10:26 26.03.2021

Families of Medvedchuk, Kozak gain control over large oil business in Russia during occupation of Crimea – media

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Families of Medvedchuk, Kozak gain control over large oil business in Russia during occupation of Crimea – media

In the spring of 2014, during the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, the so-called "little green men" controlled by Russia, the families of incumbent MPs Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak (the Opposition Platform - For Life faction) acquired 42% of the shares of Novoshakhtinsk Plant of Petroleum Products in Rostov region for $40,000.

According to Radio Liberty referring to the joint investigation of the Schemes television program and the international project to investigate corruption and organized crime "Russian Money, Ukrainian Politics," since 2014 and to the present time, Novoshakhtinsk Plant of Petroleum Products has provided both families with dividends of over $100 million.

"Official documents of Cypriot companies, which were reviewed by journalists, indicate that on February 27, 2014, on the day of the seizure of the Crimean parliament by the so-called 'little green men,' the families of Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak became co-owners of Novoshakhtinsk Plant of Petroleum Products in Rostov region, having received 42% of the enterprise for $40,000," the journalists said.

It notes that the families also received control over 60% of the NZNP Trade LLC, which at that time already had a license to develop Gavrikovskoye oil field in Russia for $1,000. The reserves of this large field are estimated at almost 137 million tonnes of oil.

"Already on the fifth day after the end of the Revolution of Dignity, Viktor Medvedchuk received a powerful source of funding for his political activities, a kind of 'Russian feeding trough' that provided him with millions of dollars annually. Moreover, it cost Medvedchuk and his associates a token amount. Even cheaper than the declared Fabergé set of his wife," the journalists said.

They said this transaction looks like an agreement to transfer an asset to someone for a very small amount.

"It looks like a valuable asset has passed into ownership, and, according to the documents, the payment for this seems to be wildly disproportionate to the value of the shares that were transferred," British expert on financial transactions and anti-money laundering Graham Barrow commented on the agreements.

It is reported that both Novoshakhtinsk Plant of Petroleum Products and NZNP Trade LLC, before they came under the control of the Medvedchuk and Kozak families, belonged to the Russian billionaire Sergei Kislov.

"The plant, which gives millions of dividends, in which Kislov has invested millions of dollars, was sold to the companies Lavreniuk and Marchenko [the wife of Kozak and Medvedchuk] for about $40,000, this is almost nothing," analyst of the Anti-Corruption Action Center Antonina Volkotrub said, having analyzed the documents.

Journalists said that none of the persons involved in the investigation answered questions about the sale of the plant.

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