The final decision about the resignation of Vladimir Yakunin was taken after his son submitted an application for citizenship of great Britain, reports “Rain”, citing two sources close to Yakunin.
According to one of interlocutors of the channel, the application of Andrey Yakunin on British citizenship “in a state of war with the West was regarded as an act of betrayal.” In addition, dissatisfaction with President Vladimir Putin allegedly caused prepared by the FSB and Federal financial monitoring service “help topic of special importance”, which contained information about the flow of funds of Russian Railways, says “Rain”.
“The company continued to extort money even when the President has clearly said, “enough is enough”, — said the interlocutor of the channel. He said that some secret documents provided by Western partners.
Vladimir Yakunin declined to comment on this information “the Rain”.
A source close to Yakunin, has responded to the message, “Rain”: “It’s crazy, unrelated to reality.”
The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that he does not comment on this topic.
Yakunin had resigned as head of the Russian Railways in August 2015. The President of the company he has held since June 2005. New head of Russian Railways became Oleg Belozerov, who previously held the post of Deputy Minister of transport. President Putin, commenting on the resignation Yakunin, said then that “it’s his choice, and each person looks at their future as it sees fit”.
At the end of August about the role of Putin in resignation Yakunin “Vedomosti” said an unnamed Federal official. According to him, the reason for the departure Yakunin could be his position on subsidies for Russian Railways. “With the current serious condition income all realized that RZD had already become a systemic problem of the budget: the Railways is the only state that is so firmly hooked on state subsidies”, — said the interlocutor of the newspaper.
According to him, the turning point in the resignation Yakunin became his next request for subsidies for Russian Railways. The source said that Yakunin at a meeting “were asked to cut costs, he began to rebel, said that can not cut and leave in this case”. “From this already tired of the President and said, “Come and go”, — said the interlocutor of “Vedomosti”. A source close to the Yakunin then questioned the version of the newspaper.
As written , for the 12 years of Vladimir Yakunin, the Russian Railways in his son Andrey Yakunin has become a major employer — the Fund VIY Management (VIYM) manages assets of $400 million of assets One of VIYM is “Regional hotel chain” (CSG), a business which is closely associated with the Railways, wrote Reuters in 2012. In 2009, the structure Yakunin have agreed with the Rezidor joint project of creating a hotel network in the Russian regions. The volume of investments should reach $500 million, the network was supposed to consist of 20 hotels. Rooms for the most part hotels, located near Central city station, the CSG has found a subsidiary of Russian Railways — “Zheldoripoteka”, which was established for the construction and allocation of housing among employees of Russian Railways. The fact of cooperation with “Zheldoripoteka” confirmed Reuters and Andrei Yakunin.
In the construction of hotels has invested the Fund “RWM Capital”, established in the structures of the Railways and controlled the part of non-core assets of the former state monopoly. One of the shareholders “RWM Capital” NPF “Welfare” serving the retirement accounts of the Railways. The details of the deals were not disclosed.
Another business Andrei Yakunin, RZD associated with the company Far East Land Bridge, wrote Reuters in its investigation. This logistics company was established with a subsidiary of Russian Railways TransContainer JV, which was to specialize in the transport of goods overland route between Europe and Asia. Subsequently, TransContainer has sold its stake in the company “Russian Railways logistics”.
Now Andrei Yakunin, told the head of Russian Railways in an interview “Газете.Ru” in 2014, lives in London.
With the participation of Peter Kirana and Michael Rubin