Former first deputy chairman of Sberbank Lev Khasis mastered e-commerce and said goodbye to Russia
In Sberbank, he was called the only person who could argue with German Gref. The authority of Khasis was extremely high, although the practical results of his activities can be described as “failure after failure.” Now the top manager who left for America is selling an apartment in Moscow and is clearly not going to return.
The former first deputy chairman of the board of Sberbank, Lev Khasis, has been trying to sell his Moscow apartment located in Maly Levshinsky Lane since March last year. This was reported by Baza at the end of January. It seems that elite real estate in the center of the capital is the last thing that connects the former top manager with Russia: the “right hand of German Gref” himself suddenly and without warning left for the United States almost a year ago, back in the days of the start of the NWO. What brought his colleagues into a state of shock, because by that time Sberbank had already announced that Khasis would head a new holding that would deal with e-commerce in the structure of Sberbank. It should be noted that Sberbank positions this area as one of the main ones, in addition to its own banking activities, and is serious about its further development.
The apartment for sale is undoubtedly good, like the entire Stolnik residential complex, in which it is located. “Layout: living-dining room, kitchen with utility room and pantry, office with safe room, bedroom with 2 bathrooms and 2 dressing rooms, two guest bedrooms, two children’s bedrooms (adjacent), pantry, two bathrooms, wardrobe, entrance hall with dressing room and c / a, laundry. An expensive designer finish in a classic style was made using precious woods and natural stone. Custom-made furniture and household appliances from leading brands have been installed, ”says the announcement of the sale on the CIAN website. Live and be happy, but so far no one has been willing to buy this lot: in January, the price of the object for sale was reduced from the initial $9 million (about 635 million rubles) to $8.3 million (about 580 million rubles). However, judging by the coincidence of the address, footage and photographs, at least three agencies are trying to sell this property, and the price varies somewhat. But it seems that those who wanted and could afford such an acquisition have already resolved their housing problem, but by the way, everything is changing …
It is possible that with the beginning of the SVO, the further plans for the life of Lev Aronovich himself also suddenly changed, since he did not go to work in a new capacity. Only some time later, his colleagues learned that Khasis was already in the United States and, it seems, was no longer going to return to Russia. A scandalous detail was the presence of his American citizenship. What significant achievements did the effective top manager of Sberbank leave behind?
In 2016, Sber was unable to reach an agreement with the Chinese trading giant Alibaba. The cooperation initiative belonged to the head of the company, Jack Ma, who expected from a potential Russian partner support at the state level, promotion among his own customers and readiness to invest in online retail. However, during the negotiations, it turned out that the parties were pursuing directly opposite goals: Alibaba intended to localize in Russia, while Sberbank planned to create a company trading outside the Russian Federation.
In 2017, Sber tried to build a partnership with Yandex. We agreed quickly, but not for long: in 2020, a “divorce” followed. The parties divided the assets, and as a result of this transaction, Sber remained in the black, showing a positive financial result of its non-financial services. However, this failed relationship was “the biggest pain, disappointment and resentment” as Sber missed the opportunity to build a huge player in the market, writes Forbes.
In 2020, Sber was negotiating a partnership with the Ozon marketplace. The head of the company Alexander Shulgin and Lev Khasis for several hours tried to find a common interest. As a result, Ozon terminated operational cooperation with Sberbank, and a month later the marketplace went public. As it turned out later, the parties could not agree on a price. In addition, Sber insisted on rebranding, for which Ozon was not ready.
The joint venture between Sberbank and Mail.ru Group in the field of transport and food delivery also ended in divorce. Back in 2020, many disagreements between partners were reported.
Apparently, the last attempt to close the gestalt in the e-commece segment was cooperation with the goods.ru online store. This trading platform belonged to the M.Video-Eldorado group, following the transaction, Sberbank received an 85% stake in the company. Now the service continues to operate under the name SberMegaMarket.
Lev Khasis acted as the main negotiator of Sberbank with all partners. Negotiations, apparently, only in the latter case ended with relative success. Failures are usually explained by Lev Aronovich’s “character traits”, “multiplied by the scale of Sberbank”, and his inability to “play partnerships”. However, in the light of the American citizenship of the second person in Sberbank and his hasty departure to this country, the thought involuntarily arises: were these failures really unintentional? And if the results of this “violent activity” of Khasis do not raise questions either from the leadership of Sberbank in the person of German Gref, or from the competent authorities, then here it remains only to shrug in surprise.
To complete the picture, it is worth mentioning the wife of Lev Aronovich – Olga Khasis, nee Finkelstein-Bespechnaya. It is known about her that she was born in Western Ukraine, and is currently, like her husband, a US citizen. And apparently, a very enterprising citizen: business and real estate in Miami are recorded on her. If we recall the recent scandalous story with the space startup Momentus Space, which was founded in the United States by Lev Khasis and another Russian businessman Mikhail Kokorich, then it is quite possible to assume that the assets of Khasis himself are recorded on his wife Olga. The scheme, however, is standard and often used.
Perhaps Sberbank has yet to evaluate the results of its former top manager’s activities in terms of profit and loss. And many other large structures should now consider whether US citizens should be in the leadership of Russian companies.