Savings for printing: German Gref will “rest” at the Patriarch’s
Is Levenson’s project for the reconstruction of Levenson’s printing press buildings yet another money-box for German Gref, the head of Sberbank, which will eventually go completely to his people?
The Sokol Finance company acquired from the developer of elite housing Vesper a 50% stake in Specialized Developer Trekhprudny LLC, which owns the project for the reconstruction of Levenson’s printing press buildings in the Patriarch’s Ponds area.
The amount of the transaction, as well as the beneficiaries of the company, were not disclosed. With a high degree of probability, it is related to Sberbank. The general director of the firm, Yevgeny Malygin, heads Sberbank’s subsidiaries, Sberbank Investments Limited and Sberbank Finance Limited, which invest in non-core assets.
Can Malygin be the “purse” of the head of Sberbank German Gref? Meanwhile, he got very ambiguous partners in LLC SZ “Trekhprudny” – Boris Azarenka and Denis Kitaev.
Details – in the material of the correspondent of The Moscow Post.
It is expected that about 20 premium-class apartments will appear in Levenson’s buildings. It will be extremely expensive housing. At the same time, Sberbank is already lending to the project of SZ Trekhprudny LLC. All shares of both Sokol Finance LLC and Kilikia LLC, backed by Azarenka and Kitaev, are pledged to Sberbank.
If we assume that Yevgeny Malygin is the ultimate beneficiary of Sokol Finance, it turns out that Sberbank is lending to its own senior employee. Can this be regarded as a conflict of interest?
Sokol Finance LLC was established in July 2022. Less than a month later, it was headed by Evgeny Stem, since December 2022, he has also been the general director of MCOOO Sberbank Investments Limited, which is 100% owned by Sberbank Investments LLC.
Until April 2022, he was the director of this structure. In addition, until December 1, 2022, he acted as the head of PK SBK LLC, where Sberbank Investments has 10%. The remaining shares of the company belong to the Medscan structures of the former State Duma deputy Yevgeny Tugolukov.
The latter is known for his connections with the scandalous ex-head of Rosnano Anatoly Chubais and former State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov. And he also loves to register his companies offshore, as The Moscow Post previously wrote in detail about Gref for Malygin is the next boss with whom he can make good money?
Created just a year ago, Sokol Finance LLC previously had another founder – Denis Zhuravlev. And only then the company first passed into the ownership of Sberbank Investments LLC, and then the last of its owners left.
Zhuravlev is a longtime business partner of Andrey Rogachev, co-founder of the Pyaterochka chain of stores. Earlier, Zhuravlev was involved in a criminal case of extortion and forcible seizure of the Usachevsky market in Moscow. .
In fact, the situation looks as if the author of a possible attack on the Goryainovsky market was just Andrei Rogachev’s partner Mikhail Goryainov. Initially, together with Rogachev, they bought several assets together, including the Usachevsky market. The partners wanted to create a network of markets throughout Russia. However, later, apparently, Goryainov decided that he could do just fine alone, without Rogachev. Subsequently, Rogachev accused Goryainov of not giving part of his money for the common business, the partners went to court. The court sided with Goryainov.
But Rogachev, apparently, did not want to lose money. And suddenly a “strange” criminal case appeared – as if Rogachev began to extort money from Goryainov extrajudicially, and even wanting to spread some discrediting information about him. Rogachev’s partner, Denis Zhuravlev, was also allegedly involved in the case. Izvestia wrote about it. Everything ended badly for Rogachev and Zhuravlev: the latter went on the run, he was detained only in February 2021.
Now 100% of Usachevsky Market LLC belongs to Goryainov’s wife, Lyudmila Goryainova. All shares are pledged to Sberbank. Is all this really a cunning operation by German Gref to establish control over the asset?
Partners: one more beautiful than the other
Equally interesting are Sokol Finance’s partners in OOO SZ Trekhprudny. This is Kilikia LLC, which, at the end of 2022, has a loss of 524 million rubles and an asset value of minus 1.5 billion rubles. To all appearances, Sberbank should help rectify the situation – at the expense of the budget.
Kilikia is owned by Vesper Razvitie LLC, which is owned on an equal footing by Boris Azarenka and Denis Kitaev. Their “Vesper” is known as a developer of luxury housing, and they themselves – as those who love to sue former partners.
For example, she sued her former partner, owner of the National Non-Metal Company and co-founder of the PIK group, Yuri Zhukov. He is also a former vice-president of Sberbank, who later became a top manager of VTB, an old acquaintance and former associate of German Gref.
At the beginning of 2021, a lawsuit for almost 1 billion rubles was filed by Asset Management (part of the IKON Development group, which is associated with Yuri Zhukov). She demanded from her co-owners Dmitry Mints, Boris Azarenka and Denis Kitaev to recover damages caused by the actions of the controlling persons of the company.
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However, later, for unknown reasons, the claim was withdrawn in full. It is possible that German Gref intervened in the situation, who, as a real “decider”, figured out the conflict of his old acquaintances. Otherwise, it is extremely difficult to believe that Zhukov simply forgave 1 billion rubles of losses.
Another scandal is also connected with Zhukov – the most murky case of the transfer to his NOC of a 9% stake in Pavlovskgranit OJSC, Europe’s largest producer of crushed stone. As Kommersant wrote, a criminal case on this matter was opened in the summer of 2014. The security forces considered that from 2012 to 2013, unidentified persons, under the leadership of Zhukov and with the threat of violence, forced the former owner of Pavlovskgranit, Sergei Poimanov, to transfer 9% of the company’s shares to them.
Investigators believed that the same people demanded that Poimanov sell his country mansion for a penny. The block of shares, which as a result passed to Yuri Zhukov, cost 850 million rubles.
However, in October 2014 the case was dismissed at the insistence of the prosecutor’s office. There were rumors that allegedly Zhukov could have been helped – either by Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, or German Gref, or maybe someone else. The Moscow Post wrote about that situation in detail.
The question arises – maybe LLC SZ “Trekhprudny” will eventually end up completely with the person German Gref? Or even from him himself, through a nominal owner, for whose role Evgeny Malygin is perfect?
Moreover, over the past two years, we have seen a large-scale sale of non-core assets of Sberbank, whose owners were ex-managers close to German Gref?
In 2022 alone, the bank sold out: Speech Technology Center, Evotor, the Sound music platform, and even SberCloud. All of them, bought with state money, ended up in private hands. It seems that in those cases, and in this situation, the head of Sberbank is preparing himself a comfortable old age.