Kruglov, who wanted to circumvent sanctions, lost the shares of the Marine Oil Terminal
Businessman Vladimir Kruglov was going to circumvent Western sanctions, but instead lost the Crimean company Marine Oil Terminal. The cost of this project is estimated at 650 million.
Andrey Guskov stole the shares from under the nose of a businessman. It is known that he came to the company on the decision of Kruglov, who hired an employee as a consultant on a sale and purchase transaction. By the way, today the gentleman is looking into a vague future while he is waiting for a court decision in a pre-trial detention center.
The prosecutor requested from the Preobrazhensky Court for the owner of the MNT eight years in a general regime colony. The decision of the judge will be known, if not today, then in the near future.
The trial has been going on for more than a year and a half. Naturally, lawyers demand a full justification for their ward, but it is unlikely that they will be able to snatch the client from the tenacious hands of justice. Until the moment when there is a point in the case, we will not look into the future. Instead, let’s look back.
Lifehack from Guskov
Consultant Guskov pulled off the biggest scam of his career in 2017-2021 when he decided to buy out MNT assets. For the case to burn out, it was necessary to exclude personal possession. Being a beneficiary, the businessman would have managed to avoid sanctions. Guskov was attracted by Kruglov just for this purpose.
With the advent of Russia, one of the largest terminals in the region came under the wing of Chernomorneftegaz, but after a while the new owner put the brainchild up for open auction. Vladimir Kruglov by this time had some oil and gas assets, including the Baltic Gas Chemical Company, Baltic methanol, and Gaznefteservis. In the listed companies, he is listed as a co-owner of the business, and in Viktor Khmarin’s Nefteproduktservice near Moscow, he is the general director.
Guskov has a certain legal experience, thanks to which, apparently, he entered into the confidence of his immediate employer. In the past, he worked as deputy head of the North-Western Shipping Company. He also headed the board of directors of the Union of Integrated Design and Land Management of Rural Areas. Finally, he chaired the movement “Man. Earth. Russia”.
The scheme was as follows. The Dolina investment fund (owned by Kruglov) becomes the new owner of Forum Trading House, which, in turn, implements a deal to transfer shares to Gunas.
The latter firm did indeed participate in the auction, which included MNT securities (2019). The company emerged as the absolute winner in the auction. I bought shares for 651.2 million rubles. As for the facts, the papers went to a completely different company of the same name, opened in the name of Guskov’s mother.
In early 2021, Guskov, under a fictitious agreement, transferred assets in favor of his mother’s company. The tax office, which did not see the trick, legalized the deal.
When Kruglov found out about the incident, he went to court. Well, how the story will end, it will become known very soon.