Valued advisor. Shvabe Holding consults with criminal who had robbed it
It is well-known that criminals always return to the crime scene. Aleksander Stasyuk, ex-Deputy Head of Shvabe Holding, was eager to return to the company he has robbed for some 30 million rubles ($452.6 thousand). He was welcomed there with open arms and a new employment contract. Is Shvabe facing a new round of corruption scandals?
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May victims of economic crimes contract Stockholm syndrome? Things happen. For instance, Aleksander Stasyuk, ex-Deputy General Director of Shvabe Holding for Economy and Finance, who has stolen at least 30 million rubles ($452.6 thousand) from it, returned back to the company as if nothing were wrong. During his 3-year-long absence, his cushy job has been taken by other people – but specially for Stasyuk, a position of universal consultant was created. Where has the valued specialist spent the last years?
Three years ago, investigators launched a probe into a contract signed between Stelmakh Polyus (Pole) Scientific and Research Institute subordinate to Shvabe and Neftekhimmash Plus. According to that contract, single crystals had to be supplied at a cost of 33 million rubles ($497.9 thousand). By the way, Shvabe produces single crystals for Angara A5 launch vehicles.
The contractor received the payment, while the institute received nothing. It turned out that Aleksander Stasyuk and Nikolai Rakovich, Deputy General Director of Shvabe for R&D and Innovations, were the main beneficiaries of the criminal scheme. Interestingly, the contract cost was artificially overcharged almost twice. Even if the crystals were shipped, the parties would ‘earn’ 21 million rubles ($316.9 thousand). But the greed has overcome other considerations.
Shvabe Holding amalgamates dozens of enterprises specializing in the production of optical glass, sitall, and optical fibre. It manufactures both civilian and military products, including transmission and optical systems for Angara A5 launch vehicles. Shvabe is subordinate to Rostec Corporation.
Another weird deal between Polyus Scientific and Research Institute and Neftekhimmash Plus was made in 2013. It also involved supplies of equipment for single crystal production. The contract is considered fulfilled – but in the course of its implementation, the terms have changed beyond recognition. Shortly after the contract signing, the equipment cost skyrocketed from 15.7 to 42.4 million rubles ($236.9–639.7 thousand). The currency exchange rate was stable in that period. So, what was the reason behind the drastic price increase? Most probably, above-mentioned greed again.
But contrary to a popular saying, it hasn’t ruined Stasyuk.
The former Deputy General Director has immediately mended his ways, redeemed guilt in a mere two years of imprisonment, and, according to his lawyer, “returned to the family”.
The family has warmly welcomed the prodigal son – the convicted criminal became a staff advisor at Shvabe.
The silence of the scapegoat
So, he returned back having an outstanding conviction (the probation period hasn't expired yet), conditionally clear conscience, and unconditionally lousy reputation. Returned to a place whether the nuclear shield of the country is created in strict secrecy. Now Stasyuk is ready to provide a valuable advice to anyone willing to make money on this. But is he a really unique expert? Perhaps, Anatoliy Serdyukov, Director of Rostec’s Aviation Cluster, could give even better recommendations in this sphere? His experience is more extensive, while stolen amounts are much higher. Therefore, rumors started circulating that the new appointment of Stasyuk was a reward for his silence. He was silent about many things, including the role of Sergei Maksin, then-General Director of Shvabe, in that story. Thanks to the silence of Stasyuk, the holding head surrounded by thievish deputies turned out to be innocent as a newborn babe – although, during the investigation, the criminal talents of Maksin were rated pretty high.
Sergei Maksin, ex-General Director of Shvabe
Maksin and Stasyuk were considered genius sellers. For instance, they have sold 30% of shares in Lytkarino Optical Glass Plant (LZOS) Open Joint Stock Company to Rostec at a price exceeding the cost of its controlling block of shares. This deal was brilliant in all aspects, including the splitting of the portfolio into two parts – 24% and 6% – to withdraw it out of the scope of the antimonopoly legislation and preceding sale of the shares to offshore companies. As a result, the state corporation has purchased the shares from offshore structures. According to the investigation, it was Maksin who had misled the Rostec management. In the end, Chemezov and his deputies acquired 30% of shares in LZOS for 862.6 million rubles ($13 million) – although, a few months earlier, the control block of its shares (51%) belonging to Rostec was worth slightly over 500 million rubles ($7.5 million).
For overpricing the deal by 600 million rubles ($9.1 million), Maksin was fired. The inquest into this criminal episode ended in nothing. According to suspects, the price of 862.6 million rubles ($13 million) and structure of the deal (splitting of the portfolio and involvement of offshore companies) had been suggested by the seller. So, the question is: were Chemezov and other Rostec top managers really misled by somebody?
It is quite possible that Yuri Chaika, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, ultimately has to find answers to these difficult questions. Deputy Natalia Poklonskaya, known for her insistence, has submitted to him an official inquiry and attached a large package of documents able to dismay Sergey Chemezov and his deputies, especially Vladimir Artyakov. Apparently, the Prosecutor General already had a conversation with the former Governor of the Samara Region and creature of Chemezov – but not the type of discussion Poklonskaya had expected.
Father will ask!
In early October 2018, Modum Trans company has filed a lawsuit against First Nonmetallic Company (PNK) Management Company to assign the rights and obligations under an agreement of purchase and sale of a share in the charter capital. This refers to an attempt of PNK MC, former co-owner of Modum Trans, to sell a share in the plaintiff’s charter capital. However, recently, the plaintiff has, for some reason, withdrawn all its claims. In fact, there is no mystery in this – just a few well-known names.
Not too long ago, Modum Trans was known as UVS Logistic. Today, the company holds the 11th position in INFOLine Rail Russia rating; its revenues for the year of 2017 have reached 13 billion rubles ($196.1 million). Such big money needs good supervision – therefore, the General Director of Modum Trans is Dmitry Vladimirovich Artyakov. Artyakov junior has no major achievements yet; therefore, the term "nepotism" has been substituted in Modum Trans with a euphemism "systematicity".
Shortly after the appointment of Artyakov junior in charge of Modum Trans, his company (i.e. revenues) started playing around. Dmitry Artyakov went to court – but then his passion for justice waned. Perhaps, despite the ‘systematicity’ of Artyakov, the court arguments have convinced him? Especially taking the figure standing behind the defendant. It is not named in the court file, but, according to the Consolidated State Register of Legal Entities, the sole proprietor of First Nonmetallic Company (PNK) Management Company is Artem Chaika.
Having a small share in Modum Trans, Artem Chaika has noted the high profitability of this company gaining high revenues despite its large debts. Furthermore, these revenues are guaranteed by governmental contracts. The only problem was the too long list of its co-founders. The Prosecutor General's son started taking active efforts to reduce their number – but the asset turned out to be problematic.
Perhaps, the Prosecutor General has shared with Artyakov senior his thoughts with regards to Stasyuk and Maksin and drew parallels between Artyakov and his boss? The looming perspectives probably were not good at all – and Artyakov junior has immediately withdrawn his lawsuit against Artem Chaika. Now it is necessary to explain to Poklonskaya the importance of Aleksander Stasyuk’s mission. Consultations in this niche specialization are in high demand and Serdyukov is unable to satisfy all the wisdom seekers alone.
The company RK-Aktivy, which was supposed to deal with real estate and non-core assets of Roscosmos, has not concluded a single contract since 2016. At the same time, the company management and staff received salary.