Former company head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva had “close ties and credit relations in the millions of dollars” with companies of the family of the first Deputy Chairman of VTB Yuri Soloviev, stated in the investigation, published by the International consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) and the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) Tuesday, 5 April. 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.
Gontareva, appointed to his post by Parliament on the recommendation of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, came to the Ukrainian Central Bank from the private sector in June 2014. Before that for seven years she headed the financial group ICU that Poroshenko was chosen as the organizer of the sale of Roshen confectionery Corporation after becoming President of Ukraine.
In December 2013, the offshore company Quillas Equities S. A., owned by Solovyov, provided a loan of $10 million to another offshore — Keranto Holdings Ltd. at 3% per annum. Money was transferred from the accounts Quillas’s in Cypriot Bank RCB Bank, which at the time was owned by the VTB group. Keranto in turn is associated with ICU: it is registered at the same address as the company the head of the Central Bank. A representative of the company signing the documents by Keranto became Dmitry Nedelchev. People with the same first and last name listed on the website ICU as a Board member and investment Committee, said in the article. At that time, hontareva still controlled the company and owned a quarter of its capital, say the journalists.
In addition, the legal documents of the company Mossack Fonseca, we can conclude that the wife Solovyov could be a business partner Gontareva. According to the structure of shareholders of the Ukrainian Bank owned by ICU avant-garde, almost a quarter of ICU holding company registered in the British virgin Islands, belonged to Cordova Management Ltd, the sole owner of which was listed Ulatina G. O. from Moscow. Wife’s name is Galina Solovieva O. Ulutin. After the appointment of Gontareva, the NBU Governor, she sold her share to the partners — Lutinos, Konstantin Stetsenko and Makar Paseniuk. In August 2014, after the U.S. and EU imposed sanctions against VTB and its Ukrainian daughter, Ulutin also sold its stake in the ICU.
In December 2014, five months after the imposition of sanctions against VTB, Soloviev gave your offshored the Natalia Plutinos, 65-the summer pensioner from a small Ukrainian city of Nikopol. Reporters from OCCRP who visited Nicopolis, found that becoming a millionaire pensioner “for quite some time lives in Moscow with her grandchildren and her daughter Galina, who is married to some businessman.” In his dedicatory Solovyov noted that Equities gave Quillas mother-in-law of “natural love and affection”.
The ICU group belonging to the head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeriya Gontareva to her appointment, does not support the business connection with the Russian official and the first Deputy President of the Russian state Bank VTB Yuri Soloviev, UNIAN reported the press service of the NBU, commenting on media publications.
“In the offshore business with Ukrainian partners, nothing is forbidden there. Offshore — this, in essence, a wallet,” — says the investigation the partner Paragon Advice Group Alexander Zakharov. According to him, the question is in the nature of an origin of this money and for what purposes this purse has been used but in investigating these data were not available.
On the origin of money in offshore Quillas to be said only that the company Solovyov Quillas in 2009-2010 received as payment for consultations on the macroeconomic situation in Kazakhstan and the Baltic States, including an independent assessment of their financial markets, to $8.8 million Taxpayers were two offshore: Bentox Trading registered in the British virgin Islands, Aphrodite and Services from the Marshall Islands. The money was transferred to accounts in the RCB at the expense of Quillas in a Swiss Bank Pictet.
VTB Bank in response to the request sent to the Bank’s overall position on the scandal, previously published on his site, refusing to discuss the contents. Solovyov declined to comment.