The business of the oligarch God Nisanov, it seems, can be covered by influential security officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation – up to the head of the department Vladimir Kolokoltsev and his closest circle. Does this mean that for years they have not found any significant violations in the work of Nisanov’s structures?
As the correspondent of The Moscow Post in Moscow reports , the Moscow business get-together is sucking up the new rumors about the connections of the scandalous businessman, the owner of the Kievskaya Ploshchad State Concern and many of the capital’s markets of the God Nisanov in law enforcement agencies. According to these rumours, the former head of the Moscow GUVD, General Vladimir Pronin, could have allegedly acted in his interests earlier.
To prove that this is very problematic – no one caught the hand of two men or their representatives, who were solving certain issues. Talk that God Nisanov can use the “roof” in the form of high-ranking Moscow security officials has been going on for a very long time.
Note that despite all the rumors, the visits of the FSB and the National Guard to the markets of God Nisanov and the demands of his former partner Ilgar Hajiyev to give a legal assessment of his actions in the construction market, no one ever made any claims to the oligarch from law enforcement officers. One would be absolutely amazed, an impeccable entrepreneur.
Vladimir Pronin is a native of the Kursk region. Rumor has it that his appointment to Moscow was lobbied by the deputy mayor of the capital Sobyanin for housing and communal services, unchanged since Luzhkov’s times, Pyotr Biryukov. He is credited with many business interests in the city, and a combination of influential figures such as Biryukov and Nisanov could support those interests.
Let us also recall that Pronin headed the Moscow Main Directorate from 2001 to 2009 – that is, during the active growth of Nisanov’s business empire. And he resigned after the tragic events – the shooting, which was perpetrated in one of the Moscow stores by Denis Evsyukov.
Returning to Biryukov, he once supervised the construction of the Evropeyskiy shopping center of God Nisanov. According to the authors of the VChK-OGPU telegram channel , the facility allegedly had problems with permits, but the center was nevertheless built and works great, bringing Nisanov billions. Could Biryukov and Pronin help in resolving this issue?
In addition, information later appeared that the son of Mr. Pronin could, along with “Kievskaya Ploschad”, become one of the co-owners of the shopping center. According to other sources, Pronin’s son could become a co-owner of the Imperial-2000 company, which was part of the same group of companies.
The structure of the holding’s owners can hardly be called transparent, and it was not possible to confirm this later. But in 2017 , Novaya Gazeta journalists found a whole business empire in the family of the former head of the Moscow police, Vladimir Pronin. More specifically, we are talking about a business related to real estate and medical activities. In the first case, for example, the case concerns the Real-Trade company, which was owned by a relative of Vladimir Pronin, Larisa Pronina. Another close relative, Ekaterina, was nominally registered with companies that also dealt with real estate.
In addition, the partners of the Pronin family are credited with having connections with the capital’s development business. Among people close to Pronin, they name a certain Dmitry Sosnovsky, who was a director at Alfa-Design. It belonged to another Pronin – Alexander. The structure owned 30% of the Solutions business park at ul. Kirovogradskaya in the south of Moscow. Another 70% of this building was owned by the structures of the construction company “Moskapstroy”. Whether a possible “friendship” with Nisanov could help in its creation is an open question.
Bells for their own
In any case, it is impossible to close on Biryukov the appointment of Pronin and the possible patronage of Nisanov. After all, the main patron of Nisanov may be the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev himself. It’s no secret that in the past, the family of Nisanov and Kolokoltsev had a business relationship. Nisanov’s relative, Oleg Yusupov, was a business partner of the son of Interior Minister Alexander Kolokoltsev. Together they owned the Il Forno restaurant company. Yusupov also acts as a co-owner of firms doing business with the Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies.
And all would be fine, before all this information leaked to the media. The Vedomosti newspaper wrote about the business ties between Yusupov and Kolokoltsev . Less than a year later, Yusupov suddenly resigned from the ownership of Il Forno. Nobody wants to shine and expose influential relatives. Or is it a coincidence?
Another relative of God Nisanov, Vladislav Yusupov, appeared in a scandal. As former partner of God Nisanov, Ilgar Hajiyev, allegedly claimed that Vladislav Yusupov was involved in a possible “raider seizure” of his construction business, SDI Group. “The next day, Vladislav Ilyushaevich Yusupov, a cousin of Nisanov God Semenovich, came to the office of the company, gathered the top managers of the company and announced to everyone that from now on he is the new owner of the company,” PASMI is quoted as saying (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia).
By the way, Hajiyev himself was forced to leave Russia due to threats to his life. Later, several criminal cases were opened against him, which may be of a custom-made nature. The appeal of Hajiyev himself to Kolokoltsev with a request to understand the situation did not lead to anything. We would not be surprised if these appeals were not read at all in the Moscow chapter.
The businessman was hanged with everything that was possible – possible fraud, tax evasion, etc., but after Hajiyev’s departure from the country, no movement in these cases was heard. Is that why they opened production?
However, Vladimir Pronin, like Vladimir Kolokoltsev, are people, so to speak, from the outside. And what about the companies of Nisanov himself? According to the authors of the Proekt.Media website , God Nisanov allegedly hired the former assistant to the head of the Russian Interior Ministry, General Nikolai Golovkin, to work in the security service.
Someone even joked that Golovkin could be Kolokoltsev’s “special envoys” under Nisanov. As if Nisanov had previously seen the ex-policeman at the head of the security service of his capital markets – and this is a huge economy.
Mr. Golovkin is a very famous person. In the past, he headed the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Moscow Region. And in 2011 he got into a loud scandal with a high-profile case about the protection of the illegal gambling business by the security forces in the Moscow region. Then Golovkin was summoned for interrogation, and a search was conducted in the very office of the Moscow Region police.
The surname of Colonel-General Golovkin was repeatedly mentioned by witnesses in this case as a possible recipient of bribes for “protecting” the casino. The investigation decided to check the testimony after the arrest of the “confidant” of General Oleg Sudakov.
Despite his dismissal from the authorities, he had an office in the building of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, into which the organizers of the underground casinos brought in $ 200,000 to be transferred to officially “unidentified officials” in the police leadership. All this is the data of the investigation that Kommersant cites .
Does it need to be mentioned that not a single Golovkin was injured during the proceedings? Or maybe he even bought something for himself. For example, career prospects in the company of one of the influential Moscow oligarchs.
In the case of covering illegal casinos, Nikolai Golovkin “got off” with a slight fright?
And if Golovkin is Nisanov’s “connection” with the security forces in his own company, then he may not be the only one. According to rumors, supposedly not so long ago, the former head of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the CJSC Andrey Puchkov got a job with Nisanov as the director of the Shchelkovo bus station of the capital. But the position is formal – as if in fact he began to lead the security service of most of the oligarch’s business empire, including the Evropeyskiy shopping center. So in the service of Nisanov, two police generals could have been present at once!
At the beginning of the material, we mentioned that despite all these rumors, the FSB came to Nisanov in the same markets. Here we need to clarify something – it was a rather high-profile event. A visit with checks to the Sadovod and Food City markets and the Moscow trade and fair complex took place in March 2019, RBC wrote about this .
Then, it was assumed that the measures were aimed at finding wanted criminals, as well as preventing various migration offenses. In addition, there were rumors that mining farms with a turnover of billions of dollars could be located there. Then many thought – did they really decide to put things in order in Nisanov’s markets?
However, as they said at the time in the market, the operation was supposedly amusing – to calm down the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, who allegedly wrote a letter to the head of state, which could contain information about the payment schemes identified by the Central Bank and the legalization of gray imports in the Moscow markets.
According to the authors of “Russian Crime” , there are allegedly direct indications that the proceeds from the markets of God Nisanov go into the shadow circulation and, among other things, were used to give gigantic bribes to employees of the power block. The allegations were made with reference to some testimony of the “fugitive banker” German Gorbuntsov, and it is not possible to verify their veracity.
But all these conversations somehow very well fit into the outline of the clearly not hostile relationship between the structures of Nisanov and the Moscow police. And it is easy to assume that since no significant violations are found in the work of his companies either then or now, they will not be found in the future. At least until the change in the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.