Co-owner of Druzhba Narodov combine on meeting National Guard head
Boris Vaninsky says he had known Viktor Zolotov before concluding a contract for the supply of products to the Guard.
One of the owners of the Crimean meat processing plant Druzhba Narodov, which has become the sole supplier of products for the National Guard, told Dozhd how he met with the Guard’s head, Viktor Zolotov, before receiving the contract.
Vaninsky also noted that he did not hide that he was the beneficiary of Optima Finans, which includes Druzhba Narodov. According to him, Boris Kantemirov, who owns the company, left the Internal Troops in 2003, therefore, it is “doubtful” to associate him with Zolotov, who headed them in 2014-2016.
Druzhba Narodov representatives contacted Zolotov with a proposal in June 2016. In response, the company was contacted by Deputy Director of the National Guard of Russia, Sergey Mileyko. He offered the company to conclude a contract for the supply of products for all departments of the Guard.
Vaninsky noted that he and Zolotov knew each other well, but could not be considered friends.
“I do not exclude that when choosing a single supplier, the fact that he knew us played a role,” the businessman said.
In August, the Anti-Corruption Foundation released an investigation into the supply of products for the National Guard. It said that after the Druzhba Narodov meat processing plant became the only supplier of products for the Service in December 2017, purchase prices increased several times.
After that investigation, Viktor Zolotov recorded a video message, in which he accused Navalny of stupidity and challenged him to a duel, promising to “make mincemeat of him.” In response, the politician called the official out to a televised debate. However, neither the duel nor the debate have taken place yet.
December 27, it became known that the meat processing plant Druzhba Narodov remained the only food supplier for the National Guard for another two years.