Corruption weekly: August 28 – September 1
August 28 Novaya Gazeta told how Igor Sechin's associate and the former head of Rosneft Eduard Khudainatov built his business with the help of the state company.
His little-known firm "Fort" received land totaling more than 3,6 thousand hectares with access to the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Dozhd also found out that "Fort" belongs through offshore companies to Eduard Khudainatov, who owns "Independent Oil and Gas Company" (IOGC).
Among the co-owners of Fort is another offshore firm associated with the assets of St. Petersburg businessman Ilya Traber. Traber is one of the figures of the Spanish criminal case of the Tambovskaya-Malyshevskaya gang.
On August 29 an investigation into "Municipal Scanner" was published. The authors argue that the unfinished residence of Viktor Yanukovich became the property of firms affiliated with the closest circle of the Russian president. At the moment the villa is more than 70% built.
In February 2016, the residence was transferred to the ownership of Shans LLC, associated with Rossiya bank. One of the key shareholders of Rossiya bank is Yuri Kovalchuk. Previously, the media called him "Putin’s friend."
In 2017, LLC Shans sold a villa on Cape Aya to the company LLC Bereg, which belongs to JSC Golden Gate. According to the publication, one shareholder of Golden Gate JSC is the same company, which is a shareholders of Bank Rossiya.
"Radio Liberty" on August 30 issued an addition to the "Municipal Scanner" investigation explaining the history of the residence in more detail.
On August 29, The Telegraph published photographs, which, according to the publication, indicate direct Russian contact with the organizers of a coup attempt in Montenegro. The coup in Montenegro, according to the investigation, was planned with the assistance of Russian structures on the day of the parliamentary elections on October 16, 2016.
The photographs depict MID officers Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, as well as leader of the nationalist organization "Serbian wolves" Alexander Sidzhelich.
At the moment there is no information about the whereabouts of the Russians. The lawyer of one of the accused called the photographs "manipulation" proving nothing.
Previously, Dozhd found Lodochny island Villa Cellgrena, in Vyborg, that belonged to "Putin’s friends." On its territory a movie about Sherlock Holmes was filmed, and on the island next to it a mansion with an area of 1.5 thousand square meters, several buildings of 500 square meters each, a helipad and piers were built.
On August 31, the International Intelligence Community InformNapalm released a story about Private Military Companies (PMCs).
The client of PMCs are the state who is responsible for their unlawful actions in the event that the latter acted according to its directions and instructions.
The authors spoke about the activities and structure of PMC "MAR" and PMC "Wagner." Previously, information about the activities of the second detachment was published by Fontanka, after which, the reporter of the article began to receive threats.
On September 1, "Meduza" reported that apparently, the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich lives in a state dacha. The property belongs to one of the units of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Previously, the politician claimed that he moved to Rostov-on-Don. However, according to journalists, Yanukovich lives in the village of Bakovka. The land plot with an area of 840 square meters belongs to Irina Tintyakova, the wife of former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin.