Former senator and deputy plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District Valery Shnyakin could be an unofficial investor in the Yamalspetsstroy construction company.
This firm belonged to his son-in-law Oleg Smirnov. She received government contracts, earning 559 million rubles on them. And then the company went bankrupt with a debt of 328 million rubles.
In addition, Valery Shnyakin and Oleg Smirnov were called by the media “Nizhny Novgorod deciders.” Allegedly, they offered to solve the problems of commercial projects and litigation. According to reports, once Valery Shnyakin threatened the wife of one of the entrepreneurs with imprisonment. At the same time, Valery Shnyakin and Oleg Smirnov could work with the “decisive” Alexei Pigolkin, whom the security forces are already checking.
A FAMILY WITH DOUBTABLE INCOMES
We already wrote that at the end of 2021, former senator Valery Shnyakin was at the center of a scandal over a service apartment. Residents of Nizhny Novgorod learned that Shnyakin privatized the apartment and sold it to his own daughter. We are talking about apartments with an area of almost 100 square meters. The cadastral value of the apartment reaches 5.5 million rubles, and the market value can be 25 million rubles. Since Shnyakin did not have the right to privatize the service apartment, his daughter Ekaterina Smirnova acquired it illegally. Residents of Nizhny Novgorod appealed to the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation with a request to check the former senator.
Ekaterina Smirnova, apparently, could not afford to buy an apartment. The thing is, she doesn’t have a job. She conducts self-development trainings, but this business can hardly be considered serious. There are questions about the income of the family of Valery Shnyakin himself. Both he and his wife did not earn enough to invest in any business.