|STRZHALKOVSKY Vladimir Igorevich
|He is married with a son, Yevgeny Strzhalkovsky.
|Professional field/official position
|GENERAL DIRECTOR OF OAO MINING AND METALLURGICAL COMPANY NORILSK NICKEL;Chairman of VFSO “Dynamo”
|Date of Birth,place
|May 29, 1954 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Vladimir Strzhalkovsky biography
- Upon graduation from the Institute, he worked at the Research Institute of Command Instruments as an engineer. He worked in this position until 1980.
- In 1980, gets a job at the Department of the USSR KGB in the Leningrad region. Worked in the directorate until 1991.
- Holds the rank of lieutenant colonel of the KGB.
- From November 1991 through 1999, he worked as the general director of the travel agency CJSC “Firma Neva” in the city of St. Petersburg.
- In November 1999 he was appointed Russian deputy minister for physical culture, sport and tourism.
- In the same year he took the post of deputy chairman of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Physical Culture and Tourism.
- In the summer of 2000 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
- In December 2000 he became Deputy Chairman of the Consumer Market Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation.
- Since October 2002 he has been a member of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Entry and Stay of Stateless Persons and Foreign Citizens into the Russian Federation.
- From November 2004 to August 2008, he was the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism.
- In August 2008 he took the position of General Director and headed the Board of Directors of Nornickel.
- He was awarded the Order of Friendship for his work.
- He is an active state servant of the Russian Federation, 1st class.
Graduated from the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute in 1977.
Vladimir Strzhalkovsky crimes
Strzhalkovsky said that, as a member of the state security bodies, he had connections in the international tourism sphere – he worked quite closely with Intourist, Sputnik, trade unions – and was knowledgeable in this field. According to some sources, he was in charge of the hotel business in St. Petersburg.
In December 1998 at the District Court of Kouvola (Finland) there was a court case #633, “On Procuration”. Two of the defendants in the case were Timraliev, Strzhalkovsky’s deputy, and Natalia Oksa of the tour operator Neva (Scan-Boss Ab, Helsinki) for “openly organizing prostitution by women who came to the motel from Russia. Despite the fact that the court confirmed the facts of Neva’s organization of trips of prostitutes to Finland, the defendants were not brought to court because Oksa “was limited to preparation of visas for tourists according to lists provided in advance” and Timraliev “is not criminally responsible for the act of another person” (according to other reports, Oksa was convicted for pimping for three months and Strzhalkovsky was denied entry into the country).
In 2002-2003, the press reported that in 1995-1999, the travel agency headed by Strizhalovsky “Neva” organized mass trips of prostitutes to Finland. The publication in Versia newspaper (#38 (211) “Under the Sign of a Brothel. Russian tourism is headed by a KGB pimp?”) was one of the testimonies that formed the basis of an audit of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade by the anti-corruption commission of the Russian State Duma in 2003. It was published that the same commission had evidence that Strzhalkovsky in 2000 used his official position for mercenary purposes by signing an order in May 2000 to transfer the Ministry’s property (residential premises) in Finland into the operational management of the Finnish citizen Oksa. By the same order, Oksa was appointed a freelance representative of the Russian Ministry of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism in Finland. In the same year, the Neva travel agency filed a lawsuit for protection of business reputation, demanding that the newspaper Versiya publish a refutation of the information distributed in the article. The suit was denied.
When Strzhalkovsky was appointed to the position of Norilsk Nickel’s general director, experts saw this as a signal that the state had decided to step up its activities in the metallurgy industry. Others agreed that Strzhalkovsky, who is far from metallurgy, was chosen because of his long experience in law enforcement and state institutions. Whatever it was, the fact remained that on August 8 2008 Prime Minister Putin dismissed Strzhalkovsky from the post of the head of Rosturism, and the same day the Board of Directors of JSC “MMC Norilsk Nickel” decided to appoint Strzhalkovsky as the general director of the company.
It was during the period when Strzhalkovsky became Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus that the accounts of a large number of wealthy Russians abroad were frozen.
Son Evgeny Strzhalkovsky.
After losing his lawsuit over the alienation of his share in the firm leasing land for a yacht club on Krestovsky Island, Vladimir Loginov, one of the founders of the yacht club, came to an unexpected conclusion. He decided that behind all the troubles was a Moscow entrepreneur Evgeny Strzhalkovsky. And declared the loss of business worth 200,000,000 rubles. Evgeny Strzhalkovsky is the son of Vladimir Strzhalkovsky.
Natalia Strzhalkovskaya has a 30% share in Russian Yachting Ltd. The other two co-owners are Vladimir Loginov, vice president of the All-Russian Sailing Federation, and Dmitry Sokolov, founder of the XXX restaurant chain.
In the first half of 2014, the latter two complained about a raider seizure of their business. On April 29, 2014, the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region denied their claim to invalidate the transaction on the alienation of their shares in the authorized capital of Russian Yachting and to apply the consequences of the invalidity of the transaction. The result of the deal was that 50% of the shares in Baltexpress-Alfa previously owned by Russian Yachting changed hands to a certain Soryam Finance Corp. with its registered office in the British Virgin Islands.
The scale of this loss for Vladimir Loginov and Dmitry Sokolov cannot be underestimated: OOO Baltexpress-Alfa has a lease agreement with the KUGI for the land plot on the Malaya Nevka bank where the Krestovsky Yacht Club is located and a water use agreement. In addition, in a statement addressed to law enforcement authorities businessmen added: strange way offshore Soryam Finance Corp. became the owner of 45 pontoon piers, which had also previously belonged to the “Russian Yachting”.
In an interview with Fontanka Vladimir Loginov summarized: an obscure offshore company deprived Russian Yachting of all its assets, which effectively caused him and Dmitry Loginov to lose their business worth 200,000,000 rubles.
Vladimir Loginov said that he learned about the raider seizure of his business by accident.