Construction of discord: who is ‘siphoning’ business off construction magnate Anatoly Livada 

Construction of discord: who is ‘siphoning’ business off construction magnate Anatoly Livada
Anatoly Livada suspects that Asgat Safarov is directly involved in his troubles Photo: The CrimeRussia

The builder was arrested after a public statement saying that he is being under pressure from the sides of chief of staff of the president of Tatarstan Asgat Safarov and regional Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services Irek Fayzulin and it seems that someone in power structures wants to take away his business from him.⁠

Arrest of one of the largest builders of Kazan Anatoly Livada buried hope for many shareholders that sometime they will move in to new apartments. Sources of the CrimeRussia in law enforcement agencies claim that there were no bases for Anatoly Livada's arrest, despite an existence of criminal case over fraud, the investigation of which lasts more than one and a half years. The warrant of apprehension of the builder was allegedly sent from above after the head of Fon Anatoly Livada made some devastating statements in the Moment of truth program. The builder declared that he is being under pressure from the sides of chief of staff of the president of Tatarstan Asgat Safarov regional Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services Irek Fayzulin and it seems that someone in power structures wants to take away his business from him. Levada did not also exclude lethal outcome for himself.

Anatoly Livada heads Fon Group since 1995. The company actively worked at the market of housing construction. In total his group of companies has constructed more than 70 multistoried houses. As Livada himself says, he “has constructed more than 1 million square meters”, and is in a criminal case over swindle. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tatarstan is investigating a case over part 2 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. According to the investigators, the builder broke a law, signing contracts with shareholders, and raising money, without having the permission for construction of houses in Residential Complex Symphony, Residential Complex Ministry of Emergency Situations and on Noksinsky descent.

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Residential Complex Symphony

General Investigation Administration of MIA of Tatarstan report that the case includes 1000 injured shareholders. However, according to other information, more than 4000 victims were left without apartments and money. At the same time, the investigation does not disclose the official amount of damage.

The statement of 14 people who invested in construction of apartments in a housing estate of Ministry of Emergency Situations on Akademika Street of Gubkin in Kazan was the cause for the trial concerning Livada's company. Fon started the construction in this area in 2012, without the project documentation and the construction license. While they were regularly raising money from shareholders, not building the apartments. For the beginning of 2014 Fon Group at various stages of incomplete construction had 25 objects of 410,8 thousand sq.m on 6,8 thousand apartments in Kazan and Naberezhnye Chelny.

Money of the company was ‘melting’, investments were absent, buildings stood still. Tatarstan was filled with pickets of shareholders, the deceived inhabitants were traveling to Moscow, to write to the president of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. As a result the people barely achieved authorities’ interference in the story with an unfinished construction and part of Fon’s houses were eventually built. 4000 more shareholders and 20 unfinished houses were left ‘behind the board’.

Анатолий Ливада

Head of Fon Anatoly Livada

As a result at the beginning of last year the prosecutor's office of Tatarstan demanded from the republican Administration of MIA to initiate criminal case over swindle during sale of apartments in the houses built by the Fon company. Pickets of shareholders which threatened to turn into mass protests started in Kazan again, and Anatoly Livada went to Moscow to a meeting with journalist Andrey Karaulov. There, in the Moment of truth program, he stated his point of view on the events, accusing authorities of Tatarstan of a construction lawlessness. According to him, they want to ‘bury’ his business and he is afraid for his life.

“For last three years I am under pressure from power structures. I assume that very strong impact is exerted by the chief of staff of the president of Tatarstan Asgat Safarov and Minister of Construction of RT Irek Fayzulin”, Anatoly Livada declared.

Ирек Файзуллин

Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of RT Irek Fayzulin

The builder assumes that high-ranking officials decided to 'privatize' his construction empire after he gratuitously gave 500 apartments in the residential district Solnechny Gorod for needs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tatarstan under the contract with the government of the republic. Asgat Safarov was then heading the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to Livada, he was warned by 'kind people' that after this 'friendly' deal with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he will lose everything. And it is exactly how it happened.

“We were waiting for ‘thank you’ and received a criminal case. We stopped the construction because investors did not invest in our projects. It seems that the republic needs to bring me out of the construction market. Strange stories happened to builders in Kazan in the last two years. For example, one ‘resting’ was hammered by shareholders, the second — allegedly committed suicide out of shame. And I have billions of rubles of net profit on a game cost, it is clear that I will protect my life in all available ways”, Anatoly Livada said.

Асгат Сафаров

Chief of staff of the president of Tatarstan Asgat Safarov

Speaking about attacks on builders in Kazan, Anatoly Livada meant murder of CEO and owner of Molkom construction company Igor Kazakov, the builder of objects of Universiade and other large projects in Kazan. Last year Kazakov was attacked by several people in masks with batts in hands. He died in resuscitation from traumas received.

Perhaps, Anatoly Livada was afraid of such outcome for himself. The meeting with president of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov could resolve the issue. But the Tatarstan President refused to meet the businessman, both the Minister of Construction of RT, and the chief of staff of the president arranged boycott. The authorities directly read the requirements to shareholders of Fon – if the builder is replaced – the houses will be completed. But Livada did not hear the signals. Right after the second part of Andrey Karaulov’s movie was released, Livada was invited to a meeting with investigators and from there he was taken to temporary detention facility and after the judgment he was placed in the pre-trial detention center.

Livada's arrest was also unexpected for prosecutor's office, which did not see a reason for this. The builder only discovered what he is accused of in court as no investigative actions were carried out with him after March 27. He accused under part 4 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindle on especially large scale). The case is on damage in 556 million rubles. A ‘group of persons’ mentioned in the case may perhaps be Livada and his civil spouse Diana Akhmetzyanova who is at large so far. But the CrimeRussia’s source in law enforcement agencies claims that they “do not need her, because only Livada has the right to sign under documents”.

Neither the prosecutor's office, nor shareholders asked for Livada's arrest. But the Supreme Court passed different decision. It became clear that after all the high-ranking officials have watched the two-part movie of Andrey Karaulov, and have drawn the corresponding conclusions. Meanwhile, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova engaged in the complaint of the businessman, and shareholders of Fon gather for hotline with Vladimir Putin to tell him about features of business in Tatarstan.

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