Emergencies and Defense Ministries’ contractor owns estate next to Rotenbergs 

Emergencies and Defense Ministries’ contractor owns estate next to Rotenbergs
Estates of Elena Shebunova (to the left) and the Rotenberg brothers (to the right) Photo: Still from Anti-Corruption Foundation’s video

A plot with the area of ​​1.9 hectares is estimated at about 600 million rubles ($9.2 m), and together with the house - at 1.5 billion rubles ($23.2 m).

The full namesake of ex-adviser to Sergey Shoigu, Elena Shebunova, turned out to own an estate next to the Rotenberg billionaires. According to Open Media, her plot with an area of ​​1.9 hectares is estimated at about 600 million rubles ($9.2 m), and together with the house - at 1.5 billion rubles ($23.2 m). This estate can be seen on one of the ACF’s video about the Rotenbergs. Elena Shebunova is a successful businesswoman, she received government contracts at the Emergencies Ministry and the Ministry of Defense at about the same time when these Ministries were headed by Sergey Shoigu (Head of the Emergencies Ministry until 2012, and the Minister of Defense since 2013). Sources of the publication confirmed that Shebunova has known the Minister for many years. Nearby is another plot that belongs to the full namesake of Shebunova’s business partner, Galina Akhmetova.

In the early 2000s, she worked in Pishchevik enterprise under the jurisdiction of the Emergency Aviation Squad, established in 1998 to provide food for the department’s staff. In 2009, she opened Grossbif and Grossbir restaurants together with the current director of Voentorg, Vladimir Pavlov. Company Lega-pishchevik, which belongs to Shebunova, has been receiving government contracts for catering for the Emergencies Ministry employees since 2011, and orders from companies associated with the Ministry of Defense since 2017. The total amount of contracts is 127.1 million rubles ($1.9 m). Since 2014, Shebunova also owns company Minskaya 10, located not far from Kutuzovsky Prospekt, in the building of which there is an eponymous restaurant. In 2014, she became the founder of SSK company, which began to receive orders from institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Defense: for 2.9 billion rubles ($44.8 m) from July 2014 to December 2015. All contracts of the company ended in the spring of 2015, when Elena Shebunova quit the business.

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