The Moscow Arbitration Court put an end to the lawsuit of the state corporation Rosnano against the Russian branch of Plastic Logic, an international IT company with British roots, which, having received over ten billion state rubles, was supposed to release electronic textbooks and provide domestic schools with them, but never did This.
The plaintiff, represented by Rosnano, demanded the return of a previously issued loan of … 700 thousand rubles. These are hundredths of a percent of the invested budget funds. Themis satisfied the claim, the defendant did not object. Experts, to put it mildly, were surprised:
“It turns out that about 0.005% of the debt will be repaid,” Boris Voronin, director of the National Association of Professional Collection Agencies (NAPCA), ironically said in his blog.
Chubais’ long-suffering tablet
This story began in the summer of 2011, when the head of Rosnano, Anatoly Chubais, showed the President of Russia a miracle tablet designed to replace printed educational literature in schools. Plastic, bends, twists, does not eat the battery, the entire school curriculum is in memory. The new development was supposed to lighten the portfolios of students and save money for their parents. The price of a nanobook for end users would be 12,000 rubles, but paper media would not have to be purchased. The gadget was waiting for 14 million children in the country. Pilot production was expected by 2014.
The technology was patented by the British company Plastic Logic. The Russian state corporation poured the first $230 million into it. The money was intended for the construction of a plant in Zelenograd. However, as soon as Rosnano invested, Plastic Logic suddenly changed its strategy radically, abandoning assembly line production.
In 2016 and 2019, Rosnano decided to revive the project and again and again invested money there (the amount was not named). Even before these additional injections, State Duma deputies, following an audit by the Accounts Chamber, asked to initiate a criminal case against Anatoly Chubais because of the situation with Plastic Logic.
“The release of gadgets was not really planned, and the purpose of the project was to withdraw money abroad,” suggested Oksana Dmitrieva, then first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, in 2014. According to her, there were “facts of fraud in lending.”
The Accounts Chamber found out that the money could be withdrawn through Plastic Logic CJSC – the same Russian branch. Under the guarantee of Rosnano, the domestic structure took out loans from banks for 5.7 billion rubles and issued them as loans at preferential interest to a certain affiliated structure of Plastic Logic Luxemburg. She, in turn, acquired the shares of the creditor. Thus, five billion rubles settled in Luxembourg, and 620 million rubles on the accounts of the Russian branch.
The Russian CJSC “Plastic Logic” was established in 2010. Judging by the SPARK-Interfax database, now there is minus 700 million rubles of loss and minus five billion net assets. The first directors were the Germans, then the Russians-Rosnanovites.
What does the family of S7 Airlines owners have to do with Plastic Logic?
The British company Plastic Logic is still in operation. Available, but not updated, is her well-tailored and trustworthy site. It says that Rosnano is the main shareholder, while the Chinese company DKE Displays and the American E Ink are called other shareholders. If you study the English register of legal entities, where the Plastic Logic documents are posted, the picture is different.
While scandals around the “Chubais tablet” were raging in Russia, the capital of the British company Plastic Logic exceeded 35 million pounds, or almost four billion rubles.
But in February 2022, Vladislav Filev, the owner of S7 Airlines, suddenly acquired a large stake in the scandalous startup and transferred it to his eldest daughter. After that, Plastic Logic began to go bankrupt, now money is being actively withdrawn from there, allegedly to pay off some debt obligations. Where transactions are made and what amounts are unknown.
Judging by the English database, the Filevs now own more than 25%, but less than 50% of the shares of the British IT firm.
What are the owners of S7 Airlines famous for?
S7 Airlines is the largest private airline in the country, with a profit of over 34 billion rubles last year. 49.93% of the shares belong to co-founder 59-year-old Vladislav Filev, 25.03% each – to his daughters, 35-year-old Tatyana and 23-year-old Maria. The girls inherited shares from their mother, Natalia Fileva, the second co-founder of S7 Airlines. The latter died four years ago in a plane crash while flying to Frankfurt am Main on a business jet.
Since the start of the special operation in Ukraine, half of Russia’s leading airlines have changed their CEOs. Last fall, the head of S7 Airlines, Tatyana Fileva, also resigned ahead of schedule. She left her home. According to her entourage, she had plans to get an education abroad. At the same time, as a shareholder of the aviation holding, Tatyana Fileva will continue to participate in resolving strategic issues.
The Filevs are considered one of the most influential and at the same time closed from the press top managers of modern Russia. The head of the family, Vladislav, comes from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. While perestroika was underway, he served in the Rocket Forces. After he worked as financial director of the St. Petersburg plant “Metallist”. His wife, Siberian Natalia, worked as a banker in the nineties.
In 1996, Vladislav and Natalia Filev started investing. According to the business press, they bought bills of Siberian companies and enterprises that were on the verge of bankruptcy. Thus, the shares of Siberia Airlines were acquired. At the beginning of the 2000s, the Filevs entered the Moscow market by absorbing Vnukovo Airlines. Soon their business soared to second place in terms of passenger transportation in Russia.
According to some experts, Natalia Fileva has always been the gray eminence of S7 Airlines, and her husband served as a public representative.
According to the British database, the Filevs live in Nicosia. They could also settle in Zurich, where they have relatives. And in France, Maria Fileva has a full namesake. Judging by this information, she was registered in a solid mansion worth about two million euros in the city of Barr.
In Russia, at different times, real estate was registered on the Filevs with a total value of up to one and a half billion rubles. Shortly before the SVO, they lived in a mansion with an area of 300 square meters in the elite residential complex “Petrov’s house” near the Bolshoi Theater. Previously, they occupied an apartment of 200 square meters in a fashionable club house near the Tretyakov Gallery. They can have two households at once on Rublyovka in the prestigious villages of Nikolino and Landscape.
The elder sister, Tatyana Fileva, is the beneficiary of two domestic factories: Vyshnevolotsky brick in the Tver region (income – half a billion a year) and Klintsovsky ceramic near Bryansk (a legal entity has just been created).