Rosneft security officer helping wreck case on Tuapse Refinery schemes

Rosneft security officer helping wreck case on Tuapse Refinery schemes
Ural Latypov

According to the source, the security officers of Rosneft exert pressure and intervene in the preliminary investigation.

The new vice president for security, Ural Latypov, is suspected of ‘breaking up’ a criminal case against former vice president for capital construction of Rosneft Andrey Votinov and ex-Director of the Group of Companies Vse Lyudi Ravny (All People are Equal), deputy of the Tuapse City Council Alexander Firichenko. They are accused of multi-million thefts of money and property belonging to Rosneft.

According to the source of The CrimeRussia, Latypov interferes with the investigation of the case through his former colleagues in the prosecutor's office of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

According to the investigation, in 2010 then General Director of the Tuapse Oil Refinery Andrey Votinov created with his acquaintance Alexander Firichenko construction firm Vse Lyudi Ravny (All People Are Equal). In 2012, a sublease contract was signed between the company and the refinery for a land plot with a total area of 17.2 thousand square meters in the city of Tuapse for 113.8 million rubles ($2 m). This land belonged to the administration of the Krasnodar Territory and was leased from a construction company. Investigators believe that Andrey Votinov and Alexander Firichenko realized that the land plot could not be used in full by the Tuapse Refinery, because the Group of Companes Vse Lyudi Ravny had already planned the erection of various buildings and facilities on it. In addition, later the construction company granted the plant an unfinished ten-story building on this site on lease. As a result, the investigation finds the damage caused to the Oil Refinery and, hence, to Rosneft from August 2012 to April 2015, amounted to 344.5 million rubles ($6 m) for the sublease site, and 156.9 million rubles ($2.8 m) for the lease of the unfinished building.

When in 2008 Votinov headed RN-Tuapsenefteprodukt, he reregistered the company for his sister Irina Paley. By the end of 2011, 100% of the Group of Companies Vse Lyudi Ravny transferred to company Orsell Equities, registered in the British Virgin Islands, and from it – to Alexander Firichenko. Andrey Votinov fled Russia and is currently on the international wanted list.

Firichenko was transferred under house arrest in May 2017by the decision of the Krasnodar Territory Court after a year and a half spent in the detention center. Now, according to the source, security officers of Rosneft continue pressure and interference in the preliminary investigation.

Stay tuned and read more details about the ‘collapse’ of this case, as well as other activities of Ural Latypov tomorrow in our exclusive material.

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