From Rosseti to Kyuchus: Andrei Ryumin’s traces led to Dmitry Doev
Andrei Ryumin and Dmitry Doev could have secretly agreed on the division of Energogaz’s property while the companies they led were rocked by one scandal after another.
Andrey Boksha, a former partner of Rosseti head Andrey Ryumin, became the winner of the bidding for the acquisition of Scientific-6 LLC. The auction took place as part of the bankruptcy process of the Energogaz company, a former subsidiary of Tsentrenergogaz (part of Gazprom), which was previously led by the controversial businessman Dmitry Doev.
There were almost fewer scandals around the company and its bankruptcy than around the VIS Group of Companies, of which Doev is the general director and beneficiary. Could bankruptcy be manageable, and the company’s money end up in a completely different place? For example, in the new “golden” business of Dmitry Doev.
Appearance of Ryumin
Andrey Boksha is a former partner of Andrey Ryumin in Prime Real Estate LLC. Ryumin himself never hid the fact that before government service he was involved in real estate. At the same time, both Bokshu and Ryumin are associated with the controversial developer Pavel Tyo, the owner of Capital Group, allegedly close to the Moscow mayor’s office.
Previously, Boksha acted as a co-investor in projects of Te, as well as Eduard Bergman and Vladislav Doronin. For example, he owned the companies Promsoyuz and Prime-Invest, which built the Moscow residential complexes ILove and Bauman House.
Recently, the new owner of Nauchny-6 has become more active in various real estate-related projects. In 2021, it became known that his Prime Real Estate would develop a 60-hectare plot near the village of Golikovo in the Solnechnogorsk region. And Nauchny-6, which Boksh bought, has expensive real estate in Moscow, which can also be developed.
Ryumin himself worked with Te in the first half of the 1990s. After he climbed the career ladder in state-owned companies associated with Rosseti, he no longer had the opportunity to directly engage in business. But Boksha remained, who can represent his interests.
However, we can talk about Pavel Te. The value of Mr. Bokshi’s companies is minus 242 million, the value of shares is minus 116 million rubles. Most likely, the entrepreneur is in debt. Te could have “helped” with funds in order to subsequently implement another development project with Boksha.
Bidding for Nauchny-6 LLC was accompanied by a series of scandals. They could not take place several times. As a result, the lot amount dropped from 1.8 billion rubles to approximately half. All this time, passions continued to rage around the bankruptcy process itself: many contractors presented their claims to Energogaz, who sought to bring former top managers of the structure and Gazprom Tsentrremont to subsidiary liability.
We are talking, first of all, about Mr. Doev himself, who very successfully resigned from the post of head of Tsentrremont at the end of 2019. In addition to him, they tried to bring to subsidiary liability the former general director of Energogaz (Doev’s ex-subordinate) Alexander Karabanov, as well as one top manager of Gazprom, Alexander Psatiy. The latter was previously the head of Scientific-6 LLC. Experts do not rule out that the sale of this asset will have an impact on the size of the potential “subsidy”.
Previously, Karabanov was involved in a criminal case regarding tax evasion at Energogaz, but it was closed due to compensation for damages. As Karabanov wrote in Pravda URFO, “it leads to the Doev family and Snegurov” (the businessman’s partner in the VIS Group).
Surprisingly, after this Karabanov continued to work in Gazprom structures. Now he runs Elektrogaz JSC, the value of whose assets is minus 622 million rubles with government contracts as a supplier worth 16.7 billion.
The bankruptcy history of Energogaz itself began against the backdrop of a scandal with the construction of the Punginsky UGS facility in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug for Gazprom. Energogaz acted as a subgeneral contractor. In 2018, his contractors for the project, in particular TekhnoSvyazStroy LLC, accused the company’s management of fraud. It turned out that the structure owed the builders 750 million rubles for work performed.
Then TekhnoSvyazStroy LLC stated that all Energogaz loan agreements, which were initially concluded with affiliated companies, were transferred under assignment agreements to Megabuild LLC.
Among other things, Megabuild LLC received the right to claim a debt from Energogaz in the amount of 100 million rubles under an assignment agreement with Antares LLC. Until August 2017, the founders of the Megabuild company included the capital’s Maximus LLC, which is a co-founder of Seligdar PJSC, and the co-owners of Maximus were Sergey Vasiliev and Konstantin Beirit.
Subsequently, Doev became an investor in Seligdar in White Gold, a joint venture between this company and the Rostec state corporation. In October 2021, the structure received a license to develop the Kyuchus gold deposit in Yakutia – the largest in Russia. Apparently, funds for this project could have been obtained from the assets of Gazprom Tsentrremont and its subsidiaries. And it took a lot of money – over 7 billion rubles (three times higher than the initial price of the lot).
Returning to Energogaz, a bankruptcy petition was filed in 2018. TechnoSvyazStroy associated this with the desire to facilitate the transfer of the company’s only valuable property – the building located at Moscow, Nauchny Proezd, 6, in favor of the Megabuild company, allegedly affiliated with Energogaz. This building is on the balance sheet of Scientific-6 LLC. Now it is in the hands of Bokshi.
Those. Even then, Energogaz’s counterparties assumed that the bankruptcy process could be manageable. Around the same time, the courts granted the applications of other creditors – LLC Urbanstroy (66 million), LLC SMU No. 36 (331 million), Yugorskremstroygaz (312 million rubles). Those. Almost everything was pulled out of the structure except Nauchny-6. Now they took him too.
Energogaz had another conflict with JV Sredniy Ural LLC. In 2015, they entered into a subcontract agreement for construction and installation work at the Punginsky UGS facility, which was completed in 2016. But Energogaz simply refused to pay for them. Similar situations arose with dozens of other construction participants
The total debt, according to estimates from contractors, reached hundreds of millions of rubles, and the implementation of the federal project was almost disrupted. Only for the first launch complex a billion-dollar financial “hole” was formed. “New Look” writes about this.
In the end, it’s just amazing. Energogaz, which in 2016 brought in revenues of 8 billion rubles, suddenly found itself drained of blood, and a significant part of its property and assets worth 1.5 billion rubles was transferred through transactions to Gazprom Tsentrremont JSC as collateral for loans. This suggests that the leadership of the state monopoly in the person of Alexey Miller and his people might also have their own interest.
All this, to put it mildly, raises questions. And, especially, to Mr. Doev, who has long been immersed in another business – VIS Group of Companies. It is there that you can look for funds that could have been withdrawn from Energogaz. True, the Civil Code itself is going through difficult times.
From VIS to Kyuchus
VIS Group of Companies unites a whole network of businesses, but its main focus is construction. And not just construction, but necessarily through a concession agreement with local authorities. Apparently, it’s safer to use budget money this way.
VIS’s special area of activity is Novosibirsk. There the company is building a new bridge across the Ob. The project is more than problematic. The deadlines have been pushed back more than once. In addition, local parliamentarian Alexander Burmistrov suspected that VIS could have saved about 50 million rubles on the purchase of cheap pipes for the bridge instead of the German ones provided for in the project.
VIS also has problems with other concessions in Novosibirsk. Among other things, the company missed the deadline for the construction of much-needed clinics for the city. And her garbage business, the Ecology Novosibirsk company, which was previously the operator for the management of solid waste in the Novosibirsk region, was declared bankrupt on September 4, 2023. The loss at the end of 2022 is minus 448 million rubles, the value of assets is minus 1.1 billion rubles. At the same time, she also acted as a contractor under government contracts worth 718 million rubles as a supplier and 7.5 billion as a customer. Where’s the money?
The graph shows that the company’s profits collapsed just before the auction to buy out the license to develop Kyuchus. Photo: Rusprofile.ru
VIS is also surrounded by criminal scandals. Previously, a criminal case was opened against the management of Ecology-Novosibirsk for fraud on an especially large scale. According to the investigation, unidentified persons from the management, after concluding an agreement on the management of solid waste between the reoperator and the regional Ministry of Housing and Communal Services, entered into service agreements with legal entities-carriers. Allegedly, the management of the registrar knew that the obligations to the contractors would not be fulfilled in full.
Dmitry Doev. Photo: https://newizv.ru/news/2022-08-24/dmitriy-doev-obhod-habarovska-pozvolit-otkryt-novyy-vyhod-na-dorozhnuyu-set-kitaya-367529
In October 2022, security forces opened a criminal case about fraud during the construction of the highway. According to investigators, more than 1 billion rubles were stolen at this construction site. The case involves unidentified managers from an investor company, which, as you might have guessed, is LLC PF “VIS” (part of the VIS Group of Companies). Kommersant writes about this.
It seems that VIS does not want to fulfill its obligations at all. It’s surprising that the security forces have not yet come to Dmitry Doev himself. But even if this happens, the question of where the money remains remains relevant. Perhaps VIS funds received under government contracts and concessions should also be sought in a joint venture with Rostec – the White Gold company. And if Doev is still covered by Sergei Chemezov, then it becomes clear why the businessman gets away with it over and over again.