The largest gas producer in Russia and a monopolist in its exports - PJSC Gazprom - at the end of 2017 closed all accounts in the Russian daughter of Deutsche Bank and again became a client of the SMP Bank, owned by the brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg (38th and 94th places in the Forbes list with a fortune of $ 2.6 billion and $ 1 billion, respectively).
In the Russian branch of the largest bank in Germany, which was suspected of "mirror" deals on the withdrawal of $ 10 billion from the Russian Federation and fined by regulators in the United States, Britain and Russia, Gazprom kept accounts in rubles, dollars and euros, but ceased customer relations with the bank in the fourth quarter.
At the same time, the holding opened similar accounts with the bank "Northern Sea Route" (SMP Bank JSC), it follows from the company's report for the fourth quarter.
All in all, Gazprom has five accounts with the bank, which ranks 27th in Russia in terms of assets, and since 2014 is under US sanctions: three settlement (rubles, dollars, euros) and two transit (dollars, euros).
What amount of the holding has placed on the accounts in the SMP Bank and whether any money was placed in principle, the report does not say.
According to the bank's own reports, for the fourth quarter it increased the volume of corporate deposits by 30%, receiving from legal entities 14.9 billion rubles.
This amount is equivalent to 3% of the cash "pillow" of Gazprom, which at the end of the third quarter was 499.6 billion rubles, and since 2016 because of the cost of capital construction projects, it was "blown away" almost threefold. Of these, 284.9 billion rubles were in cash and on demand accounts, and the balance - 214.7 billion - on deposits for a period of not more than 3 months.
The permission to keep the money of state corporations and strategic enterprises on their accounts was given to the SMP Bank by a government decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on October 28.
Simultaneously, the bank was able to allocate reserves of the Federal Social Insurance Fund, in which employers charge 2.9% of the salary for citizens of the Russian Federation, and temporarily free funds of the federal budget.
The same privileges were granted to the bank "Russia" Yuri Kovalchuk (93rd place in the list of Forbes, $ 1 billion), which, along with the Rotenberg brothers, was among the participants of the first sanctions list that came into effect after the Crimea joined the Russian Federation in March 2014 .
According to The Wall Street Journal, US authorities blocked the assets of Bank Rossiya and SMP Bank by a total of 637 million dollars.
Arkady Rotenberg also owns the company "Stroygazmontazh", which is the largest construction contractor for Gazprom, "Interfax" recalls.