Proofy.rf it became known that the day before, upon arrival from abroad, the former general director of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat was detained at one of the Moscow airports Airat Karimov. Employees of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Belarus from Moscow delivered him to Ufa, where the Soviet District Court of the city placed him under arrest.
Mr. Karimov, as well as a number of his colleagues in the republic’s largest enterprise, are suspected of illegally privatizing the White Deer holiday home.
Kommersant.Ru, 04/07/2023, “A court in Ufa arrested the ex-general director of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat”: The former CEO of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat LLC (from 2016 to 2021) Airat Karimov was detained for two months, until June 4. […] Airat Karimov is in the Ufa SIZO-1. The defense asked for a preventive measure in the form of house arrest, referring to the state of health: last year he underwent heart surgery after a heart attack. The former top manager was detained on April 3 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport upon arrival from a vacation from abroad, after which he was taken to Ufa. — Inset K.ru
One of the interlocutors of Pruf.rf “Gazprom neftekhim Salavat” argues that the defendants could easily buy this rest house with their money for mere pennies. For this, it was not necessary to create crooked privatization schemes at all.
Former top manager of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat Karimov threatens up to 10 years in prison.
— I think it’s just a formal reason for the arrest. There was no politics. Most likely, Karimov’s personal business within the framework of the AST company and the concession for electric networks are already in sight, you yourself wrote about this and know better than us, the source noted.
Airat Karimov acquired a 25% stake in AST in August last year, when the concession agreements were already being implemented with might and main. However, in a conversation with our publication, he made it clear that he was aware of the murky concession scheme and the asset itself. So the chain through Karimov should lead to the highest offices in Ufa.
Airat Azatovich Karimov was born on January 2, 1968 in Leninogorsk, Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Graduated from the State Academy of Oil and Gas. I. M. Gubkina, St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics. In 1991–2006, he held senior positions in commercial organizations. In 2006–2014, he held senior positions at OAO Salavatnefteorgsintez (since 2014, OAO Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat). In 2014–2016, he was Executive Director of Gazprom Pererabotka LLC. In 2016–2021, he was the CEO, and since 2021, he has been an adviser to Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat. Married, has two sons and a daughter.
Read about how Bashkir officials, through a concession with AST, created a food base for themselves on the electrical networks of Salavat, Sterlitamak and Ishimbay, read here. In March 2023, the mayor of Salavat, Igor Mironov, was detained as part of a case on the transfer of the city’s power grids to a concession.
Airat Karimov’s interest was also found in construction. He is associated with the StroyTEK group of companies, which is building residential complexes in Ufa in the old quarter, and is also building up a quarter on the site of the unfinished Plaza shopping center on Komsomolskaya.
IA “Interfax”, 07.04.2023, “Former Director General of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat Karimov Arrested in Ufa”: According to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Airat Karimov headed the State Tax Service from August 2016 to August 2021. He owns shares in several companies, including the Bashkir LLC “AST” (electricity transmission and technological connection to distribution grids), LLC “STEK” (construction of residential and non-residential buildings), Moscow LLC “Master Baring” (non-specialized wholesale trade ).
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat carries out a full cycle of hydrocarbon feedstock processing, produces gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, other petroleum products, liquefied gases, butyl alcohols, plasticizers, polyethylene, polystyrene, ammonia, and urea. The structure of the company includes an oil refinery and a gas chemical plant, the Monomer plant.
LLC “Gazprom Pererabotka” owns more than 99.99% of the GTS. The sole executive body of the STS oil refining complex is a subsidiary of RusGazDobychi, RGD Refining Salavat. — Inset K.ru
Achievements of Airat Karimov: demolished monument of architecture, criminal concessions in Bashkiria
The ex-director of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, Airat Karimov, owns half of one of the well-known construction companies in Ufa. He may also be involved in a criminal scheme in which the mayor of Salavat, Igor Mironov, was previously burned.
According to the SPARK system, the arrested former general director of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat LLC Airat Karimov is the beneficiary of the Stroytek company, which is currently implementing two projects for the construction of residential complexes in Ufa. He owns half of the authorized capital of the developer – 40 million rubles. The same number is owned by the second partner Rustam Annamuradov.
Demolished monument of architecture
The company is building skyscrapers in the old center of Ufa, in the quarter bounded by Gafuri, Kommunisticheskaya, Chernyshevsky and Sultanov streets. The project is called “The Old Center”. Several houses have already been commissioned: Olympus, Tower, Success, Dolphin and Legend. Harmony and Familia are still under construction.
The construction of the “Old Center” began several years ago. During the construction process, the wooden cultural heritage site “Kuznetsov’s House with Gates” was demolished. The arch-defenders managed to defend the “House of the Tikhonins”. According to media reports, the owners allegedly demolished the house on their own, but at the same time they were able to improve their living conditions, including moving into the developer’s apartment in his new residential complex. Repeated attempts to initiate a criminal case on the fact of the demolition of the monument were unsuccessful.
“No one answered for the destruction of a cultural heritage site,” says Elza Maulimshina.
Currently, Stroytek continues to build up a quarter in the old center of Ufa, and is also building a residential complex “Svoboda” in Kuznetsovsky Zaton. Revenue in 2021 exceeded 161 million rubles, profit amounted to 98.5 million. At the same time, other companies of the Stroytek group are not so successful. The profit of STEK-bereg for 2021 amounted to 803 thousand rubles, and STEK-center ended the year with a loss. Data for 2022 has not been published.
Resigned from parliament
Airat Karimov was also a deputy of the regional State Assembly, having been elected in the Industrial single-mandate constituency No. 20 and representing the interests of the inhabitants of Salavat. He was among the members of the committee on state building, law and order and judicial affairs. At the end of 2020, Airat Karimov was in seventh place in terms of declared income among deputies of the Republican State Assembly, earning 37.5 million rubles. His wife Karimova declared 32.6 million rubles. Among the deputy wives then she was the wealthiest.
In January last year, Airat Karimov resigned his mandate. The official reason for this was family circumstances. The beginning of 2022 in the republican parliament was marked by a “deputy fall”. Political scientist Nikolai Evdokimov then tied up refusals to become a deputy with the general situation in the country and the changes that are taking place within the political elite. One of the reasons for this could be the reluctance to declare income.
The history of electricity
Airat Karimov headed Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat LLC from 2016 to 2021. Currently, he has shares in the authorized capital of five companies, among which, in addition to OOO Specialized Developer Stroytek, OOO Master Baring, OOO SZ STEK-bereg, OOO STEK-center and OOO AST. The latter is engaged in the transmission of electricity and technological connection to distribution networks and appears in criminal caseinitiated against the mayor of Salavat Igor Mironov.
In 2020, AST entered into concession agreements with the administrations of Sterlitamak, Salavat and the Ishimbay region. Thus, the commercial firm received the use of local electrical networks. At the end of March, the Investigative Committee for Bashkiria charged Igor Mironov with abuse of power. Investigators believe that the concession agreement was concluded illegally.