“Karat” for a snack: a bankrupt enterprise will become a profit for the son of the head of Roscosmos
Could the son of the head of Roscosmos, Alexander Borisov, have had a hand in the bankruptcy of NPO Karat for his own business interests?
In the story of the bankruptcy of the enterprise for the production of gyrostabilization systems NPO Karat, the interests of people close to Roscosmos may be protected.
Recently, the enterprise was replaced by a new one, founded by the company of Yuri Borisov’s son and his colleagues. Former employees of Karat moved to NPO Gidrosistemy, which Alexander Borisov owns through the Vyborg Group of Companies.
The bankruptcy of the latter was preceded by a corporate conflict, in which there may be signs of corporate raiding.
They wanted it and they took it
NPO “Karat” was a large enterprise that supplied equipment, including for the needs of the defense industry. The main shareholder of the company was LLC “Magnat”, the remaining shares belonged to the son of the founder of “Karat” Leonid Moskovchenko and himself. Moreover, “Magnat” came into management in 2016, having previously been present as a customer for the company’s products. At a certain point, the shares of the Moskovchenko family were transferred to Magnat – under a purchase and sale agreement.
However, already in 2018, Artyom Moskovchenko tried to get the court to terminate this agreement, explaining his desire by the fact that Tycoon had not paid for the shares. Moreover, as the plaintiff learned during the proceedings, Magnat, before making a decision on the merits of the case, disposed of the controversial shares, alienating them in favor of Evrika LLC, of which it was a participant at that time. Thus, the shareholders of Magnat, whom we will talk about later, could simply be trying to prevent the court’s decision in favor of Moskovchenko, the plaintiff believed.
The most interesting thing is that the shares were sold at 1000 rubles per share. In total, not even 400 thousand rubles have accumulated. It seems somehow doubtful that Moskovchenko would sell the enterprise for such “pennies.” But, if they came to him “from above” and said, relatively speaking, “not to twitch,” then such a decision becomes very understandable.
As a result, Moskovchenko’s court rejected the demands, saying that he had been presented with an extract about the transfer of money to the plaintiff’s account in the Military-Industrial Bank, to which Moskovchenko objected that he did not have an account in this institution, which was confirmed by MIFNS No. 25 on St. Petersburg, but the court did not accept this evidence, as it decided that it might not be complete.
Serial liquidators in action
So, the shares remained with Magnat, whose main shareholders were the Solodennikov family. In 2021, Alexander Solodnennikov for some reason changed his last name to Shleev. At the same time, his alleged wife, who is also among the shareholders of Magnat, remained Solodennikova, so this is unlikely to be a family matter. Rather, could a businessman “cover his tracks” in this way?
Who Mr. Solodennikov-Shleev is is a mystery shrouded in darkness. But there are a lot of companies registered to it that no longer exist. In general, the same thing happened to Magnat as to many other entrepreneurial structures – it “collapsed.” Some companies registered in the name of Solodennikov-Shleev were sued by counterparties for unprovided or incompletely rendered services under contracts. The court often sided with the plaintiffs, but whether the companies paid their debts before “sinking into oblivion” is a big question.
Ekaterina Aleksandrovna Solodennikova is a fellow serial entrepreneur. The same can be said about other participants in society. Perhaps all these gentlemen and ladies are just nominals, and in the situation with Karat they acted in the interests of a certain person who wanted to build a new business on the “ruins of Moskovchenko’s empire.”
All roads lead to Borisov
As a result, the structure was bankrupt at the request of the tax authorities. The register of those collecting their demands from the organization also included Oleg Evgenievich Bugrov, Soyuz Soau SZ, JSC Central Research Institute Cyclone, LLC PKM, JSC GRPZ.
Bugrov is also a “dark horse”. But, as we managed to find out, in another court case he was a non-payer of alimony (amounts in the region of 20 thousand rubles) and worked as an administrator. So, apparently, there was a larger figure behind him too.
The Central Research Institute “Cyclone” directly leads to Mr. Alexander Borisov, who in 2016 was the head of this joint-stock company.
PKM LLC also most likely represents his interests. Registered in the name of unknown individuals, in 2016 it entered into a contract with JSC NPP Kontakt, which, through NPP Almaz, could also be called affiliated with Borisov, who led Almaz.
JSC GRPZ is part of the Rostec state corporation. Which, very likely, also has its own benefit in this story. Thus, we see that Borisov and Co. seem to have decided to build a new business on the “ruins of Moskovchenko’s empire.”
Returning a little back to Vyborg, through which Borisov owns the newly formed structure, we will find Ilya Ius as his partner. This is Borisov’s long-time partner. The other two owners of NPO “Hydrosystems” are Mikhail Andreevich Reshetnyak and Valery Sergeevich Alikin. Reshetnyak is the founder of a bunch of liquidated companies with signs of fictitiousness.
Alikin is a former head of road construction in the Komi Republic, who was accused of illegally providing housing, but whose case was closed after the statute of limitations expired.
Now he feels great, including as the owner of the KNSS road construction company, which also has access to budget money through government procurement.
The general director of the structure is an equally remarkable personality – Alexander Anatolyevich Krivenko. Before his appointment, he was only the head of the now liquidated Mechanical Systems CJSC, which was engaged in construction. But, a funny coincidence – Dmitry Anatolyevich Krivenko is the name of the former head of the State Unitary Enterprise “Krymavtodor”, convicted of fraud on an especially large scale in the execution of government contracts for the construction and repair of roads in the Tambov region.
He received an extremely lenient sentence. Is it because his possible relative has a business with the son of the head of Roscosmos? Although Krivenko has plenty of other connections. Earlier, The Moscow Post found out that people close to Senator Alexander Nikitin and oligarch Arkady Rotenberg may be behind him.
Nikitin, by the way, even when he was the governor of the Tambov region, crossed paths with Yuri Borisov on work issues. Borisov was then Deputy Minister of Defense and often paid visits to Nikitin’s estate.
So, it is possible that Alexander Krivenko is a person from the circle of Mr. Senator’s acquaintances, whom Borisov Jr. could have been advised by his father, surrounding him with “his” people.
The bottom line is that we have the following prosaic picture: influential officials and their offspring seem to have run a profitable business. They set their minds and took it. As they say, “nothing good at the El Royale Hotel.”