The new owner of Segezha Packaging (the packaging business of Segezha Group), previously owned by AFK Sistema of the oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov, was Waldemar (former Vladimir) Raizvich, a scandalous businessman, a native of Kazakhstan, who managed to break a lot of firewood both in Russia and in Europe .
Previously, Raizvich was a defendant in several criminal cases at once, many of his business partners ended up behind bars. Apparently, Vladimir Yevtushenkov really wants to hide his European business from Western sanctions, and Raizvih seemed to him a suitable face value.
But is it not in vain that Vladimir Yevtushenkov trusted such a person, because in this case he could outwit himself and could lose the asset for real? The correspondent of The Moscow Post understood.
Raizvihu can’t hide
The news about the sale of Segezha Group’s packaging business appeared yesterday. It turned out that the company was sold for a symbolic 1 euro, although the real price for the buyer turned out to be higher – the company has accumulated debts for 100 million euros, which the new owner will have to pay.
And what kind of owner, neither the general director of “Segezha Group” Mikhail Shamolin, nor other representatives of Yevtushenk’s business did not disclose. No wonder, because his name alone could hypothetically damage the reputation of both Yevtushenkov and his companies.
According to an extract from the register of legal entities in Denmark (where the main assets of Segezha Packaging are located), as of May 25, the owner of Segezha Packaging AB (the main legal entity) was the Luxembourg holding Advanced Industries (Advanced Industries Packaging A/S).
The site of the Advanced Industries Group is easy to find, on its main page we are greeted by Waldemar Raizwich himself, who, apparently, is the beneficiary of the company.
In addition, screenshots appear on the network, as we understand, from closed registries, where exactly Mr. Raizvich is listed as the new beneficiary of Segezha Packaging AB.
Thus, you can’t hide an awl in a bag, and Yevtushenkov’s possible attempt to “get rid” of the sanctions will inevitably collide with Raizvikh’s managerial genius and business talents.
In “team” with Sugrobov
Vladimir Raizvih was born in Kazakhstan, his first education was a teacher, he graduated from a pedagogical college in Kostanai in 1983, then moved to Chelyabinsk, where he received a diploma from the Chelyabinsk Institute of Mechanization and Electrification of Agriculture (now the South Ural Agrarian University). A year after graduation, he emigrated to Germany, where he became Waldemar. He also began to actively establish contacts with Russian business.
And he turned out to be full of talents – they were enough for several criminal cases, in the context of which his name appeared. Among other things, it was associated with the notorious ex-Ministry General Denis Sugrobov, who was recently sentenced to 22 years in a strict regime colony on charges of abuse of office and organizing a criminal community.
One of the cases dealt with by Denis Sugrobov’s subordinates was a corruption case involving the supply of medical equipment to Russia. According to the police, the supply of tomographs in Russia took place with millions of kickbacks, and the supplier was the German businessman Waldemar Raizvich. This is written by the publication PASMI (recognized as a foreign agent on the territory of the Russian Federation).
Later, the “Raizvikha episode” became the only commercial episode in the criminal case against the Sugrobov policemen themselves. According to the initial version of the investigators, Sugrobov’s people could intimidate Raizvikh into transferring the exclusive rights to supply medical equipment to Igor Skakunov, general director of SPb Medica LLC. Thus, Raizvik could have been injured, and as such, our investigators considered.
But in Germany, where the businessman himself was at that time, apparently, they decided differently. Local investigators considered that Raizvih was the organizer of a criminal scheme, and that he allegedly entered into illegal agreements with persons receiving bribes.
One of the episodes, according to the German investigation, was bribes to employees of Siemens Moscow Haltker LLC in order to obtain the exclusive right to supply Siemens equipment. They were going to sell it, as it later became clear, at inflated prices. PASMI also writes about this story (recognized as a foreign agent on the territory of the Russian Federation).
In Germany, it was not possible to prove Raizvich’s guilt; as a result, he escaped with a slight fright. And today, after Sugrobov ended up in prison, one can easily assume that Raizvik was not only not a victim, but a probable accomplice of the Russian “werewolves in uniform.”
Cashing in on health
However, this, apparently, was not the first time that the Germans paid attention to Raizvich. Earlier, they became interested in the history of the end of the 2000s, when bankruptcy proceedings were opened in Germany against Lamitec-Dielektra GmbH, whose director was Waldemar Raizvich.
More than 200 employees of the company were left without work. And Raizwich himself had already registered a new company, Lamitec-Medicals GmbH, a few months before, and did not get in touch with his former employees. What is even more interesting is that just a year later, for a penny, he bought the property and equipment of Lamitec-Dielektra GmbH at auction, and also became the owner of a luxurious villa in southern Germany. Ura.ru writes about it.
Reminds me of this classic fictitious bankruptcy with the transfer of assets to a new structure. And only assets, not debts at all.
According to evil tongues, allegedly at that German villa, Waldemar Raizvich met with representatives of the Chelyabinsk and Tyumen regions, resolving issues related to the supply of medical equipment. Deliveries were carried out by Cyberknife LLC, which was liquidated in 2021.
This company is really interesting. Information about the address of its registration was found to be unreliable, and the latest data on finances date back to 2013. Nevertheless, she acted as a supplier under government contracts worth over half a billion rubles. And the second largest customer was the Ministry of Health of the Chelyabinsk region, where Raizvih began his journey in Russia.
Raizvich’s connection with the company is easy to see. The company was registered with the German offshore NANOTEC-INDUSTRIES GMBH. According to data from the same open European sources, Vladimir Raizvich was one of its beneficiaries.
In 2015, Reizwich was even arrested in Germany on charges of financial fraud associated with the very company Nanotec Industries. In addition, the financial director of the company, Hubert Bayerle, and Roman Seibel, who is responsible for the supply of medical equipment to Russia, were also detained there. RBC writes about it.
By the way, the very largest contract with the Chelyabinsk Ministry of Health for the supply of a tomograph has been under execution since 2011. It probably wasn’t finished at all. Not to mention the fact that the funds received under government contracts could almost immediately end up in Germany.
Going back a little, to the company Lamitec-Medicals GmbH – it was also engaged in the supply of medical equipment to Russia. And, in particular, in Tyumen, where in those years (2008) the current mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, met.
Already in the 10s, the former head of the directorate for the construction of special facilities in the Tyumen region, Mikhail Mezentsev, was under investigation. He was accused of taking a bribe in the amount of 204 million rubles for lobbying the interests of the German company Lamitec-Medicals GmbH Waldemar Raizwich in the supply of tomographs for the regional cancer center. Writes about this “Kommersant”.
Another defendant in the criminal case was the former deputy of the Tyumen Regional Duma and the general director of ZAO Stroymontazh Sergei Korobov, who fled the country and was eventually put on the international wanted list.
According to the authors of the site rucompromat.com, even Raizvikh’s telephone conversations allegedly appeared to be available, where he allegedly discussed with his “colleagues” the amount of kickbacks for officials for the supply of medical equipment.
Can there be something more vile, base than stealing on people’s lives and health? What about public funds? Apparently, for those who could be connected with this case, including Raizvikh, such reasoning is unusual.
How Raizvich managed to get rid of the German investigation is not completely clear. But judging by the fact that he continues to be active and even buys up the assets of Russian oligarchs, he lives well.
They say like attracts like. The Moscow Post has repeatedly written about scandals related to AFK Sistema and Vladimir Yevtushenkov. For example, in the 1910s, he was accused of legalizing money when buying shares in Bashneft and other enterprises in the Bashkir fuel and energy sector from the structures of Ural Rakhimov. And, like Raizvich, Vladimir Yevtushenkov escaped with a slight fright – apparently, money and connections are doing their job.
So they could find each other. But in the current situation, knowing the reputation of Raizvikh, such cooperation could go sideways for Yevtushenkov. Whether he calculated the risks of working with such a probable “nominal value” will become clear in the near future.