воскресенье, 18 декабря 2011 г.

Moonshine tycoon and Oleg Deripaska’s right-hand man, linked to hostile takeovers


With his fraudulent development business close to collapse, Sergei Polonsky makes last desperate attempts to save himself from the debt quagmire. Polonsky has recently renamed his company for the second time. In March 2011 Mirax Group was renamed Nazvanie.Net, now the company’s name is Potok Beskonechnost (Everlasting Stream). Sergei Polonsky, who is no longer a solvent businessman, held talks to win support of officials and shadowy businessmen. Having his company one step from business failure, that was a difficult task. No one is able to save Mirax, except for a man who used to be Oleg Deripaska’s assistant in Basic Element holding. His name is Stanislav Karabut. No surprise that Polonsky and Karabut has found each other. Our investigation has found out, that Karabut and Polonsky used the same financial scheme to defraud investors. They asked for prepayments for the flats in the houses, which were under construction, and then appropriated the money, using “everlasting stream” of lies to cover up the fraud.

So meet the man who will probably take over Polonsky’s assets. Stanislav Karbut is a member of what Sergei Polonsky calls a “council of elders” - a group of influential figures protecting his fraudulent business schemes (the group also includes Andrei Kostin from VTB and presidential advisor Arkady Dvorkovich). Karabut is a second man in Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element. He was barred from entering the US on the grounds he was linked to Russian mafia.

Stanislav Karabut has gained notoriety after ripping off thousands of co-investors in Stroiintercomplex, a Mirax Group counterpart in Southern Russia. He promised local authorities that he would finish the developments, his company had started, but in the end stripped the company of the most valuable assets, leaving people without flats or hopes they would ever get their money back. Before Stroiinercomplex, he ruined Rospechat, Russian successful newsagents’ chain. And before Rospechat he was a moonshine dealer, selling illegal spirits with a group of crooks, whom he now calls “business partners”.


In 1991 Stanislav Karabut and his brother Pavel set up a cooperative company called Engineer-89. Despite its name, the company was engaged in half legal wholesale of beer and strong spirits. The person who helped Karabut brothers was a Ter-Grigoryan.

“The activities of Stas [Stanislav] Karabut and his friend Kostya [Konstantin] Vragov were not even murky, they were totally dark. They paid the suppliers, customers and lessors with solid cash, without keeping the books. They did not pay taxes. The employees received backdoor salary. They saved on the staff. They hired people and then sacked them. It was terrible! Everyone understood it could not last for ever,” says a victim of Karabut, who dealt with him at the time.

“Karabut and Vragov would close a company as soon as tax authorities or police interfered to probe into it, and then they would set up another company that used absolutely same schemes. They did not pay debts. Their companies owed to suppliers and lessors, as well as customers, who prepaid their orders. It was impossible to get money back”.

In the 1990s Karabut founded the following companies: Antero, Stroun, Russian-American Company, West LTD, Orient LTD, Valkyrie, Avintekh, Ristar+, Invest and so on. Karabut and Vragov also operated a dozen of front companies that left behind an enormous debt. The couple of crooks had a person to design a legal framework for their activities. It was Alexei Plotnikov, a co-founder of Ristar+. But very soon he exhausted his talent. In the late 90s the police of Moscow region opened a criminal case against Plotnikov. He was accused of the charges under Article 327 of the Criminal Code, i.e. forgery of documents and stamps. After he fled, the court issued an arrest warrant and a few years after he was locked down.


Reg. no., given to the entity by MRP: 105866

Full name: Risatar+ Limited Liability Company

Short Name: Ristar+

Registered at: 14/Jan/1997

Registered in: S32

Type of company: LLC

OKPO classificatory code: 45167766

Tax authority: [28] Soth-Eastern Circuit Cheremushkinskaya

Post Code: 117437

Address: Main Office, 31/3 Akademika Volgina Street, Moscow

Telephone: 9306346

Director: Grigorenko A.A.

Authorized Capital Stock: 10,000,000 roubles

Bank account: Yakimanka Bank, settlement account no. 6467318

Founders: 1 legal person and 3 natural persons

Staff: 0

SOOGU code: 7794

SOATO code: 293566

KOPF code: 65

KSF code: 16

Key activities: supplying

The data was verified at: 30/Jan/1997


Current Status:

Industry Classification Standard: 71100

Industry Classification Standard: 71200

Industry Classification Standard: 71500

Industry Classification Standard: 80400

Industry Classification Standard: 81200

Industry Classification Standard: 84500

Industry Classification Standard: 84300

Industry Classification Standard: 72200


Registration Certificate no. BI 7956 issued 30/Jan/1997


*** Founders - Legal persons ***

Name: Klin Kombinat JSC

Reg. no.: 0

OKPO classificatory code: 36506554

Type of the founder: legal person registered in another city

Post Code: 366720

Address: 3, Fabrichnaya Street, Nazran

Type of company code: 0

Assessed contribution share: 0

Assessed contribution: 0

Including cash: 0

The data verified 30/Jan/1997

Status: Active


*** Founders - Natural persons ***

Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Karabut Stanislav Valentinovich

Passport: XXVIII-MYu 569046 issued by 134 Moscow police dep. 17/Jun/1981

Post Code: 111111

Address: 11/2-44, I. Babushkina Street, Moscow

Assessed contribution share: 0

Assessed contribution: 0

Including cash: 0

The data verified 30/Jan/1997

Status: Valid


*** Founders - Natural persons ***

Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Vragov Konstantin Mikhailovich

Passport: XXIX-MYu 558031 issued by 120 Moscow police dep. 01/Jan/1982

Post Code: 111111

Address: 6/1-26, Kedrova Street, Moscow

Assessed contribution share: 0

Assessed contribution: 0

Including cash: 0

The data verified 30/Jan/1997

Status: Valid


*** Founders - Natural persons ***

Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Plotnikov Alexei Nikolaevich

Passport: I-LB 639537 issued by Solnechnogorsky District (Moscow region) police department 21/Sept/1996

Post Code: 111111

Address: 2a/3, Tsentralnaya Street, Solnechnogorsk-2, Moscow Region

Assessed contribution share: 0

Assessed contribution: 0

Including cash: 0

The data verified 30/Jan/1997

Status: Valid





First Name…..ALEXEI


Date of birth…..1960/05/07

Passport series…..01LB

Passport no…..639537

Place of birth…..KUYBYSHEV Kuybyshev Region


Data verified…..2003/09/17

Place of birth…..CHEBOKSARY Chuvash ASSR


Passport…..01-LB 639537


Wanted Fugitives List

Initiator: Solnechnogorsk (Moscow Region) police dep. (GUVD for Moscow Region)

Category: Fugitive

Warrant issued: 13/Feb/2001

Last seen in: Klin (Moscow Region)

Charges: Article 327.2

Must be arrested if caught


A source told Rumafia.com that Karabut and Vragov used their companies to wholesale moonshine. The number of cash and carry wholesalers they operated skyrocketed, and the couple set up a holding company, which coordinated the activities of legal and front companies. This company was called Russian Company. Vragov was a financial director, whereas Karabut chose to become a “chairman of the board of founders” (very much alike Sergei Polonsky, who holds a post of “chairman of the council of shareholders” in his kingdom of 150 offshore companies).

At a certain point in time, Vragov and Karabut decided to expand, and bought Zagorodny Distillery near Ryazan, a native city of Vragov. Now they could produce their own spirits. Vragov became a chairman of the board, Karabut member of the board. The partners began to earn some real cash. Hundreds of rail tank cars, carrying illegally produced spirits, headed from Ryazan to every destination in Russia, first of all to the North Caucasus. A few years after Vragov and Karabut bought the distillery, the FSNP (tax authority) got alarmed and initiated a probe into two businessmen. A whole chapter in the report, prepared by the FSNP at the time, is dedicated to the activities of Vragov and Karabut.

“In 1995 the tax authorities in the field of alcohol market unmasked so called pseudoexport or fake export scheme. The scheme involved forging customs papers. In fact the goods did not even reach the Russian boarders and were sold inside the country. Sometimes the goods were imported, but only partially with the bulk of it sold in Russia. The scheme included a number of middle companies which made it complex and difficult to detect”.

“For instance, the investigative department of the FSNP directorate for Ryazan Region opened a criminal case no. 199272407 into what appeared to be fake export deal. Zagorodny Distillery AOOT stroke a deal with Lithuania’s Noroklis. The distillery committed itself to supply the Lithuanian company with 8172.3 decilitres of ethanol. In fact, the cargo did not reach Lithuania. It was unloaded in the Moscow region. The distillery used tax privileges (lower rate of excise duties and WAT) for the goods, aimed at export. The deal to sell methanol to local companies was thus disguised as an export deal. In the end, the ethanol was sold in black market”.

The police opened dozens of investigations of the cases, which involved illegal spirits produced by Zagorodny Distillery. According to the FSNP, the police in Dagestan opened a criminal case no.08/14-155 after the agents detained a few tank cars with unregistered alcohol. Karabut and Vragov were suspects in such cases, and they paid a lot of money in the form of bribes to escape punishments.


===Road Police Moscow 2006 Administrative Offence===


Date: 05/Sept/2001

Surname: KARABUT


Patronimic name: VALENTINOVICH

Date of birth: 29/Jan/1965

Vehicle registration number: B463BB77


Region: 0

District: 0

City: Moscow

Street: Babushkina

Building: 11/2

Flat: 44


Karabut and Vragov sold the majority of the production of their distillery to North Ossetia, the “motherland of moonshine”. This explains the fact that the next step in Stanislav Karabut’s career was his joining Baltorg OOO in 2003. Baltorg was the largest wholesaler of Baltika Brewery. And Baltika was headed by Taimuraz Bolloev, an Ossetia native. Although the officials of Baltorg used to say that their company was a daughter of Baltika, in fact Baltika had nothing to do with it. Baltorg was a shadowy company, which Baltika, “brewery no.1 in Russia”, owned by Danish Carlsberg, used in its half murky deals.

The following people were the founders of Baltorg: Stanislav Karabut, Bolloev’s friend Isa Kharsiev, a businessman from Ingushetia, linked to the mafia, and Aleksandr Totoonov, now a deputy chairman of the government of North Ossetia. There was one more founder - Arkady Edziyev. But he did not succeed. After leaving Baltorg, he dealt in cars and then looked on the internet for a job with “at least $2,000 a month”.

According to a source, Baltorg was involved in the same schemes as Karabut and Vragov’s previous companies. But now the fraud was large-scale.

In 2004-2005 Stanislav Karabut was a director general of Baltika-Moscow OOO, then he joined oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element.



Unified State Registration for Legal Persons 2010 02


Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Karabut Stanislav Valentinovich

Assessed contribution: 1000 roubles

Legal Person Name: BALTORG OOO

Basic State Registration number: 1037705023070

Registered at 27/Mar/2003


Baltorg OOO, Basic State Registration Number: 1037705023070, VATIN: 7705492675, terminated its activities after a merger in October 2008



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Kharsiyev Isa Akhetovich 


Assessed contribution: 4500 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Totoonov Aleksandr Borisovich


Assessed contribution: 3500 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Karabut Stanislav Valentinovich


Assessed contribution: 1000 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Edziev Arkady Albertovich


Assessed contribution: 1000 roubles




Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Kharsiyev Isa Akhetovich 


Assessed contribution: 4500 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Totoonov Aleksandr Borisovich


Assessed contribution: 3500 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Karabut Stanislav Valentinovich

VATIN: 772803182242 

Assessed contribution: 1000 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Edziev Arkady Albertovich

VATIN: 770100973984

Assessed contribution: 1000 roubles



Despite having high position in Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element, Karabut continues setting up murky cash-and-carries together with Vragov. Now he uses his wife, Irina Sergeevna Karabut, as a front man.


Basic State Registration number: 1037705023070

VATIN: 7733503784

Full name of the legal person: Klinskoye Beer Limited Liability Company

Short name of the legal person: Klinskoye Beer LLC

The company’s name: Klinskoye Beer Limited Liability Company

Valid: 22/Aug/2003-23/Dec/3002


Registered at 22/Aug/2003


-Address of the legal entity-

Valid: 22/Aug/2003-23/Dec/3002

Address: 125362 Russia building 18, Svobody Street, Moscow

Telephone: 9390410



Registration Number: 1037739833361

Registered at 21/Sept/2003

Type: registered as newly established

Licence no: 77 N 005968032

Registration body: Inter-district tax authority no.39 in Moscow


Registered at 22/Sept/2003

Type: reregistering

Registration body: tax inspectorate of the tax ministry no.33 in North-Western District of Moscow


Registered at 21/Sept/2003

Type: the documents sent to another registration body

Registration body: Inter-district tax authority no.39 in Moscow


-Authorized capital stock-

Valid: 22/Aug/2003-23/Dec/3002

10000 roubles


-Affiliated natural persons-

Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Vragov Konstantin Mikhailovich 

Status: Founder

Assessed contribution: 3400 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Karabut Irina Sergeevna 

Status: Director General



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Ilyichev Vladimir Petrovich 

Status: Founder

Assessed contribution: 3300 roubles



Family Name/First Name/Patronimic: Karabut Irina Sergeevna 

Status: Founder

Assessed contribution: 3300 roubles




Until recently the shadowy wholesalers had a parent company called Klin Kombinat, and a number of front companies, including Logistics Center, Evraservis, Extrim, Vostok-distribution, Klinprodbaza, Linkor etc. Although criminal 90s passed, the companies used the same methods: payments in solid cash, tax evasion, backdoor salary etc. They also used to put the company’s debt on a employee, when he or she enrolled to the company.

From time to time, the companies disappeared, leaving behind enormous debt. In 2009 all companies, operated by Karabut and Vragov, announced they went bankrupt. Karabut and Vragov opened new ones. Now it is Smart Logistics System LLC that operates the holding. The founders of the company are Irina Karabut, Konstantin Vragov and a shadowy businessman Igor Kuyda.

Kuyda used to be on board of the number of oil refineries, rare-earth metals and magnesium companies. He has been linked to organised crime groups and embroided in scandals. The police suspected him of contract killings. It is likely that Kuyda introduced Karabut to Oleg Deripaska.  


Organization name:   SMART LOGISTICS SYSTEM, LLC

Registration no.: 1055011322915

Tax identification no.: 5003055261/500301001

Current State: Active 20 July 2005

Registration date: 20 July 2005

Information on registration: Federal Tax Service Moscow region Interdistrict Inspection № 14;


 (Р11001) Legal Person Establishment (valid entry)

Registered at: Federal Tax Service Moscow region Interdistrict Inspection № 14

Registration no.: 1055011322915

Registration date: 20 July 2005;


Unified State Register of Companies information on registration with taxation authorities (valid entry)

Registered at: Federal Tax Service Moscow region Interdistrict Inspection № 14

Registration no.: 2055011323024

Registration date: 20 July 2005;


Key activities:   

Agency in wholesaling (for a fee or on a contract basis);

Agency in wholesaling of construction materials;

Agency in wholesaling of furniture, household wares, hardware, etc.;

Agency in wholesaling of food ware;

Agency in wholesaling of drinks;

Agency in wholesaling of pharmaceutical, medical, perfumery products, including soap;

Agency in wholesaling of paper, paper products;

Retailing of food ware, including drinks and tobacco;

Retailing of pharmaceutical, medical, perfumery products and cosmetics;

Retailing of clothing;

Retailing of furniture and household wares;

Retailing of construction materials;

Retailing of stationary products;

Retailing of nonfood consumer goods;

Retailing of household cleaning products, wallpaper;

Cargo vehicles;

Cargo transportation;

Product storage;

Other transportation-related activities;

Transportation management


Legal form of organization: Limited Liability Company


Address: 1А, Vokzalnaya Ulitsa, Vidnoye, Leningrad district of Moscow region, 142700

Permanent executive body address


Natural persons acting on behalf of the company:



Russian internal passport: 45 04 714479 ISSUED on 14 April 2003 by OVD Dorogomilovo Moscow ADDRESS: 2, PLOSHCHAD POBEDY, building 2, apartment 386, Moscow, 121293



Number of individual founders: 3


 Individual founder (1): KARABUT, IRINA SERGEYEVNA

Stock (RUB): 13200

Russian internal passport: 45 04 714479 ISSUED on 14 April 2003 by OVD Dorogomilovo Moscow ADDRESS: 2, PLOSHCHAD POBEDY, building 2, apartment 386, Moscow, 121293

Individual founder (2): KUIDA IGOR ANATOLIEVICH

Stock (RUB): 13200

Russian internal passport: 45 00 453582 ISSUED on 30 January 2001 by OVD Prospekt Vernadskogo Moscow ADDRESS: 85, ULITSA UDALTSOVA, building 1, apartment 131, Moscow 119607;


Stock (RUB): 13600

Russian internal passport: 45 06 301670 SSUED on 14 August 2003 by Akademichesky district OVD South-West District UVD, Moscow ADDRESS: 6, ULITSA KEDROVA, building 1, apartment 26, Moscow, 117292


Additional Information:                   


Authorized capital information *******************************

 Authorized capital: 40000


Information on the Legal Person *******************************

Registration no.: 1055011322915

Registration date: 20 July 2005

Registered at: Federal Tax Service Moscow region Interdistrict Inspection № 14



In Basic Element Karabut was entrusted with many unofficial projects. In particular, for a long time he supervised activities of the company in the south, first of all in Krasnodar region. In 2006-2008 this region was in the focus of Basic Element business interests and the company did much to establish relations with the local authorities. Karabut’s activities had the following results.

Karabut joined Rospechat JSC board as Basic Element representative and became the chairman. First of all, he paid attention to the development of the southern regions. In 2010 30 members of Rospechat Krasnodar branch, which had an annual turnover of 1.5 billion rubles, wrote a statement to DEB at the Ministry of the Interior. In the statement they pointed out that Karabut ensured that the position of Rospechat local branch head was filled with Nikolai Cherkashin, and that his "right hand" was Sergei Krupetsky, who was freed after serving an 8-year prison sentence for taking bribes only recently.

They were responsible, as Rospechat employees claimed in the statement, for the fact that a single year deficit (in fact - the stolen proceeds) from sale of printed matter amounted to 2 million rubles. Another 9 million rubles were stolen thought irregularities in paying the VAT and 10 million rubles were spent on some projects related to furniture manufacturing.  A couple of million disappeared in the purchase of kiosks, etc. Moreover, all these expenses and budget gaps are approved by Moscow office.

Another Karabut’s project in the region was funding the football club Kuban. Stanislav Karabut joined the board of FC Kuban, and before the 2007 season it was announced that the team would receive extremely high funding it had never had before and thus would nearly be able to play in Premier League. In December 2007 Karabut’s activities in Kuban revealed arrears of wages and transfers exceeding $ 30 million, salary defaults for players reaching six months. The team was saved from bankruptcy with great difficulty. Clearly, without Karabut.

Basic Element deputy director’s major project in Krasnodar region was the "assistance" to interest holders in Stroyinterkompleks, a southern analogue of Sergei Polonsky’s Mirax Group. Management of the company had collected money from people for their apartments in the buildings under construction. Only some of the buildings were finished, after which it became clear that all shareholders funds were gone. Deceived co-investors began to arrange meetings and pickets, and to block the streets. In short, they became quite a problem for local authorities.

Basic Element was asked for assistance. Deripaska, the CEO, agreed, but in return the businessmen demanded a number of sites for future construction. After receiving consent, Basic Element sent Stanislav Karabut to work on the project. In 2007 he personally signed an agreement stipulation the participation of RAINCO group of companies (a subsidiary of Basic Element) in the project for its completion. In this regard, local police lifted arrests on Stroyinterkompleks property and assets on the initiative of Evlanov, Krasnodar head.

Results of Karabut’s "assistance" to co-investors are the following. RAINCO did not even try to obtain permission for further construction of the buildings. When Stroyinterkompleks lease of land with unfinished buildings expired, RAINCO did not extend it. RAINCO concluded a new agreement with the co-investors, in which their legal rights were seriously violated. In particular, the document had no specified date for the completion of construction.

As a result, interest holders cannot register their agreements with justice department. Two RAINCO subsidiaries, namely Ru development and Geo-resource, signed contracts with Stroyinterkompleks for legal, consulting, accounting, and other services. Since Stroyinterkompleks simply had no money, it accumulated a great debt to the RAINCO subsidiaries, and therefore a second bankruptcy procedure was initiated for the company that already was bankrupt. To cover the debt to RAINCO subsidiaries they used shopping complex Kontinent with the adjacent territory, one of Stroyinterkompleks few unencumbered assets which at the time had no arrest on it. None of the buildings was completed and none of the co-investors received their apartments.

At the same time in March 2008 as part of agreements with Basic Element, Karabut signed an agreement with the leadership of Krasnodar to implement two projects in the downtown. The first concerned the resettlement of residents from emergency dilapidated houses, demolition of such houses, and construction of office and hotel complex. The second concerned construction of an office building.

That is, the local authorities fulfilled their promises. And Karabut literally gutted the already financially ravaged Stroyinterkompleks, left co-investors empty-handed, did not complete a single project, and then in 2009 Basic Element announced its pull-out from the project because ... region authorities allegedly failed to fulfill their promises. All this triggered a new wave of unrest and protests in Krasnodar. Local police department started pre-investigation probes into RAINCO. Now it is Sergei Polonsky who drew Karabut to solving problems with unfinished buildings. It is clear what fate awaits co-investors in Mirax Group projects. See the story of Krasnodar real estate co-investors.




Attorney General of the Russian Federation

 Governor of Krasnodar Region

 Prosecutor of Krasnodar Region

 Head of Krasnodar Municipal District

 Western District Prosecutor

Kirichenko S.V., Investigator of OVD Investigative department under GU MVD of Russia in Southern Federal District


On behalf of thousands of Stroyinterkompleks LLC defrauded interest holders our Action Team requests a re-audit of financial activities of the company’s investor, RAINCO, concerning all matters stated in the appeal made on 11 April 2009.

 In connection with Stroyinterkompleks LLC for the second time initiating bankruptcy proceedings scheduled for court hearing for 25 November 2009, we believe the bankruptcy to be intentional and thus falling under Art. 196 of the Criminal Code, as on 20 January 2009 the first bankruptcy proceedings forced upon us in 2006 were terminated through settlement agreement.

As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, the investor sold in the first place the most valuable asset of the company, namely Trud stadium; funds allocated for the completion of our houses were misused. As of today, not a single building has been completed and the firm has accumulated millions of debt.

Currently bankruptcy process engaged another asset, Kontinent copmlex, which the company has already started to sell privately. The completion of the houses we have invested in is now out of the question.

We kindly ask you to give legal assessment of RAINCO illegal raider actions against Stroyinterkompleks and to protect the constitutional rights of defrauded shareholders.


21 November 2009


The Russian Federation Prosecutor’s Office

The prosecutor's office in Krasnodar region, Krasnodar,

39, Sovetskaya Ulitsa, Krasnodar, Russia, 350063, tel. 268-50-01, fax 268-26-47


On № 7/1-402-2010, 18 June 2010 


The State Duma of the Russian Federation forwarded your statement on Stroyintrekompleks LLC illegal activities and other issues to the prosecutor's office. The statement has been reviewed.

It is established that the Arbitration Court of Krasnodar region ruled on 20 January 2009 to terminate bankruptcy proceedings for Stroyinterkompleks LLC, which carries out the construction of apartment buildings using co-investment program, in connection with reaching the settlement agreement on 19 December 2008. The court assessed the settlement agreement in terms of compliance with the norms of applicable law, as well as with the interests of the debtor, creditors, and other parties involved in the bankruptcy case.

The Arbitration Court of Krasnodar region had received statements from Stroyinterkompleks LLC creditors with appeals to recognize the company bankrupt, which are currently pending.

Prosecution authorities in the region are currently conducting a probe into Stroyinterkompleks aimed at verification whether the company complied with the legislation on insolvency (bankruptcy) when initiating bankruptcy proceedings.

Information contained in the statement concerning the illegal sale of Stroyinterkompleks LLC assets and the company’s share in the group of companies RAINCO, as well as illegal actions by E. Z. Kesati, Sinitsov, M. E. Afanasiev, D. Y. Mikhailenko, contributed to the change of founders of the company, provides grounds for conducting checks under Articles 144 and 145 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code that are currently carried out by Krasnodar Regional Department of the Interior. Previous court rulings have been canceled.

Enclosed please find copies of the documents you have sent with the statement.


Enclosed: 51 pages.


Karsnodar Region Prosecutor L. Kh. Korzhinek


Baturin’s claims for Inteco purchase rejected


The Arbitration Court of Moscow City has rejected Viktor Baturin’s suit against Elena Baturina and Inteco Closed JSC.

Mr Baturin claimed he had the right to purchase the company. On 7 December BINGroup co-owner Mikhail Shishkhanov bought 100% of shares of Inteco Closed JSC, Patriot Closed JSC and all sub-companies, operated by Inteco. Shishkhanov bought 95% of shares. Sberbank Investments acquired the remaining 5%. The price the purchasers paid for Baturina’s assets is not revealed. However it might have been lower compared to the initial price tag of $1.2 billion, taking into consideration an enormous debt Mrs Baturina had to pay.

Mr Baturin claimed that he owned 25% of shares of Inteco, which gave him the preference to buy the company in the first place. The plaintiff proved that Mr Baturin acquired only 1% of the shares from Baturina on 28 May 2002, but then he conceded the shares on 20 March 2006 and later on Baturina retrieved them. The court established that Mr Baturin’s evidence was false.

On 23 December the same court hears one more suit filed by Mr Baturin who claims the deal to sell Inteco was illegal.

RIA Novosti

Details revealed about Chechen leader passion for horses


For long, horses have been a Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov’s passion. Kadyrov pays millions to keep his stable of the thoroughbreds and race them.

One of his first acquisitions was Established Gold, which he purchased for a reported $300,000. And it was nothing compared to $10 million he invested into building a brand new racing course in Grozny, main city of Chechnya. The hippodrome, built within a short period of time, was completed right in time to celebrate Kadyrov’s 31st birthday in 2007.

In 2007 Kadyrov spent a reported $4 million to buy Gitano Hernando. He paid the same price for Sweet Ducky, which U.S. officials barred from racing.

It is difficult to say how many horses are there in Kadyrov’s stable. Reports say about 50-55 horses, most notably: Bankable, Mourilyan, Gitano Hernando, Sweet Ducky, Baritone, Established Gold, Hergibas, Storn Chipaza, Royal Quiet, Galtan, Dorian Crown, Khwarazm, Bronze Canon, and Mikhail Glinka. According to sources, Kadyrov has been licensed to race in the UK, UAE, South Africa, Australia and Hong Kong.

Keeping one horse costs something from $1,800-$3,200 a month. This includes wages to trainer and vet, forage, trimming and so on. If we assume Kadyrov has 50 stallions and spends only $1,500 a month on each, it will give a sum of $75,000 a month or $0,9 million a year.

It is rather expensive to race a horse either. If a stallion competes in London, the round trip will cost $10,000. Taking horse abroad means paying for quarantine, paperwork, forage and so on. This will add $3,000. The trip to the USA, or Australia will cost several times more.

Kadyrov’s official salary is slightly less than $4,500 a month, or $54,000 a year.

His stallions sometimes win large prizes. For instance, Gitano Hernando came sixth in Dubai World Cup this year, bringing Kadyrov $200,000. However, the leader of Chechnya said that all money, except payments to the trainer and jockey, went to a Chechen-based charity. Named after Kadyrov's father, Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation is chaired by his mother.


Germany Steps Up Russian Money Launder Probe


German prosecutors indicted five men, including four German banking executives, on charges of laundering $150 million for a former Russian telecommunications minister in one of the highest-level criminal probes of a Russian official outside Russia.

The indictments follow a six-year investigation into allegations that four current or former Commerzbank AG executives and a Danish lawyer assisted former Russian telecommunications minister Leonid Reiman in selling telecommunications assets he allegedly controlled in offshore companies, while concealing who the true owner was.

From 1996 to 2001, the German bank held the telecom assets in trust for a Danish lawyer, Jeffrey Galmond. Prosecutors contend Galmond acted as a front for Reiman, who, they say, had converted telecom businesses from state ownership to that of a number of foreign companies that Reiman allegedly set up and controlled after the collapse of communism in the 1990s.

The probe has continued for years. In 2006, prosecutors closed a parallel investigation against then-Commerzbank CEO Klaus-Peter Müller, saying they didn't find evidence of criminal behavior on his part. In January 2008, Commerzbank accepted a Frankfurt civil-court verdict that ordered the bank to pay €7.3 million ($9.6 million).

None of the indicted present or former Commerzbank officials responded to requests to comment.

Prosecutors said in a statement that they are continuing a parallel investigation into Reiman, one of the highest-level Russian officials to face a criminal probe outside of Russia. The former minister has repeatedly denied allegations of money laundering and said he didn't own the stakes in telecommunication assets under investigation.


Two top figures in Kommersant sacked over journalism ethics


Kommersant publishing house owner and oligarch Alisher Usmanov has fired the holding’s CEO Andrei Galiev and editor-in-chief of Kommersant Vlast weekly Maksim Kovalsky after they published materials, relating to the State Duma elections.

Gazeta.Ru quotes Alisher Usmanov, who has never interfered in the editorial policies before, as saying that the materials in question “are comparable to hooliganism”. Kommersant published offensive remarks, targeting prime minister Vladimir Putin.

In November 2011 Roman Badanin, the deputy editor-in-chief of Gazeta.Ru, which is also a part of Kommersant holding, resigned after he refused to post a commercial banner of the ruling United Russia party.

Director general of Kommersant publishing house Demiyan Kudryavtsev has also asked for a resignation. The issue will be addressed at the next meeting of shareholders.

Deputy editor-in-chief of Kommersant Vlast Veronika Kutsyllo said that the staff had expected changes in the editorial board, because Usmanov for long had been dissatisfied with the work of the journalists.


Will Golikova be shown the door?


The police in St Petersburg have arrested a top official of the country’s public health ministry. Natalia Tochilova headed a high-tech medical equipment department. The police say she is linked to so-called CAT scanners case.

Tochilova allegedly acted in the interest of a private company, supplying two overpriced CAT scanners to Turner Children Orthopaedics Institute - St Petersburg-based state research center and hospital. Tochilova’s arrest deepened the health ministry corruption scandal. The question arises: could Tochilina devise a scheme to supply the state hospital with overpriced medical equipment without minister Tatiana Golikova’s consent?

According to the reports, the ministry has recently stroke over 170 CAT scanners supply deals, under which the state paid $7.5 billion for the equipment. The official’s kickback is estimated to reach $55 million for a single contract. The police opened over 2,500 administrative cases and 15 criminal cases, involving fraudulent CAT scanners supply contracts.

Corruption affects the work of the ministry from top to bottom, according to sources. The Prosecutor General has publicly accused the ministry of collusion with the suppliers of medicine.

The head of scandal-hit ministry is rumored to retire in nearest future. Viktor Khristenko, Golikova’s alleged political godfather and husband, is said to leave his post in the cabinet of ministers to join the Commission of Euroasian Union, a counterpart of the EU Commission. His new post will make him less influential figure, Khristenko says.

The Moscow Post

Vekselberg embittered without veto


Viktor Vekselberg and Leonid Blavatnik’s SUAL Partners can sue Oleg Deripaska for breaching a shareholders’ agreement. Deripaska’s United Co. RusAl is reported to have overridden the objections of other shareholders in planning to sign a long-term contract to sell 80% of its export of aluminum to Glencore International Plc., which owns 8.75% stake in RusAl. The board of RusAl approved the contract in November.

RusAl exports about 70% of its aluminum, which will give Glencore control of more than half of the company’s sales, according to Rumafia.

SUAL Partners, which holds over 15.8% of the aluminum producer, vetoed the deal with Glencore on grounds that RusAl, headed by Oleg Deripaska, who owns 47.41% of its shares, made a contract offer to
Glencore without tender or bidding from other traders. In accordance with the shareholders’ agreement, Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Group, which holds 17.02% stake in RusAl, also vetoed the deal, despite the company’s initial wish to approve it. On the contrary, Deripaska’s company breached the shareholders’ agreement by approving the deal.

The contract between RusAl and Glencore has not been signed yet, and so far the deal has not infringed damages on RusAl shareholders. However, SUAL has announced its concerns. The parties will try to resolve the conflict, according to internal procedures. If it is not done until the end of December, SUAL Parners will bring the case to the court.


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Yabloko inspired by a landslide in London


For the first time in recent years turnout at the Russian State Duma elections in the UK exceeded 2 thousand voters and was as high as 2,208 people. 1,745 voted in the embassy in London, 307 in the trade mission in London, and the rest of 156 people in the consulate general in Edinburgh.

With the votes counted in all three polling stations, Yabloko garnered 906 votes (41%), the Communists 436 votes (19.7%), Just Russia 348 votes (15.8%), United Russia 233 (10.6%), and nationalistic LDPR 159 (7.2%). Yabloko is wildly seen as a party of impoverished intelligentsia, which uses the rhetoric of social democrats and is in favour of market economy.

In Russia Yabloko enjoyed more moderate support. The party garnered far less than 7% of votes, which gives a party representation in the State Duma. The party leaders said they were ready to contest the State Duma results.

“Without doubts, we will contests the outcome of the elections. We are getting ready to take steps. We will announce what we are going to do next after the official results of the elects come through,” said Grigory Yavlinsky, co-founder of Yabloko.

He said that the party had serious reasons to disagree with the results. Yavlinsky added that Yabloko would continue working despite the defeat.

“The support of voters tells us that we have to continue our work, regardless of the figures they will give us tomorrow in the morning,” said Yavlinsky, referring to the official announcement of the results.


Saving swindler Glukhovskoi


An agent of Royal Thai Police reported that there was an Interpol wanted Russian criminal living in the country, Rumafia.com reports. The police put him under surveillance. Matching his photograph with the information from the Interpol Wanted Fugitive List, the police identified this individual with Russian native Aleksandr Glukhovskoi.

Glukhovskoi was put on Interpol wanted list for fraud and forgery after Moscow’s Ostankinsky Court issued an arrest warrant against him.

Thai police detained Glukhovskoi for not carrying an identity on him and reluctance to give his name. The detainee was transferred to Nathon, the main city of Samui island, and handed over to the officers of the Immigration Bureau.

Two lawyers turned up at bureau, saying they were representatives of the detainee. They presented a RF foreign passport with the visa of Thailand, issued at the border with Cambodia. The passport was that of 41-year-old Aleksandr Matveev, not 44-year-old Aleksandr Glukhovskoi. The police suspected forgery, and asked Russian consulate to validate authenticity of the passport and help them identify the detainee. The consulate reaction was “unexplainable”, the police of Thailand said. Russian diplomats refused to cooperate and advised that the police asked Russian Prosecutor General’s Office through diplomatic channels.

Unable to validate the authenticity of the passport, which the lawyers claimed was authentic, the police set free Aleksandr Glukhovskoi. After 48-hour detention he was released and departed in unknown direction.

Russian consul in Thailand Andrei Dvornikov refused to comment on the information about alleged Aleksandr Glukhovsky’s detention.