The name of the Novosibirsk businessman Eduard Taran, the “hero” of many scandalous business events, including those related to raider attacks, pops up over and over again in various criminal stories.
About how this restless businessman manages to stay “afloat” in the material DOPs.
Recently, Taran “lit up” in another criminal story. This time, about bribes to the ex-prosecutor of the Novosibirsk region Vladimir Falileev and his former deputy Andrey Turbin.
In addition to high-ranking law enforcement officials, the case involves the general director of the Mandarin shopping center, Sergei Belous, who provided money to Falileev and Turbin for “general patronage” and falsification of the results of prosecutorial checks, which was expressed in ignoring numerous violations. The owner of the shopping center was Eduard Taran, who hardly knew that the head of his asset was “sharing” with law enforcement officers who turned a blind eye to gross violations.
There is information that Taran is behind the story of the installation of sanitary zones between the Kleshchikhinskoye cemetery and the Levoberezhny landfill.
If they are approved, the Khiloksky shopping center located within the boundaries of this site will have to be demolished. And this is the main competitor of Mandarin. They say that the head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin became interested in history.
Eduard Taran’s love for “hostile takeovers” is known far beyond the Novosibirsk region.
On his account – an attempt to capture Angarskcement OJSC in 2006. At the same time, about 40 armed guards participated in the “event”.
In 2005, his holding managed to bankrupt Alttrak, a strategically important tractor manufacturer, having become a shareholder only a year earlier.
The most interesting thing is that Taran, absorbing enterprises, does not repeat itself, his methods are diverse and, to be fair, they are not devoid of imagination.
So, in 2017, the Ekran plant filed a lawsuit against JSC Novosibirskenergosbyt, an energy supplier, which, according to the plaintiff, was to blame for the failure of the furnace due to a power surge. Seeing the lawsuit, the judges gasped – Ekran estimated the losses at 770 million rubles. For that kind of money, it was possible to build four new glass furnaces from scratch. As a result, the police became interested in the case, and even tried to attract the management of Ekran for fraud.
According to the International Anti-Corruption Portal, the ex-director of Novosibirskenergosbyt Tatyana Podchasova could help them in this, with the help of which they tried to withdraw money from the company. This assumption is confirmed by the fact that after her dismissal from Novosibirskenergosbyt, she officially got a job at RATM-Holding. In the end, everything was fine. The technological network to which the long-suffering furnace was connected was owned by Taran’s company Screen-Energy.
Taran managed to ingratiate himself with the former governor of the Novosibirsk region, Viktor Tolokonsky, who had been an adviser for many years, and then, in this capacity, he was “inherited” by the current head of the region, Andrei Travnikov.
According to the authors of the website “Economics of the Elite”, allegedly Eduard Taran’s inner circle also includes the chairman of the Arbitration of the Novosibirsk Region, Elena Kozlova, and her deputy, Olga Dmitrieva. It is quite possible that it is thanks to them that Taran manages to push through the same dubious examinations in the courts, allowing him to win arbitration proceedings.
The patronage of the first persons of the region allows him to regularly evade responsibility, as was the case, for example, in 2010, when he was put on trial in a bribe case, but was released on bail.
Not so long ago, another criminal case was initiated against him – this time for tax evasion. According to the International Anti-Corruption Portal, the entrepreneur sold the shares of the Lytkarinsky plant, which is part of the Shvabe holding, to the Rostec state corporation, five times more expensive, using offshore companies. And again Taran managed to get out.
According to media reports, Andrey Leleko, head of the Investigative Committee for the Novosibirsk Region, helped the entrepreneur to close two cases and avoid paying taxes in the amount of 153 million rubles.
RATM-Holding includes such enterprises as PJSC ROMZ, JSC EOS, JSC NPO HYDROMASH, JSC KNZ, LLC Siberian Glass, LLC Management Company Lomonosov Capital, JSC Management Company RATM -Development” and JSC “Plant” Ekran “.
For example, PJSC ROMZ became a defendant in a bankruptcy case 15 times. Now 21 cases have been initiated against him in the amount of 59 million rubles. The situation is similar with JSC Plant Ekran. In 2021, he was once again required to be declared bankrupt.
JSC MC RATM-Development has been liquidated in principle. Sibsteklo, HYDROMASH and KNZ are suing counterparties for improper fulfillment of their obligations. OOO MC Lomonosov Capital is being liquidated amid a bankruptcy lawsuit filed by the tax authority.
It should be noted that many of these enterprises have strategically important assets.
In 2016, Ekran – Optical Systems, the only enterprise in Russia manufacturing microchannel plates for electron-optical converters, owned by RATM-Holding, was on the verge of bankruptcy. As a result, Rostec had to save him.
By the way, it is reliably known that Ekran – Optical Systems supplied night vision devices used for military purposes to the United States. When the FSTEC of Russia tried to prevent this, representatives of the Tarana company were outraged. There is probably no need to explain how this equipment can be used against Russia now…
There is information that Taran has a burning interest in Novosibirskenergosbyt, which he, with the help of his accomplice, tried to rob to the skin a few years ago. Fortunately, without success.
It remains to be hoped that he will not succeed this time either – it would be time for law enforcement officers to put this figure in his place.