Melnichenko helps Belgium, Abramovich helps Great Britain: Russian oligarchs selectively donate to fight COVID-19

Russian billionaires are in no hurry to follow the example of the Potanin Foundation and Alfa Group, which have posted large sums to fight the coronavirus. It seems that only Renova is parting with millions of dollars to save citizens.
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March collapse of quotes in connection with the pandemic and lower oil prices lowered the value of assets of super-rich Russians by $ 51 billion. Nevertheless, the Russian Federation is in the top 5 countries in terms of the number of dollar billionaires; in 2018, their general condition was estimated at $ 421 billion. And some of them are now helping the country fight the coronavirus.

On March 23, the Vladimir Potanin Fund ($ 28.2 billion, minus $ 1.55 billion in March) allocated 1 billion rubles. (about $ 0.13 billion) to support socially vulnerable citizens through NGOs. The next day, Alfa-Group Mikhail Fridman ($ 15 billion, lost $ 876 million in March) transferred RUB 1 billion to the Operational Headquarters for Epidemic Control. On March 27, it turned out that the brothers Arkady ($ 3 billion, got rich in March by $ 233 million) and Boris ($ 1.1 billion). The Rotenbergs donated 50 million rubles. (about $ 0,0007 billion) St. Petersburg Botkin Hospital. And yesterday, the government of the Irkutsk region reported that Oleg Deripaska ($ 4.1 billion) will build three hospitals in the region at his own expense, totaling 160 beds. In addition, Bratsk, Taishet and Shelekhov will receive from him an intensive care unit.

Assuming that the rest of the tops to declare such donations only modesty prevents, “Ko” phoned several companies owned by businessmen from the top twenty of the Russian Forbes with a question whether they help the state or non-governmental structures of the Russian Federation to fight the virus.

Representative of Gennady Timchenko ($ 22.7 billion, minus $ 3.3 billion in February) Anton Kurevin assured that “the work is carried out in large volume - both through the family charity fund and individually, as well as through individual businesses . The work is important, responsible and necessary. ” Timchenko considered her details to be “untimely and incorrect.” “We need to work,” Kurevin advised. - To everyone. A lot and painstaking to get better. "

“This is a strange question, why are you asking us this? - surprised the official representative of EuroChem Vladimir Torin. “The company has 25 thousand employees, which the company cares about and is trying to make sure that they and their families are doing well.” The EuroChem website reports that Antwerp EuroChem transferred 500 masks to one of the hospitals in Belgium. There was no information on assistance to Russian hospitals on the company's website on Tuesday. Andrei Melnichenko, the owner of SUEK and EuroChem, known for his yachts ($ 15.3 billion, got rich by $ 83.3 million during the crisis) is called the largest philanthropist.

Renova Group of Companies Viktor Vekselberg ($ 10.8 billion, lost $ 403 million in March) will give over 50 thousand sets of reagents for express tests for coronavirus to regions where its businesses are present. And the holding “Airports of the Regions”, which is part of the group, will daily prepare more than 3 thousand diets of free three meals a day for people over 65 who are sitting at home in quarantine. The representative of Renova, Andrei Shtork, said that Vekselberg’s group will spend $ 1.1-1.2 million on tests, and it will spend about 3 million rubles on food. in a day.

Uralchem ​​Dmitry Mazepin ($ 1.3 billion in 2015), who himself was sitting at home with suspected coronavirus, will allocate a car with a megaphone to the city of Berezniki, where the Azot chemical plant is located. “We have the only car with a megaphone in the whole city, we allocated it to the authorities,” company representative Artem Yamshchikov told Ko. “The car will drive and warn people to comply with self-isolation.” Earlier it was reported that Uralchem ​​is asking Sergei Shoigu to allow the production of potassium fluoride peroxosolvate at the facilities of her company Halopolimer. A substance suitable for the manufacture of a disinfectant is made for the Ministry of Defense. Nothing is known about the response of the military department.
The Safmar group of Mikhail Gutseriev ($ 3.7 billion) and Mikail Shishkhanov ($ 2.3 billion in 2017) on March 25 offered their Moscow hotels to “business partners” from the government of Sergei Sobyanin to accommodate physicians and mild patients with coronavirus. “We are confining ourselves to this proposal,” answered Kohmar, a representative of Safmar, Maria Tatevosova, to a question about assistance in combating the epidemic. Gutseriev in Moscow owns the hotels National, Intercontinental Tverskaya, Sheraton Palace, Marriott Grand, Marriott Royal Aurora, Marriott Tverskaya. According to Tatevosova, Sobyanin has not yet taken advantage of the offer. .

MMK representative Viktor Rashnikov ($ 8.9 billion, according to Forbes) Vladimir Ruga said that the company during the epidemic did a lot for Magnitogorsk in the Chelyabinsk region, where its metallurgical plant is located, and promised to clarify exactly what. City and regional mass media report that the plant limited the employees' business trips and transferred part of the business processes to удал udalenka ’, that the operating center was created at MMK, the frequency of cleaning the premises was increased, and dispensers were installed. It is also reported that MMK CEO Pavel Shilyaev called on Magnitogorsk residents to observe self-isolation. It was not possible to find information on the company's financing of urban measures to combat the epidemic in open sources.

NLMK Vladimir Lisin ($ 20.2 billion), Lukoil Vagit Alekperov ($ 18.9 billion) and Novateke Leonid Michelson ($ 23 billion) did not respond to Ko requests. Severstal’s Moscow office of Alexei Mordashov ($ 17.2 billion) in quarantine, the company’s representative did not respond to a private message either. Tatyana Bakalchuk (Wildberries, $ 1.4 billion), Iskander Makhmudov (UMMC, $ 6.6 billion) and ex-owner of Uralkali, owner of the football club Monaco Dmitry Rybolovlev ($ 6.8 billion) on questions from Ko "Also did not answer.

Roman Abramovich (Evraz, $ 13.8 billion) did not answer questions about helping Russians fight the epidemic. He recently offered the UK National Health Service a free two-month coronavirus stay at the Millennium Hotel at his Chelsea Stamford Bridge Stadium. It is reported that the service accepted the proposal of Abramovich.