Deputy of Miller stays latched onto federal teat

Deputy of Miller stays latched onto federal teat
Andrey Kruglov

Andrey Kruglov, the deputy chairman of the Gazprom board, bought a stake in companies involved in Moscow real estate, and associated with the people responsible for the street maintenance.⁠

It became known that Andrey Kruglov became a co-owner (20%) of Ap-trust and Proletarsky-B (50%). The first company specializes in providing services to construction companies in the field of audit, accounting and taxation. The main activity of the second company is leasing and management of own or leased non-residential real estate.

According to Novaya Gazeta, the shares in Ap-trust are also owned by Yuri Panfilov and his son Alexey, who is the president of the FPK Garant-Invest. The company owns several shopping and business centers in Moscow - Tulsky Trade Center in the Serpukhovskaya Zastava Square, the shopping gallery Airport at the metro station with the same name, shopping centers Kolomensky, Moskvorechye, Retail Park and Prazhsky Grad. Also the group includes the bank Garant-invest.

At the same time, Irina Biryukova, who is alleged daughter of Deputy Mayor of Moscow for housing and communal services Petr Biryukov, is one of the bank's shareholders as well as Ekaterina Biryukova, his wife. In addition, part of the company belongs to former manager of the Moscow Mayor's office Viktor Korobchenko.

By the way, Alexey Panfilov himself once was an adviser to Biryukov, performing this function on a voluntary basis.

In turn, RBC found that the maintenance of Moscow streets, which oversees Biryukov, is overseen by Irina and Ekaterina Biryukovs. One of their firms, Venta, leased trucks belonging to city-owned enterprises under the jurisdiction of Biryukov.

Novaya Gazeta also found out that in the past Irina and Ekaterina Biryukovs owned (15% each) the firm Stroibusiness Holding, which manages the Ugreshsky Pipe Fittings Plant. For three years, the plant received contracts for 1.75 billion rubles ($30.5m) from the structures of Gazprom.

Also, the Ugreshsky plant supplied its products to Mosgaz and Mosvodokanal, which boards of directors included Biryukov. Since 2015, the plant has signed contracts with them for more than 500 million rubles ($.8.7m)

As Kommersant previously wrote several times, Biryukov's younger brother Alexey is the owner and CEO of the company UniverseStroyluxe and several other organizations dealing with construction, repair and improvement in Moscow. They repeatedly won major city tenders, and, in particular, were engaged in the improvement of the Tsaritsyno museum-reserve and the restoration of the palace of Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye.

Biryukov himself rejected in an interview with Vedomosti any communication with the owners of contracting firms, stating that his name is very common, and he does not talk about business in his family.

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