Several high-ranking Russian officials, deputies, governors, security officers or their immediate family members are owners of companies in Panama and the British virgin Islands (BVI), according to an investigation published April 3 by the International consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) and the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP). Based on the data obtained as a result of the leak the documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which provides services for registration of offshore companies. Details about the accounts of Russian politicians, on the basis of these documents, wrote “Novaya Gazeta”.
Since 2013, civil servants in Russia are forbidden to participate in business operations abroad and have accounts abroad. In addition, entering into force in 2015, the law on deoffshorisation of Russian residents and companies are required to inform the competent authorities of its share in offshore, if this share exceeds 10% of total capital. The state Duma deputies do not engage in entrepreneurial activity.
However, the journalists managed to find more than a dozen firms associated with the Russian gosdeyateley, deputies, senators, law enforcers or members of their families. Direct violations of the law in most of the cases described, however, is not.
The son of the Minister of economic development Alexey Ulyukaev, Dmitry has been a Director of the company Ronnieville Ltd., established in the British virgin Islands in November 2004 (at the time Ulyukaev served as first Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank), according to the materials of the journalistic investigation. Formal violation of the law was not in it, but journalists pay attention to the fact that Dmitry Ulyukayev at the time was only 21 years old.
In 2006, instead of the speaker-the youngest Director Ronnieville was some Julia Krapina and remained in that status until the liquidation of the company in may 2009. The authors of the investigation suggest that Krapina is the wife of Minister Ulyukaev. They are based on a certain similarity between the picture from the copy of the passport of Rapinoe found in the database Mossack Fonseca, and a later snapshot, available online, which shows a Minister, his wife and newborn daughter. In addition, the birthplace of Rapinoe on the passport is the Crimea, and the speaker declared the house plots and in the Crimea, written just for the spouse. Finally, according to the team of investigative journalists, Yulia Krapina was listed as a research fellow of the Gaidar Institute, where until 2000 he worked as the speaker. on Sunday evening could not find on the website of the Institute employee with that name, but in the Google cache and search on the website of the Gaidar Institute, information about it has survived.
The investigation also mentioned the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. His name sounds in connection with the company Carina Global Assets Ltd., registered in the British virgin Islands in 2014. In the application for registration of the company specified beneficiary — “professional skater” Tatiana Navka and attached a picture of her. From this application it follows that the firm may engage in the purchase of investment assets in the beneficiary’s interest and manage assets worth more than $1 million.
The offshore company was registered before the wedding, Peskov and skill sets held in 2015. Herself the wife of Putin’s press-Secretary told Novaya Gazeta that she’s never had offshore companies and accounts. Journalists managed to find out, if in 2015 the beneficiary in this company.
Ivan Malyushin, Deputy Manager of the President (2003-2015), until 2013 was listed as the sole beneficiary of the Panama Anttrin Services Corp. But until the middle of 2013 prohibition on the ownership of offshore companies existed. The authors investigations indicate that the company was liquidated with a three-week delay after the entry into force of the law. The principal activity of the company was “consulting services in the field of construction and real estate management”, which coincided with the relevant duties Malyushina in management, argue the authors. He was one of the richest civil servants in 2013: in his possession was more than 9 hectares of land, 7 houses and 12 apartments.
Maxim Liksutov, Deputy mayor of Moscow, at different times, was the beneficiary of three offshore companies: Venlaw Consultants Co. Inc. (Bahamas), TG Rail Limited (Cyprus), Cantazaro Limited (Cyprus). And a half months before the entry into force of the ban on offshore rewrote the shares to his wife Tatiana, and then he divorced her. Thus the law had not been infringed.
Andrey Turchak, Governor of Pskov region, was also involved in the investigation. Kira Turchak, the Governor’s wife, from 2008 to 2015 was the company’s sole shareholder Unicorp Inc Burtford in the virgin Islands. The ban on owning foreign assets has come into force in 2013, but a shareholder of the offshore company Kira Turchak remained until may 2015, marks “the New newspaper”.
In early 2013 it became clear that Turcicum since 2008 belonged to the company, which was recorded in a house in France cost of 1.3 million euros, reminds the edition. Andrey Turchak these assets are not declared neither as Governor nor as Senator, which he held before. He later explained that it was a mistake, and reported on the sale of Villa.
Turchak said “Novaya Gazeta” that Burtford Unicorp was established in 2008 to Finance the mortgage of the acquisition of a flat in France, and was officially closed on 7 March 2014.
The first Director Burtford Unicorp Inc. in 2008, Maxim Zhavoronkov — at the time Deputy Director of the company “Leninets”, coupled with the family of Turdakov. Since 2009 lark has been Deputy Governor Turchak.
Chelyabinsk region Governor Boris Dubrovsky in 2014 used Panama offshore Spaceship Consulting S. A. with the purchase of promissory notes of Russian companies that he controlled, say the authors of “Novaya Gazeta”.
In March and April 2014 Spaceship Consulting conducted two similar transactions: bought from Magnitogorsk OOO “center of Property” (“EC”) promissory notes 5 and 7 million rubles, and then sold them for Dubrovsky identical amount. Dubrovsky owned “CI” through his company “NOVATEK”, say the journalists. For money transfers Dubrovsky used the account in a Swiss BPER — “Private Bank Edmond de Rothschild”.
January 15, 2014 Dubrovsky became the acting Governor of the Chelyabinsk region. By law he had to get rid of foreign financial instruments within three months, but according to journalists the documents did not. In the agreements the sale and purchase of promissory notes from the acting Governor indicated that he owned a Swiss Bank account Rothschild.
Deputies and senators
Viktor Zvagelsky, the Duma Deputy from United Russia, was the ultimate beneficiary of the company Bariton Consultants LTD (BVI), at least as of 2014, according to the investigation. Delcroft and Real Estates Inc (Panama) belongs to him since 2011 and data on the elimination of no, the authors say. On behalf Bariton Consultants LTD was to purchase assets in any part of the world and to open accounts. According to the respondents the “Novaya Gazeta” experts, this activity can be attributed to business that is prohibited by law. “On the status of the Deputy”.
The Deputy confirmed the relationship with Bariton Consultants, but says that it has taken all action to exit participants in 2012. About Delcroft Real Estates, according to Zvigelskaya, he heard nothing.
Mikhail Slipenchuk, Deputy of the state Duma from “United Russia” — the ultimate beneficiary of EuroImpex Group Corp (BVI), claim the authors, referring to held in 2013 and 2015 internal audit MF. But Slipenchuk claims that sold the package in the company in 2007.
Sulaiman Eremeev, the Senator from the Chechen Republic, in 2004-2006 had a General power of attorney Grant Pacific Corporation (BVI). But at that time he was not a parliamentarian, but only the assistant of the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov on work with law-enforcement agencies, therefore, violations of the law in this, according to the authors.
Alexander Babakov, state Duma Deputy from United Russia, as a state Duma Deputy in 2007-2011 (in that time was the same faction of socialist-revolutionaries) held 100% shares of AED International Limited. A month before the submission of the Declaration in 2011, before the next Duma elections, he transferred the company in favor of his 23-year-old daughter.
Alexey Patrushev, whom the newspaper calls the nephew of the Secretary of security Council Nikolai Patrushev, from 2010 to 2012 he was a shareholder of the company Misam Investments Ltd. in the virgin Islands. Secretary of the security Council personally in these companies does not appear anywhere, and Alexey Patrushev is not a civil servant, and is not subject to restrictions related to foreign accounts, the authors note.
Igor Zubov, Deputy Minister of internal Affairs, mentioned in the investigation in connection with the business of the son. From February 2001 to June 2004, his son, Denis Teeth, was the sole owner of The Monumental Property Company Ltd., registered in the virgin Islands
Denis Zubov became the owner of the company in 22 years and the firm was in real estate. Now Denis Zubov owns half of the oil trader “Metalith” with revenue of almost 20 billion rubles in 2014, writes “Novaya Gazeta”.
In MIA publication said that Igor Zubov has no offshore accounts, “issues related to the maintenance of the financial and economic activity of subjects of civil and corporate relations” there is not authorized to comment.