Gazprom has postponed the launch of a plant in Kuzbass, and now a company with very dubious owners will be engaged in the extraction of liquefied natural gas.
The shift in terms in the administration of Kuzbass was explained by “updating the current technological scheme for the development of the Naryksko-Ostashkinskoye field,” reports a correspondent for The Moscow Post in the Kemerovo region.
However, while Gazprom Dobycha Kuznetsk is slowing down, its competitors are on the alert. In 2020, Cryogas-Kuzbass LLC announced plans to build a plant for the production of liquefied natural gas in the Kemerovo region. Full capacity is planned for 2025. At the same time, the start of the investment project was carried out back in 2020 with a planned investment of 7 billion rubles.
And now you need to carefully monitor your hands. Ahead – many names and companies associated with each other. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The founder of Cryogas-Kuzbass LLC, established in 2000, is Polyus-Koloda LLC. At the end of 2018, a certain Rometa Capital acquired 70% of the company’s authorized capital from a subsidiary of Gazprombank. The remaining 30% is owned by the Cypriot corporation Cryoenergy Limited.
Rometa Capital, registered in Moscow, also has several founders. 30% belong to Amur Capital, it was controlled by a Chinese citizen Ngoku Yang Yu. This is a partner in the Kunlun Red Star hockey club of oligarch Gennady Timchenko.
Kunlun is not just a team. The agreement on the team’s right to participate in the championship was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
25% of the shares of Rometa Capital are owned by JSC RM-Hold, 18% – by Rometa Finance. A Cypriot corporation and former vice-president of Gazprombank Mikhail Rodionov each own 12 percent of the shares. A few more minority shareholders own packages with 0.37% of the shares.
And 0.01 percent of the shares belong to two more companies, which are managed by the same person – Alexander Muravitsky. These are JSC “Double ES Capital” and JSC “Tennessin”.
Previously, the share of Rometa Finance was owned by Gazprombank. Prior to this, Rometa Capital had already made major transactions, and also with Gazprombank. For example, in February 2019, she acquired Vasilevsky Rudnik, the largest gold mining enterprise in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, from him. It was created by the British Angara Mining in 2005, but came under the control of Gazprombank after a debt restructuring.
In December 2018, Rometa Capital acquired Zoloto Ayakhty from Gazprombank with a license for gold mining in the Krasnoyarsk Territory and Ingenix Group, which is engaged in oil and gas consulting. All these transactions took place within the framework of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
And here too the Chinese
One of the shareholders of Rometa Capital is Mikhail Rodionov. The full namesake of Rodionov was repeatedly accused of both tax evasion and disobedience to traffic police officers who tried to stop his car. He, however, calls all cases fabricated.
In 2007, CJSC “Komsomolsk meat-packing plant”, headed by Rodionov’s namesake, took a loan from Sberbank in the amount of 50 million rubles. When it was time to pay, a certain citizen E.Yu. appeared on the scene. Staratelev, who, it turns out, was also a shareholder and did not give consent to the deal. He appealed to the court to recognize the loan agreement as invalid, Ulpressa reported.
Rodionov’s namesake did the same with another loan. This time for 19 million rubles.
At the same time, not everything at Rometa Capital always developed without a hitch. So, for example, in 2021, the Arbitration Court of the Krasnoyarsk Territory refused Mining Service LLC, the main owner of which is Rometa Capital, which challenged the decision to exclude the company from the auction for the right to use the Sovremenny gold mining site in the Motyginsky district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
The court found that the refusal of the auction commission was due to the company’s violation of several points of the administrative regulations for the provision by Rosnedra of state services for organizing tenders and auctions for the right to use subsoil.
As part of another process, Mining Service challenged the non-admission to bidding for the right to use the Priyutinsky gold mine in the same area, but then refused the demands.
Another character in this whole story is Amur Capital and its CEO Alexander Gorelov. The founders of this murky company are two Chinese – Zhang Yan and Hu Zhongwei.
The financial performance of the company is very strange. So, despite the fact that it exists since 2015, it received revenue for the first time only last year. And then, only 15 thousand rubles. But the company suffered all this time large losses – from 2 to 26 million.
Wine as a hobby
As already mentioned, a small percentage of the shares are owned by Muravitsky’s Double-U.S. Capital. This organization has a “daughter” – “Double-U.S. Capital Management”, which owns more than 99.9 percent of the shares. The remaining share belongs to Denis Norenko.
It is affiliated with the Sea Port of Gelendzhik, a contract for the construction of coastal and marine infrastructure, in which Timchenko received Stroytransgaz in the summer of 2018. In addition, Norenko is on the board of directors of the Cypriot WS Financial and Investment Services, along with David Savva, who worked for a long time in Timchenko’s structures.
Norenko is also connected with the wine business of Mr. Timchenko. And here again you can find a mention of Muravitsky. Norenko is the beneficiary of the agricultural holding that owns the vineyards, Muravitsky is the general director of Grandvino LLC, which is engaged in distribution.
What is the result? And it turns out that there are too many who share responsibility. Each company has a dozen owners, there are offshore companies and Chinese citizens who may not be aware at all that some strange schemes are being implemented there.
But there is no need to wait for any investigations from law enforcement agencies – there are rumors that Mr. Rodionov is already well versed in how to avoid returning loans and initiating criminal cases. Yes, and with such a roof as Timchenko, you can also not be afraid of anything. Apparently, they all perfectly understand what they are doing.
If you follow the chain of main owners, Cryogas does not belong to anyone at all, because. the ownership of the share of the ultimate beneficiary of Amur Capital cannot be established. In other words, if something happens, there will be no one to answer.