, “Sogas” and investment company “Abros”.

According to updated data of Unified State Register of Legal Entities and “SPARK-Interfax” agency, about 3 % of “Media-invest” Ltd. (owned 27,8% of “National mediagroup”) belonged that moment to “Karinti” Ltd. The sole owner of “Karinti” Ltd was “Nord-west Management” Ltd, 90 % of which belonged to CJSC “Empire”, which was owned by Sergey Matvienko. Thereby, the structures of St Petersburg governor, Valentina Matvienko’s, son Sergey owned 0,79% of “National media group”. In addition, according to “SPARK-Interfax”, in the list of “Karinti” Ltd daughter companies was “TV radio company “Petersburg” OJSC, which 2,99 % belonged to “Karinti”. All together “Karinti” owned less than 1% in TV channel REN TV.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 63 (4118) from 09.04.2009

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Iskander Makhmudov - President of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:52 + в цитатник

Surname: Makhmudov

Name: Iskander

Fathername: Kahramonovich

Position: President of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company





Iskander Makhmudov was born on December 5, 1963, Bukhara. He held his childhood and youth in Tashkent. His mother taught foreign language in the university. Father worked as a builder.

In those days the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Tashkent University was closely associated with military organizations, and trained staff to work in the East, where the Soviet Union supplied the weapons. That was especially honored and promised an extraordinary career take off.

After graduating from the institute, Iskander Makhmudov went to work in Libya, then in Iraq. In Libya he worked in an organization which is called the Principal Engineering Directorate; in Iraq - in a Soviet department, which was engaged in construction works.

The main building department was subject to the USSR State Committee for Foreign Economic Relations, and in practice it was engaged in arms transfers abroad and the training of military personnel in friendly countries. Among other things, the Directorate was engaged in management and construction of defense-strategic sites in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Yemen.

Then Makhmudov was invited to the state foreign trade organization "Uzbekintorg", which was involved in the procurement of necessary goods to the republic within the allocated national quotas. He gained his first serious commercial experience there.

Later Iskander Makhmudov moved to Moscow where he met with his longtime friend and countryman Michael Cherny. The first steps in business they did together. Makhmudov settled in one of the structures in Trans World Group, but soon went out and engaged in the sale of copper.

Makhmudov has been selling the Russian metal to foreign countries for several years, without making any "sudden movements" and without drawing attention to his activities. His work in this market allowed him to acquire extensive ties both at business and at the regional and federal officials levels.

Starting from 1991 to June 1994 he was Deputy Director of Marketing AO "Alis". From July 1994 to February 1996 - Director of AOZT "Industrial-Financial Company" Meta Service».

In 1996 Mahmudov became CEO of the Gaysky mining and processing plant - the leading enterprise in the Urals for the extraction of copper ore.

In 1999, together with his partners created the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), he has been president from its inception until nowadays.

In 2001 he was a member of the Board of Directors Uralelectromed (g.Verhnyaya Pyshma in the Sverdlovsk region).

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Bank "Sayan".

Makhmudov's empire is composed of seven major companies in the steel industry of the Middle Urals. Among them are - "Uralelectromed», Kachkanarsky mining and concentration complex (“GOK”) «Vanadium» and Sredneuralskiy Copper Smelter. More than 78 % stake in UMMC belong to the firms located in offshore areas, and actually work for a foreign capital.

Iskander Makhmudov alone controls nearly half of Russia's production of copper, two-thirds of the production of zinc and a quarter of the rolled non-ferrous metals. His holding is the eighth producer of wagons and locomotives. in the world Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), a former president of which is Makhmudov, includes dozens of companies located in 30 regions of Russia: from the Far East to Vladimir.

Makhmudov has been married twice. Makhmudov parted with his former wife before moving to Moscow, but according to some sources, he devotes a lot of time to his son from the first marriage.
Sources: www.svdevelopment.com, www.lobbying.ru





In 2000 the name of Makhmudov was associated with the Kachkanar GOK "Vanadium" scandal. In 1999 Makhmudov entrusted to operate the business to his childhood friend Jalol Haidarov. But soon Mahmudov became displeased with the fact Khaidarov wanted to be the owner of the company by himself. Mahmudov considered that Khaidarov arrogated 72% of the shares the GOK, and initiated a trial during which the legitimate rights of the shareholders were recognized. Khaidarov disagreed, in response to this Mahmudov arrived to the company together with the police officers. Khaidarov fielded a crowd of workers and retirees against, they had been previously persuaded that Mahmoud was going to destroy and to close the plant. Makhmudov dispersed the crowd with water cannon at twenty degrees C below. Pictures with the happening circled all the media causing a real shock. After using water cannons the police officers entered the enterprise, and it passed to the Mahmudov.
Source: www.svdevelopment.com, 2000


Khaidarov went abroad after the dismissal of the GOK's general director, and there joined forces with another ex-tycoon Mikhail Zhivilo; the latter sued in the U.S. with the owners of Rusal for the Novokuznetsk Aluminum Plant. They filed a claim for total of $ 3 billion for the act of conducting racketeering and corruption, implying a three time payment to the victims in the Federal Court in New York in 2001. But in 2003 the court refused to consider it.
Source: "Vedomosti" from 09.11.2004


In 2004 Khaidarov filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. court against Makhmudov. At this time the amount of the claim was two times less. The new suit did not affect the business of Makhmudov .
Source: "Vedomosti" from 09.11.2004


Just a few days after the seizure of Kachkanar GOK Makhmudov seized power in the Nizhnesadinsky Metallurgical Complex. Andrei Kozitsyn led the attackers; he had been appointed new CEO in Kachkanar GOK by Mahmudov. The scheme of the operation was very similar to the seizure of GOK. While the company CEO Damir Gareev and five of his deputies had been locked in the staff room without a telephone connection, the invaders took away documents and stamps of the company. The workers who tried to infiltrate the territory of the enterprise once again were doused with water. Gareev was forced to leave the plant.
Source: "Kommersant» # 15 (1900) on 02/02/2000


The venture «Karabashmed» also was a mean of the power struggle for Mahmudov. The aim of Makhmudov was to stop creation of a single "copper" holding in Russia based on the Kyshtym Electrolytic Copper Plant («KMZ»). It was supposed to unite "Karabashmed» and a number of other enterprises. The initiators of the project were the head of Bashkortostan Murtaza Rakhimov and Chelyabinsk Governor Pyotr Sumin. Thus, Makhmudov could have gained strong competitors. A number of the companies by UMMC supplying raw materials to the enterprises of «KMZ”, and Mahmoud decided to reduce them.
Source: "Kommersant» # 88 (1973) on 19/05/2000


Namely, they reduced supply from the Gaysky GOK (member of the UMMC) to the "Karabashmed». The purchase of Karabash copper-smelting plant became a method of pressure on the «KMZ”.
Source: "Kommersant» # 93 (2223) on 31/05/2001


In September 2001 it became known about the death of an "authoritative" entrepreneur Anton Malevsky (Anton Izmailovsky) - he crashed jumping with a parachute in South Africa. In 2001 Haydarov and Zhivilo filed a claim for $ 3 billion in the Court of New York against Mahmudov; accroding to them, he together with the partners - Michael Cherny and Oleg Deripaska used Malevsky in the negotiations on the fate of the Kachkanar GOK, then he had been acting as a "threat".
Source: "Kommersant» # 205 (2335) on 09/11/2001


One of the scandals associated with the name of Makhmudov concerned the divorce of a steel magnate Alexei Mordashov with his wife Elena. Once Mordashov announced his intentions to fight for the enterprise «Kuzbassugol» by Mahmudov, Elena Mordashova accused her former husband of an insufficient child support.
Source: "Profile" on 11/09/2001


The Nikulinsky District Court in Moscow reviewing the suit by Mordashova seized 32,5% stake in Severstal as an interim measure; Mordashov was the head of the company. The petition claimed those shares of Mordashov.
Source: Vedomosti on 16.08.01


Mordashov anticipated that Makhmudov might have been involved in such a turn of events, as soon as prosecutor Vladimir Ponevezhsky got engaged in the matter of alimony; at one time director of the Kachkanar GOK - Jalol Haydarov had been removed from his post with his assistance. Makhmudov assumed that in case Mordashova would sue anything from her former husband, he would most likely want to buy that thing.
Source: "Profile" on 11/09/2001


In 2005, the prosecutor of Bashkiria instituted a criminal case for causing very serious injury to the Bashkir copper sulphate plant (BMSK)managed by UMMC . The stake in BMSK owned by the government of Bashkiria, was transferred to the trust management by UMMC in 2004. Since then, its debt has increased significantly. UMMC is also suspected of the withdrawal of the assets of the company and its deliberate bankruptcy.
Source: "Kommersant" from 17.11.2005


In March 2009 in the Saratov region opened a criminal case against OAO «Transmash» for failure in its tax liabilities. No specific charges havet been instituted. The enterprise did not deny that it had not paid the taxes, and referred to the fact that had been an essential measure for the development of the production. Since 2007, the owners of the controlling stake of the company became GC "TransGroup" and "Transkreditbank", one of its principal owners is Makhmudov.
Source: Kommersant (Saratov) # 58 (4113) on 02/04/2009

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Mikhael Mirilashvili - The head of holding

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:51 + в цитатник

Surname: Mirilashvili

Name: Mikhael

Fathername: Mihaylovich

Position: The head of holding



Mirilashvili was born on May 1, 1960 in settlement Kulashi of Samtredsky area, the Georgian SSR. Georgian Jews historically lived near the town of Samtredia. In 1977 he moved to Leningrad, where he entered Leningrad Institute of Pediatrics. In the student years he was close to the group of Vladimir Feoktistov ("Feka"), considered as one of the founders of organized crime in Leningrad. During the trial of Feoktistov in 1981 Mirilashvili was interrogated on an episode about drawing of physical injuries. Since 1980 he engaged in business. By the time of arrest together with his brother Gabriel Mirilashvili (Konstantin Mireli, 1961) owned a large mall of St. Petersburg "Gostiniy dvor". Also he was co-owner of the company "Russian Video". He was one of the sponsors of the election campaign of the "Democratic Russia" party leader. In 2003 he was the president of corporation "Conti", consisting of six casinos, he was chairman of the board of directors of holding "Petromir ", he was a member of management of the company "Lukoil-North-West-petroleum". He owned a part in the St. Petersburg branch of "Soyuzkontrakt". Gazeta.ru assessed his revenue in $40 million. Since 1995 Mirilashvili has a dual citizenship - Russia and Israel. Patron, a member of presidium of the Russian Jewish Congress.

Mikhael Mirilashvili is married and has full age daughter and the son. His family controls the large gambling holding of St.-Petersburg "Conti Group" (casino "Conti", "Palace", "Astoria", "Indiana", "Nevada", a concert hall "Giant-Hall", cabaret "Olympia", theater-cabaret "Astoria" restaurant "Colchis", Jewish restaurant "7.40", and chain of slot machines "jackpot"). Brothers of Mirilashvili in common owned more than 20 companies (as of 2003).

Son of Mikhael Mirilashvili - Vyacheslav (Itskhak) Mirilashvili (1984) and other family members were registered as founders of the company that owns one of the most visited sites in runet Vkontakte.ru. On February 1, 2008 the site was owned by offshore Doraview Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands. The official owner of the project is a businessman Yuri Milner.
Source: "Wikipedia"




Journalists have become seriously interested in Mikhael Mirilashvili and members of his family in connection with kidnap of Mikhael Mirilashvili, father of Mikhael and Konstantin Mirilashvili.

Mirilashvili Senior was kidnaped in August 2000 on one of the main highways of St.-Petersburg - Vyborg embankment. He went with driver-bodyguard Vladimir Kogan in a car Lexus 300 (the car is written down on the some TOO "Genus" on which general director Mirilashvili is registered). At 10.15, when the car passed the house #43, two young men in the form of traffic police employees stopped it. They said to Kogan that they wanted to check the car’s documents and invited him into their car. There they aimed the gun on him and the car drove off. Nevertheless Kogan saw how two persons sat down into the car where Mirilashvili was and Lexus immediately moved.

Having passed a few hundred meters, the fake traffic cops threw out Kogan from the car and he immediately ran to the nearest police station.

A few days later Mikhail Mirilashvili Sr. was safely released, moreover there was no information that any claims had been filed or demands had been made to him.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 145 (2030) 09.08.2000

With reference to police sources journalists reported that brothers Mirilashvili paid a large redemption of captive. After paying the money brothers Mirilashvili considered a point of honor to find kidnappers and they succeeded. Having detained the thieves, employees of security service managed the get them to talk and as a result they caught one of prospective customers of abduction - a Georgian "thief-in-law" Gochi Tsagareshvili. On September, 8th, 2000 he together with his girlfriend and the driver was killed near hotel "Astoria" at Isaakievsky square. It is remarkable that at this moment in "Astoria" an international "round table" concerning investments took place in which Mikhail Mirilashvili Jr. participated.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 17 (2147) from 2/1/2001

It became known in January 2001 about the interest of police in Mikhail Mirilashvili in connection with capture in hostages of his father and also the following execution of two Georgian criminal "authorities" at the hotel "Astoria". Mirilashvili was arrested, and thus journalists paid attention to the interesting point: arrest happened when the businessman returned from Israel as a part of delegation headed by the president of the country Moshe Katsav. Also it was informed that after arrest of Vladimir Gusinsky in Spain Mikhail Mirilashvili had quite good chances to hold a presidential post instead of him in Russian branch of the World Jewish congress.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 12 (2142) from 1/25/2001

In a few days an accusation to Mikhail Mirilashvili was brought of the organization of abduction of two persons involved in kidnapping of his father. Besides, police detained some assistants to the businessman responsible for safety of his firms.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 17 (2147) from 2/1/2001

Meanwhile, the press took an interest in Konstantin Mirilashvili in connection with the basketball club "Spartak" scandals. The reason of the scandal was the possible resignation of the head coach of a team Dmitry Tumanov because of financial infringements.

In this connection it was informed that dismissal of the coach is a prerogative of council of "Spartak". Council included the president of club vice-governor Valery Malyshev, the president of city federation of basketball Vladimir Shitarev and the head of company "Euroservice" Konstantin Mirilashvili.

Among the persons involved in crisis of "Spartak" there was also the correspondent of the newspaper “Smena” of Boris Hodorovsky who was also press attache of "Spartak". Boris Hodorovsky was Konstantin Mirilashvili's main adviser. The director of "Spartak" Nikolay Vashchilin supporting Tumanov’s dismissal considered that many decisions concerning invitations of players and expenditure of means (the club budget is about $1 million) were imposed to Konstantin Mirilashvili by Mr. Hodorovsky, and the majority of them appeared erroneous.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 61 (2191) from 4/6/2001

Mikhail Mirilashvili's arrest gave a new push to one more wide-known criminal case of the end of 90s — case of "Russian video”.

In 1999 the story with assignation of the Federal state unitary enterprise (FSUE) "Russian video" to OOO "Russian video-11th channel" controlled by "Media bridge" came into the view of the Office of Public Prosecutor investigating the case about abusing of former director of FSUE Rozhdestvensky. According to the investigation, FSUE together with two front structures of "Media bridges" founded OOO "Russian video-11th channel" which at active participation of Mister Rozhdestvensky got actives belonging to FSUE: the license for broadcasting and the transmitter of 11th television channel, the real estate, and also the rights to a video production (serials "Santa Barbara" and "Streets of the broken lanterns") — in total sum $10 million. It finally led to bankruptcy of FSUE "Russian video" which was quite succeeding enterprise. In June, 2000 in the case there was the first accused, the head of "Media bridge" Vladimir Gusinsky whose old business partner was Mikhail Mirilashvili occupying a post of the chairman of board of directors of OOO «Russian video-11th channel». And Dmitry Rozhdestvensky was not charged: he was a target of the investigation about insignificant plunders.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 103/P (2233) from 6/18/2001

In the end of 2001 the Office of Public Prosecutor of Petersburg brought new accusation to Mikhail Mirilashvili. To the organisation of abduction of two persons, on charge in which the businessman was arrested in January of this year the organisation of murder of kidnapped persons was added.

According to the message of Office of Public Prosecutor Mikhail Mirilashvili was accused of the organisation of abduction and the subsequent murder (for the purpose of abduction concealment) of two persons – purse thieves – of the Georgian origin Rostom Dvali and Koba Kakushadze. On the versions of the investigation, the first of them was the relative to "authority" Badri Dvali who was a member of the criminal group which organized abduction of the father of the businessman – Mikhail Gabrielovich Mirilashvili in August of last year. According to the case details, Mirilashvili-junior ordered the security service to find thieves and as a result both purse thieves were delivered to the office of the concern "Petromir". There under tortures they told the co-ordinates of thieves of Mirilashvili-senior, then after his release they were taken out to the sandlot killed.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant-SPb" № 185 (2315) from 10/10/2001

Later it became known that Mirilashvili family interfered to St.Petersburg Public Prosecutor's Office. In particular, the matter was a criminal case brought to the son of the assistant to the public prosecutor of Petersburg Boris Salmaksov who supervised business of Mirilashvili. The point was that defenders of Mirilashvili accused Salmaksov-junior that he had ostensibly extorted from them a large sum of money «under the father». The State Office of Public Prosecutor stopped the criminal case brought in relation to Salmaksov-junior concerning swindle because of the absence of event of a crime.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 31 (2400) from 2/21/2002

In April, 2002 the Minister of Justice of Russia Jury Chaika discharged Vladimir Spitsnadel from the post of the Chief of Main Directorate of Administaring Punishment of Ministry of Justice in St.-Petersburg and Leningradskaya region. The high-ranking sources in Ministry of Justice regarded resignation as Jury Chaika's protective reaction to pressure of the Presidential administration lobbying appointment of Mr. Spitsnadel as the chief of MADP of Russia. In this connection the facts of relations between Spitsnadel and Mirilashvili became known. Journalists wrote in particular that Spitsnadel allowed transferring Mikhail Mirilashvili from Kresty prison to the prison hospital. Visiting of the prison Gaaz hospital by Ludmila Narusova resolved by Mr. Spitsnadel in the beginning of March became the last drop.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 63 (2432) from 4/11/2002

In May 2002, the scandal with basketball club "Spartak" continued. Employees of criminal investigation department detained the former general director of OOO "Basketball club Spartak" Valery Zaharov who in federal wanted list on charge in large swindle for two years. According to the investigation, Mr. Zaharov stole the money given by sponsors to the well-known club.

The former senior engineer of aviation enterprise "Pulkovo" Valery Zaharov was appointed as the general director of OOO "Spartak" exactly after its creation in 1997. OOO was created at the initiative of the president of Petersburg federation of basketball, the chief of city tax police George Poltavchenko (nowadays — the plenipotentiary of the president in the Central region). The structure of founders of club under the insisting of Mr. Poltavchenko included aviation enterprise "Pulkovo" which for the next two years was the core and almost the unique official sponsor of the club. In 1999 "Pulkovo" left the structure of founders of OOO, and the rights to club passed to other legal body — to the noncommercial partnership concern "Euroservice" belonging to businessman Konstantin Mirilashvili. Right after that a criminal case about swindle was raised concerning heads of old administration, the director and the accountant of OOO.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 82 (2451) from 5/17/2002

In August 2003, the court of Leningrad military district announced a sentence to businessman Mikhail Mirilashvili and seven of his assistants. The businessman was recognized as guilty of the organisation of abduction of two persons. The majority of his accomplices were justified.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 136 (2739) from 8/2/2003

In October, 2003 journalists wrote about Mirilashvili in connection with attempt of share dilution of banking house "St.-Petersburg" in OAO "Plastpolimer" in favor to “Petromir” belonging to Mirilashvili. It was a question that OAO "Plastpolimer" started placing shares on the closed subscription in favor of structures of holding "Petromir" headed by businessman Mikhail Mirilashvili. In case of successful issue of "Petromir" will increase the share holding of the enterprise to 80 %, and the shares of management and banking house "St.-Petersburg" will be diluted.

The companies connected with holding "Petromir" already owned a controlling interest of "Plastpolimer" (about 65 %). Another 7.5 % belonged to ZAO "Banking house St.-Petersburg", other shares — to management and employees of the enterprise (in total about 2 thousand shareholders). The control over a chemical plant got to Mikhail Mirilashvili's structures as a result of procedure of bankruptcy of "Plastpolimer" in 2000-2001 which came to the end with the agreement of lawsuit. The plan of external management was approved in October, 2000. Then also it became known that the enterprise controlling interest is consolidated by holding "Petromir".

In the summer of 2003 the meeting of shareholders in which about 73 % shareholders participated made the decision on additional issue. It is curious that at meeting 12 % of participating shareholders voted against the in favor of "Petromir".
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 192 (2795) from 10/21/2003

The military board of the Supreme court cut the imprisonment term for Mikhail Mirilashvili to 8 years.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 204 (2807) from 11/6/2003

In May, 2004 the city court of St.-Petersburg announced a sentence on the case of murder of the "thief-in-law" Gochi Tsagareshvili, his wife Liana Anguladze and the security guard near hotel "Astoria" in September, 2000. Three Azerbaijani were recognized guilty. The customer of murder was not identified. From case details it followed only Gochi came to the place of murder, to "Astoria", after Mikhail Mirilashvili's invitation.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 89 (2928) from 5/20/2004

Troubles of criminal character at company "Eurostroy" belonging to Konstantin Mirilashvili began in summer of 2004. In particular, the seizure of documents within the investigation of criminal case upon deliberate bankruptcy of OAO "Olymsky sugar factory" (Kursk region) was made.

In 2000 the control over OAO "Olymsky sugar factory" was got by "Euroservice" company. Then ZAO "Olymsky sugar factory" was registered where all contracts with suppliers of a beet and the staff were transferred. From that moment economic activities were f conducted on behalf of ZAO. As a result OAO it was recognized as insolvent and bankrupt. Territorial branch of FSFO in Kursk region drew the conclusion about the facts of deliberate bankruptcy of OAO "Olymsky sugar factory". The investigatory committee at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Central Federal Region initiated a criminal case upon bankruptcy of the factory within the signs of a crime according to article 195 of the criminal code of Russian Federation.
Source: Kommersant (Voronezh) № 136 (2975) from 7/28/2004

A bit later it became known about serious claims from a territorial administration of Federal antimonopoly service (FAS) in Moscow to the government of Moscow. An investigation subject was an out-of-competition transfer of all rights to the organization of new payment system of auto parking given by the capital mayoralty to OAO "Parksim". Journalists found out that the general director of "Parksim" Herman Goglichidze is working in the same office as a management of a network of slot machines "Jack Pot". And Mr. Goglichidze as it was explained in his office, heads this game network as well. In this connection press wrote that the actual owner of "Jack Pot" is Mikhail Mirilashvili.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 187 (3026) from 10/7/2004

In February, 2005 it became known that the Office of Public Prosecutor of Petersburg stopped criminal prosecution of the president of holding "Euroservice" Konstantin Mirilashvili. The businessman was in the international wanted list on charge in the organisation of abduction and murder of two persons — those Dvali and Kakushadze. Konstantin Mirilashvili's criminal prosecution was stopped on the basis of article 24 of Russian CCУПК “in the absence of crime”.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 27 (3111) from 2/16/2005

Later journalists paid attention that Konstantin Mirilashvili's criminal prosecution was stopped by the assistant to the public prosecutor of Petersburg Alexander Konovalov. It was recollected in connection with his appointment to the post of the public prosecutor of Bashkiria.

Thus journalists paid attention that, according to an official site of corporation "Euroservice", two sugar factories of corporation "Euroservice" — Raevsky and Karlamansky are located just on territories of Bashkiria, whose Office of Public Prosecutor was headed by Mr. Konovalov since yesterday.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 34 (3118) from 2/26/2005

In city court of Petersburg process started on charge of four employees of Nevsky Department of internal affairs in abduction of businessman Tornike Tsartsidze and invention of criminal case against him. Evidences of Mr. Tsartsidze were used to put Mikhail Mirilashvili to prison.

By the version of the Office of Public Prosecutor, case for Tsartsidze was invented to discredit him in the opinion of the Supreme court and thus to achieve sentence revision of another case — businessman Mikhail Mirilashvili.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 178 (3262) from 9/22/2005

The city court of St.Petersburg delivered a verdict of "not guilty" to these four policemen.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 53 (3384) from 3/28/2006

In the end of 2006 the chairman of board of «Meat corporation Euroservice» Igor Kofman declared that "Euroservice" was going to arrange IPO in the first half of 2007. For achievement of the ambitious purpose the new management team was created: the post of the general director of "Euroservice" was held by the former general director of "Rusagro" Marina Golovanova, and the sugar company which was a part of the holding was headed by the former financial director of "Sugar company Clear up» Andrey Kornyushenko.

However already after New Year's holidays it became clear that IPO of "Euroservice", most likely, would not take place. In the end of January Golovanova, Kornyushenko and some other managers of financial and legal departments retired at once.

According to the same source, condition of IPO arrangement was a business transparency, and Mirilashvili was not ready for that.
Source: Magazine «Firm Secret» № 50 (233) from 12/24/2007

In the summer of 2008 it became known about acquisition by companies "Sevzaptruboprovodstroy" and "Neftegazmontazhservice" which bought 100 % of OAO "Group of companies "Euroservice". Buyers were the structures close to "Gazprom". And the transaction reason - too big debts of "Euroservice". In particular it was informed that in December, 2007 "Euroservice" admitted a technical default on repayment of bonds of affiliated "Meat corporation Euroservice" for 1,5 billion rubles.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 135/P (3952) from 8/4/2008

Later it became known that the group of companies "Euroservice" declaring large cattle-breeding projects in Kursk and Orel regions sold the actives. The possible owner of sugar and agrarian-grain business was the holding "Prodimeks” which possesses an option for the repayment of 51 % of "Euroservice" within three years. A few participants of the market apply at once for the second part of business of "Meat corporation Euroservice".
Source: Kommersant (Voronezh) № 147 (3964) from 8/20/2008

Problems of Group "Euroservice" in connection with its huge credits appeared in the summer of 2008. The basic owner Konstantin Mirilashvili obtained citizenship of Israel, changed a surname to Mirelli and emigrated. And in the beginning of September Federal Agency of court enforcement officers in St.-Petersburg began enforcement proceedings for collecting taxes at the expense of property of the debtor regarding head company "Euroservice", the importer and the manufacturer of sugar and meat. Corporation "Euroservice" debt was $700 million, about $360 million of them – to Rosselhozbank.
Source: Kommersant (Voronezh) № 24 (4079) from 2/11/2009

On October, 19th, 2007 in Petersburg the former co-owner of TC "Perinnye Ryady" Arthur Pshihachev was killed. Anatoly Krahmal, the business partner and the close acquaintance of the lost businessman was the customer of murder, on a version of the investigation. As appears from materials of the case, businessman Pshihachev was killed to take hold of money which he received from sale of the share holding in ТC "Perinnye Ryady". Formally the owner of a trading complex was ZAO "Eastern enterprise express", but as participants of the market confirmed, the real owner was Konstantin Mirilashvili. In August, 2007 Arthur Pshihachev sold a share holding of a complex belonging to him to Mr. Mirilashvili, the amount of the transaction was made $2,5 million

Having learnt about the transaction, Mr. Krahmal, on an evidence, decided to kill Mr. Pshihachev as he had access to his account and hoped to receive $2,5 million.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 202 (4019) from 11/7/2008

In January, 2009 in Orenburg Mikhail Mirilashvili was released from the colony #8.
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant» № 11 (4066) from 1/23/2009

In February, 2009 press informed that OAO "Metallservice", one of the largest domestic metal traders, through affiliated structure creates agro-industrial corporation in Kursk region where regional actives of group "Euroservice", actually bankrupt agro holding, would enter, in particular – Tetkinsky and Olymsky sugar factories.
Source: Kommersant (Voronezh) № 24 (4079) from 2/11/2009

In the end of 2009 journalists learnt that Mikhail Mirilashvili restores the control over business of an auto dealer network "Laura" which he, naming in honor of the wife, started to found when he was even free. But then "Laura" was engaged in booking of cars and had only two salons on sale of GM and Subaru cars, and now its retail network includes more than ten salons in Petersburg and regions. But the company kept nearby 1.5 billion rubles of debts which, as participants of the market confirm, structures of Mr. Mirilashvili started to return receiving in exchange the control on business of the dealer.

As “Kommersant” found out, Mr. Mirilashvili was one of the founders of "Laura".
Source: Newspaper «Kommersant-SPb» № 232 (4287) from 12/11/2009

In March 2010, it became known that the structures of destroyed agro holding "Euroservice" had been blocking sale of the former sugar factories of the group. OOO "Kolos" being close to "Euroservice" challenged the price of property of ZAO "Zalegoshch-sugar" in Orel in arbitration, thus it broke the auctions where the enterprise planned on redeeming the Moscow OOO "Delos".

As it became known, that OOO "Kolos", being in St.-Petersburg, challenged the price in Orel arbitration (20 million roubles) at which the competitive managing director of ZAO "Zalegoshch-sugar" Vladimir Solomatin tried to sell the enterprise in February. Sources in the region, familiar with the situation, assert that the company is affiliated with ruined agro holding "Euroservice" of businessman Konstantin Mirilashvili. "Zalegoshch-sugar" was included earlier into its structure. OOO "Kolos", according to the court information, insisted that the factory should be sold not less than for 35 million roubles.
Source: Kommersant (Voronezh) № 42 (4340) from 3/12/2010

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Sergey Mironov - Speaker of the Federation Council, Chairman of the party

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:51 + в цитатник

Surname: Mironov

Name: Sergey

Fathername: Mikhailovich

Position: Speaker of the Federation Council, Chairman of the party



Born February 14, 1953 in Pushkin, Leningrad region. In 1979 he graduated from the Geophysical Department of the Leningrad Mining Institute named after Plekhanov. Prior to 1986, he was geophysicist in Zelenogorsk expedition of the Ministry of Geology of the USSR. In 1986-1991 he worked in the NPO (scientific development and production center) "Geophysika", at the same time he was engaged in business: a manager and then director of the TOO "Garant-Service" in Pushkin.

In 1992, Mironov graduated from St. Petersburg Technical University. From 1991 to 1993 he was Executive Director of the Pushkin AOZT "Russian Chamber of Commerce." In 1993 Mironov received Certificate of Finance Ministry of Russia to work on the securities market.

In 1993-1994, Mironov was head of production department of Pushkin's "Firm STR”. In 1994-1995, he served as executive director of AOOT "Construction Corporation "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga” (Renaissance of St. Petersburg), and was Executive Director of the Northern Investment Finance Facility.

In 1994, Mironov was elected to the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg from the block "All Petersburg". In April 1995, Mironov was elected first deputy chairman of the assembly.

In 1997, Mironov graduated with honors from the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of Russia; in 1998 - Faculty of Law, St. Petersburg State University.

From April to December 1998, Mironov served as Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. In December 1998 he was elected deputy again (he became the coordinator of the faction “Legitimacy”), and in June 2000, Mironov was elected Deputy Chairman of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly.

June 13, 2001 Mironov was elected a member of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of Russian Federation - representative in the Federation Council from the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. According to some reports, this was in accordance with the wish of former President Vladimir Putin, with whom Mironov had been acquainted since 1994, and during the election campaign in winter 2000 he led by the initiative group to nominate Putin as a presidential candidate. December 5, 2001 Mironov was elected Chairman of the Federation Council and became a member of the Security Council of Russia. On January 29, 2003 Mironov was elected Chairman of the FC for the second term.

In February 2003, Mironov became Chairman of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS member states. In April the same year he led the Russian Party of Life. He participated in the 2003 parliamentary elections as part of a political block "Party of Russia’s Revival - the Russian Party of Life", the block did not pass in the Duma.

January 4, 2004 at the Congress of the Russian Party of Life Mironov was nominated for the presidency of Russia, in his own words, to support "reformist potential" of Putin. He lost the election, gaining the least number of the total votes (0,76 percent). Putin became President for the second time, and Mironov retained the post of chairman of the Federation Council, and in July the same year he graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of St. Petersburg State University.

In late 2004, Mironov initiated a bill to declare December, 31 and May, 2 as a day off. The relevant law was approved in late 2005. In February 2005, he proposed to extend the presidential term to five years, but later he abandoned that idea.

In late August 2006, on behalf of the party led by Mironov he signed a document entitled "Basic principles of combining together the political party Rodina, the Russian Party of Pensioners and the Russian Party of Life. In October 2006, Moscow hosted the Unity Congress, during which the three parties had been transformed into one called "A Just Russia”, Mironov was elected its Chairman. Media immediately called the new party a competitor of United Russia in the fight for the right to maintain policies of President Putin. Mironov and leader of “United Russia" Boris Gryzlov entered into a correspondence debate with each other, and the" United Russia " compelled transition of elections to the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg in March 2007, ie six months ahead of schedule.

March 11, 2007 during election to the parliaments, 14 subjects of the federation "A A Just Russia" ranked first in the Stavropol region and it was the second in five regions (including St. Petersburg) and the third one - in six of them.

March 21, 2007 deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the new convocation of St. Petersburg confirmed the authorities of Mironov as its representative in the Federation Council, and March 30, 2007 Senate elected Mironov its chairman for the third time by an overwhelming majority.

September 23, 2007 Congress of the "A Just Russia" approved the lists of candidates for election to the State Duma of the fifth convocation. Mironov headed the federal list of his party. As a result of the vote held on December 2, 2007, "A Just Russia" managed to overcome the electoral threshold and enter the State Duma of the fifth convocation: the party won 7.74 percent of the vote. Mironov declined the mandate of the deputy in favor of other candidates from the party.

December 10, 2007, four party leaders - Sergey Mironov, Boris Gryzlov, leader of the Agrarian Party leader Vladimir Plotnikov and leader of "Civil Force" Mikhail Barshevsky nominated First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as Russia's president. Acting President Vladimir Putin upheld the decision. In March 2008, Medvedev was elected President of Russia, and in the same month, Putin was approved as prime minister.

In April 2008, at the Congress of "A Just Russia" Mironov was re-elected its leader.

Mironov was awarded nominal firearms on three occasions (2000, 2003 and 2005). He married for the third time, from the first marriege he has a son and from the second - a daughter.

Sources: www.lenta.ru, www.strana.ru from 06.01.2004




Sergey Mironov was involved in a public scandal for the first time in the spring of 1996, when he was forced to come into conflict with members of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, deliberately deceiving them. The essence of the conflict is as follows: on the eve of the election for governor of St. Petersburg, acting Mayor Anatoly Sobchak wanted to postpone the election to June of 1996, a month earlier, so that his competitors did not have time to conduct propaganda work. On behalf of Sobchak his assistant Vladimir Putin agreed with Mironov and falsified the results of the last vote, the elections were postponed. Later it became known that a quorum of deputies was not there that day. Nevertheless, Sobchak lost the elections anyway.

Source: "Russkaya mysl" from 20.12.2001


They wrote that Sergey Mironov appeared in the large St. Petersburg politics thanks to the criminal boss Konstantin Karolyevich Yakovlev ("Kostya Mogila").

Source: www. Solomin on 21.12.2006

In September 1999, prosecutors accused the St. Petersburg Sergey Mironov of abuse of office. The accusation was made against Mironov during the criminal case against the former chairman of the St. Petersburg LA Yury Kravtsov. It was launched in December 1998 due to the fact that Kravtsov took individual decision on behalf of the Legislative Assembly to allocate interest-free loans from the city budget to a publishing house "Smena." three times – in the period of March 1996 and April of 1997, The amount of these loans amounted to 400 million rubles in prices of 1997.

During the investigation it was found out that one of the documents was signed by Mironov, the then Deputy of Kravtsov. The damaging consequence of his actions was valued at 100 million rubles. Mironov was charged under Article 171 Part 1 of the RSFSR Criminal Code (abuse of power or official authority). After 3 months the General Prosecutor's Office revoked a resolution to bring Mironov as a defendant and prosecutor of St. Petersburg made a new decision - to stop the prosecution as the money under the contract had been returned and no criminal intent was found in the actions of Sergey Mironov.

Source: www.compromat.ru from 05.03.2002


In 2003, Sergey Mironov was ridiculed: the press reported that his party "Russian Party of Life," announced a campaign to save the muskrat, and developed the program "Revive the Russian muskrat"-the essence of the action was in maintaining populations of this animal. Over 3 years in the media periodically reported on such activities of Sergey Mironov and his fellow party members. In June 2006, Mironov finally reacted to the publication of the muskrat and said that he got tired telling he had no relation to the fate of this animal.

Source: Nezavisimaya Gazeta № 144 (2977) on 17.07.2003


In 2003, the press debated controversial bill “on voluntary mortification”, proposed by leaders of the electoral block "Russian Party of Life and the Party of Revival of Russia” Gennady Seleznev and Sergey Mironov - they offered to legalize euthanasia in Russia and for this purpose to allow hospitals to issue a license for mortification of people. Almost all the media covering the idea of the two speakers were unanimous in declaring bankruptcy and outright stupidity of this idea.

Source: www.compromat.ru from 21.11.2003


At the end of 2003, Sergey Mironov was rumored to have an affair with Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova, who took part in the promotion of the party of Mironov, "The Party of Life."

Source: "Komsomolskaya Pravda" on 17.06.2004


In 2004, the press wrote about the personal life of Sergey Mironov – he got married for the third time. The wife of Mironov was his former secretary. When Mironov announced his candidacy for president the media reported that his new spouse has an income greater than all the other wives of presidential candidates - more than half a million rubles.

Source: "Komsomolskaya Pravda" on 17.06.2004


In 2005, a conflict story was associated with the book "The Phenomenon of Mironov: the third person in the state" – its entire edition was destroyed. They said that the author - Nikolay Zenkovich, a former speechwriter of Sergey Mironov - wrote it by the order of Mironov, although the latter claimed that the publication of the book was a complete surprise to him. The reader has never seen the book - it was withdrawn from sale and printing, and was destroyed. They say the initiator of the massacre on the book was either Sergey Mironov, or someone from the politicians and businessmen represented in the book in an unfavorable light. There is no information in open source about who was compromised in the book with a biography Mironov.

Source: "Zhizn" from 08.04.2005


In January 2005, they wrote that members of the Party of Life collected $ 2 million from the newly admitted members of the upper house of parliament on behalf of Sergey Mironov for having to go through the approval process in the Senate. They said Mironov delayed the admission to the senators if they did not pay. former State Duma deputy Grigory Tomchin appeared to be in such a position - he was the elected senator from the Chita region and he refused to pay, so there had been several meetings of the Commission on senatorial confirmation, but the documents of Tomchin remained unconsidered.

Source: www.b-f.ru from 24.01.2005


Sergey Mironov, as Speaker of the Federation Council, initiated the resignation of several senators. In 2006 he sent a filing on the dissolution of the Senator Levon Chahmahcha to the parliament of Kalmykia; the latter represented Kalmykia –and the official was accused of bribery. Prior to that, Mironov dismissed three other senators - Boris Gutin from Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, a representative of the Primorsky Territory Igor Ivanov and the representative of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug Alexander Sabadash.

Source: "Trud" from 05.06.2006


As they wrote in the Urals newspapers in 2006, the local members of the Russian Party of Life, “Rodina" and "Russian Party of Pensioners”, leaded by Sergey Mironov, started a civil war. The conflict was caused by actions of Mironov, his was accused of corruption and arbitrariness. It was known that all three parties were to be united in "A Just Russia" and that Mironov had allegedly sold the post of the head of Sverdlovsk organization of the future united party to a Chelyabinsk builder, the owner of the group of companies "Monolith-Invest" Evgeny Rogoza. They said that Rogoza was not a member of any of those parties and he had paid big money to Mironov for the leading position. Information that Mironov was trading leadership positions in the party caused a great conflict: the Chairman of the Board of the Chelyabinsk branch of "Rodina" Vadim Vorobey and leader of the Chelyabinsk branch of RPL (Russian Party of Life) Vasily Rozhko organized the anti-Mironov speech in the media.

Source: politgeksogen.ru from 05.10.2006


In 2006, the press reported that the senator from the Murmansk region Andrey Guriev, owner of OAO “Apatit" turned to the chairman of the Federation Council Sergey Mironov, asking for help in stopping the trial for the return of 20 % stake of his company to the state and help with the whole situation with "Apatit”, which was then going out of Guriev’s control. That time Guryev was one of the main sponsors of the Party of Life of Sergey Mironov. The journalists assumed that Mironov was not going to interfere in the conflict of "Apatit" and the state, knowing the reputation of Guriev and that his name was present in the case of Yukos, along with other members of the organized criminal group. In addition, Guriev provided sponsorship both to the Party of Life and its opponents - "United Russia” and the Communists. As a result, 20 % stake in Apatit had been returned to state ownership by judicial decision.

Source: www. solomin from 09.10.2006


In 2006, the press reported that the oil magnate and senator of the Republic of Altai, Ralif Safin said at the wedding of his daughter Alsou Safina, that he and Sergey Mironov had close relationship. At this event, he publicly stated that he had bought not only a place in the Federation Council, but also "the Speaker Mironov himself» - at least journalists quoted Ralif Safin in this way in their reporting.

Source: www. VolgaPolitinfo.ru from 29.03.2006


In 2007, Sergey Mironov was reported to be the customer of a series of articles in the newspaper “Petersburgskie Dnevniki" aimed at discrediting the St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko. Publications appeared on the eve of elections to the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. One of the articles was "Son of the Governor Matvienko - a drug addict and convict." A number of articles focused on the criminal past of the chairman of St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Vadim Tyulpanov. They said that members of the "A Just Russia" using black PR before the election in the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg - the newspaper was published on February 21, and the elections were scheduled for March 11. Among others, there were versionsthe party "United Russia" was a "customer" of that publication, discrediting the family of the governor of St. Petersburg; they could have needed to quarrel the governor with all political forces. According to journalists, Valentina Matvienko was initially loyal to the "United Russia", and in early 2007, she had some contacts with Mironov’s "A Just Russia".

Source: www. solomin from 21.02.2007


During the election campaign, which involved "A Just Russia", there was a scandal with the daughter of Sergey Mironov. 31.03.2006, the apartment of Sergey Mironov in St. Petersburg was robbed, where his second wife and daughter lived there. 3,000 dollars and jewelry worth over 100 thousand dollars disappeared from the apartment. During the proceedings it was determined that Mironov’s daughter used drugs and most likely it was she who had committed the theft. 2 weeks after the "robbery" Sergey Mironov gave a command to terminate the criminal case.

Source: www. Solomin on 21.12.2006


Sergey Mironov experienced some unpleasant moments in connection with the arrest of his teammate and main sponsor of the "A Just Russia", the senator from Bashkortostan - Igor Izmestiev, who was deported from Kyrgyzstan and was accused of particularly serious crimes. Mironov stood up for the senator, tried to put pressure on the justice, and only a firm stance of the Presidential Administration was able to calm him down. After the arrest of Izmestiev the Party of Sergey Mironov had to find new sponsors urgently. Mironov had repeatedly defended Izmestiev before, when he broke the law. In November 2006 the State Assembly of Bashkortostan decided to revoke Izmestiev from the Federation Council in connection with reconciling their work with the senator in entrepreneurial activity - as a member of SF, he served as director of the company registered in Moscow "Brock Trade Oil”, while by the law" On status of a member of the Federation Council "he had no right to do so. Then Mironov supported Izmestiev and stated that the State Assembly of Bashkortostan had no right to initiate the question of the resignation of the Federation Council. Izmestiev retained his post.

Source: www. solomin from 21.02.2007


In 2007, there was information in the Internet that Sergey Mironov was going to meet with the group of defrauded co-investors, who had joined together and announced a country-wide strike. There was information in the press and on site of "A Just Russia" that the meeting did take place. But then the conflict followed – the hungering interest holders accused Mironov of lying, saying that he had not met with them. They began to investigate the case and it turned out that there were several associations of defrauded co-investors, one of their managers was Anton Belyakov, Chairman of the All-Russian Public Movement "Assistance Committee for interest-holders: Housing. Land. People.” They wrote that Mr. Belyakov tended to become the informal leader of the movement of defrauded co-investors and descend dirty PR-technologies; in order to make a political career he secured the support of Sergey Mironov on the eve of the election, through which tried to convert the holders’ trust for his political purposes. It remained unclear: whether Mironov was unaware of the game Belyakov was drawning him in, or he was aware of everything and purposely perpetrated the fraud.

Source: www.compromat.ru from 25.04.2007


In 2007, in Novaya Gazeta published a series of negative statements about Sergey Mironov. They did not publish any specific facts incriminating Mironov of illegal or immoral acts, but the ironic tone of materials made unpleasant impression on the activities of Mironov and his personality. The reason for the negative in the other media was called the personal ambitions of the owner of Novaya Gazeta - Alexander Lebedev, who claimed to be the leader of the Moscow City regional group of "A Just Russia", or to take the place of the party leader Sergey Mironov himself.

Source: www. solomin from 03.09.2007


In February 2010, Sergey Mironov became a party in a scandal - he criticized the anti-crisis policies, which President Dmitry Medvedev and Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led. Publicly, Sergey Mironov was accused of treason and contempt of authority by the First Deputy Secretary to the General Council of “United Russia" Andrey Isayev, head of the Central Executive Committee of “United Russia” Andrey Vorobyov, secretary of the presidium of the General Council, Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin - they talked about the procedure for revocation from his post as speaker of the Federation Council, which would be logical after the statement made. But some media called the scandal a political spectacle that was supposed to distract the attention of society from a mass meeting in Kaliningrad, organized by movement of "Justice". As soon as they reconciled the conflicting parties, Sergey Mironov publicly expressed support for the "A Just Russia" in strategic course of the Russian government.

Sources: "Komsomolskaya Pravda" dated 08.02.2010, "Kommersant» № 19 (4319) on 04.02.2010

In February 2010, the leadership of the party "United Russia" turned to the Prosecutor General of Russia with a request to assess the actions of Sergey Mironov as Speaker of the Federation Council, which, in their opinion, interferes with the work of regional authorities. No other information about this document was found in the public domain.

Source: www. infox.ru from 05.02.2010

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Oleg Mitvol - Prefect of Northern administrative district of Moscow

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:50 + в цитатник

Surname: Mitvol

Name: Oleg

Fathername: Lyvovich

Position: Prefect of Northern administrative district of Moscow



Deputy head of Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (under the authority of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation);

He was born on October, 3rd, 1966 in Moscow; graduated from the Moscow electrotechnical institute of communication and Academy of national economy of G.V.Plehanov;

Doctor of History, professor of the department of history in Moscow State Pedagogical University. From November, 1989 till October, 1993 - President of the company "Westphalia club";

Since October, 1993 - founder, councillor of directors of Joint-Stock Company "National Concern Oil Alliance";

Since January, 1994 - Vice-president of Council in the bank "Oil Alliance";

From April, 1994 - Head of Joint-Stock Company "Expert";

Since August, 1997 - Chairman of board of directors in Open Society "Information publishing group "Noviye Izvestia "(at the same time he was financial director and holder of a controlling interest (76 %) of "Noviye Izvestia");

Since April, 2004 – deputy head of Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service; “Honourable wildlife supervosory officer" (2006).


On January, 18th, 2008 Mitvol resigned from a post of deputy head of Rosprirodnadzor.

In January, 2009 Mitvol headed the group "Green alternative".

In the end of June, 2009 he obtained a post of prefect of Northern administrative district of the capital.

Married; has a daughter.
Source: www.lenta.ru




In 2003 Mitvol discharged the editor-in-chief and general director of "Noviye Izvestia» Igor Golembiovsky, and the State Office of Public Prosecutor initiated criminal cases on him and his former assistant Sergey Agafonov for a deliberate bankruptcy. According to procesution’s version they had artificially created creditor debts to the firms which purchased the bills of the publishing house. Mitvol told mass-media about three episodes of financial infringements. The first concerned leasing when the appraiser estimated the same equipment in the different sums. The second was about payment of debts to nonexistent firms which whad been confirmed by Agafonov. The third one was a debt creation because of the purchase of bills. According to Mitvol, Golembiovsky was not guilty in that case as that time he had been in the hospital and he had not realized what kind of documents he signed.
Source: "Gazeta.Ru", 4/7/2003


After dismissal of Golembiovsky and Agafonov the control over the finance of «Noviye Izvestia» passed to Mitvol; also he became an owner of the newspaper’s building in Dolgorukovsky street.

Golembiovsky and Agafonov asserted that funds for "Noviye Izvestia" had been devoted by businessman Boris Berezovsky and the management had been charged to Mitvol. Then Berezovsky wanted to sell the newspaper to "Alliance" group. Mitvol did not want to be out of work, therefore he decided to break Berezovsky's deal and to sell "Noviye Izvestia" independently (then 76 percent of shares of the enterprise belonged to Mitvol).
Source: "Lenta.Ru", 8/31/2005


In April, 2004 Mitvol was appointed deputy head of Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service (Rosprirodnadzor); then he began a "cottage war" by liquidation of the cottages constructed in a water protection zone.

In August, 2005 owners of the cottage co-operative society “Friay” on the Istra water basin were accused of violation of the nature protection legislation; workers started to take down their cottages.

Then Mitvol applied to Office of Public Prosecutor concerning former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov’s summer residence "Sosnovka-1" in Troitse-Lykovo. Experts of Rosprirodnadzor found out that its reconstruction had been made without positive conclusion of the state ecological expertise.
Source: "Lenta.Ru", 8/31/2005


The arbitration court held the deal on privatisation of the summer residence of Kasyanov invalid, however it was not taken away as the judgement concerned not him but the legal persons participating in the auction.
Source: "Commersant", 6/16/2006


Among the constructions planned by Mitvolem to be pulled down there were always those belonged to celebrities – Mitvol promoted himself in such a loud way. In particular it was a summer residence of the former minister of culture of Mikhail Shvydkoy and a bath-house of singer Alla Pugacheva. Suspicions in ecological violations came also on broadcasting company ТNТ creating reality show "Dom-2".
Source: "Lenta.Ru", 8/31/2005


In September, 2005 employees of tax departments arranged audit of accounts of Open Society “Noviye Izvestia” and arrested them. Then attachment was removed but the checks still lasted for some time. At that moment stocks of Mitvol already belonged to his wife Lyudmila. Mitvol considered that check was initiated by Kasyanov, in reply to that he achieved a pulling down of his illegally reconstructed summer residence. Accounts were arrested in the first day of check of Kasyanov’s construction.
Source: "Commersant", 8/31/2005


However Mitvol refused his words, and declared he did not connect the check with Kasyanov and he was not going to achieve at all a pulling down of his summer residence; then he submitted the claim against the newspaper "Commersant" on honour and dignity protection.
Source: "Gazeta.Ru", 9/28/2005


In May, 2005 Mitvol applied to Office of Public Prosecutor with requirement to iniciate a criminal case about obviously false denunciation concerning governor of Belgorod Evgeny Savchenko. It was the reply on Savchenko's statement in Office of Public Prosecutor with the requirement to Mitvol to account for slander. Their conflict was connected with the ground area under building of a branch line from Jakovlevsky mine to the basic highway. Mitvol declared that transfer of those areas from agricultural into transport was illegal. After that Gromov submitted the claim. After the check of Rosprirodnadzor the court recognized unvalid the transfer of the areas from one category to another. On the basis of this fact Mitvol brought an accusation in a false denunciation.

The area which was going to be given under railway construction belonged to company "Inteko-agro" supervised by the Elena Baturina - wife of the mayor of Moscow Jury Luzhkov. In 2004 authirities accused the company of buying up of the area under grey schemes. The regional administration gave the area to "Metal-group" LLC which decided to construct the railway.
Source: "Commersant", 10/5/2005


In 2006 Mitvol opposed inhabitants of villa community "Rechnik" and "Ogorodnik" located in Stroginsky bottom land of Moscow river. He considered that constructions of summer residents disturbed to clear up the river bottom and wished them to be taken down. A secret motive of Mitvol could be the fact that in Stroginsky bottom land realisation of the investment project of the Korean corporation was outlined and the areas could have been sold for 7 billion dollars.
Source: "Aloud.Ru", 2/6/2006


In June, 2006 Mitvol disclosed several employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs: the employee of Chief Administration (CA) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Central federal district major Valery Pavlyukov and his younger brother, the employee of criminal investigation department Department of Internal Affairs "Basmanny" captain Andrey Pavlyukov, and also Vyacheslav Zaytseva (well-known among Moscow businessmen as Slava-traffic police) which, as he said, tried to give him a bribe through intermediaries. Mitvol did not exclude that people from an environment of prime minister Michael Kasyanov who suffered from Mitvol’s "country" check could be involved in provocation. In Kasyanov's environment these suspicions were named ridiculous. According to Mitvol provocation was connected with elections of 2008 – in a pre-election PR campaign there could be a possibility to present Kasyanov as suffered from actions of dishonest officials.
Source: "Commersant", 6/16/2006


In July, 2007 the Office of Public Prosecutor initiated criminal case on excess of powers with application of violence concerning employees of PSC "Lonvik" protecting TC "European" which didn’t give access to deputy Alexander Hinstein and Mitvol to the construction territory. Hinstein, Mitvol and deputy Sergey Mitrokhin had the instruction of Rosprirodnadzor about constrction check but they were not let het in. To Hinstein’s fingers were pinched with an iron door and then everyone was sprinkled with a concrete dust.
Source: "Gazeta.Ru", 7/17/2006


Mitvol withdrew construstion licence of the object unexpectedly in February, 2006 despite all approvals that constructors had. Mass-media wrote that so favourable construction object couln’t help but draw raiders’attention, unexpected initiative of Mitvol was connected with it.
Source: "Financial News", 7/17/2006


In September, 2006 Mitvol demanded to stop works under the project "Sakhalin-2" having accused the foreign companies participating in the project of drawing of harm to environment. In the companies it aws considered that claims of Mitvol were connected with intension of company "Gazprom" to get a controlling interest of consortium Sakhalin Energy - the operator of the project "Sakhalin-2". In December, 2006 under threat of closing of the project foreign shareholders had to agree for conditions of "Gazprom" which became the main owner of Sakhalin Energy.
Source: www.lenta.ru


Later, in the end of 2007 Mitvol declared that the British company Shell offered him a bribe of 50 million dollars for hushing up check of the project "Sakhalin-2". After failure (Mitvol has refused) Shell also transferred the project to "Gazprom".
Source: "Your Day", 8/9/2007


In December 2006 Mitvol’s bass, head of Rosprirodnadzor Sergey Say initiated internal check of Mitvol’s activity. However the minister of natural resources Jury Trutnev returned Say’s reference back with explanation that according to public reaction his assistant Mitvol worked better than the chief.
Source: "Globalrus.Ru", 12/15/2006


In January, 2007 Mitvol accused the governor of Moscow suburbs Boris Gromov that he refused to register party "Green" for elections in Moscow regional Duma. His wife Lyudmila Mitvol was a member of the party. Mitvol considered it was a revenge of Gromov for inspection of the Mozhaisk sewer pump station which has decayed in spite of the fact that money from regional budget was tranferred for it. Mitvol planned to check up other objects as well which appeared in a similar situation.
Source: "Moscow truth", 1/31/2007


Gromov brought an action against Mitvol because of the publication related to a press conference where Mitvol made statements that Gromov had given the health resorts "Barvikha" and "Zhukovka" for construction, thus few fundshad been transfered to the regional budget for them. The court satisfied the claim of Gromov.
Source: www.lenta.ru


Since 2007 Mitvol repeatedly made complaints against Open Society "Baikal pulp-and-paper mill" (BPPM) in connection with pollution of lake Baikal by crude sewage. Mitvol applied to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Office of Public Prosecutor with the request for opening criminal cases under article 171 CC (illegal business) concerning BPPM. In April, 2009 it became known that BPPM aftrer it stopped on request of nature protection department to use chlorine in manufacture is recognised as unprofitable and it would be closed.
Source: "Our Version", 12/28/2007


On January, 18th, 2008 Mitvol resigned having declared that the step was caused by coming appointment to the post of the head of department of the former vice-governor of Leningrad region Vladimir Kirillov. Mitvol said that he found in the Internet a lot of impartial information about Kirillov concerning suspicions in the swindle connected with the areas. However, his application was rejected by the minister of natural resources Jury Trutnev, and Kirillov after some days obtained the post of a head of Rosprirodnadzor.
Source: "Your Day", 1/23/2008


In summer, 2008 the decision on reduction of amount of assistants to Trutnev was made and in September, 2008 Mitvol was dismissed from Rosprirodnadzor of Russia in connection with staff reduction. Subsequently he decided to protest the dismissal in the court. In December, 2008 the claim was refused. However in the court representatives of department confirmed that is still a deputy head of department. In April, 2009 Mitvol resigned voluntary. In the end of June, 2009 the mayor of Moscow Jury Luzhkov suggested Mitvol to hold a post of the prefect of Northern administrative district of the capital. Official appointment of Mitvol to this post took place in July of the same year.
Source: www.lenta.ru


In the end of January, 2010 Mitvol publicly accused heads of two regional offices of corruption in the territory entrusted to him. Relatives of the head of the board of the Beskudnikovsky area Vladimir Nazarov and the head of the board of the Golovinsky area Valery Kulachkov owned and managed the companies “Omonia” LLC and «Management company Beskudnikovsky area» LLC— unique contractors of accomplishment of territories in those two areas. All available residential properties of areas were under control of those two firms.

Nazarov tried to re-conclude a new contract with "Omonia” and informed that situation with snow cleaning was really bad, and when "Omonia" had been a contractor the situation like that one never happened. Kulachkov started to blackmail prefect Mitvol that noone was going to clean the snow.

In the government of Moscow it’s promissed that police and also financial-control services of Nothern district would be involved to investigate all aspects of the case.
Source: «The Moscow Post", 1/26/2010

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Sergey Mikhailov - Head of Solntsevo criminal group

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:49 + в цитатник

Surname: Mikhailov

Name: Sergey

Fathername: Anatolyevich

Position: Head of Solntsevo criminal group


Sergey Mikhailov was born on February 7, 1958 in Moscow.

After secondary school he entered courses of English speaking headwaiters and after graduation he worked as a waiter in the restaurant "Soviet". When he was 26 he got to prison for the first time on charge of plunder by swindle. As it comes from the court sentence, Sergey Mikhailov staged theft of a motorcycle and unreasonably received insurance payment for that. He stayed in pre-trial detention center for more than half a year while investigation and trial were completed. The Moscow City Court was kind to the headwaiter who went wrong for the first time: he was put on probation for 3 years and released. Headwaiter’s skills became unnecessary any more, but experience of the sub-master sportsman on Greco-Roman wrestling was useful. Local youngsters co-operated with prison-experienced fighter, and also with his friend sportsman Victor Averin (Avera-senior).

In 1989 Sergey Mikhailov was arrested for the second time. Together with Sergey Timofeev and Victor Averin he was accused of extortion of money, and Volvo cars at the chairman of co-operative society "Fund" Vadim Rosenbaum. Mr. Mikhailov stayed on his trial on charge of extortion for one year and eight months, then the case against him was nolled in the absence of proof of guilt.

In November, 1994 the State Office of Public Prosecutor and FSB arranged a search in the apartment of Sergey Mikhailov in Solntsevo based on criminal case for numerous episodes of bribery in the Moscow police. "Authorities" and lawyers were involved in giving bribes, and police officers, district Offices of Public Prosecutor and regional courts - in taking bribes. Victor Klestov -one of the accused of giving bribes - regularly used number of room phone of Sergey Mikhailov which before Mikhailov’s departure had been switched to the cafe where Mr. Klestov worked.

In 1995 Sergey Mikhailov became the honorary consul of Costa Rica in Russia. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation didn’t confirm him at the post. Then, in May, 1995, Sergey Mikhailov was arrested in Prague at Victor Averin’s birthday party where according to police data more than thirty representatives of Solntsevo group gathered. At the same day everyone was released but Czech authorities forbade to Mr. Mikhailov and Mr. Averin entering the territory of the country.

In the mid-nineties Sergey Mikhailov and Victor Averin founded welfare fund "Participation" helping the church, prisons and orphanages. This fund paid, in particular, manufacturing of a belfry consisting of nine bells for the church in village Fedosino (expenses exceeded 100 million not denominated rubles).

On October 15, 1996 Sergey Mikhailov was arrested at the airport of Geneva on suspicion in an affiliation to the organized criminal group and law violation on land tenancy in Switzerland (house purchase on the figurehead).

In December, 1998 the Swiss court recognized as insolvent the accusation brought to Sergey Mikhailov that he "in the eighties created the criminal organization known under the name “Solntsevo” and became its leader under a nickname of “Mihas". Cleared Mikhailov was released and came back to Moscow.

In October, 1999 he became the candidate from conservative party on one-mandatory Taganrog district. After only two days he lost the candidate status as he did not specified his Greek citizenship in the documents submitted for registration.

2001-2002: all countries of the Schengen agreement and also the USA, Hungary, Latvia and Tunis refused giving entry visas to Mr. Mikhailov. The authorities of France answered for his inquiry that they did not let him enter the country "on safety reasons".


Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 107 (2476), from 6/25/2002






Sergey Mikhailov was mentioned for the first time in serious mass-media in 1991 in connection with murder of Valery Vlasov –director of a casino "Valery". Mihas was arrested on suspicion of commission of this crime for three days allotted by CPC for indictment and released in the absence of proofs. After that, according to some information, Mihas left to Germany.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 219 (442), 11/13/1993



A bit later journalists remembered Mikhailov in connection with murder of one of the criminal leaders Sergey Timofeev (Sylvester) which was regarded as a feign. In September, 1994 in the center of Moscow Mercedes-600 was blown up. In the salon of the car which burnt down after explosion the disfigured corpse was found. In some days detectives of Moscow criminal investigation department declared that a well-known criminal authority, the leader of Orekhovskaya group Sylvester was killed. A body was solemnly buried at Khovansky cemetery. Later police officers said they saw a person similar to Sylvester at the crime place. He kind of looked at policemen and smiled.

In this connection it was written that Mikhailov and Timofeev started cooperating in 1989 when "Slavic" groups faced conflicts with the Chechen groups. Orekhov group headed by Timofeev cooperated with gangsters of “Solntsevo” and “Lenin” groups. “Solntsevo” was supervised by the former waiter of restaurant "Crystal" Sergey Mikhailov (nickname Mihas) and "Lenin group" - by the native from “Solntsevo” team, the former fireman Boris Antonov (nickname Borya-Anton). In one of showdowns with the Chechens at restaurant "Havana" Borya lost an eye. After that Antonov obtained a new nickname — the Cyclops. Later their relations were damaged.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 34 (752), 2/24/1995



Next time Mikhailov became interesting for the press in connection with scandalous criminal case when lawyer Dmitry Yakubovsky was accused of theft of manuscripts from the Russian national library. The sources close to FSB informed that Yakubovsky was the authorized representative of the leader Sergey Mikhailov. As one of documentary proof of this fact was called the contract according to which Mihas conceded to Yakubovsky the right to dispose of all his property in Russia. And three weeks before his arrest Yakubovsky illegally got into the apartment of Mihas sealed up by the State Office of Public Prosecutor where there was a property arrested by an investigation.

In this connection it was informed that inspectors found and withheld two certificates from Mikhailov. One gave him right of unobstructed pass to Presidential Administration of Russia (as to the employee). The second certificate testified that he is the journalist of company CNN.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 100 (818), 6/1/1995



In the end of 1995 journalists mentioned Mikhailov in connection with official visit of delegation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Austria to Russia. The arrangement on intensive information interchange about "new Russians" coming to Austria for a constant residence was reached as a result. According to the data of the MIA of that time Austria was especially popular within the largest in Moscow and area Solntsevo criminal group supervised by “godfathers" Sergey Mikhailov (Mihas) and Victor Averin (Avera). In the center of Vienna Solntsevo group got some magnificent private residences and opened its office in one of them. Besides, recently the citizens of Russia connected with criminal environment opened commercial structures in Austria which were obviously used for laundering money stolen in the homeland. Struggle for the control over those structures more often led to gangster showdowns.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 190 (908), 10/13/1995



Later journalists found out that Mikhailov was the honorary consul of Costa Rica. They learnt from the message of official sources that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica dismissed Mikhailov from a post of the honorary consul of this country in Moscow. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica the reason for his dismissal from honorary consuls was the article in "Izvestia" where it was reported with the reference to FSB that in Russia he supervised over a brigade which was engaged in racket and wheedling debts out. Mikhailov’s lawyer who was invited in “Kommersant” office named the article in "Izvestia" as "bullshit".

The foreign policy department of Costa Rica declared that they made investigation, and by its results Mikhailov was dismissed from a post of the honorary consul. However investigation proceeded: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs checked reliability of the data which appeared in a press that Mikhailov bought a diplomatic passport of Costa Rica for $95 thousand.

Appointment of Mikhailov (in 1995 living in Austria) as the honorary consul of Costa Rica in Moscow took place in February, 1994. As it was found out, Sergey Mikhailov was appointed to this post under the recommendation of two well-known politicians of Costa Rica — the former deputy minister of foreign affairs Carlos Rivera Biancini and the chairman of party in power National clearing Rolando Araja Monhe. Biancini asserts that he became a victim of trustfulness as the nominee of Mikhailov was offered to him by one of authoritative lawyer offices in Israel connected with him by business needs. The Israeli lawyers, the former deputy minister said, presented the Russian as "the succeeding businessman showing interest to Central American region".

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 214 (932), 11/18/1995



Throughout this story journalists continued to investigate foreign commercial interests of Mikhailov. They wrote, in particular, that he headed company MAB International in Belgium and also became the councilor of directors of company Karta auto brokers Inc. (Houston, the USA).

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 240 (958) from 12/27/1995



Next time Mikhailov was mentioned in connection with drugs traffic through Russia and Europe. In particular journalists wrote that after the thief in the law Vyacheslav Ivankov (Jap) moved to the USA he agreed there about the drugs traffic with representatives of Cosa Nostra. Negotiations took place in Vienna. The Russian organized crime was presented by Jap, authorities of Solntsevo group Mihas and Avera and also people from Krasnoyarsk criminal group. Italians were presented by heads of several families. Colombian drug dealers from Medelian cartel of Eskobar interested in the extensive Russian market mediated the negotiations. The negotiations were listened and recorded by the officers of the Interpol. After long debate the agreement was signed: Russians were to import cocaine, heroin and some kinds of synthetic drugs, and export vegetative raw materials. Thus they should have paid to Italians a few million dollars weekly.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 137 (1095), 8/23/1996



In the autumn of 1996 Mikhailov was detained by police of Geneva on suspicion of affiliation to the organized criminal group, law violation on real estate tenancy in Switzerland and rules of stay of foreigners within the territory of this country.

Recently before detention Sergey Mikhailov, his wife Ludmila, their daughters Alexandra and Veronica lived in a private residence in small town Boreks of the Swiss Vaud canton. Mihas seldom appeared in public and diligently avoided any contacts to police. Mihas went for rare meetings with business partners by blue "Rolls-Royce" with the Belgian numbers which was registered in Antwerp for company MAB International (this firm belonged to Mikhailov).

Mikhailov’s caution was caused by the fact that he was wanted for a the long time by the police of the USA, Belgium and Israel. The Belgian police suspected him of the organizing an international network of prostitution and large-scale drug traffic in the Western Europe. As for the USA, according to FBI information Mikhailov and his partner Victor Averin (in Russia he is known as Avera-senior) managed the firm in New York which was supervised by Vyacheslav Ivankov (Jap). FBI found out this firm while investigating Jap’s activity. Studying the transactions concluded between companies of Ivankov and Mikhailov FBI discovered the facts of laundering large sums of money of criminal origin.

According to FBI controlling interests of several Moscow hotels had been got for the laundered money. Besides, Mikhailov and Ivankov invested the large sums to one night club in the capital and also to development of a prostitution network in Hungary and Czech Republic. This part of "investment program" was carried out by criminal authority Simeon Mogilevich.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 181 (1139), 10/24/1996



In January, 1997 it was written in newspapers that the general public prosecutor of Russia Jury Skuratov agreed with the Swiss colleagues that the Swiss banks would give out the information about bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to citizens of Russia by inquiries of Office of Public Prosecutor. Accounts of Sergey Mikhailov well-known also under a nickname of Mihas was supposed to become the first Swiss account which could be accessed by the Russian public prosecutors.

In 1994 the Swiss authorities made the list of 300 natives of Russia whom they suspected of close connections with Russian mafia. Having informed in advance Swiss banks in which those 300 persons opened the accounts the Office of Public Prosecutor of Switzerland demanded from these people to transfer money from the Swiss banks. In Switzerland during ultimatum action branch of ONEXIMBANK "for service of the Russian clients" was opened in right time. According to the Swiss authorities, means from the Swiss "Russian" accounts had been transferred there. Swiss sighed with relief.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 1 (1183), 1/31/1997



The following reason for mentioning Mikhailov in the press appeared in connection with the information that Solntsevo criminal group organized murder of the chief of Moscow branch of Regional Administration of a Fight against Organized Crime Nikolay Uporov — the main witness on Sergey Mikhailov's case which was considered in the Geneva court. According to Uporov, it was made as revenge for his evidences in court.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 115 (1297), 7/22/1997



In a few days later journalists started talking about Mikhailov again in connection with murder of the head of joint venture "Tirol" 34-year-old Vadim Rosenbaum in the Dutch city Oirschot. In Russia he was known as one of the most successful businessmen of the first wave to whom leaders of underworld and police showed constant interest. According to journalists, Rosenbaum was supposed to appear in the Swiss court as the witness in the case of Mihas.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 122 (1304), 7/31/1997



In August, 1997 representatives of investigating bodies of Switzerland engaged in case of Solntsevsky authority Sergey Mikhailov (Mihas) applied for assistance to the Israeli colleagues. According to the Swiss evidences of Grigory Lerner arrested in Israel in May of this year evidences can essentially help to investigation. It is necessary to notice external similarity between Mikhailov’s case in Switzerland and Lerner’s case in Israel. Both Mihas and Lerner became victims of struggle against "Russian mafia" begun by police of the different countries (in same list there is a thief in the law Jap condemned in the USA and "authority" Jury Yesin (Dump truck) arrested in Italy). Both were suspected of serious crimes. If Lerner is incriminated financial frauds for millions dollars and payoff of officials as the head of the First Russian-Israeli financial company, then Mihas was incriminated management of the largest criminal group of Russia. It was uneasy to prove those charges in court both in Israel in Switzerland.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 143 (1325), 8/29/1997



It is curious that on process in Switzerland the former Minister of Justice of the USA Reims Clark stood up for Mikhailov. The former Minister of Justice of the USA as it was found out from his own explanations did it absolutely disinterestedly (moreover, this trip cost him $1,5 thousand) for the only purpose to convict the disgraceful agent of FBI Robert Levinson who was the witness of charge against Mikhailov in Geneva court.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 15 (1418), 1/31/1998



In December, 1998 the most scandal lawsuit of the year came to the end with Sergey Mikhailov's justification on the main points of charge and deportation home. Since the past Saturday Mihas is in Moscow. The show trail over the Russian mafia arranged by the Swiss authorities failed.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 233 (1636, 12/15/1998



It is interesting that next time Mikhailov came into the view of mass-media in connection with traditional interest of journalists to Anatoly Chubays. In particular it was found out that there was a direct connection between the Russian power monopoly of the RAO UES and the firm which appeared in the center of scandal concerning "Russian" accounts in Bank of New York. It was referred to the firm "Arbat International" founded in the British offshore zone in La Manche by businessman Simeon Mogilevich.

"Arbat" actually belonged at that time to Sergey Mikhailov (Mihas) and also to one of his assistants Victor Averin living in Budapest. "Arbat" owns 20 % of shares of the Moscow Timbre-bank and 30 % of shares of this bank belong to the RAO UES; moreover, the RAO UES carries out currency payments through the Timbre-bank. That is Chubays, Mogilevich and Mihas are affiliated persons.

As press-service of the RAO UES informed the firm "Arbat International" was deduced from founders of Timbre-bank already in 1996, i.e. long time before Chubays came to the RAO UES. Not currency transactions but only salary payments are made through Timbre-bank (some employees of the Russian Open Society have cards of Timbre-bank) — of course, in rubles. At last, the RAO UES owns today only 2,94 % of shares of bank.. That affiliation has not been found out. However, this comment of the RAO UES looked not very convincingly.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 161 (1805), 9/7/1999



In 1999 Sergey Mikhailov decided to become the deputy of the State Duma. He was registered under # 16 of federal pre-election lists of LDPR.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 172 (1816), 9/22/1999



However, check of applicants for the deputy mandate arranged by Central Electoral Commission gave the first results. The federal list of LDPR was removed from registration.

Source: Magazine "Kommersant" # 42 (343), 10/26/1999



However, quickly having seen that it’s not possible for him to pass under federal lists Mikhailov as well as some other applicants tried to be registered on one-mandatory districts.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 198 (1842), 10/28/1999



Eventually Mikhailov became the candidate, but he didn’t manage to become a deputy.

Source: "Interfax", December 2009



In 2000 the Swiss court satisfied the claim of Mikhailov regarding recovery of $530 thousand missed benefit for two-year stay in the Swiss prison from the authorities of Geneva. Mikhailov was accused of participation in Solntsevo criminal group, however in the end of 1998 he was justified by court of Switzerland.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 134 (2019), 7/25/2000



In the beginning of 2001 Mikhailov expressed himself in protection of the former high-ranking Kremlin official Pavel Borodin arrested in the USA. Mr. Mikhailov was presented to the journalists gathered in the press center of the newspaper "World of news" as "outstanding Russian businessman". He began from a far — with history of feudal dissociation: "Russia then was on a losing side all the time. And when it got united it started winning". But probably it was the epigraph to a meeting because then without any visible link to aforesaid Mr. Mikhailov declared that the “situation with Pavel Pavlovich Borodin was clear to him as to nobody else”.

Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" # 10 (2140), 1/23/2001



In June, 2002 in Mikhailov’s house in Moscow the search within the investigation of the criminal case about extortion and abduction of the person by Office of Public Prosecutor of Naro Fominsk was made.

Source: "Kommersant", 6/24/2002



And in the beginning 2010 journalists became interested with Mikhailov in connection with Ukraine scandal. The vice-president of Security service of Ukraine Vasily Krutov confirmed the information about preparation of attempt at the prime minister Yulia Timoshenko. Mr. Boiko declared that behind the attempt organization there could be structures which were not interested in change of owners of Nikopol factory of ferroalloys.

According to journalists, representatives of foreign special services had data that behind the attempt organization there could be structures to which change of owners of Nikopol factory of ferroalloys (NFF) was not profitable, and also the criminal group of Sergey Mikhailov known as Mihas. However, they did not specify the reasons for which Timoshenko's death could be favorable for Mikhailov.

Source: "Kommersant-Ukraine" # 48, 3/19/2010


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Dmitri Mikhalchenko - The head of the holding company

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:48 + в цитатник

Surname: Mikhalchenko

Name: Dmitri

Fathername: Pavlovich

Position: The head of the holding company


Born in 1972; He started his way to business in St. Petersburg from the post of the director of the floating restaurant "Aquarelle", where the senior staff of the St. Petersburg Federal Security Service Directorate gathered. It was mentioned that Mikhalchenko managed to enlist the support of the certain FSB agents due to his family connections – which ones were not mentioned in the press. Mikhalchenko got acquaintances in the security agencies and in the early 2000's he was entered in the board of directors, and then co-founded the non-government organization "Regional Non-government Fund for Support of the Federal Security Service and Foreign Intelligence Service” (ROF) and de facto became its leader. The Fund included the following range of enterprises: “Russian Marine Register of the Shipping", “Telecominvest”, “Baltika” brewery company, Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Admiralty Shipyards", "Stepan Razin", the holding company “Leninets”, Interregional Investment Bank, State Unitary Enterprise "Oktyabrskaya Railway" and etc. In the early 2000-s Mikhalchenko also co-founded the security company "Magistral", created by Nikolay Negodovyi, the former deputy head of the FSB St. Petersburg and Leningrad region in the late 1990's - the company was originally created for the employment of the retiring officers from KGB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In 2001 Dmitry Mikhalchenko established a Management Company "Forum", which became a subsidiary of ROF, and then together with the head of the Oktyabrskaya Railway Gennady Komarov he made an exclusive lease contract of the terminal areas. According to the contract the company "Forum" was a single tenant of more than 12 thousand square meters of the terminal areas (Moskovsky Rail Terminal, Vitebsky Rail Terminal, Ladozhsky Rail Terminal, Finlyandsky Rail Terminal and Baltiysky Rail Terminal), for this the company was to reconstruct these areas, investing around $ 6 million. In return, "Forum" got an opportunity to collect rent from all the merchants who wanted to work at the railway stations, and the security agency "Magistral" took these objects under its protection.

In 2010, along with the objects of Oktyabrskaya Railway, “Magistral” also protected JSC “Kanonersky Shipyard”, Kirov Plant, research and manufacturing association Plant “Izmeron”, parking area in front of the Federal Security Service on Liteiny, 4 in St. Petersburg. FSB Administration transfers to the company headed by Mikhalchenko 5000 rubles per month for each parking place, whereas the protection was earlier carried out by Central Internal Affairs Directorate on more favorable terms. Also the Federal Security Service dining room (where one of the firms associated with Dmitry Mikhalchenko currently operates) was renovated on the money of the Fund.

In the summer of 2005 the company "Forum" announced about the purchase of 85% of JSC "Spinning mill named after Kirov", on its basis Dmitri Mikhalchenko decided to create a Russian-Chinese joint venture on sewing work wear.

In spring 2006, "Forum" together with several other organizations, was the founder of an autonomous non-profit partnership "OKO", which launched a campaign to struggle with counterfeit audiovisual products. "OKO" representatives initiated a series of police checks in the network chains in Petersburg, selling CDs.

There is no information on the marital status of Dmitry Mikhalchenko in the open sources of information.
Source: www.rospres.com, www.mcds.ru



In the press Dmitry Mikhalchenko is often called "the son of Lieutenant Schmidt", referring to his activities in the organization “Administration of the "Regional Non-government Fund for Support of the Federal Security Service and Foreign Intelligence Service”. According to the journalists, this structure had the status of an autonomous non-profit organization (ANO), juristically not related to FSB (Federal Security Service), but Mikhalchenko claimed it to be a personal project of the acting head of FSB Nikolai Patrushev. Due to a suitable name of the Fund and monetary reward, Mikhalchenko was able to convince the administration of the Oktyabrskaya Railway to give him the areas of all stations in St. Petersburg into a long term lease. Mikhalchenko’s patronage in this issue was provided by Basil Golubtsov, the Deputy Chief of the road for passenger traffic. In January 2001 Mikhalchenko registered a number of companies: "Shopping Complex of the Moskovsky Rail Terminal", " Shopping Center of the Moskovsky Rail Terminal", " Shopping Center of the Baltiysky Rail Terminal ", "Shopping Complex of the Baltiysky Rail Terminal ", " Shopping Center of the Vitebsky Rail Terminal ", "Shopping Complex of Vitebsky Rail Terminal ". Subsequently Mikhalchenko combined commercial areas on

The Moskovsky, Vitebsky, Baltiysky, Ladozhsky, and Finlyandsky Rail Terminals were under the control of his company "Forum". Journalists wrote that rents for Mikhalchenko were seriously reduced. Mikhalchenko tried to arrange the rent at the Leningrad Station in Moscow, but the management of the Russian Traffic Ministry denied his appeal.
Source: www.pravda.ru from 04. 12. 2002

The press wrote that Dmitry Mikhalchenko could be involved in the murder of the director of security agency “Baltic Escort” Roman Tsepov (poisoned on 11.09.2004), famous for his connections in the higher echelons of power and personal friendship with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. It was reported that Mikhalchenko envied Tsepov and wanted to take over the part of his informal business. On the day of his death Tsepov visited only two organizations – Central Internal Affairs Directorate and St.Petersburg Federal Security Service Directorate, where he drank tea (the poison was poured into a drink). At a meeting with Tsepov in the FSB on the day of his death there was Yuri Ignaschenkov, the leader of FSB, Alexei Shamanin which was then the Chief of the FSB's economic security and Dmitri Mikhalchenko. After the death of Tsepov, many different businesses of the late Tsepov were passed into the hands of Mikhalchenko. For example, about 50 of the St. Petersburg companies, which previously used the services of Tsepov to protect their business interests, chose the company of Dmitry Mikhalchenko as their "protection" after the assassination. After Tsepov’s death, Dmitry Mikhalchenko was closely connected with the head of the Federal Protection Service Murov. The press reported that Mikhalchenko was also forced to adopt the security company "Baltic Escort” with its relations to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Nikolai Kuznetsov (according to the Department for Organized Crime Control one of the leaders of the Permian organized criminal group) - the former right-hand of Tsepov and later the head of the “Baltic Escort”, became Mikhalchenko’s subordinate. It was reported that Mikhalchenko inherited other regional resources of Tsepov, among them “The Agency of Journalistic Investigations”. But Mikhalchenko did not use the police vector of Tsepov, leaving him at the background, and focused in the direction of the FSB. Nevertheless, some Senior officers from Central Internal Affairs Directorate continued to confirm to Mikhalchenko, including the Chief of Directorate for Combating Economic Crimes Sergei Storozhenko and the deputy police chief of Central Internal Affairs Directorate Oleg Makhno (with their help Mikhalchenko tried to capture the audio-videoproduction business).
Source: >www.wek.ru from 18.12.2007, www.vslux.ru from 17.10.2006

Dmitry Mikhalchenko was accused of dishonest business methods. It was reported that Mikhalchenko started business talks with the demonstration of his FSB ID officer card and assured his interlocutor that he acts as a trustee for the benefit of the acting Director of the Russian Federal Security Service Nikolai Patrushev, the head of St Petersburg FSB Yuri Ignaschenkov, or Andrey Rutchev who later replaced him. During such meetings, businessmen usually paid money and the authorities signed dubious documents from the point of the law. According to the press, the system, built by Mikhalchenko worked because the part of money paid by businessmen was given to the middle-level agents of the security department, who could confirm Mikhalchenko’s “authorities” if required. Security defence in case of severe conflicts was promised by the State Duma deputy Denis Volchek and the leader of Tambov group Vladimir Kumarin. The biggest campaign organized by Dennis Volchek, Dmitry Mikhalchenko and Vladimir Kumarin was an attempt to capture the market of audio and video products. After Vladimir Kumarin was arrested and charged with the raider captures, mass media reported that prosecution would be also interested in Dmitry Mikhalchenko, but this did not happen.
Source: www.wek.ru from 18.12.2007

Not entirely legitimate activities of Dmitry Mikhalchenko were revealed by the Prosecutor General Yury Chaika in his report to the President. According to Chaika, some high-ranked officials from the law enforcement agencies in Petersburg blocked the security department struggle against the "Tambov" criminal community and its leader, Vladimir Kumarin (Barsukov). The acting Attorney General noticed the special role of Dmitry Mikhalchenko (had the nickname “Dima Krikun”) in maintaining contacts between the government security department and the criminal groups and accused Mikhalchenko of solving problems by paying hundreds of millions of dollars. After several publications of this information in the press, Mikhalchenko tried to put pressure on their leaders to prevent its publicity. Besides Mikhalchenko, some other Kumarin’s companions were mentioned in the report - Colonel Dmitry Kuznetsov, the head of the FSB Economic Security Service in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region and his colleague in the struggle against organized crime groups Colonel Alexei Gurenkov.

In addition, Vladimir Kumarin, Dmitri Kuznetsov and Dmitry Mikhalchenko together (each used his opportunities according to their status and position) provided a "shelter" to a number of companies and firms engaged in dubious transactions in the St. Petersburg Customs. Among these companies are mentioned, in particular, "Anri-Center" and “Intrans”, as well as the head of “Intrans” Vadim Mamchur. Since spring 2007, the customs authorities inspected "Anri-Center". As a result, a criminal case, investigated by the FSB, was initiated on the basis of the criminal charges with the smuggling of the fuel.

People involved in the case were listed in the mass media - the former head of the FSB Petersburg Alexei Shamanin, Dmitri Kuznetsov and Dmitry Mikhalchenko.
Source: www.konkretno.ru from 08.10.2007

It was reported that it was Dmitry Mikhalchenko who opposed to the General Prosecutor Office to arrest the leader of the Tambov organized criminal group Vladimir Kumarin. Contacts between Kumarin and Mikhalchenko emerged at the time when the law enforcement agencies began to expose the criminal activities of the leader of the Tambov group. At this time,

Mikhalchenko offered his help to Kumarin at the level of FSB. Because of the approaching judicial perspectives, Kumarin accepted his offer, instead playing the role of the shelter, behind which Mikhalchenko run his illegal business.

The alliance was concluded at the time when the General Prosecutor Office sanctioned an arrest of Kumarin’s deputies - Alexander Baskakov, Vyacheslav Drokov and the Regional Legislative Assembly deputy Andrei Rybkin. Mikhalchenko developed a program of so-called false objects through close agents from the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region and Federal Security Service Directorate in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. Relying on the former Chief of the Economic Security Service - Alexey Shamanin and his subordinates, Economic Security Service of the FSB scanned information and executed counteractions to the agents intrigueing against Kumarin through Central Internal Affairs Directorate and the Head department of the Minestry of Internal Affairs in North-Western Federal District (the last two structures were connected with Mikhalchenko indirectly through his deputy – the head of the Private Security Agency “Baltic Escort” Nikolai Kuznetsov).

Several criminal figures were chosen for imputing resonance crimes. Thus, the shooting of Sergei Vasiliev – the owner of the oil terminal, which happened in May 2006, was planned to impute to one of the owners of St. Petersburg port Ilya Traber.

Alexey Travin, the agent on priority cases in the Department for Organized Crime Control was responsible for this task. The discovery of a cache of Chechen weapons under the city Luga just before the summit was imputed to a thief in law Andrew Miroedov (nickname Mirych).

The agent of the Head department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Andrey Pichushkin was trying to impute to the member of the “Malyshevskaya” organized criminal group a series of raider attacks carried out by Kumarin de facto.
Source: FLB from 20.11.2006, “Leningradskaya Pravda” from 04.09.2007

In 2006 Dmitry Mikhalchenko visited Arab Emirates and the capital of the UK London, where in Osterley he looked for the real estate for ? 460,000 for Alexei Shamanin, the former head of the FSB Economic Security Service in St. Petersburg, which was later transferred to the FSB department in Ivanovskaya Oblast.
Source: FLB from 20.11.2006, www.gryzlov.ru from 21.11.2006

Dmitri Mikhalchenko was accused of organizing illegal inspection of the banking sector with the help of the FSB Economic Security Service in Petersburg. In order to get large cash flows, Mikhalchenko decided to use blackmail against small banks in St. Petersburg. Some of them, not waiting for visits from the FSB and searches, went under the “shelter” of Mikhalchenko and Shamanin, who was then the head of the St. Petersburg FSB.

"Petersburg Social Commercial Bank" didn’t yield to blackmail, claiming that $ 5 million, which Mikhalchenko demanded, was too much for such a bank as “PSCB”. After their refusal to pay, searches were carried out in the bank and the managers were prosecuted for the tax crimes and money laundering obtained by criminal activities.
Source: "Vsluh.ru" from 17.10.2006, “Leningradskaya Pravda” from 17.10.2006

Dmitry Mikhalchenko was accused of attempts to arrange redistribution in the various spheres of economic activity, particularly on the market of audiovisual products.

Mikhalchenko entered into business cooperation with the famous satirist Semen Altov, whose son Paul Altov headed the extensive anti-counterfeit campaign, having become the CEO of the non-government partnership “OKO” which was controlled by Dmitry Mikhalchenko. In St. Petersburg enforcement actions and administrative pressure began in respect of the retailers selling audio and video production.

The trading network "505" and the company "Trading House "Orby" became the victims of the raiding. Blackmail scheme was as follows: the trading networks were offered to buy products only from certain vendors, and were to stick the registration stamps with the sign “OKO” on them, which automatically made even counterfeit products legal. The Central Internal Affairs Directorate agents were sent to confiscate all products to the offices of those who did not agree with Mikhalchenko’s terms.

The head of the 1st department of the 8th operational search department of the Department for Organized Crime Control in Central Internal Affairs Directorate Alexander Poygin, who was close to Mikhalchenko, sanctioned execution of the ordered actions.
Source: "Petersburg News» № 38, 08.10.2007

In 2007, press reported that the administrative resource of Mikhalchenko in the St. Petersburg branch of the FSB is close to zero due to HR transfers in the administration, that the FSB officers of various levels treated him with poorly concealed irritation because Mikhalchenko promoted himself too obvious on the topic of the state security agencies, and tried to limit the possible contacts directly with Mikhalchenko and his associates in the struggle.
Source: "News of St. Petersburg» № 32 (509) from 27.08.2007

In 2008 Dmitry Mikhalchenko in the press was accused of premeditated bankruptcy of multimedia network "Desyatka" in the interests of his company "Forum". Kirill Rodchenko, the head of the corporate debt recovery department of the collection agency “RRK” made a statement to the press. He claimed that CJSC "Desyatka" owes its creditors 142 million rubles, and the process of its bankruptcy was initiated by the two major creditors - LLC "Galactica" and LLC “Finansovyi Upravlyaushyi” ("Financial Manager"). According to Rodchenko, a former major creditor of "Desyatka" - LLC "Eco Service", assigned his rights to claim debt to a third party - LLC "Galactica", which was affiliated with the major founder of CJSC "Desyatka" - LLC "Eco Service plus". Both companies were registered on the same person and by the same address, situating in the administration of Mikhalchenko’s “Forum”. The second major creditor, LLC “Finansovyi Upravlyaushyi”, according to EGRYL (Uniform State Register of Legal Entities), is a 100% daughter company of the “Holding company “Forum”.

In court LLC "Galactica" was represented by the lawyers who previously represented the interests of the "Holding Company "Forum". Shortly after the bankruptcy, the company LLC "Roznichnye Technologii" (Retail Technology), affiliated with the structures of Dmitry Mikhalchenko, announced the opening of the new stores in places where the points of sales of "Desyatka" were previously situated.
Source: "Kommersant» № 229 (4284) from 08.12.2009, www.rospres.com

In July 2008, another scandal happened with Dmitri Mikhalchenko. Representatives of the movement “Against the seizure of lakes" arrived in the village Ovsyanoe to the lake Nakhimovskoye (Vyborgsky district, Leningrad Oblast) and found out that one of the summer residents illegally seized and fenced the lake area. Community leaders and Irina Andrianova among them, found out that the private house and grounds are owned by Dmitry Mikhalchenko. The guards of the house rudely treated the community leaders who also brought the journalists from the TV channel "SТО" – the guards took away the microphone, and then, according to Andrianova, Mikhalchenko phoned to the TV channel "STO" and the management of the TV channel prohibited the journalist from making this story go on the air. Later, the press reported that Dmitry Mikhalchenko in May 2010 appealed to the Vyborgskii court to acknowledge his rights of the ownership of the shore of the lake Nakhimovskoye in the village Ovsyanoe. Journalists concluded that currently the bank does not belong to him and his guards’actions for its protection are arbitrary.
Source: "New Newspaper» № № 37 from 27.05.2010, www.russia.gkontrol.ru from 07.07.2009

In the middle of 2009 the press wrote that Dmitry Mikhalchenko carried out raider capture of the “Petersburg Cargo Transport Enterprise № 9”. Mikhalchenko bought more than half of this company shares through fictitious people and afterwards all company’s property was sold to a limited liability company (the name of the company was not named in the open sources of information), which actually belonged to Dmitri Mikhalchenko. The deal cost only 14 million rubles; the sale was illegal, as the deal was carried out without the decision of the shareholders’ meeting. One of the major shareholders of the company, Roman Loginov, appealed to the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in Nevsky district, to the city and the district prosecutor's office, but his appeal to initiate a criminal case was denied.
Source: www.rospres.com

In the middle of 2010 the mass media mentioned Dmitry Mikhalchenko as a co-owner of the “United Center of Documents”, which was created on the territory of the JSC “Spinning mill named after Kirov” (abbreviated as PNK). Though, LLC “United Center of Documents” is oficially owned by Igor Rodionov, who is on the list of the affiliates of JSC “Spinning mill named after Kirov” (abbreviated as PNK), the complex itself is the part of the holding company "Forum" owned by Dmitry Mikhalchenko. Reconstruction of the buildings in PNK was started last year, leaving only 6 of the 12 acres of land for the production of yarn. The rest of the industrial sites of the plant were planned to lease. Government organizations will bring Mikhalchenko and his colleagues about 30 million rubles per month. The income from the commercial tenants was not announced, but it is planned that the rates for them would be higher than for government structures. Earlier, Mikhalchenko gave the idea for establishing the Russian-Chinese production association as an argument for a lease of the industrial sites of the plant.
Source: "Delovoy Petersburg» № 106 (3164) from 28.06. 2010

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Leonid Michelson - CEO, Chairman of the Board of OAO “NovaTEK”.

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:47 + в цитатник

Surname: Michelson

Name: Leonid

Fathername: Viktorovich

Position: CEO, Chairman of the Board of OAO “NovaTEK”.



Born August 11, 1955 in the Kaspiysk. He graduated from the Kuibyshev Civil Engineering Institute majoring in civil engineer in 1977.

After graduating from the Institute Mikhelson worked in gas pipe line construction Urengoy - Chelyabinsk in the Tyumen region where he held the posts starting from foreman to chief engineer. In 1985 he was appointed chief engineer of the trust "Ryazantruborovodstroy”. And two years later replaced his father as head of the "Kuybyshevtruboprovodstroy”.

In 1991, "Kuybyshevtruboprovodstroy" was privatized, and then turned into a joint stock company "Samara national enterprise "Nova". Mikhelson headed it till October 1994 and then moved to the post of general director of the management company "Novafininvest", one of the assets of which was the "Nova".

"Novafininvest" began to engage in gas production. Mikhelson began buying up shares of association "Purneftegazgeologia, whichowned the license on several sites with large reserves of gas, organized the creation of several new oil and gas enterprises in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Finally with the active assistance of Joseph Levinsohn (who moved from the post of administrator in "Purneftegazgeologia" to the post of vice-governor of the district) NovaTEK was created which in 1996 began producing oil and gas on the first of its three main fields - East Tarkosalinskoye. In 2002 the operation in theYurkharovskoye deposit began, in 2004 – in the Khancheyskoye.

Immediately after the establishment of NovaTEK, Mikhelson began to attract investors in the company capital and to organize partnerships. In the spring of 2002 an agreement was reached with the Itera by Igor Makarov in order to merge oil and gas assets, but soon the company refused the deal without explanation. Then Mikhelson planned to sell a blocking stake in NovaTEK to the French Total. However, this transaction was not approved by FAS.

As a result, Mikhelson preferred the IPO version, and in July 2005, 19% stake in NovaTEK was posted at the LSE. Investors bought shares worth about $ 1 billion, and Mikhelson, received 335 million dollars for his 6.6%. Then there was another deal - the sale of 19.99% stake in Gazprom.

Mikhelson owns about 75% shares of the large bank of Samara - OAO "First United Bank ("Pervobank"), which was founded in 2006 through the merger of the Nova Bank and the Bank “Samara credit” by Andrei Ishchuk.

Mikhelson was awarded the order of Badge of Honor.

Hobbies - volleyball. Mikhelson supports the volleyball team "Nova". He is a sponsor of the soccer team "Wings of Soviets."

He is married; has a daughter
Source: www.ru.wikipedia.org



In 2005, newspapers reported that "NovaTEK” had a risk to become another victim of Gazprom, which was trying various ways to become a gas monopolist. Then the main owners of NovaTEK were Leonid Mikhelson and Vice-Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District Joseph Levinson. The latter yielded the pressure of Gazprom, and gave Alexei Miller the stake in NovaTEK. Chairman Leonid Simanovsky tried to defend NovaTEK, thanks to him NOVATEK had a strong support from the authorities in the region, including the governor oVladimir Neelov. Subsidiary of NovaTEK received a license to develop the South Russian field, but then Gazprom took it over. "Gazprom" in the fight for NovaTEK used prosecutors of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District - the shareholders of NovaTEK were charged for asset stripping and the concealment of profits. Initiation of criminal proceedings coincided with the attempt by NovaTEK to sell blocking stake to the Franco-Belgian concern Total - if the shares went to the West, Gazprom would be unable to establish control over the company. The deal with Total did not take place because the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia reversed resolution even though it had given it earlier. Subsequently, the Franco-Belgian group Total finally refused the deal with NovaTEK because of the opacity sources of the assets of the company.
Source: "Novaya Gazeta" on 04.07.2005

Leonid Mikhelson created his fortune by using contacts of his friend, vice-governor of Yamal Joseph Levinsohn in order to get licenses to gas fields, to attract new assets, clarify the relationship with large companies and evade the tax claims. A vice-president of Yukos Leonid Simanovsky provided cover for the activities of Mikhelson in the business environment.
Source: Internet resource www.compromat.ru from 23.06.2005

Newspapers wrote about woes of Leonid Mikhelson in 2005, when law enforcement officials conducted a seizure of documents in the offices of NovaTEK in Samara, Salekhard and Moscow - in connection with the filing of two civil suits by prosecutors of the Yamalo-Nenets region – for the unlawful transfer 5.6% stake in NovaTEK to VEB, belonging to the Regional Development Fund of Yamal and in order to invalidate the very establishment of the fund.
Source: Vedomosti 22.06.2005, www.polit.ru of 06.07.2005

Mikhelson’s name appeared in the media in 2005 in connection with litigation in the Stavropol region. The Cyprus company Broadwood Trading & Investments Ltd. (BTI, owns 34% shares of the company "Geoilbent"), acting in the interests of Russneft, accused the leadership of NovaTEK "of violation of its pre-emptive right to buy shares" in Geoilbent. NovaTEK was going to sell its 66% share in "Geoilbent" to the oil company LUKOIL at a lower price; LUKoil had to get approval of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for the transaction. To reduce the chances of the second co-owner of OOO “Geoilbent" to challenge the transaction, the management of NovaTEK sold a share in a transaction that did not presupposed the direct purchase: NovaTEK introduced all the papers of the company it owned to the share capital of the oil holding company registered in Salekhard; its owner became a subsidiary structure of LUKOIL. The newspapers said that Mikhelson only maintained a fa?ade of tender in order to get unaccounted additional payments by "cold cash" money from the heads of corporations. There were different versions of why Mikhelson needed money, for instance: to support Mikhail Kasyanov and his future political party, for the divorce process of Mikhelson, or to reduce the traditional portion of his companions Levinzon and Simanovsky.
Source: "Kommersant" № 113 from 23.06.2005

The sold shares of Geoilbent were pledged by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where NovaTEK took the credit in the late 90's. The bank learned about their sale from the newspapers. Since the sale of the pledge violated the conditions of the loan agreement, the Bank froze all regular loans for NovaTEK and stated that they were going to conduct detailed audits in the company, and in case of problems they would turn to International Arbitration.
Source: www.bigness.ru from 01.07.2005

Since December 2003 Leonid Mikhelson has stopped been the owner of controlling stake in NovaTEK. Prior to that Mikhelson had owned controlling shares in the Cyprus SWGI Growth Fund and the Russian ZAO "Levit", which are the direct owners of NovaTEK. In December 2003, the share of Leonid Mikhelson in "Levit" got reduced to the level less than 50%, and so he ceased to be the controlling shareholder of NovaTEK.
Source: "Kommersant" № 113 (3197) on 23.06.2005

In 2005, the newspapers wrote about the financial machinations in NovaTEK, mentioning the names of the companions of Mikhelson - Leonid Simanovsky and Joseph Levinzon. They said that in official statements Levinson assessed reserves of gas fields "Yurharovneftegaza" within the 9 billion cubic meters. When the subsidiaries of Gazprom refused the Yurkharovskoye field, and it came under the control of OAO NovaTEK, it became clear that those reserves were about a trillion cubic meters. Levinzon was accused that he had been actively manipulating by access of the mining companies to the most profitable deposits in terms of mining in favor of NovaTEK. For example, the transfer of "Purneftegazgeologia» to NovaTEK was followed by erosion of 30%-equity of the subsidiary of Gazprom – Zapsibgazprom, as well as by the mysterious loss of significant part of investments.
Source: Internet resource www.compromat.ru from 03.06.2005

In November 2003, the Gazprom’s company “Vermann", headed by Fedor Khoroshilov, made a decision in favor of Gazprom in the Supreme Arbitration Court, which overturned the additional issue of shares of AO “Purneftegazgeologia” (PNGG), a subsidiary of Leonid Mikhelson’s NovaTEK. Cancellation of the additional issue allowed the minority shareholder of PNGG - Zapsibgazprom, a subsidiary of Gazprom, to claim a significant interest in the company, which has licenses for a number of fields.
Source: "New news" from 15.03.2004

In 2005 Leonid Mikhelson, together with the son of St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko Sergey Matvienko established OOO "Brend" in the Samara region. One of the projects of the newly created company was the prospect evaluation survey in YaNAO - Oil and Gas Company (OGC) "Gorny" (in which "Brend" had 27,5% of shares) led the prospect evaluation survey in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District (YaNAO) on Voerg- Missyursk site. In 2005, the license for this site, was received, so by 2012, it was necessary to open and register resources (those were the terms of the license), which required 300-400 million rubles per year. OGC began looking for investors and it was only Mikhelson who agreed to work on the terms of OGC. Mikhelson did not invite the son of Valentina Matvienko to investment for some unknown reason. At that time, it was still unclear for what purpose Mikhelson needed that site - its resources did not exceed 10-20 million tones of oil equivalent, the degree of proficiency was very low, and the conditions of production - heavy.
Source: Vedomosti 28.04.2008

Some media accused Leonid Mikhelson of staging the scandal around the construction of the palace at Istra, which allegedly belonged to the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller. The press hinted that Mikhelson was trying different ways to get on the board of directors of Gazprom, therefore, he organized collection of compromising on Miller. In particular, panoramic photos of the palace on the banks of the river Istra near Moscow were taken from helicopter, and 32 acres of the palace complex. Information campaign against Miller coincided with the dates of the next meeting of the shareholders of Gazprom. The aim was to discredit Miller by the fact that during economic crisis in the country he could afford to spend money of the public Gazprom to personal luxury. According to journalists, thus Mikhelson implemented his plans on joining the board of directors of Gazprom.
Source: rospres from 27.07.2009

At the same time the press rumored that due to special relations with Gazprom, Leonid Mikhelson could accrue lucrative contracts for gas with consumers. In addition, NovaTEK received almost exclusive right to sell gas condensate, while Gazprom itself could have traded these raw materials abroad and would have had large incomes. Nevertheless, currently NovaTEK uses gas condensate - except for a small volume of condensate that Gazprom exports to Europe. Journalists wrote that the fact of Gazprom's neglect to gas condensate market may suggest the presence in the corruption actions by its managers.
Source: rospres from 27.07.2009

Mikhelson’s company NovaTEK appeared in a case initiated in 2005 for money thefts from “Mezhregiongaz”, a subsidiary of Gazprom. Defendants in the criminal case were six people. Ministry of Interior in absentia indicted Deputy Director General of “Mezhregiongaz” Igor Dmitriev, the director of the Department of NovaTEK Lyadov Alexander (died in 2007), Galina Sheremet, Ms. Gulyayeva (former CEO and chief accountant of "Trastinvestgaz, TIG), Dmitry Novikov (CEO of TIG ), as well as some Mr. Kataev posing as general director of OOO "Investment Agency "Intellekt i pravo”. They were accused of abusing power and causing property damage.
Source: "Gazeta" on 30.03.2009

They wrote that Mikhelson managed to keep his business just because he gave up a share in NovaTEK to the friend of Vladimir Putin - Gennady Timchenko. The fund Volga Resources owned by the latter brought its stake in NovaTEK to 18.2% of shares (Timchenko purchased 13,13% of shares from the company Cartagena Development Inc), and now his package exceeds the share of the company's management. It was an exchange of assets - Timchenko sold 51% stake in Yamal LNG at a price cheaper than the market to the ompany by Mikhelson and thus increased his stake in NovaTEK. Leonid Mikhelson had to include Timchenko into the board of directors of the company. According to analysts, the deal established strategic state control over NovaTEK.
Source: "Kommersant" № 94 (4149) on 28.05.2009, № 93 (4148) from 27.05.2009

NovaTEK falsified minutes of the general meeting in OOO “Geoilbent” and thus kept buying oil extracted by OOO “Geoilbent” at half price of the market. Then the same oil was exported by OAO “NOVATEK” at market prices. This resulted in significantly reduced revenue, possible dividends of participants and perspectives of their payment. NovaTEK redistributed profits of OOO “Geoilbent" in its favor and in favor of third parties.
Source: Kommersant № 120 from 02.07.2005

Leonid Mikhelson’s name was mentioned in the media in connection with the construction of the sports and fitness complex scandal (journalists call the new object a state residence), conducted in the city of Anapa, the Krasnodar Krai – on the protected Utrish area. Fund of the regional non-profit projects "Dar" (controlled by Leonid Mikhelson) acted as an official initiator of the construction - The Fund took on lease the land and concluded a contract for the construction with OOO "Harvinter”. Public began sounding off about the destruction of unique nature and accusing the Presidential Property Management Department of Medvedev. According to journalists, in that case Mikhelson and his Fund were kind of players on whom the people were to discharge its anger, as well as the source of financing for the presidential project.
Source: "Living Kuban" on 18/01/2010

Newspapers wrote about the interest of the Mikhelson in the project of development of the Coast of the Gulf of Finland within the framework of boundaries extending of St. Petersburg. They talked that the company "Severo-Zapad Invest" was going to take part in tender; in September 2009 it already won an auction for the right to lease the coastal land area of 140 hectares from Lisiy Nos to Sestroretsk area. The Gulf Coast cost OOO " Severo-Zapad Invest " 36 million rubles. "Severo-Zapad Invest" is 70% owned by OOO "Levit», which major block of shares belongs to Leonid Mikhelson.
Source: Newspaper of 17.11.2009

Gennady Timchenko recently began to consolidate his stake in NovaTEK, while a team of NovaTEK managers headed by Leonid Mikhelson is losing its ground. Two subsidiaries of the Luxembourg Fund Volga Resources, which principal owner is Gennady Timchenko, claimed more than 20% stake in NovaTEK. Leonid Mikhelson is slackening: after the consolidation of more than 20% of NovaTEK, Volga can collect 24.99% of shares. The official share of Volga is 5.07%. But in May 2009, the Fund agreed to purchase another 13.13% from Cartagena Development Inc., which is controlled by management of NovaTEK - the deal has not been closed yet. Meanwhile, the block of shares of Leonid Mikhelson consists of 0.47% of personal share and 5.7% share through OOO “Levit” controlled by Mikhelson.

At the same time in December 2009, the structures of Peter Kolbin (acting in the interests of Timchenko) acquired 25.1% of OAO “Yamal LNG”. Gazprombank sold the shares to Kolbin at a very low price. Several years before NovaTEK had acquired the share of Yamal LNG several times more expensive.
Source: www.fedpress.ru on 21.12.09

Mikhelson’s name was mentioned as possible acquirer of the palace of Count Kushelev-Bezborodko on the Kutuzov embankment. Officially, the palace was acquired by OOO “Tsertum-invest” - a partner of “Tashir” and Gazprombank, co-owner of the Blagovoshensky Valve Plant. This company belongs to 29-year old Philip Polyansky; its specialty is financial intermediation. Until 2008 Polyansky had been leading the Fund of the regional non-profit projects “DAR”, controlled by Leonid Mikhelson.
Source: Vedomosti 26.02.2010

OAO “Gazprom” continues buying up aggressively NovaTEK shares in the market. Gennady Timchenko also works in tandem with Gazprom; their mutual aim is not just strengthening of state control over NovaTEK, but a complete subordination of the company to the state. In particular, the eldest son of the president of Rosneft Alexey Bogdanchikov comes for work in NovaTEK in order to establish control over the company.
Source: www.uralpolit.ru from 27.02. 2010, "Kommersant» № 31 / C (4331) on 24.02.2010

The struggle for the chairs of the heads of ministries in KhMAO (Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district)-Yugra has intensified because of the new governor. Such an agio is inflated by the structures and officials close to the Leonid Mikhelson and the company NovaTEK. All the manipulations for the development of the conflict and compromising leaking to the media occur by direct participation of the leader of “United Russia” in Khanty-Mansiysk Alexander Sidorov.
Source: UralPolit.Ru on 27.02.10

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Andrey Molchanov - Member of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of Russia

Среда, 16 Марта 2011 г. 12:46 + в цитатник

Surname: Molchanov

Name: Andrey


Position: Member of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of Russia



Born September 24, 1971 in Leningrad.

In 1993 he graduated from the Economics Faculty of St. Petersburg State University, in 1998 - Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, specialized in "State and municipal management».

Ph.D. of Economic Sciences (2003).

At the end of 1993, established the Construction Corporation (UK) "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga” (“The Revival of St. Petersburg») and became its general director.

In elections to the City (Legislative) Assembly of St. Petersburg in March 1994, Molchanov unsuccessfully ran from the block "Democratic unity of St. Petersburg».

In June 1994, he participated in the creation of the St. Petersburg Branch of the party «Democratic Choice of Russia "(DCR)

In the summer of 1994 he established and headed the company OAO «Lenstroyrekonstruktsiya "

Participated in by-election in St. GorDuma in the autumn of 1994

From 1997 to 2000 - general director of OOO "Group LSR".

Until August 2006 - President of the Group LSR; from August 2006 to March 2007 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of OAO «Group LSR».

Since September 30, 2000 - member of the political board of the organization "Will of St. Petersburg».

From November 2003 to November 2005 - President of the Association of homebuilders and manufacturers of construction materials in Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region (in the spring of 2005 is was called the "Association" Construction and Industrial Complex of North-West ").

In February 2006, "Finance» magazine assessed the state of Molchanov in $ 300 million (154th place in Russia).

In 2007 the magazine "Russian Forbes" gave him the 100th place (660 million dollars).

The main shareholder of OOO "Group LSR".

From March to October 2007 - Assistant Minister of Health and Social Development Mikhail Zurabov.

On January 30, 2008 - Representative of the Federation Council of Federal Assembly of Russia from the executive body of the Leningrad region.

Board member of the Leningrad Region Chamber of Commerce

Vice-president and board member of the Russian Union of Builders.

A member of the public council of St. Petersburg.

Honorary builder of Russia.

Source: peoples.ru from 10.09.2008




According to the press, the real name of Andrey Molchanov after father is Morozov. Molchanov - son of Natalia Molchanova, former wife of the Petersburg vice-governor Yury Molchanov. It is reported that Andrey took the surname of his stepfather at the insistence of his mother. According to the press reports, Molchanov's stepfather and mother separated in 2001 and formally divorced in 2003. But before the end of 2006 it was not made public. In the press Andrey Molchanov had been called the son of Yuri Molchanov for a long time. There were even allegations that Yuri Molchanov adopted his stepson.

Source: peoples.ruot 10.09.2008


It was reported that business ligament of Andrey and Yuri Molchanov appeared in the early 1990's, when Molchanov Sr had been actively pushing stepson in his own business, and then in politics. Andrey Molchanov began engaging in the business as a student. As soon as he graduated from the university, he became CEO of the corporation "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga».

Source: ZAKS.Ru from 12.02.2004


Reportedly, Yuri Molchanov had the opportunity to help Andrey. In 1987-95 years Yury Molchanov was rector of Leningrad State University.n.a. Zhdanov on International Relations. In 1990, his assistant was Vladimir Putin.

Source: peoples.ru from 10.09.2008


According to press, the first project of "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga" was transferring the milk plant № 3 outside the northern capital and construction of a dwelling house on its place. The press noticed that the relevant disposal of the St. Petersburg government had been signed by Vladimir Putin - then the first deputy mayor of the city.

Source: "Kompaniya" from 28.01.2008


As press wrote, in 2000, Andrey Molchanov became an authorized representative of Putin as a candidate for president of Russia on the advice of his stepfather. While the corporation "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga" was the official sponsor of Putin's campaign in the region. As reported, in mid-2000 Molchanov was discussed to obtain the post of Chief of the Construction Committee of Russia, but the appointment did not take place.

Source: ZAKS.Ru from 12.02.2004


In 2003, the press reported that t at the time he structures of Andrey Molchanov used MFN in the Northern capital. As reported, they could easily win contracts for the most prestigious building and restoration works - reconstruction of historical monuments, buildings and repairs of state residences.

Source: Skandaly.ru on 07/28/2003


As the press wrote, Andrey Molchanov also had the opportunity to get acquainted with the criminal authority Mikhail Mirilashvili. According to the media reports, Yuri Molchanov actively collaborated with Mikhail Mirilashvili by arranging advertisements on the 11th channel of the St. Petersburg television. This cooperation passed in the area of real estate, construction and investment. It was reported that due to the help of of Mirilashvili family Molchanov received Gostiny Dvor and other profitable real estate in rent.

Source: ZAKS.Ru from 12.02.2004


As reported, in 2006, Andrey Molchanov stated he had had no shared business with Yuri Molchanov, and he was neither biological nor adopted son of him.

Source: peoples.ru from 10.09.2008


According to the press, that "cooling" of relations between the stepchild and stepfather could have been linked with the story of the division of property between Yuri Molchanov and mother of Andrey - Natalya Molchanova. According to the media reports, the couple got divorced in 2003 and concluded a marriage contract under which Molchanova Natalia gained part of the property. But, as ex-wife of Yuri Molchanov claimed, in 2007, she accidentally discovered that Yuri Molchanov had hidden part of the property at the conclusion of the marriage contract. Natalia Molchanov tried to assert her rights in court, arguing that the ex-spouse owed her more than 100 million rubles. At that time Andrey Molchanov began telling he had nothing to do with the former stepfather.

Source: "Vash tayny sovetnik» № 1 dated January 12, 2009


Another good friend of Andrey Molchanov, who had the opportunity to "promote" - was the current Federation Council Speaker Sergey Mironov; he had worked as an Executive Director of the Company "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga» until his entering in big politics.

Since the mid 1990's Andrey Molchanov has been fully involved in the political projects of Sergey Mironov - in movement "Will of St. Petersburg» ( he was a founding member there), then in the Russian Party of Life, and finally - in" Fair Russia». Andrey Molchanov is considered to be the main sponsor of the election campaigns of those parties in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.

Source: peoples.ru from 10.09.2008, from 05.04.2008


It is reported that in 2003, Andrey and Yuri Molchanov sent to the "Party of Life" about $ 1.5 million monthly. To do so Molchanov laid Petersburg construction market under tribute - in the form of donations to party building for Mironov.

Source: Skandaly.ru on 07/28/2003


According to press reports, in 2007 Molchanov managed to "promote" several insiders - natives of the structures LSR – in the new composition of the Legislative Assembly of Leningrad, on which territory the LSR has launched its business. One of them was a former vice-governor of Leningrad region, and then deputy - spravedlivoross Evgeny Petelin.

Source: peoples.ru from 10.09.2008, on 05.04.2008, Kommersant »№ 7 (3824) on 22.01.2008


Reportedly, Mironov "promoted" Andrey Molchanov in Ministry of Social Development. In connection with the transition of Molchanov out of business into government, the press wrote that would allow Molchanov to control far greater funds than the budget of the Group LSR. Sergey Mironov has repeatedly called for Zurabov to resign because of the failure of the system of drug provision to exempts. The Ministry was proposed to be divided into two departments - the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Protection and Labor. Andrey Molchanov was regarded as one of those who would lead either Ministry of Social Development, or the divided committee.

Source: peoples.ru from 10.09.2008, from 05.04.2008


As written in the press, after the conflict that took place in 2006 between Andrey and Yuri Molchanov, Mironov was the only friend of Andrey Molchanov.

Source: «Russky Zhurnal" from 30.03.07


Andrey Molchanov was mentioned in the press in connection with the scandalous results of Audit Chamber audit of the regional government activities in of the Leningrad region. In particular, it was reported that the work of the provincial auditors was linked to a series of major scandals involving former vice-governor and ex-head of the regional United Russia Nikolay Pustotin. As written in the press, the auditors claimed that the commission for the purchase of reduced drugs, headed by Pustotin, had spent the budget inappropriately. In this regard, the AC appealed to the prosecutor Leningrad and several times demanded the resignation of Nikolay Pustotin. The administration of th region linked the charges primarily with the elections to the Legislative Assembly. They believed that "Fair Russia" was behind the attacks as well as its unofficial sponsor, the former CEO of LSR Andrey Molchanov. Pustotin also claimed that the accusations against him were due to political motives. And Governor Valery Serdyukov defended his subordinate and accused the auditors of incompetence.

Source: "Kommersant-SPB" № 157 (3733) on 31.08.2007


Observers were surprised when Valery Serdyukov introduced Molchanov's candidacy for the post of representative in the Federation Council in the Legislative Assembly of Leningrad region. The press stated the opinion of the analyst who argued that the decision to nominate Molchanov was taken not by Serdyukov. And if the governor had his own ideas on the subject, they were ignored. It was reported that Serdyukov had asked deputies to hurry up and to decide on the candidature of Molchanov on the next day. It took them two days. As a result, Andrey Molchanov became the representative of Leningrad in the Federation Council, thus he beat another candidate - banker Alexander Lebedev.

Source: "Kommersant» № 7 (3824) on 22.01.2008, "Kommersant-SPB" № 9 (3826) on 24.01.2008


The press expressed an opinion that Andrey Molchanov could get the post in the Federation Council for his loyalty: as a sponsor of Putin's campaign and political project of Sergey Mironov.

Source: novayagazeta.ru from 26.03.2010


In late 2009, the press wrote that from the moment Molchanov had become a senator, none of his legislative initiatives had been approved by the State Duma, at least on first reading.

Source: slon.ru on 11/25/2009


According to the press, Molchanov is not an independent figure in the Federation Council and he represents the interests of Sergey Mironov only. the press published the opinion of an expert claiming that the emergence of Molchanov in the Federation Council was for the image, and there was no specific lobbying from his side observed. Molchanov has no need to support his own interests, he does not belong to serious players.

According to the press reports, Andrey Molchanov, along with Sergey Mironov, is considered as a possible candidate for governor of St. Petersburg, or even of the combined entity of Russia St. Petersburg - Leningrad region. According to a number of political scientists, as they say in the press, it will happen after the expiration of the Governor of Leningrad Region Valery Serdyukov.

Source: "Kompaniya" from 29.06.2009


According to the press reports, Andrey Molchanov sponsored not only the election campaign of Vladimir Putin and Sergey Mironov, but of Valentina Matvienko as well.

Source: "Kommersant-SPB" № 193 (2796) on 22.10.2003


In 1998, the company Lenstroyrekonstruktsiya appeared in the field of view of the media .

According to the press reports, the company acquired the right to finish the work in the historical center of St. Petersburg, and at the same time the right to realize the restored houses through a network of dealers.

The press described one of the financial operations by "Lenstroyrekonstruktsii». There was a contract concluded for the restoration of the house on Ligovsky avenue for placing therein families of OMON fighters. As a result, with the consent of the authorities of the city, the address of OMON house was changed from Ligovsky prospect to Plekhanov Street - closer to the center. As reported, apartments in this building were given through intermediaries to the OMON riot police commanders and to the two deputies of RUOP chief. Dozens of ordinary OMON riot police officers obtained a warrant on the outskirts of the city. In the Legislature reported: the officers got their homes.

At the same time in the press noted that the price of one square meter in the marginal flats at that time was $ 200. The price of the apartments on the Plekhanov street realized by "Lenstroyrekonstruktsiya" was $ 1000 per square meter. Thus, according to the press, the firm earned 800 dollars a meter in the whole operation.

According to journalists, city officials "did not notice" the sly passing move of "Lenstroyrekonstruktsiya" in connection with the fact t Sergey Mironov covered the operation from above as the building commission chairman and deputy chairman of the Legislative Assembly.

Source: Novaya Gazeta, 23.02.1998


As written in the press in 2001, "Lenstroyrekonstruktsiya» became one of the main partners of the consortium «the 16th Trust and partners" which was entrusted with the restoration of the Constantine Palace.

Source: newsru.com of 29 November 2001


They wrote that according to the rumors, the transfer of contract worth of nearly one million dollars to "Lesnstroykonstruktsiya" in order to restructure the residence of the plenipotentiary of the president in the North-West Federal District, Viktor Cherkesov, the provision for that purposes was planned to be used for purely social purposes.

Source: "Stringer", April 2002


In the press there is a hint at the possible existence of common business interests between Andrey Molchanov, Sergey Mironov, and former senator of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Igor Ismestyev, he was accused of organizing contract killings.

Journalists noted that the holding by Izmestiev "Volgoflot" did not enter the entire production complex for the extraction, delivery, storage and handling of sea sand. It was reported that all robust infrastructure passed to Andrey Molchanov, President of the Group «Lenstroyrekonstruktsiya», although there was plenty of others willing to make such a purchase. Journalists noted that it was during the transaction Igor Izmestyev began his campaign in the Senate. The press assumed that, perhaps, Igor Izmestyev yielded yellow "sand" for the sake of political expediency. Journalists proved the possible existence of common business interests between Molchanov, Mironov and Izmestyev, inter alia,by the fact that Sergey Mironov had been fighting for Igor Izmestiev by the end.

Source: "Vash Tayny Sovetnik” from 19.02.07


LSR's offensive against Moscow began in the 2000's, as written in the press, and it was not successful. It was reported that in order to enter the capital market Molchanov planned to use the company "Mosstroyrekonstruktsiya", which he registered in 2001. However, as reported at that time head of LSR miscalculated. In 2005, he acquired an office complex in Tver Boulevard for $ 26 million, the Moscow headquarters of the LSR was placed there. Then Molchanov bought a small company producing construction materials - concrete ZhBI-6. But at the same time, as written in the press, the expansion of LSR in Moscow was stopped suddenly. Experts suggested that the company lacked the administrative resources. But at the same time, Molchanov managed to take advantage of connections in federal structures: LSR built 23-storey residential business-class complex «House in Davydkovskaya" on the lands of the Federal Security Service.

But in general, as written in the press, LSR has not received any major share neither in the capital market for building materials, nor in the segment of luxury housing and commercial real estate. After that, it decided to diversify the portfolio of its projects in Moscow and rushed into the segment of economy class.

Source: "Kompaniya" from 28.01.2008

Corporation «Vozrozhdenie Peterburga" was listed in the press in connection with the scandal surrounding the reconstruction project on 9 hectares on embankment of the Neva Small - «Naberezhnaya Evropy”. As reported, OOO “Petersburg City» was created specifically for this project in 2001. The investors were attracted - OOO «KV-Engineering" and OOO "Russian investments". In 2004, the founder of OOO «Petersburg City» - British offshore company "Grove Express» - concluded purchase agreements with these firms under which they acquired 75 percent of the share capital. But the "KV-Engineering" failed to fulfill one of the conditions of the contract and the purchase agreement was terminated. 100 percent of the share capital was sold to the British offshore "Ferngeym». And the latter, in its turn, sold 70 percent stake to the corporation "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga».

Management of Companies «KV-Engineering" and "Russian investments" considered there had been a double sale of shares, and appealed to law enforcement bodies. In 2004, a criminal case for fraud with shares of OOO «Petersburg City» was prosecuted . Investigators suspected some of the founders and managers of the company of stealing $ 1 million. But as a result, the case was closed due to lack of corpus delicti in the actions of the founders and management of the company "Petersburg City».

Source: fontanka.ru from 16.05.2005


The press noted that there were visions of ominous shadow of the oligarch Boris Berezovsky standing behind expensive suit cases of the guys from the "KV-Engineering" and "Russian investment". In 2005, the Petersburg City had a new owner - "VTB-Capital". The press suggested that Andrey Molchanov sold his share in the project on the background of the fact that his business interests did not coincide with the interests of one of the first persons of the Kremlin's beau monde. As they wrote, Molchanov allegedly went into hiding in London, where Boris Berezovsky had been languishing in exile. Then, according to rumors, one very influential official was seen accompanied by the former top manager of the corporation "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga», Sergey Mironov, who was allegedly begging the influential official about something insistently. And then, as reported, Andrey Molchanov returned to St. Petersburg.

Source: "Vash Tayny Sovetnik" from 23.10.2006


In early 2007, as written in the press, in the political and business circles of Petersburg there were rumors of serious conflict between Andrey Molchanov and senior officials from the Kremlin. The subject of the alleged conflict was a spot on Krestovsky Island, which officials were going to use for the construction of the complex designed for the judges of the Constitutional Court. Molchanov had to abandon the profitable development project on Krestovsky.

Source: peoples.ru from 05.04.2008


According to the press reports, in late 2009, some financial analysts were critical of the business Molchanov. It was reported that when LSR published financial results for the first half of 2009 in the end of October 2009, the bank "Petrkommerts" published an analytical report titled "Group LSR". The situation was corrected, but the risks remain, it stated that the bankers were still reluctant to recommend investments in debt instruments of "Group LSR". As written in the press, analysts of Nomos-bank "made a similar conclusion at the same time. But Uralsib analysts considered bonds of LSR "attractive speculative investment", because "the company had close relationship with the state banks».

According to press reports, in 2009, LSR agreed with the State Agricultural Bank for a three-year credit of $ 150 million and a five-year credit line worth $ 100 million; while with the state VEB on line of credit for 10 years, amounting to 237 million euros with a delay in the payment of interest. In October 2009, a credit line of 2 billion rubles for 18 months was opened in «VTB North-West ". There is Sberbank among the creditors of LSR also. It was reported that the proportion of loans by the state banks in the portfolio of LSR is more than 50%. In its report for the first half of 2009 LSR announced that it will continue to increase the size of the debt.

Source: slon.ru on 11/25/2009


As of early 2010, the total debt of OAO "Group LSR" reached 39.541 billion rubles on international financial reporting standards at the end of 2009. Net debt of the company amounted to 36.680 billion rubles in 2009.

Source: "Kommersant-SPB" № 38 (4338) on 05/03/2010


In the summer of 2010 the corporation "Vozrozhdenie Peterburga" was involved in a conflict with the homeowners ' Robespierre, 4». "Vozrozhdenie" built this house by the order of the FSB. The five premises located in it with the total area of 2000 square meters, as noted in the press, supposedly were interesting for the family of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. In the summer of 2008 the conflict began between the corporation "Vozrozhdenie" and housing cooperative "Robespierre, 4". At that time Chairman of the housing cooperative was a man unconnected to the corporation. The new board came to the conclusion that the corporation "Vozrozhdenie" made a lot of defects, which can be estimated at 3 million rubles. In the summer of 2009 (just at a time when the HC "Robespierre, 4" was to bring claims against the corporation "Vozrozhdenie"), the corporation sold the building 66-N area of 10 square meters to the notorious leader of the Russian Party Nikolay Bondarik. According to the press reports, he served his term for having beaten a man to death. Bondarik purchased a room in the house on Robespierre, 4 for storage, but the HC has already used it as a security office. Thus, Bondarik could not use his new property, and therefore appealed to the police. Upon his statement a case was prosecuted under the Article 330 of the Criminal Code ("arbitrariness") - that unidentified representatives of the HC did not allow Bondarik use his property. As they say in the press, the chairman of HC is sure that the corporation "Vozrozhdenie" involved Bondarik in the house in order he could enter the HC board, or even lead it. Thus, it will be easier for "Vozrozhdenie" to defend their positions.

Source: "Vash Tayny Sovetnik" from 24.05.2010

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