As a bank "Ugra" Alexei Khotin fused its assets in Cyprus offshore

FTS and Rosfinmonitoring dismember the schemes around UBR-1 Nizhnevartovsk. Tax and DIA revealed questionable transactions worth billions of rubles in the oil industry.
The attention of the Directorate General for Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the TFR in the near future is likely to be focused on the conflicts unfolding in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. Thus, within the framework of the bankruptcy case of the “Drilling Operations Management-1” registered in Nizhnevartovsk, the fiscal authorities and the Rosfinmonitoring Department have already identified suspicious financial transactions worth billions of rubles. It is noteworthy that companies affiliated with the owner of the bank “Ugra” Alexey Khotin or who are considered by the FTS to be close to the businessman participated in the transactions. It didn’t do without frankly criminal schemes, when, apparently, the court received more than a billion claims to the Nizhnevartovsk company, which has already become a reason to appeal to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. While the courts and authorities understand the intricacies of financial leaks and asset transfers, observers are confident that the amount of embezzlement from Ugra Bank, announced by the TFR, may increase significantly in the near future, and the interim administration is already announcing the transfer of funds - SENEAL INTERNATIONAL AGENCY LTD.

In the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, litigations that could give a new impetus to the federal scandal associated with the detention and arrest of the majority shareholder of Ugra Bank Alexei Khotin, suspected of embezzling a credit institution in the amount of 7.5 billion rubles, have gained momentum. This is a bankrupt case of LLC Drilling Operations Management-1 (UBR-1), whose transactions have already come under the control of the Interregional Office of Rosfinmonitoring in the Ural Federal District.

Note that little is known about UBR-1 from public sources. Meanwhile, according to the Kontur.Focus system, the enterprise successfully existed since 2013, in 2017 its balance was 49.8 billion rubles, revenues - 19.4 billion, net profit - 615.2 million. The average number of employees in the same period, according to the Federal Tax Service, exceeded 200 people. However, several months after the revocation of the license from Ugra Bank, bankruptcy proceedings were initiated against the company. It is noteworthy that after the start of the ships, UBR-1 independently made a decision on liquidation. After the launch of the bankruptcy proceedings, extremely scandalous deals and communications began to be opened.

Thus, the claims of more than 4.8 billion to UBR-1 said LLC "DrimNeft" (Moscow). As it turned out, the oil company Exillon Energy Qayum Neft JSC (Nyagan), connected with Alexey Khotin, registered on the Isle of Man, in particular, concluded an agreement on well construction with the Drilling Operations Department-1. Further, as observers note, some kind of “attraction of unprecedented generosity” began: in 2 months, “Qayum Oil” transferred to the contractor advances of 4.7 billion rubles.

Further, by an additional agreement, the value of the contract was reduced. And to the other, between “Kayum Oil”, UBR-1 and “Dream Oil” agreements were reached, in accordance with which all the obligations of the contractor fell on the capital organization. At the same time, the company from Nizhnevartovsk pledged to transfer to "DreamNeft" advance payments received from the customer by more than 3 billion (minus the work done and funds already returned). For comparison, the total value of the contract as a result amounted to 3.3 billion.

However, advances to DrimNeft, based on its statements, have not been received. As a result, the court of first and appeal instances considered the claims of the Moscow organization substantiated. But with this position they categorically disagreed with the Federal Tax Service, whose representatives stated in the appeal about the likely affiliation between UBR-1 and DreamNeft, as well as, possibly, the alleged nature of the transactions. As a result, the cassation pointed out a number of inconsistencies in these schemes and sent the dispute for a new review to the KhMAO arbitration.

“The sole participant of LLC“ UBR-1 ”on 04.09.2017 made a decision on the voluntary liquidation of the company. <...> As a rule, the main reason for voluntary liquidation is the inability of the company to fully satisfy the claims of creditors. <...> It follows from the above that the Drilling Operations-1 Management LLC, having received an advance payment of 4.74 billion in the period from April to June 2017 from Qayum Neft JSC, two months later, responded to a sign of insolvency, ” stated in the position of the cassation instance.

The Arbitration Court of the West Siberian District also stressed that such actions on the transfer of obligations indicate the absence of economic effect for the customer. "Such a deviation from the goals pursued by commercial organizations can be accomplished only with the coherence of the actions of all parties that can be directed to the detriment of the debtor and its creditors," the cassation decree says.

Add that between UBR-1 and "Drimneft" really can be traced connection. So, according to Kontur. Focus, the company from Nizhnevartovsk in 2013 was Zhabanov Andrey Viktorovich, who, according to the information of the system, is now the founder of DrimNeft.

Questions arose to other major requirements made by UBR-1. So, claims about more than 1.5 billion in court were made by Khortitsa (Moscow), which mastered the Multanovsky license area in the Surgut district of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. It should be noted that market participants also associated this company with Alexey Khotin. Khortytsia was controlled by Rus Oil, headed by Sergey Podlisetsky. The latter, in an interview with, answering a question about the relationship of the owner of the bank “Ugra” with “Rus Oil”, said: “Alexey has his own oil and gas asset - Exillon Energy. <...> But in general, I would say, rather, about the long-standing partnership of Khotin and Podlisetsky - it’s no secret that we work in the real estate market. ” Against the inclusion of a number of requirements "Khortitsa" in the registry UBR-1 were Rosfinmonitoring and the Federal Tax Service.

We add that the name of Podlisetsky appeared in other bankruptcy proceedings. Thus, the requirements of more than 2.7 billion UBR-1 said LLC Burneft (Orenburg). The company referred to the supply agreement concluded between HoldNeft LLC and Drilling Operations-1, the contract of assignment of claims between HoldNeft and Nedra Drilling Company issued to the drilling company UBR-1 as a 2.7 billion promissory note compensation under the supply contract and the scheme under which the security eventually went to Burneft.

Against this position, again, were Rosfinmonitoring and the Federal Tax Service. Fiscals in court stated that in the course of control measures “it was established that the debtor and Burneft are affiliated persons, between which often there is a change of contractual obligations to the property. The analysis of banking operations has shown that individual transactions are transit in nature and do not have obvious economic sense. Also, the inspectorate concluded that the actions of the debtor and its counterparties are coordinated, the participants of commodity-cash flows are part of a single tax evasion scheme. ”

As a result, having studied the positions of the parties, the arbitration of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug refused Burneft requirements. "According to the act of tax audit, <...> the provision of services for the maintenance of accounting and tax accounting of UBR-1 and its main counterparties, including Burneft, was carried out by SD VC Consult LLC, which indicates that this circle of legal individuals were connected not only financial and business relations, but also a single accounting department. On page 57 of the specified act it is established that Podlisetsky S.V. (Head of JSC Rus-Oil) is one of the founders of Burneft LLC, which indicates the affiliation of Burneft and UBR-1. Considering <...> that the applicant did not actually disclose the economic feasibility of obtaining a debtor’s bill on the threshold of its bankruptcy, the court considers that the application must be denied, ”the definition of arbitration says.

In some cases, the claims of creditors and all poured into appeal to the competence of the police. So? a statement was submitted to arbitration by LLC Bursnab to include in the register of UBR-1 a debt in the amount of 1.49 billion rubles. That's just as it turned out later, it was sent by unknown persons. As stated by the bankruptcy trustee "Bursnab" Irina Kuzakova? As a result of the incident, it was decided to apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District-Yugra and the Department of Internal Affairs for the Lefortovo District of the South-Eastern Administrative Okrug of Moscow to check for the presence of a criminal offense in connection with the fact of signature falsification on Bursnab statements.

However, the biggest demands on UBR-1 were made specifically by the Bank “Ugra”, which announced its debt of more than 7 billion rubles. Moreover, when considering the positions on this dispute, it was stated that as part of the survey of the financial state of the bank by the temporary administration, “signs of actions aimed at withdrawing assets from the bank were identified, which resulted in the transfer of funds to the SENEAL INTERNATIONAL AGENCY LTD (Republic of Cyprus) owned Alexey Yuryevich ".

Experts, speaking of such transactions LLC "Management of Drilling Operations-1" with the structures associated with Khotin, believe that they could be explained only by affiliation. So, the interlocutors of the publication pay attention to a number of details. The first is that the shares of Dmitry Zimin, who, according to Kontur.Focus, is the founder of UBR-1, were pledged with Ugra Bank. Further, Exillon Energy, controlled by Khotin, JSC Qayum Oil quietly gives the contractor advances worth billions of rubles.

Bank Ugra, in turn, issues UBR-1 loans worth billions of rubles, and as we know, one of the main complaints against financial organizations was the fact that the bank vacuumed the market and allegedly issued funds to companies affiliated with the beneficiaries, including including in the oil and gas sector, ”the interlocutor among bankers describes his vision of the situation.

Add another noteworthy coincidence. As described above, the company from Nizhnevartovsk in 2013 was listed as Zhabanov Andrey Viktorovich. His full namesake in 2012 was the general director of New Life Group LLC. At the same time, the founders of the organization listed Alexey Gennadievich Nefedov, whose first and last name and patronymic coincide with the data of the former president of the bank “Ugra”, also detained in the case of embezzlement.

“Now the investigation is talking about 7.5 billion, but no one hides that this is only the beginning of a great story. The hole in the bank was estimated at about 160 billion. When accounting for new and new dubious transactions that are being opened up, not confirmed bills of exchange, I think that the amount of theft can increase significantly. It is possible that this will contribute to the proceedings in the KhMAO. Moreover, it has already reached crime with possible fraud, ”the interlocutor among financiers shares his personal opinion.

Another interlocutor draws attention to the social side of the issue of unfolding conflicts. "This is in fact also about hundreds of people who provided work for oil assets and can now face serious financial problems," said a source among the officials.

As stated above, in the UBR-1 previously worked more than 200 people (Nizhnevartovsk, now the company is in liquidation). In Khortitsa LLC, which mastered the site on the territory of the Surgut District, a monitoring procedure was introduced. Irelyakhneft JSC, which also made billions of claims on UBR-1, is being liquidated, according to Kontur. Focus. Vostok Drilling LLC, which was denied multi-million claims to the Drilling Operations Department-1, according to the FTS, in 2017, more than 400 employees worked.

In addition, as Pravda UrFO reported in detail, Qayum Oil (Nyagan) and Yukatex-Ugra, controlled by Exillon Energy, may face problems due to legal proceedings. According to the Kontur.Focus system, more than 230 people worked in the organization in 2017.