How three men in a boat (well not including a dog) got together to share a billion-dollar overseas contract!
Russia purchased over 2.3 million tons of wheat from Egypt! This made Russia a country that captured over 80 percent of the Arab market. Mirogroup, which is owned by VTB, Agronova under the leadership of Bolloev and the Marathon Group (headed by Alexander Vinokurov and Sergey Zakharov) supplied more than 700,000 tons of wheat, becoming the largest supplier. How exactly can the state money be distributed between the head of the state bank Andrey Kostin and 3 friends?
Building a logical chain, we note that VTB as a grain holding, namely, Demetra Trading Limited Liability Company owns a 100 percent share in Miro Group Resources. This happened in July.
Before that, the owner of the company was Doluda Andrey, the son of Nikolai Doluda (former vice-governor of the Krasnodar Territory).
In business, the state bank appeared not in 2020, but in 2019, the result, however, is not so sweet. RBC calculated and reported that the loss already amounted to almost 1.6 billion rubles for 19 years. So, where is the money, comrades?
Why is the “wheat” business so dark? At least, according to the information, representatives who hide in the shadow of the “Micro Group” periodically and become heroes of scandals. Therefore, unification of such “intriguing” personalities cannot remain without interest.
Well, firstly let us start with the fact that Bolloev and his “Agrnov” are assigned 25 percent of the share in “Demetra-holding”, the trader of which is “Microgroup”. The business grew in the early 90s in the beer industry, since he was the head of “Baltika” for almost 15 years.
After that, in 2005, Bolloev moved to the sewing business. And here friends, success is everywhere: contracts on contracts, sewing uniforms. “BTK Group” is on top. His clients are representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Aeroflot, Gazprom and others. How did a businessman find “friends” in such influential structures?
Bolloev’s peak of fame came during his work at Olympstroy. From where he left, by the way, for health reasons, at the exact moment when the scandal erupted amid corruption. RBC reported that the Investigative Committee has introduced several corruption cases regarding the 2014 Olympic Games. But what a surprise when Bolloev was not shown anything. Coincidence?
In addition, Bolloev still works in construction. BTK Development owns a number of cottage settlements in St. Petersburg and Vyborgsky district as well as the department store “At the red bridge” refers to the possessions of Bolloyev.
Let’s get back to these friendships. Vedomosti reported that approximately in 2008, the former head of Baltika and Andrey Kostin bought Airport Gelendzhik LLC from Oleg Deripaska. Bolloev and Kostin each received 49.5 percent of the shares. The teamwork became so successful that they started thinking ahead of time.
It should be noted that Bolloev’s ability to build business relations is questionable. His financial performance is very weak. So, “Agronova” has a “remarkable” profit in the amount of minus almost 180 million rubles, the above-named department store “At the Red Bridge” – minus almost 7 million rubles. “Grant” is a little less – in the region of minus 1.2 million rubles. The BTK Development known to us has a profit minus of almost 35 million rubles. Well, and for dessert, the profit of CEES LLC is minus 272 million rubles. Let’s repeat the question, WHERE IS THE MONEY?
Let’s deal with foreign relations
Studying Bolloev’s friends, we come across the head of the Marathon Group – Alexander Vinokurov, who is also a partner in the “wheat business”. By the way, control over Vinokurov’s pharmaceutical companies is carried out by the Cypriot “Emji Marathon Group LTD”.
For reference, let us figure out that Pharmakontur LLC (part of Vinokurov’s holding) is the founder of Bentus Laboratories LLC. The founders of the latter are 2 overseas legal entities: RMG Holding Limited and Simonyan & Associates Consulting Inc. Already solid foreign ties are emerging.
Is this the reason that the condition of the 2 main assets is not at all “excellent” today? Marathon Group LLC and Marathon Marble LLC together have losses of almost 400 million rubles. And for the third time we will ask, where…..is….. THE MONEY?
This Vinokurov loves foreign motives. He is the son-in-law of the daughter of Sergei Lavrov, who is the minister of foreign affairs. Ties are influential, what can one say?
Let’s deal with Vinokurov’s career. By the way, at the age of 37, he was whoever he was and did not buy anything;
- head A1 (a subdivision of AlfaGroup, which was mentioned more than once in corporate scandals);
- owner of shares in the retailer “Magnit”;
- bought a block of shares in VTB at a discount.
Speaking of VTB, the deal was valued at 62.5 billion rubles. Where does Vinokurov get such money? An interesting question. Andrey Kostin helped to conclude the deal, maybe later the budget will be cut together, eh?
Step by step “Magnet” is absorbed by Vinokurov and Kostin. In February 2020, according to RBC, Vinokurov bought half a percent of Magnit shares for 2 billion rubles.
What’s next, you ask? Purchase of another stake in Magnit by Nakbioprodukt, controlled by Vinokurov. Their authorized capital is 10,000 rubles, and their revenue is 0 and their profit is 65 million rubles. What does this tell us, isn’t it about the laying company?
In general, things are not going rosy for Vinokurov. According to Vedomosti, over a hundred claims were filed against the businessman, or to be more precise – 188 claims. The total amount of which is about 150 million rubles.
In 2019, the businessman sells Sintez and Biocom. By the way, the active ones cost only a quarter of a billion out of a cost of 12 billion rubles. Do you know who became the sponsor of the rest of the amount? VTB! There are opinions according to which, within the period of 3 years established by the contract, Sistema simply will not have time to complete the calculation. Thus, the companies will again become owned by Vinokurov, and credit money as a bonus. An interesting and profitable scheme.
Some especially attentive people say that Sergey Chemezov (the head of Rostec) could have contributed to the drain of assets. His holdings in Synthesis are equal to 42 percent. According to RBC, in 2017, negotiations were held on the merger of “Natsimbio” and “Marathon Group”, the latter began to own a quarter and one share of the first. In this case, a controlling stake in ¾ would belong to Rostec, and Rostec, under the face of Natsimbio, would own 49 percent of SIA Group. However, not everything worked out.
They said that Chemezov was afraid of Vinokurov’s fame. And the scandal with information attacks on the former owner of SIA Group Igor Rudinsky played a role. As a result, then the question arose, is it not the work of Vinokurov?
But the sun does not shine all the time, the king of pharmacies is no exception. The planned deal with Rostec failed and did not materialize. Chemezov simply avoided sharing the money with a person whose assets were about to go bankrupt.
However, the businessman loved merger projects. It was planned to merge “Lenta” and “Magnet”. That would be interesting, but Vinokurov did not have the time. Severgroup headed by Alexey Mordashov won the race and completed the deal. By the way, Vinokurov had long wanted to “become related” with Lenta, but there were reasons against it. So, Jan Dunning (representing TPG Capital (former place of work of Vinokurov) became the CEO of Lenta and fired Sergei Yushchenko, who worked as a top manager. Under Jan Dunning, Lenta was accompanied by people from the private security company, and the office space was taken by storm in the style of the nineties All sources dazzled about this, and already last year Dunning became the new general of Magnit.
An interesting question remains: what is the success of Vinokurov’s business in the “wheat business”? At the moment, only the long-standing ties with Kostin and Bolloev will play a role. After all, they managed to become close businessmen to each other.
But the question remains eternal: how suspicious do businessmen look around such a large amount of foreign money?