FSB explained the search in the companies of the ONEXIM group

Operational activities April 14 and 15, were held in the offices of the company, ONEXIM group, associated with the criminal case on the Bank “Taurian”. About this informed the official representative of the center of public relations of FSB Nikolay Zaharov.

“As a result of primary activities the obtained information about the violation of a number of commercial structures of tax law. Withdrawn if this documentation is transmitted for further research by specialists with a view to taking appropriate procedural steps,” — said Zakharov.

According to the FSB, search and seizure operations in companies ONEKSIM and “affiliated juridical persons”, including OJSC JSCB “international financial club” and LTD. “CB Renaissance Credit”, was held on 14 and 15 April on the basis of the investigation assignments of the Main investigation Department of the MOI of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

Operational activities took place “in order to verify information on the possible evasion of taxes and fees from organizations”. The operational activities also were attended by employees of the Federal tax service.

asked for comment by the representative of ONEXIM group.

In February 2015 the Bank “Tavricheskiy”, which now occupies the 74th place by assets (90,5 billion rubles), has ceased to make payments, then the Central Bank imposed an interim administration there. A month later “Tavrichesky” was given to the sanation Bank IFC Mikhail Prokhorov. On his assent, the regulator provided a loan in the amount of 28 billion rubles, and the largest client of the Bank — the company “Lenenergo” have converted their deposits in the amount of 12.7 billion rubles in subordinated debt.

Representatives of the IFC stated that the Bank considers St as a platform to scale their business. Since rehabilitation “Taurida” is almost twice increased its assets, up to 20 lines in the ranking by assets. Now the Bank’s loan portfolio consists mainly of loans to companies. Corporate funds — almost 20 billion rubles, and deposits — 16.7 billion rubles.

In September 2015 it became known that in St. Petersburg have detained former heads of Bank “Taurian”. As reported the source of “Interfax”, the former executives are suspected that with the use of forged documents “is created for the offence under control of a legal entity LLC “Milan” has signed with the Bank “Tavrichesky” credit agreements” under which made crediting the Bank account of the fictitious company in the amount of $6 million.

As written before Thursday the investigations were conducted at the main office of the group of companies ONEXIM on Tverskoy Boulevard and in “Renaissance Capital”, “Renaissance Credit”, insurance company “Consent”, power company “Quadra-power generation” Bank and IFC. Operational activities in the office of the media holding , whose shareholder is ONEXIM group, on 14 and 15 April was not. Source Reuters reported that just in the investigation was attended by 200 members of the security services and tax authorities.

The media has put forward several versions of searches in the companies ONEKSIM. Source of “Interfax” declared that the reason for investigation was the tax evasion and withdrawal of funds to offshore zones. At the same time familiar Prokhorov, with whom managed to communicate the newspaper “Vedomosti”, believed that the reason “the Quadra”. According to the interlocutor of the edition, now it quickly goes to a new owner.

According to another version, the searches could be related to the editorial policy . In particular, “Rain”, citing two sources close to , reported that the Russian businessman forced to sell the media holding . At the same time the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to its sources admitted that the purpose of the searches could be an attempt to influence editorial policy .

Friday searched in the companies ONEKSIM journalists asked to comment on the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. “It is absolutely inappropriate to link any of the investigative actions that take place within the holding, with the editorial activity of the holding , especially to link it somehow with the Kremlin,” Peskov said.

On the question of whether the Kremlin about possible negotiations for the sale , Peskov said that we are talking about private, not public companies. The main thing is that in the case of transactions it was carried out within the law, Peskov added. The press Secretary also added that the last time Vladimir Putin with Mikhail Prokhorov had not met, and in the near future such negotiations are not planned.