At the end of 2017, a shield appeared on the roof of one of the buildings in the port of Baikal, which reported that the Legend of Baikal water abstraction station was exporting and receiving liquid fecal waste. The Legend of Baikal Trading House had to seek a refutation of this information through the courts.
The shield placed Eurofinance LLC. The counterpart of Legends of Baikal believes that Eurofinance acted in the interests of the co-founder of the Baikalsea Company group (Baikalsi) Maxim Surnin. Until 2019, co-owner of Baikalsi was Renova, billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.
According to SPARK, the head and beneficiary of Eurofinance is Maxim Chernigovsky. His full namesake was headed by JSC "Olkhinsky source", a member of "Baikalsi". Surnin in a conversation with Forbes said that he is well acquainted with Chernihiv, but he has no relation to Baikalsi. Eurofinance offered legal services to Baikalsi, but Surnin refused. He also noted that “Baikals” is not related to the proceedings between the “Legend of Baikal” and “Eurofinance”.
Relations with the owners of the Legend of Baikal at Surnin did not work out. According to him, in 2016, they even wrote a letter to Vekselberg, where they personally complained about him and Baikalsi. “[The owners of Baikalsi wrote] that we captured the market and do not allow them to live,” Surnin retells the content of the document. Baikalsi sells Baikal water under several brands, including Baikal430. The total revenue of the Baikalsi companies in 2017 amounted to 568 million rubles (SPARK data). According to Surnin, “Baikalsi” is the absolute leader on the Baikal water market. Another market participant estimates the share of “Baikals” at 35-40%, “The Legend of Baikal” ranks second with about 15%.
Surnin met Mityashin and Pedorin "about 8 years ago." They themselves came to his office to discuss potential cooperation. The meeting did not give results. But Mityashin and Pedorin launched their project “Baikal Sun”. The partners promised the region 2 billion rubles of investments and employment of employees of the Baikal pulp and paper mill. The company, owned by Oleg Deripaska, has not worked since 2008 due to the ban on dumping wastewater into Baikal. The authorities spent on the development of infrastructure for the project 347 million rubles. But in 2014, “Baikal Sun” was declared bankrupt.