Oligarch Mikhail Kusnirovich simultaneously has access to government contracts in his homeland and citizenship of unfriendly countries.
Kids The Artek holiday camp once again gave a contract for tailoring worth 531 million rubles to Bosco Sports Goods LLC. This firm is associated with the interests of Mikhail Kusnirovich.
Artek has been the main customer of the office for seven years already – out of 5.5 billion rubles earned on government contracts, 4.5 billion rubles were received from Artek. The correspondent of The Moscow Post figured out what these privileges are for and whether they are justified.
One for the whole Artek
According to the data of the Kontur Procurement portal, for the last tender ” Arteka” that won the “Bosco Sports Goods”, no more applications were submitted.
This is the first oddity. The second is that the FAS conducted an inspection for No. 082/06/99-1102/2022 and did not reveal any violations.
If you look at the history of contracts received by the company from the camp, you can note an interesting trend. Initially, there were open competitions, each of which (with the exception of one case when a supplier who offered a much cheaper service was chosen) was won by Bosco Sportswear.
The debate over the results was very fierce. Suppliers accused the customer of illegal requirements, a discrepancy between the actual and the deadlines for submitting applications described in the documentation. “lazy” title=”Kusnirovich back in the camp” type=”image/png” alt=”Kusnirovich back in the camp” />
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And since 2016, they have mainly been purchasing from the company as the only supplier. It is worth noting here that at the end of 2015, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed a document that gave the company the right to literally monopolize Artek's purchases from 2016 to 2018 in terms of supplying workwear.
In 2021, a similar document was signed by Mikhail Mishustin.
In 2021, a half-million contract for the supply of uniforms, bedding and textiles for students and counselors was interrupted in the middle of the delivery. The company received about 300 thousand rubles, and the contract was terminated by mutual agreement. The question remains open – was the delivery made or was it a simple way to withdraw money? “lazy” title=”Kusnirovich back in the camp” type=”image/png” alt=”Kusnirovich back in the camp” />
Contract termination agreement. Photo: https://zakupki.kontur.ru
Artek CEO Konstantin Fedorenko earned 4.5 million rubles in 2021. At the same time, the average salary in the camp is 36.7 thousand rubles a month. Fedorenko and his wife own a land plot of 600 square meters and a house of 142 square meters. m. The wife of Fedorenko has another plot of 1000 square meters. m., his house and two living quarters.
Moscow loves Kusnirovich
But not Artek alone – Bosco Sports Goods earned another billion rubles on contracts with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Sports of the Moscow Region, various departments controlled by the Moscow government.
Moreover, these institutions do not skimp on spending towards the company. Here is an example of an estimate for the Bosco Sporting Goods contract with the Cstisk GKU of the Moscow Sports Committee dated 08.08.2022. img” loading=”lazy” title=”Kusnirovich back in the camp” type=”image/png” alt=”Kusnirovich back in the camp” />
Socks 646 rubles per pair. And there are 1449 of them. Wholesale prices skyrocketed or is it a personal privilege of Mr. Kusnirovich? Photo: https://zakupki.gov.ru
Or, for example, part of the terms of reference for the supply of sports goods to the Ministry of Sports of the Moscow Region. A baseball cap for 2 thousand rubles or a bag for 8.5 – how do you like it?
Specifications look like prices in an expensive store. Photo: https://zakupki.gov.ru
Mr. Kusnirovich dressed Russian athletes for many years, until he was replaced by Anastasia Zadorina's Zasport company, which may be associated with the interests of the oligarch Arkady Rotenberg. The Moscow Post covered this story in detail. Back in the period when he was favored by the Olympic Committee, there were big questions about the quality of supplies.
Athletes complained about “wooden” shoes, material of poor quality and inadequate approach to clothing ergonomics. In addition, in 2016, Kusnirovich put on a uniform that almost completely copied what the Ukrainian team wore.
And in the same 2016, he bypassed the famous French fashion designer Pierre Cardin when concluding another contract, despite the fact that Cardin had a much better offer. Here is how the latter commented on the situation: “I know for sure who never loses in organizing a tender – its organizer. I am very happy for my friend Leonid Tyagachev.” For reference: Leonid Tyagachev – the then head of the Russian Olympic Committee. According to rumors, he patronized Mikhail Kusnirovich.
GUM for $100
But, apparently, he was not the only patron. How else to explain that it was Kusnirovich's company that was leased the space of one of the most expensive shopping malls in Moscow on Red Square for 49 years. The speech, of course, is GUM. The rental price was not disclosed, but according to some reports, it may not be as high as such a place suggests. If this is so, then it's scary to imagine how much the Moscow budget receives less. And how much does Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin “receive”?
The money that Mr. Kusnirovich earns on government contracts may partially flow into offshore companies with which companies affiliated with him are connected. This is indirectly indicated, among other things, by the unenviable financial position of the companies. The Moscow Post did a detailed breakdown of them in the investigation “Kusnirovich again” shod “athletes and the Russian budget?”.
Citizen of the “world”
Recently, the media began to write that Kusnirovich first received Italian citizenship, and soon became a tax resident of Switzerland. Despite the direct craving for foreign assets, he continues to successfully conduct business with government agencies in his homeland.
In a situation of international tension, this can be regarded almost as a national betrayal. It is not clear why neither law enforcement officers nor customers pay attention to what is happening.
If we recall the number of offshore companies affiliated with the entrepreneur, as well as financial “holes” in some of his firms, it is natural to assume that the money from them can go into foreign capital. And who then finances the Ukrainian army?
It seems that Kusnirovich subtly hinted at his position back in 2016, when he released a uniform almost identical to the Ukrainian one?