The head of VTB A. Kostin, according to the press, purchased the cars from the transport company Fesco, which is under the control of the recently arrested Magomedov brothers. This property was received by Rusagrotrans, owned by VTB. The budget for this transaction is 3 billion rubles! In addition to VTB itself, K. Sintsov and K. Zasov are represented among the founders through the Rustranskom company (abbreviated as RTK). Will they “cut” huge sums from the state budget together with Yakunin and Makhmudov?
Recall that VTB acquired a controlling stake in Rustranscom in the summer of 2020. By that time, Kostin had acquired half of the United Grain Company, as well as 70% of shares in Miro Group Resources. In addition, the businessman owns a number of other enterprises that operate in the field of production, processing and circulation of grain. At the moment, Rusagrotrans has more than 27,000 grain carriers at its disposal. This is more than half of the entire fleet of equipment for grain transportation in Russia! They earn a ridiculous amount of money. However, who gets these funds?
It is important to understand that Rusagrotrans in 2018 showed 6.2 billion rubles. net income with a turnover of 30 billion rubles. It is also important to remember about government orders. Thus, the company got 277 contracts. The budget for these transactions exceeded 5.5 billion rubles. Of course, it becomes quite an interesting question: who is the founder of such a successful enterprise?
According to information from open sources, the founders of the above organization are the companies “Freight One” and “RTK”, which were recently liquidated. The latter was managed by an offshore company – RTK RAIL TRANSPORT COMPANY LIMITED. After the liquidation, the company was re-registered. Only now it is managed by a new offshore company RUSTRANSKY PLC.
Many believe that both offshore companies belong to the same owner. Why did Zasov and Sintsov perform all these machinations? Perhaps the entrepreneurs made a mess to “hide” evidence of money laundering? There is every reason to believe that huge sums are irretrievably deposited in the offshores of these two figures under the tacit consent of the giant VTB.
Among the founders of Rusagrotrans, one should not forget about Freight One JSC, which is owned by Russian Railways. Here you can already see the interests of the ex-head of the state-owned company V. Yakunin, who has probably been familiar with the entire aforementioned company for a long time.
It is not surprising that enterprises associated with this triad have consistently received lucrative contracts from Russian Railways. For example, “LP Trans” (by the way, also under an offshore “wing”) took three orders for 155 million rubles. from Russian Railways Logistics. It is unlikely that anyone will see that some of these tenders were held precisely during the reign of Yakunin.
Was Yakunin always “in business”?
The situation is becoming clearer and clearer. After all, for example, the general director of LP Trans, R. Pryanikov, once headed BetElTrans, a structure that united as many as nine branches. These were large factories manufacturing and supplying reinforced concrete sleepers. It is noteworthy that once they were part of Russian Railways.
It is interesting that the company “Transles”, which through LLC TL MANAGEMENT is under the control of the offshore company RUSTRAN PLC, has cooperated with Russian Railways Logistics for quite a long time. For services for the provision of wagons in 2016, this structure earned 20 million rubles. Let’s mention that until 2018, the share of TL MANAGEMENT was pledged by VTB.
Common state interests unite?
Surely Yakunin, who got off the chair of the head, could not refuse such a sweet budget “pie”. Therefore, Regiontransservice in 2019 won the tender for the acquisition of Refservice, which is a major operator of refrigerated wagons. It is unlikely that you will be surprised that the transaction took place at a minimum value of 2.46 billion rubles. Moreover, they talked about the future winner at the top of their voice even before the start of trading.
Who, after all, bought Refservice at a 10 times lower price! Surely such discounts are made exclusively for “their own”! Even more striking is the fact that before the conclusion of the deal, Refservice began to show good indicators of profitability … A tasty “piece”?
Regiontransservice is owned by entrepreneurs A. Simonov and A. Boychenko. These businessmen have no other assets. The question of the source of funding becomes quite logical. In 2018, the company earned 333 million rubles. The amount is large, but clearly less than 2.46 billion rubles.
Most likely Boychenko and Simonov are figureheads. We add that, according to media reports, Simonov carried out orders for the repair of cars even during the presidency of G. Fadeev at Russian Railways. Could a friend of the former head of a state company work in the interests of Yakunin, after all, it is no secret that the two presidents were openly in conflict?
By the way, Regiontransservice recently tried to acquire a car repair company owned by Russian Railways. However, Vyksa Steel Works was acquired by the company “BusinessOptima”, which is owned by A. Sedykh. The deal amounted to 8.65 billion rubles. It is safe to say that the struggle for state assets is gaining momentum.
Together with this grouping, the scandalous I. Makhmudov is probably taking away the state property. This media figure is credited with friendship with representatives of the Izmailovskaya organized criminal group, as well as raider seizures of a number of successful enterprises.
Makhmudov has been cooperating with Russian Railways for several days. For example, Transmashholding, which is a major partner of Russian Railways, is associated with the name of the merchant. In turn, Mr. Makhmudov’s RTK ties in with Sintsov. The press stated that the Swiss company AlpinGroup, where K. Sintsov worked at one time, was involved in the activities of the Izmailovskaya organized criminal group.
According to rumors, billions of dollars were withdrawn with the help of AlpinGroup from Kuzbassrazrezugol, which is Makhmudov’s largest asset. If we add that the cunning Makhmudov’s UMMC is completely riddled with offshore traces, then his connection with the aforementioned company becomes quite logical.
The ideal scheme is that the giant VTB buys out the property for a penny, after which it gives it to the offshore masters to be torn apart. There will be enough state billions for everyone!