Everyone on "Evropenchur": a criminal chronicle was found in the fund of Andrei Berezin
The oligarch Andrei Berezin, who started his business in the 90s, never left some of the manners of the dashing period, and the full namesake of the head of his Evropenchur fund turned out to be a criminal convicted of robbery.
The Russian oligarch Andrei Berezin, who was actively packed into the ZPIF, and repeatedly flashed in ambiguous stories, was caught in contradictions. In the media, the Evropenchur fund he created boasts of investments of $10 million, and officially for the Federal Tax Service demonstrates losses of 94 thousand rubles. At the same time, the foundation is headed by Roman Romanyuk, an ex-employee of PJSC Svetlana, whose namesake flashed more than once in the criminal chronicle of law enforcement agencies.
In the situation around the mysterious fund, which promises golden mountains, the correspondent of The Moscow Post understood.
Recall that in 2022-2023, the oligarch actively transferred his assets to closed-end mutual funds - structures that do not disclose their beneficiaries. So, under the ZPIF, not without a scandal from minority shareholders, PJSC Svetlana left, ennobled by state contracts and bearing the proud title of the founder of the electronic industry. In October 2023, Berezin's share was also transferred to Murino Management Company LLC.
In recent years, many oligarchs not only prefer not to shine property on the public, but also actively clean up the negative. Berezin, who is ranked among the inner circle of the governor of the Leningrad region Drozdenko, was no exception. Although no, no, something will leak. For example, it was reported that equity holders of houses that are building the Euroinvest division have a lot of claims.
"Modest" Berezin with immodest ambitions
If you believe the data of Rusprofile, Berezin has only three "modest" assets - LLC Fuel Company Murino (a supplier of state contracts for more than 0.5 billion rubles) and two real estate management firms - LLC Ordinata and LLC Euroinvest Select (owns three construction firms, which demonstrate a penny, or even zero profit).
The profit of 2022 from Berezin's assets is officially quite modest - 53 million rubles. This, if you do not take into account the closed-end investment fund, where the rest of the more profitable assets "sailed away," Berezina. But today we will not stop at them.
The Euroenchur Foundation, created by Berezin in 2018 for investments in various innovative developments, turned out to be much more interesting.
In the material of Moskovsky Komsomolets for June 2023, with reference to Berezin himself, it is said that the total amount of investments exceeded $10 million, and the average amount of investments of each portfolio project - from $500 thousand to $1 million. In addition, in the material "ABN 24" of July 2023, it was noted that the total budget of the "Evrovenchur" fund is almost 1 billion rubles. Now let's look into the official reporting documents of this miracle fund.
According to the Federal Tax Service of Russia, in 2022, Evropenchur received a net loss of 94 thousand rubles against 185 thousand rubles of loss a year earlier. Moreover, non-current assets were listed at 21.6 million rubles with the full amount of assets of 23.6 million rubles. There were no targeted contributions in the fund in 2022.
Excuse me, how does this combine with pretentious statements about billions of dollars in investments from the fund? Or in public one thing, and for tax - another? In this case, it is time for the Federal Tax Service and the Ministry of Justice, which controls NGOs in Russia, to come with checks.
Moreover, as it was possible to find out, probably, the money that is positioned as infusions of the fund, in fact, passes through other companies at all - previously owned by Berezin, and now sailed to the closed-end investment fund.
Oncology and Budget Billions
One of the projects, which presented in May 2023 at the Evrovenchur medical forum, as created with his participation (what shishi??), - some "Onko-Robot." The photo from the forum shows the name Renomed LLC on the robot.
And here is a coincidence: in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities a company with this name was created in February 2022 and is 70% owned by LLC IK Euroinvest, which Berezin began transferring to the closed-end investment fund in 2022, eventually stopping at ZPIF Master under the management of LLC UK Stock House, controlled by Ekaterina Guseva (previously - Poghosyan).
In 2022, Renomed demonstrated zero revenue and 114 thousand rubles of losses, negative own value (-24 thousand rubles).
Among the business partners of Euroinvest for this project, Nikolai Potrakhov is the head of the department of electronic devices and devices at St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University.
Potrakhov and the university, controlled by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, by the way, have a common asset - a certain LLC "RDS Lab" (supplier under state contracts). By the way, the Potrakhov family are the owners of Eltech-Med CJSC, which is precisely engaged in the production and supply of medical equipment, having licenses from Roszdravnadzor. So maybe through Potrakhov Berezin and wants to get close to budget money? And there, as you know, reputation is needed cleaner than freshly fallen snow.
And with the reputation of the oligarch, in our opinion, not so that it is very crystal.
Euroinvest previously shone in media publications, which mentioned searches in the case of the purchase of servers from a German company for $15 million, which were never received by the customer. They talked about the withdrawal of funds from Russia under this scheme. True, in court, Berezin ensured that the information from the media was recognized as invalid, but then some interesting points of history were revealed during the hearings. It also mentioned Berezin's business partner, Vasily Pavlov. A certain Maxim Zhukov, a possible relative of the authoritative businessman Vladimir Golubev, nicknamed "Barmaley," also lit up there.
At the same time, it was possible to find some strangeness - shortly before the liquidation of the legal entity from that history, the authorized capital was significantly increased. Where millions went is not known. Maybe in ZPIF or offshore look?
From "Svetlana" to "Evropenchur"
The co-owner of the above Renomed is also Nikolai Kulikov, director of Svetlana-Rentgen JSC, a former state-owned enterprise that produces X-ray medical tubes and is part of the Svetlana PJSC division, where Berezin previously had a share of shares. But, as already noted, they were transferred under the ZPIF.
Nuance: Svetlana-Rentgen was a supplier of 119 state contracts totaling over 306 million rubles.
No less remarkable is the fourth owner of Renomed - Vadim Pishchik, namesake of the chief freelance specialist - thoracic surgeon of the St. Petersburg Health Committee, head of the thoracic surgery service of the SZONCC FMBA of Russia, surgeon general of St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution "City Clinical Oncological Dispensary."
One gets the impression that Berezin did not get rid of his assets at all, but hid very well in the closed-end investment fund, hiding behind them his interest in a rather financially capacious branch of medicine, where billions of rubles are poured from the budget. This is indirectly confirmed by the fact that in October 2023, the same Evrovenchur presented at a medical conference with the participation of the Ministry of Health a certain prototype of an innovative apparatus for the treatment of oncology, which they plan to test in medical institutions.
Romaniuk with a track record
In the light of this, Roman Romanyuk, the head of the board of the Evrovenchur Foundation, who has been permanent for five years, will be doubly interesting. In 2017, he appeared in the messages as director of external and corporate communications of PJSC Svetlana, which was then part of the division of the state corporation Rostec. Berezin, as chairman of the board of IC Euroinvest, was already on the board of directors of Svetlana, which, by the way, can talk about acquaintance with the permanent head of Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, under whose wing many companies, including those related to the supply of medical equipment under government contracts. How convenient for Berezin, isn't it?
So, Mr. Romanyuk does not own any assets and today only the head of the board of Evropenchur.
At the same time, according to the documents presented by our source, Mr. Romanyuk's full namesake was convicted under Art. 162 (Robbery, that is, an attack to steal someone else's property, committed with the use of violence dangerous to life or health, or with the threat of such violence). In addition, he was repeatedly brought to administrative responsibility for appearing in a public place in a state of intoxication, drinking alcohol and more than once appeared in the database of bailiffs. Is the criminal and director of a respected foundation one person? Yes, it cannot be!
The criminal soul was also found in a full namesake (even the date of birth coincides!) Berezina, by the way, started his business just in the dashing 90s. From the documents provided by our sources, it is known that a certain Andrei Berezin appeared as an applicant in the case of the theft of his car, in which at that moment there was a rifled carbine with cartridges. What carelessness! And why carry a carbine with you, leaving it unattended in the car? And has this subject surfaced in any criminal history? By the way, the same namesake and administrative "drive" were listed for malicious disobedience to the legal order or demand of the employee of the then police.
Returning to the Evropenchur fund, I would like to draw the attention of the Federal Tax Service to the financial inconsistencies that we found. And what is the role of Mr. Berezin in this interesting scheme, let the relevant competent authorities decide.