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Leonid Simanovsky - State Duma Deputy


Surname: Simanovsky

Name: Leonid

Fathername: Yakovlevich

Position: State Duma Deputy


Born on July 19, 1949 in Kuibyshev (now - Samara).

In 1976 he graduated from the Kuibyshev Planning Institute, in 1995 - Moscow International Financial and Banking School. Ph.D. in Economics

1994-1995 – the Director of Joint Stock Trust Company "Novotrast"

1995-1996 - the President (the CEO) of the commercial bank "Solidarnost’" (Samara)

1996-1997 - the vice-president of JSC “Oil Company “YUKOS"

1997-1998 - a Member of the Executive Board of “YUKOS” – “Rosprom"

Since March 1997 - a Member of the Board of Directors "Yuganskneftebank"

1997-1999 he was a member of the Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC “Volga Oil Shipping “Volgotanker”

Since April 1998 he was a member of the Board of Directors of MENATEP bank

Since March 1998 he was a member of the Board of Directors of “Yuganskneftegaz”

Since May 1998 he was a member of the Board of Directors “Lipetsknefteprodukt”, a member of the Board of Directors of CJSC “Eckza”, a member of the Board of Directors of JSC “Penzanefteprodukt”, the chairman of the Board of Directors “Samaraneftegaz”

Since June 1998 - a Member of the Supervisory Board of CJSC "Solidarnost’", the Deputy Chairman of the Board, the First Deputy Head of the Regional Relations at CJSC “Rosprom”. The Member of the Board of Directors of “Rosprom"

Since September 1998 - the First Vice President - the Head of the regional business development CJSC "YUKOS EP”, then until 2001 - the first vice-president for regional and personnel policy CJSC “YUKOS EP".

Since 7th June 2000 was a member of the Board of Directors of Eastern Oil Company JSC (“VNK”). He was the deputy chairman of the Personnel Affairs and Regional Policy at “YUKOS-Moscow” LLC .

2000-2002 – a Member of the Board of Directors of Khimprom (city Novochebokarsk)

On December 7, 2003 was elected to the State Duma

Since December 2007 - the State Duma deputy, was elected on a federal list of candidates nominated by the All-Russian political party “United Russia” (Yedinaya Rossiya). Member of the faction "United Russia". The First Deputy Chairman of Duma Committee on Energy

In February 2006 the magazine "Finance" evaluated Simanovsky’s fortune at $ 425 million (92th place in Russia). According to figures published in May 2010 on the site of the State Duma, Simanovsky was officially the richest State Duma member: in 2009, he earned 1 billion 184 million rubles. His property included a large plot of land, house, apartment and a car “Mercedes S500”.

Married, has one daughter
Source: vedomosti.ru


Legislative activity:


The bill № 196344-4
Amendments to Chapter 25 of Part II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation
Directed to the relevant committee

The bill № 361714-4
Amendments to the Federal Law "On Protection of Lake Baikal (in terms of determining the water protection zone of Lake Baikal)
Council of State Duma (first reading)
appointed executive committee

The bill № 66299-5
On hunting and the protection of hunting resources, and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation
Source: duma.gov.ru



In 1995 Simanovsky founded the Novokuibyshevsk Bank “Solidarnost’ ”.
Source: Kompromat.ru from 24.05.2005

In May 1996, Simanovsky, as a president of the Samara bank "Solidarinost’ ", together with other six representatives of “Yukos” joined the board of directors of JSC “Samaraneftegaz”. This organizational change strengthened the dominance of “Yukos” in “Samaraneftegaz”. In addition, the authorities of the new board of directors expanded: the right to appoint the general director was added.
Source: Kommersant № 80 (1038) from 17.05.1996

Once the company Samaraneftegaz came under the Yukos control, "Solidarnost’" became a pocket bank in the empire of Khodorkovsky. As a bonus, Simanovsky was promoted to the post of a vice president of Yukos and held senior positions in affiliated structures.
Source: Kompromat.ru from 24.05.2005

In 1997 Simanovsky as a representative of Menatep group took place in the board of directors of the company “Volgotanker”, and was also elected its chairman.
Source: Kommersant № 59 (1241) from 24.04.1997

After Yukas started to control the JSC “Yuganskneftegaz”, taxes almost stopped to come to the city budget of Nefteyugansk, the company offered MENATEP instead illiquid promissory notes or different property. Local residents, who did not receive salaries, spontaneously began to hold rallies, blocked the roads and tried to storm the office of the company. After this, Simanovsky and Mikhail Khodorkovsky came to Nefteyugansk and state employees were given 30 million rubles, which, however, did not affect the debt repayment schedule. Only after Simanovsky resigned from Yukos, the city began to come around.

Tatyana Shevtsova, who led at that time the financial management of City Hall in Nefteyugansk, in the trial where the case of ex-head of the Yukos department of economic security Alexey Pichugin was being examined, who was accused of murdering Nefteyugansk mayor Vladimir Petukhov, she linked the mayor's murder to his opposition to Yukos.
Source: Kommersant № 96 (3427) from 31.05.2006

Petukhov was shot on his way to work in the summer of 1998. Ten days before that he went on a hunger strike, demanding a criminal investigation on the fact of tax concealment by Yukos. At the trial in Moscow City Court Petukhov’s widow Farida Ismailova said that

Yukos shareholders came to Nefteyugansk to decide on the issues of interaction with the mayor, including Simanovsky. One day, she says, the head of Yukos department on the interaction with the regions, Yuri Kopanev brought Petukhov a case with dollars from Simanovsky, but he did not take it.
Source: "Kommersant" № 50 (3867) from 27.03.2008

In December 2000, Simanovsky together with the former Chairman of the Samara Regional Council Viktor Tarkhov made a presentation of the chemical holding “Himpromindustriya”, established on the basis of Novocheboksarsk JSC “Khimprom” and Togliatti JSC "Phosphorus". But holding business didn’t go very well in this case. Before that, in September Tarkhov received in trust management 25.5% stake in JSC “Khimprom”, 24.59% stake in the company "Dekort”, which was established with the help of the bank "Solidarnost’ ", Simanovsky was one of its founders. After this Tarhof and Simanovsky bought "Phosphorus", but failed to bring its packet of shares to a controlling one - the majority of shares were bought by Togliatti "A-tex", whose general director was Irina Gendel. Tarkhov tried to hold an extraordinary meeting of shareholders of the company to enter “his” people in the board of directors, but the meeting was disrupted, and Gendel said that she won’t give back the company and the idea of creating a chemical holding on the basis of "Phosphorus" belonged to her. After that Simanovsky and Tarkhov were experiencing difficulties with “Khimprom”: the legality of his shares transfer was questioned.

At the same time an action of a minority shareholder Kutyina was directed to the Ramensky city court, who demanded to arrest the company's shares, and it was done.
Source: Kommersant № 238 (2123) from 20.12.2000

In addition, it turned out that about 15% of “Khimprom” belonged to a Moscow publisher Oleg Mitvol, the chairman of the board of the directors of the newspaper “Novye Izvestia”.

They managed to redeem them, but not immediately, Mitvol agreed to sell them only in 2001.

Thus, the shareholders of both companies fiercely resisted an expansion of Simanovsky and Tarkhov. But by the summer of 2001 they managed to establish control over “Khimprom” and to divide spheres of influence in "Phosphorus".
Source: Magazine “Vlast” № 36 (438) from 11.09.2001

Simanovsky actively developing the optimum financing scheme of Menatep - Yukos, could well join the ranks of the involved people in the famous case of Yukos. However, parliamentary immunity rescued him.
Source: “Rossiiskie Vesti" from 12.11.2003

Yukos was a very influential company which actively fought against the current government. When her owners decided to sell the company to one of the major U.S. oil companies, ExxonMobil or ChevronTexaco, Russia could lose its control over its oil and gas deposits. However, their plans were violated by the arrest of Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Source: solomin from 10.09.2007

In 2001 Simanovsky decided to leave Khodorkovsky. The reasons for his decision were explained by his desire to open his own business. After that in 2003 an old friend of Simanovsky, Leonid Michelson, gave him the post of a chairman of the board of directors of the company “Novatek” and the share in business.
Source: solomin on 10.09.2007

In 2002 Simanovsky became the richest State Duma deputy with an income of 113 million rubles and five plots of land.
Source: Kompromat.ru from 24.05.2005

For many years the work of Simanovsky has been supported by the vice-governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Ioseph Levinson. Thanks to him, Novatek received the best gas deposits and became the leader of independent gas producers.
Source: “Rossiiskie Vesti" from 12.11.2003

The company Novatek was created initially with the support of the regional leadership, in particular the Vice-Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Ioseph Levinson. Most likely, the reason for Levinson interest in Novatek prosperity laid in the fact that one of the shareholders of the holding was "Levit", formally owned by multimillionaire Leonid Michelson, but many called it "Levinson and comrades". Levinson helped Simanovsky to privatize an enterprise "Purneftegazgeologiya”, first promised to a subsidiary company of “Gazprom” “Zapsibgazprom” a package of its shares in exchange for investments. Money was received, but the shares were not given away. Then Levinson made an additional emission at the company, then sold his controlling stake to Novatek. And to make it harder to return the assets, Novatek reorganized "Purneftegazgeologiya”, creating from it a few businesses, and passed its shares to offshores.

Levinson also assured the representatives of Gazprom, who participated in the development of Yurkharovskoye deposit, that it was unprofitable, then Novatek installed its control over it. The deposit turned out to be super-profitable and Levinson had always known about it.

Gazprom had repeatedly tried to recover NOVOTEK’s assets to the state.

In 2003, the company's head Alexey Miller appealed to the arbitration tribunal to nullify the additional emission of “Purneftegazgeologiya” shares. While the action was under consideration in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the case did not go. But as soon as it was redirected to Tyumen, the court seized the remains of the company's assets.
Source: Kompromat.ru from 24.05.2005

In 2005, the Prosecutor of Yamal-Nenets autonomous region began hearing the withdrawal of assets and the concealment of income by Novatek shareholders. Criminal proceedings were instituted against the General Director of the nonprofit organization “Fund for Development of Yamal" Marksmir Kim, who owned 5.6% stake.

According to investigators, his organization was used by Levinson to pump the offshore oil and gas companies of Cyprus SWGI with the assets, which became an owner of 40% stake in Novatek. Levinson, using his position, imposed the shares of the Fund to the companies, expanded and transferred to offshores and after that he made a profit.

In September 2004, French-Belgian concern “Total” intended to acquire 25% stake of Novatek. However, Federal Antimonopoly Service did not approve the deal, as Novatek at the time was being reorganized and the company's structure was not completed.
Source: Kompromat.ru from 24.05.2005

In summer 2005, Levinson went on vacation but actually he resigned. Some thought that he was trying to protect Novatek from the impact of the law enforcement bodies just before stock floatation on the London Stock Exchange. After that Simanovsky and other owners of Novatek were trying to sell the assets by parts as without Levinson’s management the business could go very bad.
Source: Kompromat.ru from 04.07.2005

In 2009, the confrontation started between the defenders of a reserved place Utrish on the Black Sea coast and the planned developers. The construction of the road Sukko-Utrish was started, which threatened the thickets of relict trees. Land for construction of the road had been allocated to a certain non-profit fund of the regional projects "Dar” with an office in Moscow. The Founder of the “Dar” was "Levit” LLC of Michelson and Simanovsky.
Source: "Sobesednik" from 03.02.2009

In 2010, Simanovsky entered the list of the Public Chamber, which included the worst truants in the State Duma. After his name in this connection appeared in the media, Simanovsky reformed and stopped to wag.
Source: Vedomosti from 03.06.2010

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