Roskomnadzor delegates Telegram blocking to company that routinely wins gov. contracts as “sole supplier” and works with Defense Ministry
The company wins multimillion-ruble contracts from Roskomnadzor and its subordinate organizations without any contests.
E.Soft is handing the technical part of the Telegram blocking for Roskomnadzor. The company that belongs to Enforcer Group routinely signs state contracts with the Russian media censor, getting the majority of contracts as "the sole supplier", i.e. without competition. According to Kontur-Fokus, over the past four years the company has contracted with the government for a total of over 1.5 billion rubles ($24.2m). Enforcer’s largest customer is the Defense Ministry. In 2015, the group got almost 3 billion rubles for "service" of Voentelecom, a network provider the armed forces use.
The Telegram channel called Metodichka was the first to write about E.Soft’s contracts. Then Meduza found out that it was E.Soft that was effectively blocking the Telegram messenger.
Dmitry Bulatov is the E.Soft general director, as well as the owner of the PR agency Batte Media and the Internet publication TrendyMen. The founders are Vladislav Kolokolov and Dmitry Smirnov, while the latter is indicated as “founder” in more than 286 companies.
Igor and Vladislav Kolokolov, two brothers, who graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, are the majority shareholders of Enforcer Group. Roskomnadzor has been blocking Telegram since April 16, but the messenger is still available in Russia without third-party VPNs or proxy services.
An influential person in the Greek political scene has joined the team of lawyers of the so-called ‘Boss of Georgian mafia in Europe’. Zoe Konstantopoulou, leftist politician and the leader of the Political Movement Course to Freedom, specializes in international law and human rights.
Ex-Head of the Yekaterinburg Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption (OEBiPK) Vladimir Nechaev has evaded the FSB operatives right during the operation to detain him, having managed to transfer a house and plot in the Istra district of the Moscow region into the ownership of his underage daughter.
"Whoever owns Bronka rules the city." Why did Poltavchenko become interested in port of disgraced oligarch?
In November of last year, stevedoring companies of St. Petersburg faced black Friday. The port of Bronka departed to the clan of all-powerful ex-Head of the Federal Guard Service (FSO) Evgeny Murov. The other day it became known that oligarch Dmitry Mikhalchenko’s port of Bronka ownership was assigned to St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko. According to sources, an unexpected desire to develop Bronka is the last chance not to retire.