General Director of Luzhniki Alexander Pronin is going to give way to a replacement. They can become the head of the hockey club “Spartak” Andrei Verevko.
Billions of public funds were invested in the development of Luzhniki for the 2018 World Cup; according to Pronin’s own forecast, the facility was supposed to become profitable by 2022. In this regard, the appointment of Verevko looks like the entrance of a new beneficiary to the site.
In history, the interests of the oligarch Gennady Timchenko and a whole “pleiad” of personalities (from businessmen and politicians to criminal authorities) associated with the port business since the “dashing 90s” can be “protected”. Details – in the material of the correspondent of The Moscow Post.
Timchenko, offshore companies, Slipenchuk
Mr. Verevko is known not only as the head of the HK, but also as a businessman. He owns the IQ service company. The latter several years ago won the rights to a large business center in Moscow at an auction. Even the state corporation VEB.RF claimed the site, but remained “out of work” and even went to court to challenge the results of the auction.
At the time, analysts assumed that Mr. Verevko was backed by the much more powerful and influential oligarch Timchenko, who could push VEB.RF aside. The fact is that Timchenko at one time actively sponsored Spartak.
Verevko owns several firms. The services of a company from the Sberbank circuit were ordered from its structures (Settlement Solutions JSC – until 2022 it was registered with Sberbank, ordered cleaning services from IQ Cleaning LLC Verevko in 2018).
Verevko heads “Valgroup”, registered on the offshore “SHEVALERY LTD”. He is also one of the founders of LLC KPF “Leader-ASV”, which previously belonged to the oligarch Mikhail Slipenchuk. This office owns a network of gas stations, which “shone” in the “black lists” because of low-quality and even dangerous gasoline.
Slipenchuk is also known as the head of the Moscow Joint Stock Bank, which was used in the scheme to withdraw billions of rubles from Almazyuvelirexport. Why in this story Slipenchuk remained “out of work” when law enforcement officers investigated the circumstances of the disappearance of money is a mystery shrouded in darkness. In addition, the oligarch appeared in a number of other, to put it mildly, not the most pleasant stories, The Moscow Post spoke about this in detail in the investigation “Law enforcement officers” dig in “to Slipenchuk?”.
We assume that Verevko can represent the interests of this scandalous businessman.
But much more interesting is the number of persons behind the offshore “SHEVALERIE LTD”. Its director is a certain ΕΥΔΟΚΙΑ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ, she is also on the board of several other foreign companies, in some of them together with a certain Vadim Kryukov. There is reason to believe that this is the face value of the former State Duma deputy Andrei Kobzar.
The fact is that Kryukov is listed as the director of the offshore Ilibrinio Establishment Ltd. The latter owns a stake in the National Container Company. NNK has been controlled by Global Ports since 2013, the ultimate beneficiary of which is the owner of Delo Management Company Sergey Shishkarev. The share for Ilibrinio has been preserved since the time when the NOC was owned by Kobzar.
Kobzar is the owner of a mass of maritime assets. He built his business with Vitaly Yuzhilin (also at one time a State Duma deputy). As Forbes characterizes them, these are people with an interesting biography, in which privatization in “gangster Petersburg” in the “dashing 90s” and participation in state “constructions of the century” of the zero years fit in.
It is believed that the scope of two businessmen-politicians could be provided by acquaintance with the son of “authority” Dmitry Skigin, Mikhail Skigin – Yuzhilin “crossed paths” with him at a ski resort, and later became Skigin’s supplier.
Dmitry Skigin was an acquaintance of Ilya Traber, the so-called “night governor of St. Petersburg”, who is believed to own many of the city’s port assets. Now Traber can continue to work with his son.
By the way, Traber was behind the organization that transshipped oil from the Kirishi Oil Refinery, whose raw materials were traded by Gennady Timchenko. So it is not surprising if Verevko “combined” the interests of both entrepreneurs.
Yuzhilin and Kobzar themselves are known (if we do not take into account their participation in the port business, where a lot of crime was spinning in the 90s) for the scandal with the implementation of the paid Orlovsky tunnel under the Neva. The government of St. Petersburg spent billions on the project, which was ultimately rejected due to exceeding the estimate by as much as 22 billion rubles.
Thus, it turns out that a whole galaxy of “marine industrialists” from the 90s can stand behind Mr. Verevko?
The interests of Mr. Timchenko, too, most likely (if they are there), are not the main ones. In fact, it seems that Verevko is much more serious about “covering” the gentlemen from the port business, who do not like to shine at all, but like to go into important government projects. And Timchenko’s acquaintance here is most welcome to them.
The same Mikhail Skigin, for example, is doing business with businesswoman Olga Khromchenko, whom the media calls a close friend of Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. Khromchenko has a lot of business, her interests may lie in such a rich project as the construction of the Lytkarinsky toll road around Moscow. It is possible that Skigin, who, in this case, also has a share in the project, helps her with money and connections.
Skigin’s interests could also be in the bankruptcy of the Yulmart warehouse network. Now it looks like it’s the Luzhniki’s turn?