Close friend of Shoigu earns $102 million on transactions with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Emergency Situations, media

Close friend of Shoigu earns $102 million on transactions with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Emergency Situations, media
Sergey Shoigu

A complete namesake of the businesswoman was previously an adviser to the Emergencies Ministry for the aviation unit.

Yelena Shebunova, a close friend of Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, who gave birth to a son and daughter who looked like the Minister, earned about 6.5 billion rubles ($102 million) on contracts with the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Emergency Situations, The Insider writes. Open Media found the full namesake of the businesswoman in the list of members of the Russian delegation at the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held on January 22, 2005 in Japan. Shebunova was listed as adviser to the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the aviation unit.

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Yelena Shebunova

Shebunova’s business went uphill after the birth of her son. If before, she was driving VAZ 21083 and an old Honda, then, after becoming a mother, she almost immediately bought a Mercedes-Benz and a golden Lexus RX 330, and later a number of other expensive cars, The Insider writes. According to the publication, the latest acquisition was the Mercedes-Benz GLS 350D 4MATIС, which costs about 6 million rubles ($ 95,000).

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Danila Shebunov

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Daria Shebunova

Shebunova also has a real estate property worth 1.5 billion rubles ($23.6 million). It is located in the elite village of Zhukovka, where the Rotenbergs reside. The land plot was transferred from Mikhail Kochetkov, one of the major contractors of the Ministry of Defense. Shebunova’s son plays in FC Arsenal Tula, sponsored by defense enterprises.

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Yelena Shebunova’s mansion

In 2014, Shebunova became co-owner of Spetsstroykonstruktsiya LLC, which supplied the Defense Ministry enterprises with finishing materials for the construction of military camps. At the same time, they were produced by equipment leased from Spetsstroy-Leasing, a subsidiary of FSUE GVSU No. 14, subordinated to the Ministry of Defense. Spetsstroykonstruktsiya has spent 3 billion rubles ($48 million) on that. 

Until August 2018, Shebunova owned 30% in Liftoviye Innovatsii LLC, which received 60 million rubles ($ 054,000) on contracts with the Moscow City Property Management Center and other state institutions. In the autumn of 2018, the Fenixconsultgroup LLC founded by Shebunova was liquidated. Natalya Bondarenko worked as a director in the company, the AFK of which received 342,000 rubles ($ 6,000) for cleaning the premises and the adjacent territory of the dormitories of the Academy of Management of the Russian MIA.

Shebunova’s business partners Vladimir Pavlov and Galina Akhmetova, 81, also earn money on contracts with the Ministry of Defense. In October 2018, Pavlov headed Voentorg JSC, while Akhmetova supplied food to the structures of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Emergency Situations. 

The company Ost-West of Akhmetova’s husband, Vladimir Trofimov, was the contractor of the Main Military Construction Directorate No. 1. Akhmetova’s grandson Nikita Astakhov supplied the Ministry of Emergency Situations with watches and Voentorg with travel sets with the logo of the Army of Russia. 

Po Tekstilsnabprom LLC, affiliated with Shebunova, liquidated in March 2019, was rescued by contracts with Voentorg worth almost a billion rubles ($16 million). The contracts were concluded without a competition. 

In 2006, the Express-Gazeta tabloid wrote that Shebunova “worked as a flight attendant on an Emergency Situations Ministry plane and accompanied the best minister of Russia in all his difficult official business trips.”

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