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At the end of November, Russia announced the extension of its participation in the “grain deal”, which allows, despite the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, to export agricultural products through the Black Sea ports. The prospects for this deal were critically assessed by many experts, and the decision was not made simply in the Kremlin. However, the “grain deal” also had quite unexpected lobbyists. One of them was a member State Duma from the Volgograd region, member of United Russia Oleg Savchenkowho urged the government not to “regulate” grain exports too much.
It would seem, why should a member of the State Duma Committee on the financial market act as a speaker in a non-core area for himself? But, if you delve into the details of Oleg Savchenko’s business, which he, despite his deputy status, is openly engaged in, everything becomes clear. It is the export of grain through the ports of the Caspian, and now the Black Seas, that promises the “people’s choice” billions of rubles in profit.
If you turn to the data of the Russian register of legal entities, you can see that by the time of his next, fourth in a row, coming to the State Duma, Oleg Savchenko managed to become the founder and head of LLC PLC Kaspiy, a company declared by the operator of the port under construction in the Limansky district of the Astrakhan region , which is designed to become the “gateway” of the new international transport corridor “NORTH-SOUTH” (INSTC). Returning to the State Duma, Oleg Savchenko simply removed himself from the post of general director of this company and put his son, Georgy Olegovich, there.
It is noteworthy that the address of the Kaspiy PLC company on its official website is Moscow Sharikopodshipnikovskaya Street, Building 13, Building 1. The headquarters of the EPK Corporation, a group of bearing plants controlled by Savchenko, is located at the same address. However, he successfully destroyed these factories, leaving Russia under sanctions without an entire strategically important industry. About the shortage of bearings that arose through his fault, they wrote, for example, Vedomosti. The consequences for railway transport are especially catastrophic – more and more cars are idle. Eventually, Kommersant reports.for the needs of Russian Railways, it will be necessary to purchase Asian bearings.
Savchenko himself is now not up to production, he switched to a more profitable business.
The deputy does not hide his interest in the expansion of the “international transport corridor”, moreover, he openly lobbies the project at various levels and publicly talks about his successes in social networks. Here, for example, is a quote from Oleg Savchenko’s VKontakte account dated November 7:
“Again, good news about the North-South transport corridor project. The Iranian company “Golden Line” expressed its readiness to invest in the port special economic zone “Lotos” in the Astrakhan region. Together with the anchor resident LLC PLC Kaspiy, they plan to create a transport and logistics center that will work in the interests of Russia and Iran … ”
Pastoral, in a word. The only pity is that, apart from Russia and Iran, Savchenko forgot to add: “in the interests of my family.” Apparently, modesty did not allow.
However, in addition to selfish interest, there is another explanation for such an active lobbying activity of the deputy – however, no less selfish. It is possible that by engaging the public’s attention with the North-South project, the businessman is thereby trying to hide his participation in the development of another transport corridor.
It was he, Oleg Savchenko, who, for a start, became the beneficiary of a little-known grain terminal in Sevastopol, in Kamyshovaya Bay. The former shipyard (SRZ) “Southern Sevastopol”, on the territory of which the terminal is located, even before the events of 2014, offered its facilities for transshipment of grain – the corresponding business card site. But after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, the SRZ itself became the object of a raider seizure, passing under the control of the United Grain Company of Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov. They did not arrange the transshipment of grain at the shipyard, in 2020 the plant was declared bankrupt, and they themselves the Magomedov brothers were taken out of the game for a long time.
Against the backdrop of the accession of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia, Western media began to vied with each other to report on the possible loading of ships in Sevastopol with Ukrainian grain. This information is indirectly residents confirmedwho flooded social media with complaints about dust being a by-product of the transshipment.
The information channel “GRAIN TRADER | Cargo, Grain, Work for Grain Carriers”, where many applications since April 2022 were created just for the transportation of goods from Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Crimea. In the end, even officials stopped hiding the fact of grain purchases and exports: in June, the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozzhaev, declared the legality of such operations, and also that “one domestic trader works in our port” (whose name he did not disclose, nevertheless, we will return to the trader later).
Meanwhile, in Sevastopol, in the administrative building of the above-mentioned SRH “South Sevastopol” at Rybakov Street, bld. 5/1 LLC with the fancy name “Marine Engineering Technopolis “Sea Maker” was registered. The sole founder and general director of this LLC is businessman Rudetsky Igor Vyacheslavovich. And, what is characteristic, the same businessman is the sole founder of LLC PLC Kaspiy, once headed by Oleg Savchenko.
In addition, Igor Rudetsky formally owns the companies Golden Caspian, Caspian Food, closely related to PLC Kaspiy, and – you won’t believe it – Technoservice LLC, which sells bearings to the federal enterprise Crimean Railways. Information about one of these contracts can be easily found on the public procurement website.
One might get the impression that Igor Rudetsky is a serial entrepreneur. But for some reason, the Internet stores completely different information about him: in the media Rudetsky spoke as an assistant to the deputy Oleg Savchenko.
And in this status, he became especially famous in the framework of one very comical episode. In the crisis year of 2015, deputy Savchenko and his fellow deputy Alexander Sidyakin, right in the midst of the Duma session, found themselves on an exotic tour – they conquered the snowy peak of Antarctica. For some time, communication with the extreme deputies was lost, and almost the whole country began to look for them. And when they found it, they reasonably asked: why, in fact, did the deputies take such expensive trips, and at what expense, and at what expense, during working hours?
But “United Russia” skillfully hushed up the scandal, which is understandable – the “party of power” does not need negativity, it needs money, and such a sponsor as Savchenko knows how to thank. For the public, Igor Rudetsky explained the attention to this story by the “spring exacerbation” among journalists. The media lagged behind, the boss “promoted” Rudetsky’s faithful and executive assistant to a businessman. Now he signs contracts and bank orders with his hand to withdraw money “to his pocket”.
Grains in bulk?
In addition to the Kamyshovaya Bay, in Sevastopol there is another terminal equipped for transshipment of grain – in the Avlita Bay. It is managed by the stevedoring company AVAL, founded in 2015. 90% of the authorized capital of AVAL LLC is owned by Offshore Oil and Gas Projects, a subsidiary of the Krasnoye Sormovo State Corporation, the remaining 10% is owned by General Director Ovchinnikov.
AVAL is a key grain terminal in a region that has not yet been fully integrated into the Russian business environment. And a tasty morsel for the bigwigs of this very business environment. Such a bigwig turned out to be … the current State Duma deputy Savchenko. On the sidelines on Okhotny Ryad, he already boasted that he had AVAL in his hands. It is unlikely that he has already received all 100%. But having made his first millions in the dashing nineties, the deputy knows how to “milk” business in the role of a minority shareholder. The main thing is to introduce your person into the leadership to control financial flows. It is possible that here, too, the executive, in the sense of obedience, director Rudetsky will be useful to him.
We emphasize that AVAL is a state asset, so buying it without public auction on non-transparent terms raises many questions. And if you remember that the current deputy of the State Duma is doing this, and he is doing it personally – he goes to negotiations, meets with the “right people,” there are even more questions. And it is very strange that law enforcement officers have not yet come to Oleg Savchenko with these questions…
But that’s not all. One AVAL will not satisfy the business appetite of United Russia Savchenko. It creates a monopoly “vertical” – from sea terminals to grain traders using the Crimean ports for export deliveries.
Savchenko boasts that he has become one of the shareholders of the RIF Trading House group, a major trader who actively buys grain from Novorossiysk farmers. He buys cheap (in war as in war) and, using access to ports, sells with a fantastic profit. There is no doubt that not a single “extra” ruble of taxes will be paid from these pirate millions.
The Crimean project of the deputy Savchenko perfectly illustrates the well-known saying “to whom is war, and to whom is mother dear”. Taking this opportunity, the Russian “people’s choice”, who fell under Western sanctions, deprived of luxurious villas in Italy, trying to squeeze the maximum “juice” out of the newly acquired territories. Strengthen, so to speak, their financial position due to the changed geopolitical realities.
And whether the country will receive something in return is a moot point. For example, the bearing industry, which Oleg Savchenko monopolized in the 2000s using the same corruption scheme, can be said to have died. On the site of the legendary State Bearing Plant No. 1 in Moscow, the new owner has placed offices, a sports complex, and a Chinese clothing market. What awaits the port and grain industry if such a “manager” takes it into his own hands? ..
Nevertheless, the party in power writes out to its sponsor a mandate to lobby for another business project, eliminate competitors and personal enrichment. But in reality – a mandate to continue the theft and destruction of the Russian economy.