The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia conducts a preliminary investigation of several petrol and diesel fuel sales conducted by the Antipinsky Oil Refinery in 2017. If the assumptions of law enforcement that the fuel was sold at deliberately low prices, as a result of which the company suffered damage of about $ 66 million, will be confirmed by the head of the “New Stream” group, who previously owned the refinery, Dmitry Mazurov, who is already under arrest in the case of non-return loans Sberbank, as well as the ex-general director of the refinery Gennady Lisovichenko may be charged with particularly large-scale fraud. In addition, according to sources of "Kommersant", the security forces check the actions of defendants for signs of an organized criminal community. In the “New Stream” group, the deals being studied by the police are called legal.
According to informed sources of “Kommersant” in law enforcement agencies, an application to the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was filed by representatives of the Sberbank legal department, which initiated a check on the fact that the loan was not repaid, which ended with the initiation of proceedings against Dmitry Mazurov. As “Kommersant” previously reported, at the moment Dmitry Mazurov is accused of a particularly large-scale fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). On July 15, he was detained at the airport while returning from a foreign business trip, and then the Tverskoy District Court sanctioned his arrest.
According to the Kommersant interlocutors, in their statement, Sberbank lawyers are asking to bring not only Dmitry Mazurov, but also the former general director of the oil refinery Gennady Lisovichchenko, accountable, because he was in charge of managing the enterprise during the period to which the transactions to be audited belong. The same names, we note, appeared in the statement of Sberbank regarding the loan defaults, while the former beneficiary and the head of the refinery were then asked to hold accountable for fraud in the field of lending (Article 159.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), intentional bankruptcy of the enterprise (Article 196 of the Criminal Code Of the Russian Federation), evading the obligation to repatriate funds in a foreign currency or the currency of the Russian Federation (Art. 193 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), as well as creating a criminal community and participating in it (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
According to the Kommersant interlocutors, this time the claims against Dmitry Mazurov and Gennady Lisovichhenko are connected with two contracts concluded by Antipinsky Oil Refinery with the Swiss company New Stream Trading AG.
According to the applicants, this company actually belongs to Dmitry Mazurov, and nominally it is owned by his sister Xenia. Through this structure, the statement said, for several years, part of the refinery’s finished products were sold at a price significantly lower than the market price. In particular, the subject of investigation by law enforcement officers is a contract for the sale of 0.87 tons of BGS at $ 444 per ton, although its market price, according to the applicants referring to independent experts, at that time was $ 475. The total amount of this transaction amounted to $ 386 million, and the damage caused to the enterprise, representatives of Sberbank, according to Kommersant sources in law enforcement agencies, was estimated at almost $ 27 million. Another contract concerned the sale of the same company, 0.89 million tons of diesel fuel. 5 "at $ 450 per ton instead of the then weighted average price of $ 494. In this case, the damage was preliminarily estimated at more than $ 39 million. “Investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are checking the version that in this case both fraud and illegal withdrawal of funds abroad were committed,” the source explained.
According to Kommersant’s sources, security officials intend to check all fuel sales for 2015–2018, although, according to them, the difficulty of the investigation lies in the fact that many documents are either unknown or impossible to read. as in servers, they are infected with viruses.
It should be noted that now in Tyumen the regional administration of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) is conducting its investigation into the frauds at the Antipinsky Oil Refinery. According to some information, the applicant in this case was the successor of Gennady Lisovichhenko as the plant general director Maxim Andriasov. According to the materials of the case, some time ago, Gennady Lisovichenko artificially created a refinery's debt to a third-party commercial structure and allegedly, by way of netting, handed over access road No. 12 to the enterprise at a lower price, thereby destroying a single railway junction. After that, according to the investigation, the plant began to rent these railway lines for 3 million rubles. per month. In total, according to investigators of the TFR, the refinery in this case caused damage of more than 35 million rubles. The criminal case is investigated under the article on abuse of authority (part 1 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). And although this article is not “arrest”, Gennady Lisovichenko, as explained in the TFR, fled abroad, and therefore intend to put him on the international wanted list.
It should be noted that Gennady Lisovichenko, who served in the refinery for 18 years at the prosecutor’s office, after his dismissal at the end of last year filed a lawsuit against the Lenin District Court of Tyumen to pay him a “golden parachute” upon leaving the position allegedly stipulated by the 2008 Board of Directors of the refinery of the year. The amount of the claim is $ 10 million plus a penalty for late payment. However, the court has so far postponed the resolution of this issue, in particular, due to the fact that the lawsuit revealed many errors, including dates.
The press service of Sberbank “Kommersant” confirmed the filing of another application to the law enforcement agencies in respect of Dmitry Mazurov, Gennady Lisovichhenko and “other persons”. However, they refrained from other comments there, citing an unwillingness to prevent the investigation of the criminal case and the course of the pre-investigation check.
In turn, representatives of Mr. Mazurov explained to “Kommersant” that “all the conditions for the sale of petroleum products to the Antipinsky Oil Refinery to the address of New Stream Trading were at the request of PJSC Sberbank of Russia recorded in a syndicated contract of December 16, 2013. In this contract, both the trading margin and the pricing process were determined. Antipinsky Oil Refinery JSC fully complied with the terms of the contract, without ever violating its provisions. ”