According to Kolesnik Sledkom: will the deputy be remembered by Corsica?
The scandal with KMTP shares may cost Andrei Kolesnik not only the deputy mandate, but also become a reason for criminal proceedings.
State Duma deputy from the Kaliningrad region Andrei Kolesnik, in narrow circles allegedly better known as King Kong and Andryukha Wheel, may be deprived of their deputy mandate. The reason may be his commercial activities in managing the Kaliningrad Commercial Sea Port (KMTP).
Details - in the material of the correspondent of The Moscow Post in the Kaliningrad region.
This became known yesterday, when the court seized 52% of the shares of KMTP JSC, one of the largest Russian companies engaged in loading and unloading ships, from State Duma deputy Andrei Kolesnik and his family. With such a demand, the prosecutor's office went to court.
As a result of the shares, both the deputy himself and the mother of his wife, who, apparently, was only a nominal owner, lost. The total amount of illegal income that Deputy Kolesnik received from this activity amounted to almost 370 million rubles. Writes about this "Kommersant".
At the end of 2021, among the co-owners of KMTP were Orneto Partners offshore and Mr. Kolesnik himself, whose stake was in the trust of Nadezhda Lysenko.
Last spring, a scandal erupted over the aforementioned offshore company. Then the Kaliningrad Regional Arbitration Court, at the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, seized 46.5% of the shares of KMTP, which are owned by the Scottish company Orneto Partners LP and the controversial Russian businessman, co-owner of Sovmortrans Dmitry Purim. RBC writes about this.
The claims of the prosecutor's office were related to the fact that the strategic enterprise was in the hands of investors from unfriendly countries. This was done, apparently, with the permission of Andrei Kolesnik himself.
Scottish Orneto Partners LP bought KMTP shares from Koksohimtrans in December 2020. She received the rights to these shares in March 2021, when Kolesnik had not yet been elected to the State Duma and officially, and not through third parties, managed the Port Board of Directors.
I.e. in the context of sanctions and colossal international pressure on our country, almost before the start of the SVO, could Mr. Kolesnik approve the "entry" of representatives of Foggy Albion into Russia's strategic asset? It's not very patriotic, to say the least.
Journalists began to highlight these facts later, when a corporate conflict broke out between the owners - Kolesnik and Co. On the one hand, and Orneto Partners LP and Dmitry Purim on the other.
In 2021, Orneto Partners through the court demanded CMTP documentation, including bank statements, contracts for the sale and lease of real estate, minutes of the decision of the board of directors, etc. I.e. the management of KMTP, which was led by Kolesnik's people, simply refused to provide them with this information.
It could seem that this could be done on purpose to squeeze partners out of business, depriving them of access to information and planning their work. As a result, the court sided with KMTP and Kolesnik, pointing to the registration of the plaintiff in the UK, which had recently legally tightened sanctions against the Russian Federation.
At the same time as all these processes, huge budgetary funds continued to be pumped through the KMPT under state contracts. The total amount as a customer is 5.4 billion rubles, as a supplier - 21.4 million. Despite this, at the end of 2022, the port went into minus by almost 100 million rubles. A year earlier, he received a loss of 73 million rubles, and in 2020 - at all 216 million rubles.
This suggests that when the clouds over KMPT and Kolesnik slowly began to thicken, the port's profit could be withdrawn in an unknown direction.
So, the competent authorities - the prosecutor's office, the courts, the State Duma commissions - will further deal with all this. But the question arises, how did it even happen that the port was at Kolesnik, despite its background?
According to the "Vek" edition, Andrei Kolesnik from 1993 to 1997 was an active member of the organized criminal group Andrei Korsik, who later ended up behind bars. They are both Marines, so they probably came together on this basis. Former saboteur Kolesnik was engaged in the selection of new members of the organized criminal group, trained and trained fighters and advised the chief of Corsica.
At the same time, in the operational materials, the current people's choice allegedly appeared as "King Kong" and Andryukha "Wheel" because of his physical strength. The group itself was engaged in the seizure of assets (!), Racketeering, contract killings.
Several criminal cases of smuggling through KMTP are associated with Kolesnik's probably criminal past. In 2000-2002, three proceedings were initiated on the fact of illegal transportation of cigarettes. Later, in 2004-2006, alcohol and food products were imported through KMPT through shell firms to Russia. He, KMPT, was one of the main channels for the supply of Chinese consumer goods for the infamous Cherkizovsky market in Moscow. Writes about this "Century".
A reasonable question arises - how did such a comrade even find himself in politics? There is no clear answer. It is only known that he became a member of United Russia just a few months before the 2011 State Duma elections. And immediately he was appointed secretary of the political council of the regional branch of the United Russia in the Kaliningrad region - i.e. the head of local United Russia.
What team he gathered there, it became clear later. Not so long ago, the ex-head of the Kaliningrad regional executive committee of United Russia, Maxim Suvorov, was arrested on suspicion of committing depraved actions against minors, RBC writes about this. And "Versiya" adds that Suvorov is allegedly a friend of Mr. Kolesnik. Let everyone draw the conclusions himself, but such a situation cannot be called normal.
Maxim Suvorov (left) and Andrey Kolesnik (right). Photo: https://versia.ru/zachem-rukovodstvo-kaliningradskoj-oblasti-patroniruet-zameshannomu-v-mnogochislennyx-skandalax-andreyu-kolesniku
Returning to the port and the fog around how Kolesnik became its beneficiary. Back in 1996, the future deputy, together with Vladislav Dorofeev, established a company with a remarkable name composed of the names of the members of the company - DorK LLC.
As the journalists of the "Russian Reporter" newspaper suggest, Kolesnik and Dorofeev, through their DorK company, were supposed to buy up KMTP shares in the interests of a completely different company - Transrail. Under the terms of an unspoken agreement, after Transrail had more than 50% of the port's shares, the founders of DorKa were to receive a reward of $600 thousand.
But it turned out differently. In 1998, Transrail auditors revealed a shortage of $700 thousand, the very ones that were intended to buy back shares in the Kaliningrad Commercial Sea Port. And the shares of the port somehow magically did not reach the Transrail, and Dorofeev and Kolesnik probably in the same magical way appeared in the register of KMPT OJSC as the main owners. Kolesnik became the director of the port.
Nobody canceled the state order
There is also probably a wide field for the work of law enforcement officers. Moreover, if this approach was used to obtain shares in the structure, then it also extended to conducting business activities.
For example, KaliningradCement, which sued KMTP for several years due to the fact that the port management unreasonably refused to provide terminals for unloading cement.
The essence of the litigation was that the chairman of the board of directors of the port of Kolesnik refused to provide a terminal for unloading cement. Perhaps trying to impose higher prices on Kaliningrad Cement for using the terminal. That is, or pay more, or the port security simply will not let your employees to the terminal?
But KaliningradCement had the right to lease the terminal, which it received in 2012 for almost 50 years! The trial itself lasted four years, and ended in a devastating defeat for the KMTP. The port was ordered to pay the company more than 40 million rubles of lost profits. Writes about this "Version". And how many lost companies that did not receive cement in the construction market on time - you can only guess.
It seems that Kolesnik and Co could "bury" in the KMTP through government orders. The port's counterparties are very interesting. For example, Eridan LLC has almost 200 state contracts with the port in the amount of over 800 million rubles. The only owner of the structure is Alla Kornyushina.
As "Novy Kaliningrad" writes, just in the framework of the case on the seizure of shares of the port from Kolesnik, it became known that he had a personal security driver Alexander Kornyushin, whom Kolesnik even asked to bring to court as a witness in the case.
Something suggests that Kornyushin can tell both in court and in other bodies a lot of interesting things about Kolesnik - not at all what he would like to hear. And this may become an occasion for criminal proceedings.