The Central Bank preys on the Marine Bank of Sergei Generalov

The businessman’s previous inspections did not hurt, despite suspicions of money laundering.
On November 12, the Central Bank completed a planned thematic audit of the Marine Bank. Apparently, the state corporation took seriously the asset of Sergei Generalov.

Too many scandals and financial "punctures." But a credit institution is not the only “muddy" asset of Generalov. As if for the businessman one more check did not come, only with shoulder straps. The oligarch’s financial schemes were dealt with by The Moscow Post correspondent.

Why is the Central Bank interested in Marine Bank? Maybe the fact is that back in 2018, the organization lost as much as 87% of its profit, which is 159 million rubles ...

Only 23 million rubles remained in the bank itself. This year the situation is slightly better - 74 million rubles. True, Maritime Bank is still at the tail end of the ranking in terms of profit.

Here are just the rest of the indicators collapsed: the market value of the assets, the level of overdue debt on the loan portfolio, investments in securities. Can depositors trust such an unstable bank? Moreover, the rating has only recently changed from negative (B3) to stable (B3). That is, just recently got out of the “camp” of speculative banks with high credit risks.

Maritime Bank runs the risk of default?

But, apparently, these are still flowers. The fact is that 99.8% of the bank belongs to the company Agency for Investment and Development of the Fuel and Energy Complex. And in the list of the founders of the latter sits an overseas offshore - ESVI-INVESTMENTS. This company is already owned by SVG Investments Corp Sergey Generalov.

Why does a Russian bank have such a complicated ownership scheme? Perhaps the organization’s suspicions of money laundering and participation in the Moldovan scheme are justified? Isn’t it just that the security forces broke into the offices in 2017 with searches? In total, during the operation of the "Moldavian scheme" in the "Marine Bank" passed three checks.

The bank was also suspected of “transferring” 2 billion rubles to an unknown interested person. Allegedly, the security forces detained a group of so-called "black bankers" and turned up documents in the Zima business center. According to rumors, the head of the cash-in was Vladimir Savchuk nicknamed ... "General" ... What an absurd coincidence?

But not only the bank raises questions. Generalov has a rather large asset - Industrial Investors LLC with an authorized capital of more than 7 million rubles and the sole founder - Generalov. The company has a total of 20 employees. They earned in 2017 - minus 143 million rubles with revenue - 116 million rubles. How is this possible?

Another “laundering” scheme?

But Sergey Generalov’s asset was much more interesting - the Transas group. And what is curious, the company occupied 35% of the global market for electronic navigation systems and 45% of the market for marine simulators, brought up to 140 million euros in net sales annually and suddenly ... a “gift” to Finnish businessmen from Wartsila. The latter, by the way, has long worked in Russia.

But why did the Generals decide to sell a strategically important company, and not conclude a profitable agreement with businessmen from Finland? Moreover, shortly before the transaction, Transas received from the budget about 1 billion rubles, The Moscow Post wrote about this. That is, Sergei Generalov calmly gave federal money to foreign development ?! Pretty patriotic ...

The oligarch was the leader of the MariNET work program and was responsible for the development of a planetary ship coordination platform. Under the terms of the program, Transas Technologies and Transas Navigator were involved in the project. Only the company no longer belonged to Russia ...

Friends over the "hill" pleased with Russian investment?
And the reason for the hasty separation of the oligarch from Transas is very simple - a series of high-profile scandals. For example, in 2013, Transas CJSC and Chart-Pilot LLC allegedly illegally obtained rights to use and distribute navigational charts for commercial purposes. The latter are the intellectual property of the Russian Federation. Damage to the state, according to rumors, amounted to 9.5 million rubles! In Transas itself, of course, they denied the charges, saying that the agreement was drawn up within the framework of the law.

In October 2019, security officials poured into the office of Transas Navigator (the one with the offshore founder!), Fontanka wrote in detail about this. FSB officers didn’t let anyone out and drove employees into one room. What could interest the group in uniform? Generalov on time handed over the management of the Finnish company VYARTSILA VOYAGE LIMITED?

By the way, if we turn to open sources, then Transas Group LLC was liquidated back in 2015 with a profit of minus 973 million rubles. The new company based on this is Kronstadt Group JSC. The same address is 54 Maly V.O. Prospect, building 4, the same list of founders led by Sergey Generalov.

The same song?

By the way, the company did not last long, and was liquidated in 2016. An unprofitable ITR LLC appeared in its place (profit for 2017 - minus 5.4 billion rubles!). Only now it belongs to AFK Sistema Vladimir Yevtushenkov. Only the names of the companies changed, but the essence remained the same - the withdrawal of money? And do the Generals also share?

It turns out that Transas handed out, what's next? This year, Generalov’s First Heavyweight Company (PTK) was bought by Alexander Nesis’s ICT company. The Moscow Post suggested that this is an interim agreement and, in fact, Generalov’s asset will go to the State Transport Leasing Company.

Most likely, the “feint” of Generalov is explained by the fact that the oligarch has a leasing obligation of 31 billion rubles to the State Customs Committee, which he does not really want to fulfill. The fact is that earlier PTK, through GTLK, bought 4,500 innovative wagons from the United Carriage Company. Why did the GTLK act as an intermediary, couldn’t the Generals be able to conclude a deal directly? And if the PTC passes through Alexander Nesis to the GTLK, who will pay the leasing obligations. 31 billion rubles will dissolve in the air?

Is it not too often Sergei Generalov "caught" on suspicious "muddy" stories? What "roof" protects the oligarch from the inhospitable visit of the security forces? When questions to Generalov will arise not only at the Central Bank? And the oligarch will sell his assets, and there will be nothing to miss.