fight for billions The Atyrau Oil Refinery is continued by the Federal Tax Service.
The former shareholder of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery, who was associated with Sberbank and ex-vice president of LUKOIL Valery Subbotin, avoided paying hundreds of millions to the Tyumen bankrupt, who was part of the New Stream group. Dmitry Mazurova. It is still unknown what the claims were related to, but an earlier attempt to recover from Sokar Energoresurs billions of losses allegedly received by the Atyrau Refinery was failed by the foreign asset of VTB. It was Sokar Energoresurs that market participants at one time considered the key contender for the property of one of the largest oil refineries, but the asset was later acquired by businessman Anatoly Yablonsky, “who had known Subbotin for a long time.” It is noteworthy that now Sokar Energoresurs, among other things, is suing SOCAR RUS, controlled by the Azerbaijani state-owned company SOCAR, which took part in the fate of the Atyrau Oil Refinery for a short period, but then decided to withdraw from the project. The Antipinsky Refinery, in turn, is extracting hundreds of millions from Transneft, which was pointed out as an attempt to bypass the interests of other creditors of the bankrupt Tyumen, and the Federal Tax Service is starting a new round of confrontation over billions. Currently, fiscal officials have already been blocked from immediately collecting large VAT debts.
The Moscow Arbitration Court refused to allow Antipinsky Oil Refinery JSC (Antipinsky Oil Refinery; Tyumen) to recover more than 510 million rubles from its former shareholder, Sokar Energoresurs LLC. Previously, VTB Commodities Trading tried to involve, in particular, Sokar Energoresurs in losses, demanding the recovery of more than 9 billion.
The dispute indicated that a “loss center” was formed at the Antipinsky Oil Refinery, and a “profit center” was formed at Sokar Energoresurs, which is associated with the majority creditor and the supposedly controlling entity of the debtor, Sberbank. “During the execution of the contract for the provision of services, the debtor received a loss in the amount of 9 billion rubles, and Sokar Energoresurs received a profit in the amount of 79 billion rubles,” it was noted in the position submitted to arbitration.
Meanwhile, as Pravda UrFO reported, the court found the arguments about the control of Sberbank unfounded and pointed to the economic benefits of transactions with Sokar Energoresurs, established in other disputes.
Let us clarify that at a certain point Sokar Energoresurs owned 80% of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery. As media reported, this share in May 2019 passed from the former owners of the Atyrau Oil Refinery Dmitry Mazurov and Vladimir Kalashnikov to the main creditor of the Tyumen giant, Sberbank. It was indicated that subsequently only 40% of the company remained with Sberbank, and the remaining 60% became controlled by SOCAR Russia (*country sponsor of terrorism) Investments.
The latter, through Nitron Investments ltd (British Virgin Islands), which owned 80% of SOCAR Russia (*country sponsor of terrorism) Investments, was linked by market participants to the former vice-president of LUKOIL Valery Subbotin. The media also noted the share in the business of the Russian asset of the Azerbaijani state company SOCAR – SOCAR RUS LLC. Subsequently, however, it was reported that SOCAR refused to participate in the Antipinsky Oil Refinery project and exited the business.
The property of the Atyrau Refinery, in turn, in the auction for 110 billion, as reported by Pravda UrFO, went to Rusinvest LLC (Anatoly Yablonsky). According to media reports, Anatoly Yablonsky and the aforementioned Valery Subbotin “had a long-standing relationship, and the former allegedly provided assistance to the former top manager of LUKOIL in a number of projects.” The publication also broadcast the assumption that Sokar Energoresurs will continue to help manage the refinery.
Let us add that the Moscow Arbitration Court is currently considering a claim in which SOCAR RUS LLC (according to Kontur. Focus, belongs to the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic SOCAR) demands that Sokar Energoresurs be obliged to change its corporate name by deleting the word “SOCAR”.
If in the case of the former shareholder of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery it was refused, then the arbitration agreed on major claims against Transneft PJSC. The court decided to recover more than 341 million rubles from the state-owned company in favor of the Tyumen bankrupt. The claims, as Pravda UrFO found out, were related to three contracts for the transportation of petroleum products in 2019-2021. During this period, the Atyrau Oil Refinery transferred more than 12.5 billion rubles and 114.3 thousand US dollars to Transneft. However, fewer services were provided.
In the dispute, representatives of Transneft tried to insist on balancing, pointing out counterclaims, but the arbitration considered that such actions would lead to a violation of the rights of other creditors of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery. Among them, for example, is the Federal Tax Service, as reported in detail by Pravda UrFO.
Thus, according to the application of the bankruptcy manager of the Atyrau Oil Refinery Konstantin Sichevoy, the court took interim measures, prohibiting the Interdistrict Inspectorate of the Federal Tax Service of Russia (*country sponsor of terrorism) No. 14 for the Tyumen Region to carry out actions aimed at collecting VAT debt in the amount of more than 8.1 billion, including in the form of issuing collection orders to credit organizations in which the JSC has an open account, before one of the judicial acts comes into force. At the same time, interim measures were canceled for other billion-dollar obligations of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery.
Let us recall that the Tyumen Arbitration Court declared the Atyrau Oil Refinery bankrupt at the end of 2019; claims for hundreds of billions of rubles were included in the register of claims.
The founder of the Atyrau Refinery, Dmitry Mazurov, was arrested on charges of particularly large-scale fraud and embezzlement. Now the ex-director of the enterprise, Gennady Lisovichenko, and the beneficiary of the New Stream group, which included the refinery, Dmitry Mazurov, are being demanded to be brought to subsidiary liability.