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29 November 2023

Kligman Turned Hotel

The owners of the Peter I Hotel in the center of Moscow may be related to money "laundered" at Rusich Center Bank. In the case of Ilya Kligman?

The share in the company that owns the expensive Peter I hotel in the center of Moscow was bought by Trea Trading House LLC, owned by Diana Saidova, co-owner of the Russian Agrarian Group.

In 2020, the Russian International Bank collected multimillion-dollar debt from the shareholders of the Budapest Hotel OJSC, which managed the hotel. The bank eventually "collapsed," the property of its leaders was seized. And Budapest was in the process of bankruptcy. It was in it that the "Trey Trading House" acquired a stake. Another part of the company belongs to offshore.

As the correspondent of The Moscow Post managed to find out, the acquisition could be carried out at the expense of the deputy of the Ryazan City Duma Yuri Sandin, and the offshore company could buy a share in the "dirty" money "Rusich Center Bank."

When there is little power, business is needed

The Russian Agrarian Group is associated with the deputy of the Ryazan City Duma Yuri Sandin. In 2020, a corporate conflict ripened there: his former partner, who owned more than 25% in the group, tried to regain his rights to a stake after its consolidation in the hands of Sandin. It didn't work out. San Agro Investments, through which Artyom Gnipov acted, refused the claim. And Sandin took possession of this legal entity.

They paid Gnipov or frightened him - the question is open. Perhaps he decided not to contact an influential politician and develop a new direction. In 2021, information appeared that Gnipov was going to build a pig breeding complex in the Aleksandrovsky district.

Undercover "bankers"

According to Vedomosti, the Cypriot Roil Ventures Limited is also a co-owner of Budapest. Its director is Ruslan Yuryevich Beroev. Similarly, the name of the co-owner of Monograma LLC. The co-founder of this legal entity is also Ioramishvili Ilya Teimurazovich.

Photo: Rusprofile

If you believe the paper provided by our sources, then this is a former employee of the "burst" Lefko-Bank. In 2008, his license was revoked because the bank did not ensure the timely settlement of customer accounts. Lefko-Bank was one of the two hundred largest financial organizations in Russia, credited large enterprises, and provided brokerage services.

The year before, according to the bank's annual report for 2007, its main shareholders were the electric rolling stock repair plant, Zagorsky Optical and Mechanical Plant, Fransnaruboprovodstroy CJSC, Service-Kholod OJSC, Ramensky meat processing plant, Mostliftmontazh company, Yaroslavl Shipbuilding Plant, Moscow Yeast Plant Derbenevka, as well as individuals, including bank employees.

According to Kommersant's sources, on the eve of the collapse, by order of the bank's president Sergei Paramonov, the funds going to the bank's correspondent accounts "were quickly transferred to settlement accounts in the offshore zones of the Baltic countries, and the head himself and his family left for Germany." As you know, no charges were brought against him.

Returning to Ioramishvili, he also, as stated in the paper presented by our source, worked at Industrial Traditions LLC. The company with the same name was the founder of Rusich Center Bank. The very institution that appeared in the case of illegal cashing of money in 2009.

Photo: Rusprofile

After the searches, a criminal case was opened against the top manager of the credit and money institution Andrei Stepanov. The investigation found out that he had bought more than 29 billion rubles, and could spend this money on real estate in Miami, where he was actively invested. Mr. Stepanov was put on the wanted list, but in 2011 Themis unexpectedly smiled at him - the case was closed due to changes in legislation.

In the same year, the bank's license was revoked amid a "freeze" in the bank of funds from the Russian Railways Pension Fund (NPF Blagosostoyanie). That

And in 2012, his leadership was suspected of withdrawing 400 million rubles through shell companies close to top managers.

On the former tops of the bank there are a lot of "cubes." Photo: Rusprofile

After the bank "collapsed," a lot of customers lost their funds, because under the terms of insurance of depositors, they could reimburse no more than 700 thousand rubles.

In addition to Industrial Traditions LLC, the founders of Rusich included other legal entities, all of them were liquidated and registered for unknown entrepreneurs, for each of which there are still a lot of such "cubes." Apparently they were used to withdraw money?

The Spirit of Kligman

Very similar money laundering schemes were used by prominent banker Ilya Kligman, who is now hiding from criminal prosecution in Germany.

Just earlier this year, the prosecutor's office approved the indictment in a criminal case concerning the organization of a criminal community, which stole more than 10 billion rubles from Agrosoyuz and Inkarobank banks, after which these banks went bankrupt. The scheme was very similar to what happened in Rusich: it was carried out by issuing unsecured loans, as well as through the assignment of the loan portfolio to companies controlled by the participants in the fraud.

In addition to clients of Agrosoyuz and Inkarobank, serial fraudsters also damaged depositors of several other banks. Among the affected credit institutions were Gelendzhik Bank (debt in the amount of 825 million rubles), Interkommerts Bank (65.1 billion rubles), Time Bank (700 million rubles), Antalbank (14.7 billion rubles), Arksbank (over 35 billion rubles), Transinvestbank (over 9 billion rubles), Baikalbank (6 billion rubles) and a number of other credit institutions. The total amount of damage amounted to more than 150 billion rubles, for which the Anti-Crisis Department for the Reorganization of Banks (DIA) had to be reimbursed.

The organizers of the withdrawal of funds from these, as well as from about a dozen more banks, which also ended up in bankruptcy, were named Ilya Kligman and Yevgeny Urin - they are both wanted, apparently Matvey Urin, the younger brother of Yevgeny Urin and also a former banker, who had already served time for beating the Gazpromov manager and financial fraud.

Matvey Urin's group included Trado-Bank, Slavic Bank and a number of others. They were noticed after the discovery that they artificially increased their capital using "mirror" bills and fictitious securities. These "mirror" bills had the same details and were found on the balance sheets of several banks. Banks received statements confirming ownership of these fake securities from unscrupulous depositories.

One of these depositories, Universal-Invest, which was a partner of Rusich Center Bank, was convicted of such fraud. According to the section "Information for customers" on the website of Universal Invest, the company's cooperation with Rusich Center Bank is limited to the fact that the broker transfers the client's funds to its account after receiving the relevant order.

The connection between the bank and the broker can be traced not only in this. According to Kommersant, General Director of Universal Invest Yuri Firdman for 2011 was the owner of a 2.75% stake in Rusich Center Bank and was also a member of its board of directors. According to the same data, at that time the co-owner of the bank Tatyana Shvachka (who owned 4.99% of the shares) was also a co-owner of Universal-Invest (1.05%).

So, it is very similar that Rusich Center Bank and Agrosoyuz "sawed" the same people.

Photo: Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin. Photo: https://chel.pro/5452

The Kligman Cases

Ilya Kligman may also have been involved in the collapse of Incarobank. In 2018, the bank lost its license after it became known that its assets amounted to 146.4 million rubles, while liabilities amounted to 2.9 billion rubles.

The management of this bank, as in many other cases, could include the same people who moved from one monetary institution to another.

People associated with Kligman could use so-called "notebook contributions." The process was simple: people came to the bank to invest money, and they were offered to do it at a higher percentage. At the same time, they were told that all deposits were insured. When the client made a contribution, the amount specified in the official documentation was significantly less than the real amount. And the real amount was recorded in a special notebook. The difference was left to themselves: gullible clients did not suspect that in case of problems they would not be able to prove their investments to the Deposit Insurance Agency. This was reported by the edition "Version."

Ilya Kligman was nicknamed the "Tambov cashier." In addition to his involvement in the collapse of almost one and a half dozen banks, from which they managed to withdraw more than 100 billion rubles, there are a lot of other scandals behind him. He managed to serve time for fraud, but he was replaced with a suspended sentence after he testified against the "night governor" of St. Petersburg Kumarin-Barsukov.

Kligman's Men

Recently, the Moscow court arrested in absentia the ex-leaders of the Moscow UM-Bank LLC Andrei Shlyakhovoy and Yakov Gembukh, who are accused of embezzling funds from Spektr LLC and withdrawing money from UM-Bank. According to investigators, they can also be participants in much larger-scale operations to withdraw funds from the bankrupt Agrosoyuz, Arksbank, Baikalbank and other credit institutions.

And these guys, who also managed to sneak abroad (as if they were all warned!), Are also members of the mass of "collapsed" companies. According to the investigation, at the expense of the bank, they acquired 134 million rubles. bonds of a certain Spektr LLC, the funds from which were subsequently appropriated. And this is just one episode.

As for Urin Jr., it has been proven that he withdrew money from the Mint and Uralfinprombank banks. It is likely that Urin's "track record" includes, among other things, the affairs of Agrosoyuz, UM-Bank and Rusich Center Bank.

Thus, we smoothly approached the question - where did the funds for the purchase of "Peter I" come from? Isn't Rusich Center Bank bankrupt? In this case, the interests of Mr. Kligman and his entire friendly company of "launderers" may be behind the asset that brings in millions.

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