Sergei Ambartsumyan arranged a house-building: Sobyanin’s “favorite” contractor received a plant
Sergey Ambartsumyan, who is close to Sergei Sobyanin and previously held government positions in the Moscow City Hall, is betting on housing construction. A strong bureaucratic lobby helps him in this.
The ex-official, founder of the MonArch concern, Sergei Ambartsumyan, who was previously responsible for the urban planning sphere, who was a confidant of Sergei Sobyanin in the 2018 elections, is building a large-module housing construction plant in the Tolstopaltsevo OPH. Ambartsumyan received from the Moscow authorities a plot of cadastral value for the project more than 991 million rubles.
The project itself is called “Technopolis of modular housing construction”. As part of it, it is planned to build a plant for the production of large-sized modules (apartments) with an area of more than 160,000 sq.m.
The fact that Moscow is being built is certainly good and right. However, it is built in a strange way. The city planning commission, which gave permission for the construction of the plant, is headed by Sergei Sobyanin, his deputy there, Vladimir Resin, whose name has been highlighted in more than one scandal. And the submitter of the “petition” for the project, which at the start was estimated at 15 billion rubles, is a former member of this commission, and the ex-head of the capital construction department Sergey Ambartsumyan. He also owns LLC “Combine of Innovative Technologies – MonArch”, as well as the MonArch group itself. Yes, and he himself, probably, has long considered himself a “Monarch”.
According to Rusprofile, Innovative Technologies Plant – MonArch LLC was established in January 2011. The company is registered at the same address as Monarch-Renaissance LLC. Both companies are owned by Monarch Group of Companies LLC.
Probably, the project for the construction of the plant is being financed by borrowed funds (why should you spend your own), since the share of MonArch Group of Companies in the plant is pledged in VTB Bank.
Sergei Ambartsumyan, readers of The Moscow Post may remember from the material about the conflict with the Higher School of Economics.
Ambartsumyan in the late 80s was the vice-rector for construction and economic work of the Institute of Architecture and Construction in Armenia, and in the 90s he already ended up in Moscow. Then he created the construction company ASMI. In the late 90s, the defendant established the MonArch and S company, which in the early 2000s was reborn into the MonArch concern. At the same time, immediately, when creating “Monarch and C”, the businessman receives “fat” contracts – for the reconstruction of the large Luzhniki arena and the upper floors of the Arbitration Court. Although, if you look at another part of the developer’s biography, this is not surprising. Already in 2003, Ambartsumyan became deputy head of the Department of Urban Planning Policy, Development and Reconstruction of the City of Moscow, and in 2007-2011 he was an adviser to the head of the Moscow Construction Complex Vladimir Resin, later a deputy of the State Duma and adviser to the mayor of Moscow.
Ambartsumyan owns 95% in the MonArch Group of Companies, another 5% belongs to Tsaturyan Hasmik Sergeevna. At the same time, Andrey Leonidovich Monosov, the namesake of the son of another former official of the Moscow City Hall, Leonid Monosov, was previously Ambartsumian’s business partner in this asset. Leonid Monosov – former first vice-president of the Olimpstroy Group of Companies and former head of the department for the city order of the capital, it is believed that he was raised by the ex-deputy mayor Vladimir Resin.
In addition, Leonid Monosov was noted in such companies as Moskapstroy (the former structure of the construction complex of the Moscow City Hall) and AFK Sistema of Vladimir Yevtushenkov.
Andrey Monosov himself is the former first deputy head of the Department of Capital Repairs of the city of Moscow. Prior to joining the Sobyanin team, Monosov Jr. worked in the government of the Moscow Region (director of the Capital Construction Department, Deputy Minister of the Regional Construction Complex). Wherever you spit, you will end up with an official. But after this information, information about Ambartsumyan’s project, under which expensive municipal land was carved out, sparkled with new colors.
Today, Andrey Monosov is a businessman, he owns shares in 26 companies valued at 1.2 billion rubles, including Neglinnaya Gallery LLC, Skama Group LLC, Bastion LLC, My Vetka LLC, LLC ” Sports complex” and LLC “Brimon”. All work in real estate management. Marina and Alina Monosov are also engaged in business, including together with Andrey Monosov.
In addition to MonArch Group of Companies LLC, Monosov Jr. was also noted in other companies of Sergei Ambartsumyan from the MonArch Group of Companies. Monosov also practices attracting former officials to his business assets. For example, his Tver firm Brimon is headed by the former head of TU Federal Property Management Agency for the Tver Region Marat Smakov.
But back to Sergey Ambartsumyan
And what, not a bad transfer from Ambartsumyan came out – from top-level construction officials to businessmen in the construction industry. Moreover, in the controlling bodies you can say all your own, all familiar faces. And the commission that distributes urban land is headed by Sergei Sobyanin. And what a coincidence: Ambartsumyan was one of Sobyanin’s confidants in the 2018 mayoral elections in Moscow. Moreover, in 2007-2011, Ambartsumyan was an adviser to Vladimir Resin, when he was still the head of the Moscow Construction Complex. And Resin, as we remember, was also a member of the City Planning Land Commission of Moscow.
It would not be superfluous to also recall that the businessman was among the co-founders of the ANO Moscow Directorate of the Lazarevsky Club. A number of other persons were noted there, including a State Duma deputy of a number of convocations, who in 1997-2010 worked as an adviser to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov on a voluntary basis Konstantin Zatulin. Among the members of the club were many other well-known persons on the political and economic Olympus, including the president and founder of the Tashir group of companies Samvel Karapetyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, former chairman of the Council of Veterans of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Kazimirov, deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia of the sixth convocation Artashes Geghamyan.
Not in vain, apparently, Ambartsumyan’s companies, and he has shares in 22 legal entities, are favored by state contracts. Connections, as they say, oblige. For example, MonArch LLC has two government contracts for a total amount of more than 103 million rubles, MonArch-Center Hotel LLC has ten government contracts for 9.9 million rubles, including with the State Duma apparatus, MonArch-Service LLC – seven government contracts for 16.9 million rubles, MonArch-Plaza LLC – 37 government contracts for 378 million rubles, MonArch Concern OJSC – ten government contracts for 9.9 billion rubles, MonArch-Uks LLC – two contract for 21.4 million rubles, MonArch Concern LLC has 28 government contracts worth more than 44.5 billion rubles.And this is not a complete list.
Interestingly, the companies of the Ambartsumyan division are the favorite contractor of the Moscow Construction Department. Thus, Concern MonArch LLC, this department helped to earn more than 6 billion rubles on a dozen government contracts. Another 31 billion rubles under nine state contracts was thrown by the state-owned enterprise of the city of Moscow, the Office of Civil Engineering, controlled by the same department. Given the places of work of Ambartsumyan himself and his business partners, nothing surprising. Your own people! How not to get hurt?
At the same time, the distribution of government contracts was not without scandals. As the Kommersant newspaper reported, in 2017, for a contract worth 930 million rubles for the construction of buildings on the street. Pokrovka, 47, where the CDP and the 35 mm cinema, inherited by MonArch, are located, complaints were filed with the Federal Antimonopoly Service and the Chamber of Control and Accounts of Moscow. The Yabloko Anti-Corruption Center considered that the contract was concluded with violations.
As we can see, various kinds of complaints do not prevent Ambartsumyan’s construction business from actively developing and growing with new projects on urban lands. The lobby is not the least important in this, but, as we could see, the former official, Sobyanin’s confidant, is very, very weighty.