It seems that Sergei Kononov arranged an unspoken “race” on the bunk with the former Deputy Minister of Energy Anatoly Tikhonov, who is also still in “Matrosskaya Tishina”: who will sit out more in jail? And who will receive less on “merits”?
Recall that Sergei Kononov ended up in prison after the release of the journalistic investigation “The banker under the moire” veil “.
The investigation came out on May 18, 2021, exactly a month later, on June 18, the elusive banker was arrested: Kononov had been on the run for more than 6 years. And numerous deceived investors of the Transnational Bank (TNB) and the famous hockey player Alexander Radulov, who was left with his nose, were looking for him with dogs. Hockey player Mr. Kononov warmed up for 25 million dollars. This was told by the second part of the investigation “The finale of the” moire “banker”.
Thus, Mr. Kononov has been in the pre-trial detention center for almost 2 years. Information – zero, however, as well as about the everyday life of the former Deputy Minister Anatoly Tikhonov, who seems to be still reading 106 volumes of his criminal case.
Prior to his arrest, Sergei Kononov was especially active in Sakhalin, where a noble oil company, JSC Petrosakh, works for him. This was narrated by the third part of the investigation “Prisoner from the pre-trial detention center “Vodnik”.
And Mr. Kononov owned the Kholmsky seaport on Sakhalin, to which he promised ultra-modern modernization. But were they just words?
What about the property of Mr. Banker today? Through its channels, The Moscow Post found out that the former owner of TNB transferred his secret and overt affairs to his daughter Anastasia Sergeevna Kononova, who, despite her youth, famously rules her father’s millions. As they say, both the wolves are full and the sheep are safe.
The correspondent of The Moscow Post understood the details.
“Kubyshka” for Alexander Radulov
But before moving on to Kononov’s “pods”, we will inform you that the Ak Bars hockey player, a former close friend of the ex-banker Alexander Radulov, will finally receive $ 25 million by court order.
We also recall that back in April 2015, the Central Bank revoked the license from Transnational Bank: the bank pursued a high-risk credit policy associated with the placement of funds in low-quality assets.
Alexander Radulov filed a lawsuit against the beneficiary of the Transnational Bank, Sergei Kononov. And he won the case in two instances.
And a few days ago, the Arbitration Court of the Moscow District agreed with their decisions. The court decision states that in April 2015, Alexander Radulov and Sergey Kononov entered into an agreement under which the hockey player must buy a stake in Discount Center XXI from the banker for 4 million rubles.
Sergei Kononov had to pay Alexander Radulov more than 18.8 million dollars over 3 years.
In addition, the ex-banker was obliged to annually deduct interest for the unpaid part of the amount at the rate of 5% per annum. As a result, the parties extended the agreement for a year, and the interest rate was reduced to 3.5% per annum.
Mr. Radulov bought a stake in Discount Center XXI. And a preliminary agreement was signed. Under this agreement, Alexander Radulov undertook to sell the company back to Mr. Kononov by April 2018 if the banker fulfills all monetary obligations. However, Kononov deceived Radulov.
As a result, the first instance recovered from Kononov in favor of Radulov more than 18.8 million dollars of the principal debt, more than 2.6 million dollars of contractual interest and more than 3.6 million dollars – interest for using other people’s money.
The Court of Appeal upheld the decision.
The dog barks, but the caravan moves on!
Apparently, 25 million “greens” in favor of a friend of Radulov will not make Mr. Kononov a beggar, if we recall his scope and ability to rake up the most enviable assets for himself.
And therefore, one should not be surprised that Sergei Kononov, while sitting in the Vodnik pre-trial detention center, is still becoming a member of the “Rating of General Directors”, in which he even takes place No. 32 in the “Other” industry in Moscow as of March 9, 2023. Find-org writes about it.
We quote: “Thanks to the professionalism of Sergey Borisovich Kononov, high-quality and responsible performance of official duties, dedication and leadership qualities, JSC Petrosakh” achieved significant success and took a worthy position in the market…”
What can this indicate? The dog barks, but the caravan moves on!
Let us remind you once again that Mr. Kononov was elusive for almost 6 years after the collapse of the Transnational Bank. What’s amazing?
Mr. Kononov had a unique preventive measure: bail, which allowed him, while under criminal investigation, to travel the world even without prior notice to the investigator!
But the investigators were very active, after the arrest of the banker, they were engaged in the “case” of Mr. Kononov, or rather, his Cypriot company Urals. And they established that the main block of shares of the company through an offshore office was registered in the name of the 25-year-old daughter of the banker – Anastasia Sergeevna Kononova.
Urals has Russian subsidiaries. They are engaged in the extraction and processing of oil on Sakhalin and oil production on Kolguev Island.
Investigators are digging superbly: they intend to prove that the assets were acquired by Mr. Kononov with the money of depositors of the Transnational Bank.
And before his unexpected arrest, the banker not only plunged headlong into oil business and “driving” kerosene on Sakhalin Island, but also ended up in developers. And he began to build residential areas in Skolkovo, Krasnogorsk and Yaroslavl.
Apparently, the most directly related to this type of business are Khranitel LLC and MSVN-Estate LLC, the founder of which is Anastasia Sergeevna Kononova (born in 1998).
LLC “Kranitel” itself has been keeping its “chronology” since 2002, and the office “MSVN-Estate” – since 2004.
It turns out that Nastya Kononova has been in the “daddy’s” business since the age of 4?
A certain Maxim Lapin is working as the General Director of MSVN-Estate LLC. He is also the head of Alf-Grand LLC, the founder of which is also the daughter of Sergei Borisovich Kononov.
And, of course, companies continue to make a profit.
As already mentioned, Mr. Kononov owns Urals Energy LLC through an offshore company in Cyprus, he owns more than 40% of the shares.
And yet, part of the shares is issued to a long-time partner of ex-banker Dmitry Paltov.
But, according to The Moscow Post informant, it is Mr. Paltov who may end up completely drowning Mr. Kononov, since he was a participant in many of the former banker’s non-transparent financial transactions.
Did the misfire come out?
Sergei Kononov has been hiding since 2015. Zero information on the internet. And the entire photobank was cleaned.
But the blunder came out in February 2019, when Sergei Kononov came to a meeting with the Governor of the Sakhalin Region Valery Limarenko.
It should be noted that Sergei Kononov conducted a large-scale business on Sakhalin. In the sphere of his interests and oil production, and the work of the Kholmsk seaport.
One way or another, but soon after the disaster with the Transnational Bank, Mr. Kononov suddenly turned out to be the owner of an oil company and a shareholder in the Kholmsky seaport on Sakhalin Island.
On that memorable meeting in the government house of the Sakhalin Region, the court photographer took several pictures during the negotiations … And he lit up Sergei Borisovich Kononov, who, as eyewitnesses say, used a photograph of the politician Sergei Borisovich Kononov, Minister of Construction and Architecture of the Republic of Crimea.
What did the “burialer” of the Transnational Bank, the president of JSC “Petrosakh” Sergey Kononov ask from Mr. Limarenko?
He requested assistance in acquiring raw materials from the oil producing enterprises of the region to load his oil refinery.
Mr. Kononov recalled that JSC Petrosakh is the only oil company on Sakhalin Island with a full cycle of oil business: from extraction of raw materials to production of petroleum products.
Valery Limarenko supported the initiative of Mr. Kononov. The Governor of Sakhalin noted the need to create conditions for the local production of petroleum products at market prices.
But JSC “Petrosakh” has recently been a participant in more than a dozen different lawsuits. And even earlier, the company took part in 66 court cases.
Could it really be that the entourage of Governor Limarenko could not even then check the unclear company of Sergei Kononov?
You look, and the arrest of the unlucky banker would have taken place earlier, and not in the summer of 2021?
Are new landings coming?
The investigating authorities continue to deal with the case of ex-banker Sergei Kononov: in the course of investigative actions, a new large “fish” emerges.
Interrogations of former subordinates of Sergei Kononov continue, which leak a sea of valuable information.
According to an informant for The Moscow Post, there are already weighty revealing testimonies against Sergei Kononov, the main defendants in the criminal case. Investigators interviewed the former president of the bank, Alla Bondaruk, and the former vice-president of the bank, Olga Sukhoguzova.
Before the arrest of Sergei Kononov, both Bodnaruk and Sukhoguzov could receive a “lamb in a piece of paper” from the banker for their silence.
The testimony of Dmitry Paltov, on whom almost all of Sergei Kononov’s assets are registered, as well as the testimony of a lawyer, Denis Kutishenko, can also play a gigantic role.
Lawyer Kutishenko participated in all the schemes and dubious transactions of Mr. Kononov. And by the way, there will be confessions from Vladimir Shestakov, General Director of Petrosakh Energy LLC, who knows about the business processes of Urals Energy LLC and Russian subsidiaries.
But how did Mr. Kononov stay afloat for more than 6 years? And he did not become a beggar at all, on the contrary, he was the president of Urals Energy LLC with an office in the capital.
After Kononov gained de facto control over this company, he decided by a majority vote to delist the shares from the London Stock Exchange.
The goal was supposedly the same – not to answer the questions of financial and other English exchange regulators about the origin of the funds that were used to buy a large block of shares in Urals Energy LLC. And with the help of lawyer Kutishenko, he managed to do this back in 2018.
After that, Sergey Kononov began to manage this company as his own. And it is this company through 100% subsidiaries that owns oil producing assets in the Murmansk region – in JSC “ArktikNeft”.
Dmitry Paltov, in favor of Kononov, directly registered stakes in Kholmsky Commercial Sea Port PJSC – a stevedoring company in the port of Kholmsk, Urals Energy LLC, Cyprus, a company that owns oil assets in Sakhalin and Komi.
The purchase of these assets was financed by money from the Transnational Bank. And after the collapse of the bank, Kononov also had several large housing construction projects in Skolkovo, Krasnogorsk and Yaroslavl with serious equity participation.
And all these projects were financed at one time also from the Transnational Bank, on the security of the projects themselves, but before the revocation of the license, Mr. Kononov withdrew them from the bank and issued them to his people, including the same Dmitry Paltov.
And, indeed, they managed to find “traces” of Mr. Kononov in the Skolkovo innovation center, where his company Sreda is building the M1 Skolkovo housing complex.
Mr. Kononov registered this office in March 2019. The authorized capital is 15 thousand rubles.
When registering, Mr. Kononov indicated the address: Moscow, Vtoroy Roshinsky proezd, house number 8, room 531 … It turned out that the address was fake!
This is what prison accounting looks like!
The Moscow Post is following developments around ex-banker Sergei Kononov.