A former employee of Roman Abramovich’s division, Oleg Zhiznenko and his business partner Alexander Moskalenko, who once bought up a number of registrars – holders of shareholder registers, appear in the story of the illegal seizure of state assets.
State property – real estate and plots in Moscow ended up in the hands of a company associated with former officials Alexander Moskalenko and Oleg Zhiznenko, who bought the registrar “R.O.S.T.” from Roman Abramovich’s Millhouse several years ago. The Federal Property Management Agency is trying through the court to return the assets on the street to the state balance sheet. Smolenskaya-Sennaya, believing that they passed to the current owners illegally. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation is also involved in the case. The correspondent looked into the story, which was also inherited by the ex-banker and former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, which may be connected with a long-standing criminal case of attempted theft of 120 real estate properties in Moscow.
A legal battle of ten years
On October 17, Moscow arbitration plans to hear lawsuit The Federal Property Management Agency to its territorial administration in Moscow demanding that the transfer of a building located on Smolenskaya-Sennaya, 30 with a total area of 3,020.5 sq.m. to the authorized capital of the state-owned OJSC “Directorate of International Photo Exhibitions” (former state unitary enterprise of the same name) be declared invalid. and a land plot of 0.395 hectares at the same address. The transaction was formalized by order of the Territorial Administration of the Federal Property Management Agency for Moscow on December 6, 2011. In fact, they are trying to return the building to the state, since the department, according to the plaintiff, did not have the authority to make such decisions. It is not yet clear whether criminal proceedings will be brought against the signatories of this order.
This is a long-term case, it began ten years ago, but then the state department lost the dispute. In May 2023, they decided to review it due to newly discovered circumstances.
In parallel with this case, the court is hearing fresh lawsuit the same department to LLC “Business Life” and JSC “Directorate of International Photo Exhibitions” about reclaiming real estate and returning it to the balance of the state. Hearings on it have been suspended until the first dispute is considered. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation is also involved in this case, so perhaps a criminal case is ahead. Moreover, JSC “Directorate of International Photo Exhibitions” was included in the privatization plan as a state asset and plans to sell it by 2025, but in the meantime they are putting things in order.
IN stories Also involved was the later “burst” Russian Credit Bank, which had leased the building from the state since 1995.
The bank itself, which after bankruptcy is under the wing of the Deposit Insurance Agency, is a third party in the case of returning the controversial building to the state balance sheet. To objects imposed ensuring they don’t change hands again while the hearings are going on.
In the case of Zhiznenko and Moskalenko?
But it is much more interesting that in the same year, when the building went to the “Directorate of International Photo Exhibitions”, it was divided into two objects and on December 27, 2011 it was sold to a certain Alfa Torg CJSC, and then two days later it was sold to Business Life CJSC “, which was created in January 2011, founders — Farid Valeev and Gennady Grishagin. The land was already leased to Business Life in 2014. A long chain of resale to confuse the trail?
Interesting fact: Inessa Faridovna Valeeva (presumably the daughter of Farid Valeev) had at least one common asset – FBM-Group Rus LLC (liquidated in 2019) – with co-owners of Financebusinessbank Alexander Dunaev and Alexey Bolotin. And the Dunaev and Bolotin family crossed paths with Farid Valeev himself through the DNP “Lux Land”.
The mentioned defendants, including Valeev, were detained in 2014 as defendants in a criminal case regarding the attempted theft of 120 real estate properties in Moscow, including 28 historical mansions. Also involved in the case were the ex-head of the Moscow department of the Federal Property Management Agency Anatoly Shesteryuk and the ex-head of the board of the Moscow Capital bank Viktor Krestin. Perhaps the building on Smolenskaya-Sennaya, 30 is just part of this story, which in 2022 is still investigated.
Today, Business Life CJSC has been liquidated, and Business Life LLC has become its legal successor since 2013. The latter, judging by reporting, was established by the closed mutual investment fund of direct investments “Strategic Investments”, which in 2019 was managed by LLC “NRK Stock Market”, transformed in September 2022 into the joint-stock company of the same name. At the same time, the owners of NRK Stock Market LLC since 2015 were Oleg Zhiznenko and Alexander Moskalenko.
Zhiznenko and Moskalenko in 2016, being the owners of the Independent Registration Company (IRC), purchased at Roman Abramovich’s Millhouse registrar “R.O.S.T.” It was in the latter’s division that Zhiznenko worked and, as they say, the oligarch significantly helped Mr. Zhiznenko at the start of his business career. In addition, Zhiznenko in the 90s was employee Moscow Region Property Fund and head of the Moscow Regional Fund Center. Moskalenko also had in his biography experience an official, but in Chukotka.
Whether these gentlemen are now related to Business Life LLC and, accordingly, to the building on Smolenskaya-Sennaya, the plaintiffs will have to find out during the proceedings, but the director of the LLC is Denis Anatolyevich Kirichenko, who open sources previously appeared as deputy general director of NRC – R.O.S.T. on legal issues (related to Zhiznenko and Moskalenko), who previously worked at the Central Moscow Depository. Before him, the director was Andrei Kadykov, who in 2015-2016 also noted himself as the director of the closed joint-stock company of the same name, to whose hands the former state assets “stuck”.
Meanwhile, taking into account the fact that these same state assets floated into private hands through a deal that was, in our opinion, somewhat murky, it would be a good idea for the Investigative Committee to check this entire chain. After all, there is a violation of the law.