Putin's friend and the son of Shoygu's associate feed the Russian army with fish

The Ministry of Defense supply chain has another company associated with people who are close to the authorities. 
24.04.2014
Forbes
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For the first time over the past few years the group "Russian Sea" Gennady Timchenko 6 and Maxim Vorobyov became profitable. At the end of 2013 one of the biggest Russian suppliers of chilled and frozen fish showed a net profit of 436.4 million rubles on revenue of 18.3 billion rubles. Perhaps its role in resolving the financial problems played the work with corporate clients: as we found out Forbes, «Russian Sea" was to provide fish for the Russian army.
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The fact that the group of companies "Russian Sea" has signed a contract for the supply of fish for the Russian army, of Forbes told two people close to the company. The contract amount - about 1 billion rubles, says one of them. General Director Dmitry Dangauer group told Forbes, that in early 2013 the band really won tenders by about the same amount for the supply of its products "special channels". Total "Russian Sea" serves 651 "specialized point" across the country, he says. Dang Other detailser has not opened.

"Russian Sea" - the brainchild of Andrei Vorobyov, he is now the governor of the Moscow region. His father - Yuri Vorobiev, Vice-Speaker of the Federation Council, a longtime ally of the defense minister and the former head of Ministry of Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu. From 1994 to 2007, Vorobyov's father served as First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations.

The company that started in mid-1990 with the import of Norwegian salmon to the end of 2007, has become one of the largest fish in the Russian market. Then it became known that Andrei Vorobyov, stepping down in 2002 in politics, he sold his stake to his younger brother Maxim, who became the sole owner of "Russian Sea".

The crisis of 2008 crippled the financial health of the company: loans have become expensive, and buyers have increased the grace period. It seemed she did not avoid collapse. To help a longtime Putin friend came (in March 2014 fell under US sanctions) Gennady Timchenko. In the summer of 2011 his fund Volga Resources and RS Group Maxim Vorobiev created RSEA Holdings Limited - a joint venture, which became the owner of 60.94% of shares of "SC" Russian Sea ".The fund bought shares personally Vorobiev for 1.6 billion rubles. Volga Resources attracted by the opportunity to build the most successful fishing company, told Forbes Maxim Vorobiev in 2013. Since then, the group began to build the case: become a loss-making fish-processing business was sold in early 2013, a bet made on the wholesale and aquaculture - farming and the cultivation of Atlantic salmon and trout.

It was in February and April 2013 - a few months after the appointment of Shoigu in November of 2012 to the post of defense minister - "Russian Sea" has signed contracts for the supply of fish for the army, saying Forbes sides. It tells one of them, "Russian Sea" supplying military cod, pollack, haddock and other varieties of cheap fish. The contract is not directly with the Ministry of Defense or agencies, and with outsourcers companies, which carry out the order the Ministry of Defense, providing the Russian military power, adds Forbes said. In December 2012 the companies affiliated with the "Concorde" Eugene Prigogine (it is known as "chef of the Kremlin" and "personal chef VladimIra Putin), got 92% of all contracts worth 100 billion rubles for the provision of power of the Russian army troops in two years.

What a year the Russian army consumes fish, it is not known - this information is classified. City Press-phone service "Concorde" the evening of April 22 does not answer the query of Forbes, directed to the company by e-mail, remained unanswered.

Revenue "Russian Sea" in 2013 by main activity "distribution of chilled and frozen fish" increased by 12% - to 18.1 billion rubles and amounted to 99% of total revenue. The share of products delivered by the group "on spetskanalam" is already 3%, and in 2014 will increase to at least 5%, and even up to 10%, said CEO Dmitry Dangauer. The group's revenue in 2014 is expected to grow by 10-15% and will amount to 20-21 billion rubles. It turns out that in the segment of specialized supplies can come to 2 billion rubles.