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Perhaps businessmen from the Soyuz Marins Group, close to the Podolsk organized criminal group, are expanding their empire by purchasing a business center in the patrimony of Andrey Vorobyov?

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The Light Breeze company, which is managed by Nizhny Novgorod businessman Ilya Zavivaev, has acquired the Green Point business center in Khimki (Moscow Region).

As the correspondent of The Moscow Post managed to find out, the asset could have gone to the people next to whom the Podolsk organized criminal group rotated. Details – in the material of The Moscow Post in the Moscow region.

A few words about Zavivaev

Zavivaev is best known as the president of the Chess Federation of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. There are a lot of laudatory articles about him on the Internet, mainly focusing on how much he loves chess, endless dedication to the cause.

But he also has other hobbies. Zavivaev owned Grandstroy-99 LLC in 2015-2017. The company was convicted of bid rigging last year. This was reported by Pravda PFO. FAS prevented the scam.

Together with the company “TSZH Stroy”, owned by Anna Zavivaeva (judging by the name of a relative), they participated in the competition for the development of design estimates and reconstruction of the 5th administrative building in Nizhny Novgorod. The third participant was a firm from Cheboksary “Stroyindustriya”. As the FAS reported, “The contract went to the TSZH-Stroy company. The court managed to find out that 250 thousand rubles were paid for Stroyindustriya LLC’s refusal to participate in the purchase.”

Interestingly, for the revealed crime, the official of “Grandstroy-99” suffered an administrative penalty, although in fact for such crimes the article of the criminal code on commercial bribery is usually used.

In addition, Zavivaev was elected a deputy of the Zemsky Assembly of the Knyagininsky district of the Nizhny Novgorod region at the age of 26, becoming the youngest deputy in the region. Why such a resounding success? As the correspondent of The Moscow Post managed to find out, influential people from the Podolsk organized criminal group may be behind him.

And here “Union Marins Group”

In the company “Lyd breeze” in question, the founder is a certain Alexander Morozov. Morozov, until 2021, was the general director of Investrielty, where the founder is Agricultural Agriculture and Grain Harvesting LLC (SKHZZ), which is owned by Soyuz Marins Group JSC (SMG).

In the structure, potentially affiliated with Curly firms, there is also an offshore company – WEYDALE LIMITED. In 2015-2016, LLC “Agricultural Agriculture and Grain Harvesting” (SHZZ) was registered on it. This office owns “Investrielty”, its head at one time was the current founder of “Light Breeze” Alexei Morozov.

A huge number of enterprises are associated with Soyuz Marins Group, including those receiving government contracts. Another offshore company, ZEVERAY TRADING LIMITED, is also affiliated with it. Until 2017, Elektronika Plus LLC was registered on it from the SMG orbit.

One of the offshore owners is Albert Serkisyan. On the official website of SMG, he is called the chairman of the board of directors of the company. According to the authors of the site, he allegedly acted as an official for the leaders of the JMC. The name of Ilya Kazakov also sounds – allegedly he is negotiating in Moscow. However, shortly after this publication, the SMG disowned Kazakov, saying that they did not know this.

Among the offshore holders there is also a certain Olga Evgenievna Volkova. The full namesake businesswoman of this lady with a Nizhny Novgorod TIN is the founder of a number of organizations. Including LLC “Electronics-NN”. It is also held by Zheleznyakov Igor Valerievich. According to information from open sources, he is the president of Elektronika Group of Companies and in 2017 a company from his orbit won the best developer of the year competition together with the Hampton by Hilton Nizhny Novgorod hotel, which received the award on the same day.

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It is known that SMG owns five hotels in Nizhny Novgorod and a host of other assets. Probably looked at Hampton by Hilton Nizhny Novgorod.

The film company “OPG Podolskaya” presents

SMG positions itself primarily as a film studio. On the official website, they write about themselves like this: “a Russian diversified company whose tasks are to strengthen the spiritual and patriotic foundations of the state, the socio-economic development of Russia. The main areas of activity are the film and entertainment industry, family recreation and hospitality, as well as construction, rural economy, property management and others.

It was founded by former marine Alexander Kulikov and, as Kommersant writes, “they consider it an honor to have friendly relations and close cooperation with law enforcement agencies – the Russian marines, the special forces of the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation “Vityaz” and “Rus”.

According to the journalists of the publication, the company had connections from the SMG orbit with the police, the tax police, and the bailiff service. She also enjoyed the support of the mayor of Nizhny Novgorod.

The authors of the Rosotkat website claimed that they were allegedly connected with people from the Chekhov and Podolsk organized crime groups.

And with these structures can Mr. Zavivaev, a successful chess player who thinks only about the game, be connected?

On Zavivaev’s personal page on the VKontakte social network, a certain Mergen Pakhomkin appears among the businessman’s subscribers.

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Pakhomkin may be a member of a family that engaged in illegal cash withdrawals as part of an organized group between 2015 and 2018. About 3.3 billion rubles were withdrawn into the shadow turnover when using one-day firms. This was reported by “Version”. And here in the case there is an extremely lenient sentence.

Interestingly, the firms associated with the Pakhomkin family are still doing great work. For example, “Agrofirma PIK Plus” is registered for the same Mergen Pakhomkin. By the way, judging by the schedule of its revenue, money can be safely withdrawn from there. Isn’t it in favor of Zavivaev?

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The firm can be used as a “box”, where the funds of the “cashers” come. Photo:

As you know, the former head of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was seriously fond of chess. At the age of 14 he became the champion of Kalmykia. In this industry, he, according to various sources, has invested about 60 million dollars.

Is it possible to assume that the former head of Kalmykia, if he is familiar with Zavivaev, can provide Pakhomkin with such immunity?

Links at the top

Now SMG owns a lot of assets – this is the agricultural industry, and hotels, and many others. Evil tongues connect the organized crime group Podolsk with a former employee of the authorities, deputy mayor of the Moscow region, and now the head of the city of Podolsk, Dmitry Zharikov, who, when he came to power, put a lot of people from Podolsk under his control. By the way, Andrei Vorobyov personally appointed Zharikov himself, he also awarded Zharikov with the Breakthrough of the Year medal and, unexpectedly, after a short time, removed him from his post. Apparently, there were some problems of a legal nature.

At least, there are rumors that allegedly after Zharikov came to power, he put his people, including on two municipal enterprises – “Electric Network” and “Teploset” in order to lend them and bankrupt them, and withdraw the money. In addition, he could target Serpukhov – the same people began to receive contracts in this suburb. For example, the firm of Alexander Lomakin “USSR”.

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They say that she received such privileges thanks to Lomakin’s friendship with the crime boss Zub, who is friendly with representatives of the Podolsk organized criminal group. Photo:

Not so long ago, the Perspektiva company, associated with Kulikov, bought the Chaika pool in the center of Moscow for half the starting price. This was reported by Kommersant. Other firms participating in the competition (in fact, one that belonged to the deputy, because one more participant turned out to be connected with Perspektiva) did not mind. It appears that all bidders followed certain backroom agreements.

Connections with the SMG can be traced back to Igor Shuvalov. Until 2018, the company was managed by Profdir LLC. Since 2016, Sergey Kotlyarenko, the asset manager of the Shuvalov family, has been in charge of this control.

Land theft, Scientology and wiretapping

In 2017, security forces came to the offices of the JMG with searches – the case concerned the investigation of the theft of land in the Chekhov and Podolsky districts of the Moscow region. This was reported by RIA Novosti. The case was not given. And the profits “earned” on potentially stolen lands could easily settle in any of the above offshores.

In addition, the very creator of the SMG, Alexander Kulikov (also, by the way, born in Nizhny Novgorod), is credited with a passion for Scientology, a religion banned in Russia. Moreover, as Kommersant wrote, employees of his companies were supposed to study the theory of Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, in special courses. Dissenters were fired.

For reference: for 21 years of work in Russia, the organization has become a defendant in dozens of high-profile lawsuits.

“This is a special service that collects dossiers on all its adherents and shares information with the CIA,” Vesti.Ru quotes Alexander Dvorkin, professor at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities.

Thus, Mr. Zavivaev may owe his position essentially to the Podolsk organized criminal group, and in the interests of the SMG to acquire a large asset in the patrimony of Governor Vorobyov. And here it is worth remembering that the governor of the Moscow region can also potentially be associated with people from the group. Is everything agreed at the highest level?

Andrew Fink

Andrew Fink

Andrew Fink was born in 1977 in Bellows Falls, Vermont. His career as a journalist began with the regional publication Bellows Falls Times. political commentator, one of the founders of the project "Russian crimes".

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