Position: Chairman of the board of directors of ESN Group
Gregory Berezkin was born on August, 9, 1966 in Moscow.
In 1988 he graduated from the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University with a degree in petrochemistry. In 1991 finished his postgraduate studies at the same University and in 1993 he defended his thesis.
From 1991 to 1994 he worked at Moscow State University as junior research assistant.
In 1992 along with Aleksander Mamut and Vladimir Gruzdev he established firm Slavyanka based on store number 2 which further was the platform for future supermarket chain The Seventh Continent.
In 1993, after he started to trade oil, Berezkin met Roman Abramovich, who was involved in the supply of petroleum products from the Republic of Komi.
In 1994 through the influence of Roman Abramovich he became deputy CEO of Komineft and its general agent in Moscow. At the same time he led Mesco, a joint venture of Komineft and RAO International Economic Cooperation which also was a key shareholder of Komineft.
In 1995 he ran as an independent candidate for the State Duma.
In 1996-1997 he headed KomiTEK - Moscow (KTM sales structure KomiTEK), which exported oil of Noyabrskneftegaz on behalf of Sibneft.
In 1997 he took over all the administrative resources of KomiTEK and became chairman of the board of directors. In the same year he acquired Evroseverneft (38%) and SB-Trust (29%), presenting securities of the National Reserve Bank (NRB).
In 1997-1999 he became chairman of the board of directors of Ukhtabank.
From 1997 to 2005 he was chairman of the board of directors in Evroseverneft (ESN).
In 1999 he organized the sale of holding KomiTEK to Lukoil. Experience of cooperation between Berezkin’s Evroseverneft and KomiTEK shown that external management by third party company was the only way to get the company out of crisis and thus to reliably protect the rights of shareholders who faced the difficulties of the company.
In 2000 it was decided in agreement with RAO UES of Russia to invite ESN Energo as a management company for Kolenergo. By this time, Kolenergo was on the verge of bankruptcy: overdue accounts payable exceeded 1.3 billion rubles.
In 2003 ESN Energo managed not only to stabilize the situation, but also to prepare Kolenergo for reforms.
In 2003 Berezkin acquired 5% of shres in RAO UES, and a year later resold them at a higher price to Gazprom.
In 2004-2007 he became member of the board of directors of RAO UES.
In 2006 he sold 49% of Rusenergosbyt (Russian Railways) to the Italian ENEL and to more than 200 thousand customers.
Since 2006 he was chairman of the board of directors of ESN.
In 2009 he acquired 76.92% shares in TGK-14 Power Company in Transbaikal region in partnership with the Russian Railways and through Energopromsbyt in which ESN owns 49%.
In Kommersant’s list of the top leaders in 2010 he ranked second in the category Fuel Industry.
Since 2010 he has been member of the board of directors of Russian Railways, chairman of the Electric Power Industry Commission in the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
He is married and has four children.
In 1993 Berezkin met Roman Abramovich, who was then engaged in the Komi oil and gas business. In the second half of 1994 shareholders of Komineft, Ukhta Refinery, and Kominefteprodukt approved a merge under the holding of KomiTEK. Komineft already had a high status of special exporter and KomiTEK had the status of a government agent for the oil of Komi region, Arkhangelsk region, and Nenets Autonomous District. Business relations between Berezkin and Abramovich withstood the test of time. In 1996 -1997 Berezkin headed Komi TEK - Moscow (KTM sales structure of KomiTEK). Berezkin’s team worked directly for Sibneft, helping to establish new marketing strategy. First of all, Roman Abramovich - for a year - gave all exports of Sibneft to KTM. Gregory Berezkin brought waste coefficient in the preparation of oil for transportation up to 0.88. That is, KTM headed by Berezkin had a loss of 12% of all exported oil (usually this figure does not exceed 4-6%). Capital raised thanks to the efforts of Berezkin later was spent to purchase by Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky of a controlling stake in Sibneft.
Source: Slon.ru, 18 May 2009
On September, 15, 1999, when Berezkin organized Russia's first merger of two Russian oil companies NK KomiTEK and LUKOIL. According to the media, this merger was part of a multi-pass operation on the redistribution of the Russian oil industry. The operation was accompanied by the takeover of Transneft by riot police under the direction of Semyon Weinstock (then vice-president of LUKOIL), the transfer to Roman Abramovich of a controlling stake in Purneftegaz and getting a major monetary compensation by ubiquitous Boris Berezovsky.
Gregory Berezkin was just a pawn in this game. For properly organized vote of KomiTEK shareholders he received 120 million dollars. The largest oil and gas assets in the Komi Republic, the purchase of which immediately increased the reserves of Lukoil by 25%, was sold out by Berezkin for 500 million dollars, an amount ridiculous even for the dashing time.
Source: Novaya Gazeta, 10 January 2000
Since October 2003 a number of Gazprom bodies began buying electricity on the wholesale market through Rusenergosbyt controlled by Berezkin. As a result, the cost of electricity production for the gas monopoly rose by 60%. Moreover, power tariffs during that period rose by only 17% and Gazprom has extracted only 3% more gas. As a result of Berezkin’s mediation the increase of costs for Gazprom amounted to more than 125 million dollars.
Source: Forbes, 30 November 2009
In 2007 his connections in the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Water Canal them. Moscow Berezkin received contracts for the lease of two plots of land. It was 58 hectares in a protected area on the banks of the Moskva River (near the village of Rechnik). According to estimates of market analysts 1 hectare of land was worth 15-20 million dollars and Berezkin’s company had to pay the government only 400 rubles a year.
After receiving such amazing contracts, employees of Berezkin took to immediate eviction of Muscovites, whose homes were near the rented area. Berezkin planned to build up this side of Moskva River with elite houses. But the residents of besieged houses sent a letter to Viktor Zubkov, telling about threats and blackmail by the new contractors, and soon the ambiguous contracts were terminated.
Source: Vokrug Novostei, 02 August 2010
In 2010 the conflict flared around the Ministry of Communications after the leaders of the MTS, VimpelCom, and MegaFon sent a letter addressed to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with a request to bring order to the distribution of frequencies. According to representatives of the so-called Big Three, the frequencies for 4G (technology LTE) were distributed with no competition and in favour of the “newly established small companies.”
The "small companies", to which Ministry of Communications officials promised the licenses bypassing the competitive bid, included Osnova Telecom and Rusenergotelekom (RET). RET was set up several months before the competition and is owned by Gregory Berezkin, one of the most controversial and reserved businessmen in Russia.
On July, 30, 2010 Roskomnadzor unexpectedly withdrew its own order on the allocation of a number of frequencies to Scartel. Scartel promoted a well-known brand Yota in Moscow and several regions and used the very same frequency 2.5-2.7 GHz for that, which were promised now to RET.
Ministry of Communications announced that the decision was related to the check, during which they revealed violations of the law "by some officials." But most experts attributed this decision of the Ministry of Communications to the fact that negotiations of Gregory Berezkin about buying Scartel ended in failure. Maybe had Scartel management given Berezkin their company, there would have been no "irregularities" found in the licenses obtaining process.
Source: Vedomosti, 30 July 2010