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29 November 2023

The likely business of the wife of the head of the RDIF may be related to the interests of the Ukrainian oligarch

The family of the head of the RDIF Kirill Dmitriev did business with the people of the Ukrainian oligarch Yevgeny Chernyak, who could finance the Kyiv militants?

Clouds have thickened over, presumably, the Russian business of Yevgeny Chernyak, the owner of the alcohol holding Global Spirits. In Russia, the holding is best known for vodka of the Khortitsa brand, one of the most popular among domestic fans of the hot.

A criminal case has been opened against the management and owners of Chernyak's former Russian assets, namely the owner of Rodnik and K LLC, Russky Sever LLC and Standard of Quality LLC Alexander Bespalov and Rodnik K CEO Andrei Lazutin. In turn, his investigation turned into the initiation of another one - on the financing of terrorism already against Yevgeny Chernyak himself.

At the same time, as it turned out, the partners of his son Alexander conducted a common business with the alleged wife of the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). If this is true, Dmitriev may not stay in his place for a long time.

Details - in the material of the correspondent of The Moscow Post.

"Excuse" mobilization

It all started with the fact that information fell into the hands of the security forces, allegedly Andrei Lazutin turned to Bespalov with a request to assist in solving the following issue: Lazutin's son fell under partial mobilization, and for some reason did not want to pay off the debt to the Motherland. As a result, Bespalov allegedly agreed to use his connections to "save" Lazutin's son from mobilization, which took $10 thousand.

So there was a case of giving a bribe and mediation in giving a bribe against Lazutin and Bespalov. But during the operational development, the security forces came to the conclusion that the previous owner of Rodnik and K LLC, Russky Sever LLC and Standard Quality LLC Yevgeny Chernyak could direct part of the companies' profits to finance the Ukrainian army. In total, over 500 million rubles could have gone to Ukrainian militants. Half a billion! Therefore, a second case was initiated - already against Yevgeny Chernyak. Writes about this "Kommersant".

The situation is outrageous. The top manager of the Russian company is trying, as they say among the people, to "excuse" his son from mobilization at the most difficult moment for the country, when our forces in the new regions of the Russian Federation are opposed by almost the entire potential of NATO. And then it also turns out that the same business could sponsor the Kyiv terrorists who bomb peaceful cities every day.


At the same time, the Investigative Committee calls Yevgeny Chernyak the beneficiary of the above assets. I.e. Mr. Bespalov may simply be a nominal owner. And he received control over Chernyak's firms only in April 2022 - it can be assumed that in this way Chernyak tried to disown Russian assets before the Kyiv Nazis. But continued to earn money in Russia?

Chernyak's structures left Russian assets only in April 2022. Photo:

Meanwhile, the nominal value of Bespalov's companies alone reaches almost 5 billion rubles. At the same time, Standard Quality LLC even has state contracts - the company acted as a supplier for structures in the Nizhny Novgorod region.


Trail leads to RDIF

It would seem that Chernyak himself, albeit, possibly formally, but left Russian assets. But his son Alexander remains in them, who, according to evil tongues, allegedly lives with his father in the United States, where they, without hiding, allegedly collect money for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In Russia, Alexander Chernyak has two notable partners. First, it's Michael Calvey's infamous Barin East Foundation. The latter, we recall, not so long ago was convicted of embezzlement of more than 2.5 billion rubles of funds from Vostochny Bank, and retreated from the country.

But the second partner of Chernyak Jr., at least in the past, was Russian businessman Eduard Gurinovich, co-founder of CarPrice and CarMoney services. Another co-founder of CarPrice, as you know, was the son of a Ukrainian oligarch, which was repeatedly reported in the press.

Today, Gurinovich has only two companies left in the Russian Federation, where he has shares. The first is Startup Consult LLC, its financial performance is extremely weak, the company itself is small. But the second is Yamolodets LLC, the developer of the Russian analogue of TikTok, where Gurinovich has a 5% stake.


Recall that the Government agreed to allocate about 2 billion rubles for the development of Russian analogues of Western services and social networks. Part of these funds was supposed to go to Gurinovich.

At the same time, until the summer of 2020, Natalya Popova was part of the founders of Yamolodets. According to the authors of the PZDC Telegram channel, she is allegedly the wife of the permanent head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, an extremely scandalous official and a repeated hero of our publications.


At the same time, she also remains the president of Vision Media Center LLC, which owns 57% in Yamolodets. Therefore, it can be assumed that in reality Popova did not leave the company anywhere. It is curious that the losses of Vision at the end of 2022 amounted to over 80 million rubles. Where the money goes is not clear. True, the company itself is like a fiction - only 10 thousand authorized capital, several employees.

RDIF is engaged in strategic investment in the most important sectors of the economy under the auspices of the Russian state. Huge, billions of dollars pass through the Fund. For example, it was the Fund that acted as the sales operator of Russian vaccines against coronavirus.

In 2020, The Moscow Post published a large investigation. In it, we assumed that Kirill Dmitriev and his closest associate, ex-general director of Russian-Chinese Investment Fund Investment Management LLC (RCIF, a subsidiary of RDIF) Yuri Trofimov, could own offshore companies that are literally pumped up with money of dubious origin.

By the way, some time after the publication, Mr. Trofimov left the post of head of the RCIF. Which suggests that our journalists could have hit the point...

Kirill Dmitriev prepare

At the same time, the RDIF already regularly flashes in scandals. Suffice it to recall that it was through this Fund that the financing of the Russian-Chinese project for the construction of the Nizhneleninskoye-Tongjiang bridge across the Amur River passed.

For these purposes, about 10 billion rubles were allocated from the budget (2.5 billion from the Development Fund for the Far East and the Baikal region, for the rest through the RDIF, and then through the RCIF, where Trofimov was in charge). Moreover, if partners from China began to build the bridge immediately - in 2014, then from the Russian side the construction went only in 2016. As a result, our site was handed over with a great delay, only in 2020.

The construction was carried out by the domestic company Rubikon, which received budget funds. At that time, it was a subsidiary of the Petropavlovsk - Black Metallurgy Group of Companies. What is scandalous here, you ask?

And the fact that even before the start of construction, Rubikon became the property of the RCIF, which was led by Dmitriev's associate Trofimov. After that, it was on the balance sheet of the Development Fund for the Far East and the Baikal region, which belongs to ВЭБ.РФ.

And together with this structure, two notable Cypriot offshore companies appeared in the capital of Rubikon - Laxont Holdings Limited and Exarzo Holdings. And very soon each of them had 37.5% of Rubikon.


At the same time, the company was unable to fulfill its obligations to build the bridge, the structures of Russian Railways had to complete the project. How much budget money could burn up in Rubikon is unknown. It looks like someone warmed their hands on it very well.

To say that this could harm Russian interests is to say nothing. But what is this scandal compared to the assumption that through the partners of the alleged wife Kirill Dmitriev could have any relationship with the Ukrainian oligarch financing the Armed Forces of Ukraine?

Given the above, now Kirill Dmitriev, who is believed to be in good standing in the Kremlin, could be very worried. And, dare we assume, not in vain at all.

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