Family “clans” close to Russian President Vladimir Putin have seized control of the country’s strategic reserve and Enriched at the expense of the Federal Agency for State Reserves (Rosrezerv), the publication in its investigation calls the “project”.
The department is responsible for supplying the army and providing for the population in case of war or natural disaster. To do this, it buys salt, meat, fish, grain, fuel, metals, tires, cotton, and more. Formally, information about which goods and in what quantities are in the Federal Reserve stores is classified as a state secret.
office Very profitable, as it constantly updates warehouses: it sells finished goods and buys fresh ones. According to journalists, the purchase price, as a rule, exceeds the market price, and the selling price is almost half as low. All transactions take place in the format of a closed auction, in which you can participate only after obtaining permission from the FSB and a written invitation from the Federal Reserve.
As the project found out, only a narrow circle of businessmen from “clans” close to the president have access to the auction: they divide the largest lots among themselves, agree on the price with the agency’s management, and From operations after receiving profits, transfer products along the chain to “smaller players”. according to mrKonstantin Tchaikovsky, CEO of Soyuz-P LLC, who tried several times to join the auction, received invitations by “only 15-16 organizations”, which, “In fact, they are ripping off the whole of Russia.”
In 2021, before the start of the war in Ukraine, the cost of reserves almost doubled: from 125.5 billion to 207.4 billion rubles. This is equivalent to the combined budget of culture and propaganda.
Since 2009, Dmitry Gogin, a protege of billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, a close friend of Putin, has been the permanent head of the Federal Reserve. Prior to joining the agency, Goggin worked for them at Rostropprom. Two more businessmen associated with this company – Andrey Volkov and Mikhail Mikhailov – were also admitted to the Federal Reserve: they sold salt, canned meat and fish from their warehouses, and bought grain, cotton and the same canned food.
At the same time, the tax service caught structures associated with Mikhailov (“NPTs Agromekhanizatsiya”, “Ermak” and others) in a corruption scheme. Several business houses through a series of companies (including the above) bought meat from the Federal Reserve, processed it into canned food at meat processing plants, and sold it back. The organizers of the scheme earned and brought abroad at least 250 million rubles. The tax authorities earned Yermak more than 100 million in taxes and fines, but the company self-liquidated.
Volkov is associated with Agrotorg Troitsk LLC, whose stew won first place at the RoseReserve competition in September. The jury was not embarrassed that a year earlier, Rosselkhoznadzor revoked the company’s canned beef certificate for adding chicken.
Investigators say another “clan” enriched at the expense of the Federal Reserve is the family of Vasily Shestakov, head of the International SAMBO Federation and former Putin ally. Shestakov’s daughter Yulia Gorshenina has a controlling stake in the Cherepanovsky trading house, a longtime partner of Rosrezerv: the state agency has been purchasing its meat products and selling it coal since at least 2012. In addition, Shestakov’s companies trade in grain, metals and tires and have a turnover of billions of rubles. Vasily Shestakov himself was elected three times to the State Duma under Putin, and his son Ilya Shestakov became deputy minister of agriculture and head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries.
Plus, the family of Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council, receives its benefits from the Federal Reserve. that Investigators say that being head of the FSB oversaw the agency, and at first they were not pleased that it had come under Rotenberg’s “shadow” control. The Agro-Line company, associated with his nephew Alexei, supplied meat, grain and butter to the department. In addition, guarantees for government contracts were issued by the Russian Agricultural Bank, which was headed by Dmitry, the eldest son of Petrushev.
In 2013, the tax authorities discovered that Agro-Line had withdrawn billions of rubles through shell companies, which were then partly cashed out through bank cards. After that, most of the companies of the trading house were liquidated. Journalists believe that only part of this business was transferred to Strong LLC, whose revenue in 2021 amounted to 4.4 billion rubles.
In addition, among the Federal Reserve’s contractors are the entourage of Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov and the son of Artem Chaika, Russia’s former prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika. everything now The listed “aggregates” no longer compete for access to agency resources, but, on the contrary, cooperate: they resell products to each other and take loans from the same bank. Additionally, there are instances of tax evasion in each considered episode, the investigators note.