‘Government Contract King’ arrested in Zakharchenko case makes billions in jail
A company affiliated with Valery Markelov, a Board member of JSC Roszheldorproekt and co-owner of Russian Railways’ largest contractor, GK 1520, got a 2.3-billion-rubles contract for the transportation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the Krasnoyarsk Region.
At the end of December, an unknown company named Chisty Gorod Krasnoyarsk was selected as the only service transporter of solid waste to the recently opened landfill site in the Kansk technological zone, Daily Storm reports.
It was Planeta-Service LLC that placed the tender on the public procurement website. The company is part of the Kashalot group and had become an MSW operator in Kansk six months before that.
The cost of the contract is 2.3 billion rubles ($34m). The documentation on the public procurement website does not stipulate the deadlines, which means that the multibillion-ruble purchase of MSW can be carried out regularly, the newspaper notes.
Meanwhile, there is only one employee in Chisty Gorod Krasnoyarsk, a company established 4 years ago, according to SPARK-Interfax. Besides, the legal entity has not had a single contract for all the time of existence.
Daily Storm found out that Chisty Gorod Krasnoyarsk with a share capital of 48,485 rubles is owned in almost equal shares by Yevgeny Kravets (34%), Ilya Ilyin and Natalya Kuzmina (33% each).
Kuzmina, in addition to being appointed the head of the subsidiary of Federal Property Management Agency (she heads Rostekhinventarizatsiya-BTI LLC, recently established) starting this month, has a share in Planeta-Service, the MSW operator. She has a business partner in Planeta-Service, Danila Kravets, who is the son of the Chisty Gorod Krasnoyarsk owner, Yevgeny Kravets, who used to be the Planeta-Service owner in the past.
The third co-owner of Chisty Gorod Krasnoyarsk is Ilya Ilyin, who is the beneficiary of Planeta-Service through the security agency Bastion-region (22% share in Planeta-Service), but also manages the Krasnoyarsk recycling company (KRK).
When Daily Storm journalists tried to call Planeta-Service, the answering machine informed that the call was made to the Krasnoyarsk recycling company, but no one picked up the phone, phones of Chisty Gorod Krasnoyarsk LLC are available but do not answer.
KRK was registered in Krasnoyarsk in 2013. According to the state procurement website, it is an MSW operator in several districts of Krasnoyarsk, and on December 25, simultaneously with Planeta-Service, it placed a purchase for the export of MSW worth 2.5 billion rubles ($35.9 m).
In the summer of 2018, Lengiprotrans JSC, known as the main designer of the Russian Railways facilities, became the beneficiary of KRK through Investment group RVM Capital CJSC. Among its shareholders are billionaires and the ‘Government Contract King’ according to Forbes as of 2018, Alexey Krapivin and Valery Markelov - the sum of government orders from Russian Railways to 1520 group controlled by them amounted to 218 billion rubles ($3.1 b).
As The CrimeRussia reported earlier, Valery Markelov was detained on October 2 in Sochi and shortly arrested in the high-profile criminal case of Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former Head of the T Department of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to investigators, Markelov paid Zakharchenko a monthly 'salary' in the amount of $150,000 and an 'added bonus' in the form of real estate and large sums of money so that he provided him with protection from law enforcement agencies and special services. The investigation estimates the total amount of kickbacks from Markelov to Zakharchenko at 2 billion rubles ($28.7 m). Another co-owner of 1520 and KRK at the same time - the son of former Adviser to the Head of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, Alexey Krapivin, was declared wanted.
FSB officers detained MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko in September 2016. Searches in the officer’s apartment and car turned up about 9 billion rubles ($129.2 m), mostly in foreign currency. Currently, the ex-interim Head of the T Department of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is in a detention center on charges under three articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - 285 (Abuse of Official Powers), 290 (Bribe-Taking) and 294 (Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations). He does not admit his guilt.
Seventeen Russian Governors are facing criminal prosecution for bribe-taking. The rest of them may be jailed any time for exceedance of official powers. At least, Nezygar (@russica2) Telegram channel claims so citing an unidentified source in the law enforcement structures. However, according to that source, it is currently prohibited to prosecute top-level officials. In 2018, the operatives had only searched offices of Vice Governors or Deputy Ministers – not their bosses. The CrimeRussia found out what supreme functionaries are on the hook of the law enforcement authorities and may be immediately indicted if the President orders so.