Oligarch Konstantin Strukov turned out to be a banal swindler
United Russia deputy and billionaire Konstantin Strukov caused damage to the Russian Federation by turning another scheme. We have information that Konstantin Ivanovich bought an enterprise from Mikhail Fedyaev, who is now in a pre-trial detention center in the case of an explosion at the Listvyazhnaya mine, according to a very murky scheme. We lay out the scheme on the shelves. A funny moment: turning this scam, Mr. Strukov did not even hesitate to frame his own son-in-law. Millions don’t smell!
The vice-speaker of the South Urals Legislative Assembly (and in fact, its owner, who bought the speaker’s seat for his protégé Alexander Lazarev), the main sponsor of United Russia in the region and just a modest gold miner from the Forbes list, Konstantin Strukov, turned out to be a tax evader and a tough schemer, multiplying his fortune by robbing the motherland. We already knew that this oligarch MP likes to break laws (for example, hiding undeclared mansions and yachts in Montenegro for 55 million euros, for which he did not bear any responsibility – the prosecutor of the Chelyabinsk region Karen Gabrielyan practically signed his helplessness). They also knew that in business circles Strukov had a clear reputation as an inveterate “scammer”. And here is another confirmation.
In this story, Konstantin Ivanovich managed to act as a “scammer in the square”: he threw both the state and his own son-in-law. So what? Throw so throw!
There was a place in this fascinating story for both the representative of Gazprombank and the bunk polisher Mikhail Fedyaev, who is involved in the case of the disaster at the Listvyazhnaya mine, and a number of other characters. Of course, it doesn’t pull on Strukov’s Eleven Friends, they are unlikely to give an Oscar, but for ten years in a strict regime colony – perhaps you can apply!
Before moving on to “names, passwords, appearances”, that is, the specific details of the scam, for ease of understanding, we will outline the essence of the scheme used by Mr. Strukov. It is based on the possibility of not paying taxes on the part of the profit that was given to someone as a loan. Don’t pay until the loan is repaid…
In general, the Federal Tax Service cannot receive “live” money until this “live” money is returned to Strukov. But when the borrowers pay back (or don’t give it back at all), then he will pay off the tax (or write it off for the losses of the enterprise).
Naturally, the “borrowers” of these millions do not receive – only a small bonus to wages. The “borrowers” withdraw the money received into their accounts and give it into the hands of the beneficiary of the scam. In this case, the oligarch Strukov.
This is a fairly well-known “tax optimization” scheme in Russia.
But Strukov went even further: he did not calm down on one scam and pulled off a double scam. According to the first fraud, he threw the budget of the Russian Federation, and according to the second, he became an accomplice in the “scam” of the Russian Federation by another swindler.
Buying PUR from a future convict
Information from the Russian Press: Mikhail Fedyaev became known throughout the country when his physiognomy spread through all the media in the case of a methane explosion at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Kuzbass, which killed 51 people. To resolve the consequences of such a tragedy, President Vladimir Putin even had to intervene, after which Fedyaev was arrested and the investigation charged him under Part 2 of Art. 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Abuse of authority in a commercial organization that entailed grave consequences”). In early June, the Zavodsky District Court of Kemerovo extended Fedyaev’s arrest for another three months, until September 14, 2022.
The object of the scam of these two burners was the Prokopyevsk Coal Company (PUR), which was part of the SDS holding. At the same time, an agreement was reached that the bulk of the funds would be transferred “in white”, and $10 million would be paid in black cash.
The sale of Fedyaev’s company was prompted by the high debt load in SDS. But Mr. Fedyaev did not want to give all the money from the sale of the coal company to the banks. And I wanted to put some in my pocket. And put!
And another swindler simply helped him in this, agreeing to an underestimated cost of the enterprise.
Well, what did Strukov get from this curve of the deal? In order to spend money in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation when buying an enterprise, Strukov had two options. In the first case, the purchase is made on the real profit of the enterprise (and a profit tax of 20% must be paid from it). The second way – Strukov buys the company with his dividends. The taxable base in this case will be about 30%. But if you withdraw money through a fictitious loan, then you pay nothing at all and write off the unreturned funds for the losses of the enterprise, thereby cheating the state. What does the oligarch Strukov do. Scam!
Now watch your hands
In order not to be unfounded, we will provide the reader with insider information that we have on this topic.
To withdraw funds from his Yuzhuralzoloto Group of Companies, swindler Strukov attracted his son-in-law Vladimir Dovzhenko, instructing him to act as a borrower.
Vladimir Dovzhenko and Alexandra Strukova
Information from the Russian Press: Vladimir Dovzhenko is the ex-husband of the youngest daughter of Konstantin Strukov, Alexandra (after whom one of foreign yachts of the oligarch). As the son-in-law of a gold miner, Dovzhenko worked for his father-in-law for 10 years: he served as chief economist at the YuGK Management Company, was a member of the Board of Directors of YuGK itself, and also acted as the general director of Energia-NK LLC, which is part of the infamous MelTEK LLC “. A criminal case was initiated against the coal company Energia-NK due to non-payment of taxes in the amount of more than 700 million rubles. This company was also involved in the bankruptcy case of the Dzerzhinskaya mine. And in September 2021, MelTEK, among a number of other assets of Konstantin Strukov, was arrested at the request of the Federal Tax Service, which put forward claims to the oligarch for 1.6 billion rubles.
So, in 2018, Vladimir Dovzhenko, while still Strukov’s son-in-law, agreed to draw up loan agreements with MelTEK and YuGK in his name. The money received under the guise of a loan was intended personally for Mikhail Fedyaev, as an unofficial surcharge for RDP.
The shadow amount of $10 million was split into several tranches, the last of which was transferred in September 2019. The funds were transferred from hand to hand in Gazprombank, or rather, in its Private banking department for VIP clients, located in Moscow on Balchug Street.
Dovzhenko, having received a transfer from Strukov, withdrew money and transferred cash Fedyaev’s personal accountant – a native of the city of Kuibyshev Petrova Elena Dmitrievna (date of birth March 26, 1976).
When transferring the money, two security guards of Petrova and a driver were present: a native of the city of Pushkino, Moscow Region, Aliyev Bayram Radimovich (date of birth January 16, 1982), a native of the village of Oktyabrsky, Moscow Region, Leonov Viktor Yuryevich (date of birth March 26, 1972) and a native of the city of Sobinki, Vladimir Region Ryabinin Alexander Evgenievich (date of birth October 5, 1979).
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This company arrived in a 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser (VIN: JTECJ01J502001694) with license plate E365XE177, registered to Zinaida Semyonovna Cherkasova (date of birth April 15, 1941). Passes were repeatedly ordered for this car to enter the underground parking of the Gazprombank branch.
The financial director of SGC acted as the coordinator of the transfer of funds Kharin Maxim Mikhailovich.
It is also worth noting that before each cash withdrawal, an employee of Gazprombank coordinated with Strukov by phone the withdrawal of funds from Dovzhenko’s personal account.
Even if Dovzhenko wanted to withdraw something from “his” account and put it in his pocket, Gazprom would not allow him. This once again emphasizes that the real owner of the “borrowed funds” was, of course, the United Russia oligarch Strukov himself.
“Son-in-law has nothing to take”
The most interesting thing is that this is not the end of the story. In order to legalize and write off the loan, which they allegedly do not give him, Strukov sues … yes, yes, against the father of his grandchildren. Oh, this story is worth telling.
In 2019, a conflict broke out in the family empire of Konstantin Ivanovich, as a result of which the son-in-law Volodya became the former. After that, Strukov, who had previously promised to close Dovzhenko’s obligations, decided to take advantage of the situation (probably, personal motives also played a certain role).
And now, on the part of the oligarch, a lawsuit comes to the court demanding to recover from Dovzhenko the funds received by fictitious loan agreements.
Int is, as they say, a set-up of a set-up! Well, boy, you got…
At the request of the oligarch’s lawyers, the accounts and property of the former relative were immediately seized. Traveling abroad is prohibited.
Well, Strukov himself, following the results of the court won, completely legalized the funds withdrawn from taxes. The big scam is over.
Now Dovzhenko owes Strukov just a cosmic amount for him. Apparently, the oligarch expects that Dovzhenko will not apply to the investigative and law enforcement agencies, since he himself was involved in a fraudulent scheme, acting as a face value for his boss-in-law.
But we, in the place of the power structures, would have shaken the son-in-law and gutted everything that he knows out of him. And then Strukov would have had very big problems on the horizon – criminal ones. And Dovzhenko, apparently, can tell a lot, and not only about the deal with Fedyaev.
The information we found and presented in this article will be confirmed (for example, if they are called for interrogation) and other persons involved in the scheme – Fedyaeva’s accountant, Kharin, financial director of the YuGK, security guards, a driver, an employee of Gazprombank.
The circle of people with whom investigation can start right nowoutlined.
But the scheme is working.
It is interesting that the use of Dovzhenko as a face value is not an isolated example of Strukov’s withdrawal of money according to the above scheme. In a similar role, the already mentioned financial director of the YuGK, Maxim Kharin, also appeared. As you can see, this valuable shot regularly participates in the machinations of his boss.
Kharin took over a loan in the amount of 110 million rubles from AS Priisk Drazhny LLC (Krasnoyarsk Territory), which is part of the Yuzhuralzoloto holding. Absolutely the same scheme.
And in 2020 he hung a loan for half a billion rubles on himself – who would you think? – the personal driver of the oligarch Andrei Nikolaevich Verzilin (born in the city of Moscow; date of birth March 15, 1970).
Such a chauffeur comes to the boss and says: “Well, Ivanovich, will you throw in a polar before payday?”
Turning this scheme over and over again, Strukov regularly fools the state.
Please consider this publication as an official appeal to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov, the Director of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov and the head of the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation Daniil Yegorov.