Came to Vekselberg: why were searched in “Renove” and “T Plus”

Searches in the headquarters of the group of companies “Renova”

Searches and arrests

Monday, September 5, the Investigative Committee of the operational support of the FSB raided the offices of the Renova group and controlled power company “T Plus” (former IES holding), reported the publication of the about 12:50 GMT.

The staff of “Renova” was not allowed to leave the office and talking on the phone, food can be ordered via the Internet, told RBC employee of Renova present during the searches. According to him, the security forces requested documents at the Vorkutinskaya CHP” (part of “T Plus”) in the Komi Republic. Later, the fact of the searches confirmed RBC official representative of “Renova” Andrey Shtorkh.

“Investigations conducted in connection with the work of “T Plus” in the Republic of Komi, affect not only the current activities of energy companies in the region, how much of the period when the Republic was led by a team of former Governor Vyacheslav Gayzer (2010-2015 head of the Republic, and in September 2015, was arrested on charges of fraud),” said Storch. In the company are set to “constructive interaction” with law enforcement, and all employees work in a usual mode, he said.

A spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin explained that the searches are connected with the case of bribery in especially large size (part 5 of article 291 of the criminal code) former management of the Komi Republic, but the names of the defendants not named. According to Markin, the former and present management “T Plus” is suspected of bribery to the authorities in the region from 2007 to 2014 with a total volume of 800 million rubles.

At 17:40 MSK SK reported that after the searches had been detained the General Director of “T Plus” Boris Vajnziher and managing Director of Renova group Yevhen olkhovyk, who led the “T Plus” in 2010-2012. When wainzinher taken in for questioning, other chiefs “T Plus” left at work, other employees were sent home, told RBC a source in “Renove”.

In a criminal case is also featured Mikhail Slobodin, who participated in the creation of IES Holding, and led the company from 2003 to 2011, said Markin. Its location, the investigators established, he added. He Slobodin, who until Monday was the head of “VimpelCom” told “Vedomosti” that is located in a planned business trip in France at the end of the week plans to return to Russia and answer all the questions of the investigation. “We do business in the Komi Republic, we will find out what we are accused,” said Slobodin. He still serves on the Board of Directors of “T Plus”.

Close to midnight GMT Vimpelcom Ltd. (controlled by the Russian “VimpelCom”) announced that as a result of the events surrounding the “T Plus” Slobodin resigned and the company is satisfied with it. The new CEO of the holding company was the former head of Telenor Russia (co-owner of Vimpelcom Ltd.) Kjell Johnsen.

INCISION the Case Gayzer

Gaiser was arrested in mid-September 2015 in Moscow’s Domodedovo airport when flying on vacation with a stopover in the capital. September 20, the Basmanny court issued a warrant for his arrest and the arrest of another 15 people. Detention was also Deputy head of the head of Republic Alexey Chernov, Deputy Chairman of the government of Komi Konstantin Romadanov and former Senator from the region Yevgeny Samoilov.
According to investigators, Gaiser and the other defendants created a criminal organization and committed a theft of budget funds and shares of profitable companies. Immediately after their detention the case featured two episodes of fraud — theft of a 50% stake in the hotel “avalon” in the city of Syktyvkar and the output shares of JSC “Poultry zelenetskaya”. According to the prosecution, they changed the assets of the factory on the shares of illiquid companies and subsequently underpaid in the budget of the Republic more than 900 million rubles, which should pay dividends.
The Gaiser pleads not guilty, says his lawyer Vyacheslav Leontiev. But even during the arrests of the leadership of the Republic in court it became known that a confession was given by ex-Senator Samoilov. The END

Factor Komi

A criminal case of fraud against the Gaiser and his subordinates was initiated a year ago. Of this case separate proceedings against current and former top managers of “T Plus”, the source said “Interfax”.

Managers “Renova” is not the first time appear in the case of fraud in the Komi Republic. When it became known about the arrest of Gaiser, among the 19 defendants were named ex-General Director of “Renova” Alexander Zarubin, who in 2003 joined the company Vekselberg from the position of chief Advisor of Vladimir Torlopova predecessor Gaizer for the post of head of the Republic.

The structures “Renova” were the interests in the Komi Republic since the late 1990s: in 1997, its aluminum holding SUAL became a major shareholder of the company “Boksit Timana”, which owned the license for the development of the middle Timan Deposit of bauxite reserves which amounted to about a third of Russia’s total. The project development included the construction of the railway, alumina refinery and aluminum plant and was estimated to be worth over $2 billion for a Long time, SUAL tried to attract a partner and in parallel increased their share in the “Boksit Timana”. In 2003 Torlopov refused the privilege of repayment of 25% of “Timan Bauxite” in favor of the company Vekselberg wrote to the magazine Forbes. To address issues in the Republic businessman and took Zarubina to work, told informed RBC a source close to the leadership of one of the neighboring regions. But a source close to Renova, is disproved: by the time of employment of the former regional official “Renova” has already been actively represented in the Komi Republic and even built Russia’s first private rail road.

In October 2015, Zarubin was arrested in absentia Basmanny court, but “Renova” strongly denied any connection with him: he joined the company in 2009. Then about the searches in “Renova” in connection with the case Gayzer was not reported.

About a month ago in the Komi Republic, a new scandal erupted. 9 August, the acting head of the Republic Sergey Gaplikov wrote a letter to President Vladimir Putin, which complained of the state of emergency Vorkutinskaya CHPP, which is “T Plus put up for sale. A few days later, on 17 August, he discussed the matter with the President during personal meeting, which was shown on national television.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich, I wanted to ask to the government is strengthened in this plan work, we had help, we brought the system to the required working condition in the heating period. And I wanted to ask to instruct law enforcement bodies to understand what is reason, addressed to the head of state Gaplikov. “Sure, let’s do that. This irresponsibility must be stopped”, — Putin promised.

The next day the Prosecutor’s office said they began checking the readiness of the heating system Vorkuta to work in winter conditions. “Together with law enforcement and regulatory agencies will be given a legal assessment of the causes of failure of the operator of combined heat and power measures for its proper maintenance and repair”, — stated in the message.

In late August, the head of the “T Plus” Boris Vajnziher reported to the Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who oversees energy, about the program of modernization of power facilities Vorkutinskaya CHPP until 2019, worth more than 1.7 billion rubles. But he stressed that accumulated debt of end consumers in the amount of 6.23 billion rubles to the plant may limit the development of the energy system of the region.

However, in the message of Investigatory Committee it is emphasized that during 2007-2014 government of Komi Republic has established the most favorable to the energy company tariffs and provided her with other benefits. Instead, they, according to investigators, he received from the “T Plus” more than 800 million rubles of bribes, as well as 38% of the company “Komi energy retail company” through offshore companies. The cost of this package of shares, the investigators assessed in an amount not less than RUB 100 million, According to “SPARK-Interfax” as of March 31, 2016, offshore companies Decisis Holding Inc. and Heterson Management Limited belongs 36,93% “Komi energy retail company”. More of 26.07% owned by the company “Prom invest”, Director and owner of 85% stake which is a kind of Natalia Parshina, 16,42% of the shares owned by the Moscow company “Infosant”, almost 8% belongs to individuals. Do these company’s attitude towards the former leadership of the Komi is unknown.

Three figures

Defendants in criminal cases (bribery to officials of the Komi Republic) are Mikhail Slobodin, Yevhen olkhovyk, Boris Vainzikher consistently who were leaders of KES in the period from 2007 to 2014, as well as others not yet established entity, said Markin. The criminal code provides maximum punishment under this article — 15 years of imprisonment with a fine of up to semidesyatiletnego the amount of the bribe and with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions for up to ten years.

According to investigators, when olkhovyk and Vainziher headed the company, according to their instructions in bribes were transferred to at least 177 million and RUB 89 million, respectively. Not included in the message, what exactly investigators suspect slobodina. The consequence intends to petition for election of a measure of restraint in form of detention in respect of all three defendants, said in the message of Investigatory Committee. The representative of “VimpelCom”, currently chaired by Slobodin, declined to comment.

Slobodin, who began his managerial career in 1998 as head of Department of foreign economic relations of SUAL, participated in the creation of KES in 2003 and led the company until 2011. In 2013, after he became the head of “VimpelCom” Slobodin said in an interview with “Vedomosti” that remains a co-owner of IES and continues to monitor the development of the company: “of Course, I communicate with colleagues and understand what is happening in the company and in the industry.” On a post of the General Director of KES changed it olkhovyk, which Vekselberg in an interview with Forbes, was called among his College friends. Olkhovyk works with Vekselberg for almost 25 years. Since 1992 he was the Deputy General Director of “Renova”, and in 1996 headed the financial-economic management of SUAL. In 1999 olkhovyk became CEO, and in 2007 — managing Director of “Renova”. He is also a minority shareholder “Renova”.

“Nuclear weapons”

Searches and detentions, the last Monday, can be associated with the conflict of structures of Vekselberg with the new authorities of Komi, the partner of one of the projects, which involved Vekselberg. “Other causes can not see”, — he said RBC. The detention of Olkhovyk — it would be too “strong” in the case of a regional conflict: it has always been a driving force behind Renova was responsible for the operations of the company, says a source close to “Renove”.

So, a similar scenario began the persecution of Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the owner of Domodedovo Dmitry Mason. In the first case was initially detained Platon Lebedev, the second — a few top managers of the airport, respectively, and then were indicted the major owners of the business. The searches and detention of top managers and partners — is a “nuclear weapon,” a disproportionate solution to a small local conflict, whether heat or Komi court with his former partner, adds the interlocutor of RBC.

That Vekselberg, of course, there are enemies, continues the interlocutor of RBC, close to “Renove”. But no active hostilities” is not maintained, he points out. In February 2014, former Senator Leonid Lebedev filed a lawsuit in new York against Vekselberg and his partner Leonard Blavatnik, alleging that he was their partner in oil company TNK-BP, which Rosneft acquired a year earlier for about $56 billion Lebedev requires $2 billion Consideration on the merits still has not begun.

In late 2014 it became known about the requirements for Vekselberg and the Minister for open government Mikhail Abyzov. He is suing the businessman for the option to purchase shares of KES in the courts of the British virgin Islands. Abyzov claims that the damage from the breach of this agreement is approximately $500 million Decision in this claim is also still pending. Representatives Lebedev and Abyzova on Monday declined to comment.

The arrests of power in “T Plus” is not directed directly against the owner of the company Victor Vekselberg, the case of a regional nature, said the Deputy Director of the Center for political technologies, Alexei Makarkin. “Vekselberg quite loyal to the Federal authorities. However, in the Komi Republic there are elections, the arrest of the people of the oligarch gives people a sign that the government is working and fighting against corruption”, — the expert specifies. According to him, from the moment of arrest of Valery Gayzer year ago for the Republic “took seriously”. Makarkin believes that the real prison terms for wainzinher and slobodina interrogations will not end.

The representative of “Renova” Andrey Shtorkh did not answer the question RBC, which is now Vekselberg himself.

With the participation of Ilya Rozhdestvensky Lyudmila Podobedova and Anastasia Mikhailova