The former deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation, longtime head of the Vladimir Putin administration, Sergei Ivanov, now does not have the same hardware influence. But in the business environment, his son, whose interests are very diverse - from the banking and insurance business to the mining of diamonds - is gaining more and more influence. Recent events show that some of the initiatives of Sergei Ivanov, Jr. have catastrophic consequences not only for nature (which his father now protects), but also for the entire country as a whole.
Sergei Ivanov was once called one of Putin's likely successors, but exactly one year ago an official was dismissed from his post as head of the presidential administration and was appointed special envoy for environmental protection and ecology. For a person who started his career in the KGB and the SVR, who was in charge of the Ministry of Defense, wildlife protection - the sphere is clearly not close, and such an appointment is somewhat offensive. Perhaps the new post went to Ivanov because of his hobby - he is very fond of animals. In 2011, he, among other officials, oversaw the ANE "Eurasian Center for the Study, Conservation and Restoration of Leopard Populations" and took care of a rare animal on behalf of President Vladimir Putin.
"I love the living essence. With age, you come to the sad conclusion that with cats and dogs it is more comfortable than with other people. The dog is the man's best friend, she will never betray. With cats, too, everything is fine. I have a cat at home, the dog used to be ... I love nature in general. But I'm not Greenpeace, Greenpeace I do not like, "Ivanov told in an interview in 2013.
Sergei Ivanov still oversees the organization. True, now it is called ANO "Far Eastern leopards". It is registered in Moscow, although its founders (also not related to the Far East) are the Sochi National Park GUS and the Association of Reserves and National Parks of the Caucasus.
The finance of a non-profit organization is not known: it does not report to the Ministry of Justice. The career of the head of the organization Elena Gangalo was never connected with nature protection, but it is closely intertwined with the Ivanov family business. In 2015-2016, Gangalo held the post of Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, where she moved to the position of Vice President for Economics of ALROSA.
His bureaucratic experience Ivanov also applies to the supervisory board of state corporation Rostek - since April 2017, he is responsible for promoting the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products.
In total, Sergei Ivanov had two sons - Alexander and Sergei. Alexander Ivanov died in 2014 - drowned while resting in the UAE. In 2006, he himself was accused of creating a fatal crash. At the time of his death, he was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Vnesheconombank.
Younger son Sergei also went to the banking sector. His career - the subject of envy: by the age of 30 he became a shareholder of Gazprombank and joined the board of directors. How did he do it?
The Red Banner Path
Sergei Sergeevich Ivanov was born in 1980, at a time when his father studied at the Red Banner Institute of the KGB, a higher educational institution where Soviet scouts were trained.
At the age of 21, Ivanov Jr. graduated from MGIMO with a degree in Economics, and a year later received a diploma from the same university, specializing in Finance and Credit. Almost immediately after graduation, he was hired by a leading specialist in the State Investment Corporation (Gosinkor).
"Gosinkor" was created in 1993 by the decree of Boris Yeltsin. The authorized capital of the company was $ 1.25 billion. It was planned that "Gosinkor" will attract foreign investments. At the time when Ivanov Jr. got a job at the "Gosinkor", he was headed by Vladimir Chernov, a former scout who worked with Ivanov in the KGB's residence in Finland. In 2005, Chernov became the head of the secretariat of Ivanov Sr., when he became deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation.
In 2003, the "Gosinkor" was liquidated, and Ivanov Jr. moved to work for OAO "Gazprom", also immediately to a good position: at the age of 23 the young man became the chief expert of the department for international projects. A year later, he became assistant referent of the chairman of the board of Gazprombank. Then, for work with the staff in the bank, Yevgeny Plyusin, a former employee of the KGB department for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, was in charge. In the same department once worked and the father of Ivanov Jr..
In 2005, Ivanov's junior career makes a rapid leap - at 24, he becomes vice-president of Gazprombank. Three years later, he holds the post of Deputy Chairman of the Board of Gazprombank, where he is responsible for working with the authorities and coordinating the work of special projects.
At the same time, Ivanov was a member of the boards of directors of a number of companies: Atomstroyexport, Gazprombank-invest, Gazprombank Leasing, Armenian-Russian Export-Import Bank (Gazprombank), Khimmash Group, Outpost Management "," Izhorskiye Zavody "," United Machine-Building Plants ", Carbon Trade & Finance SIGAR SA In addition, he was deputy chairman of the board of directors of Sibirgazbank.
In early April 2011, the Board of Directors of Gazprombank decided to terminate Ivanov's powers ahead of schedule. However, it turned out to be an increase rather than a dismissal. On the same day, April 5, the son of an official was appointed the head of the SOGAZ group, which was supervised by the president's neighbor in the country, Yuri Kovalchuk. The company - one of the largest participants of the insurance market, was founded in 1993 as a subsidiary of Gazprom. The last head of the board of SOGAZ, Vadim Yanov, left his post allegedly at his own request.
"The shareholders gave Sergei Ivanov high confidence as a professional financier who, despite his relative youth, has extensive experience of interaction with leading Russian corporations. This experience, which he received during his work in Gazprombank, will help SOGAZ significantly expand the range of corporate clients and increase its market share, "- commented on the appointment of the chairman of the board of directors of SOGAZ and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.
One of the first public actions of Ivanov Jr. in SOGAZ was the signing of a memorandum on strategic partnership between the insurance group and the state company "Russian Highways", whose chairman is his father. Avtodor and SOGAZ have agreed on a strategic partnership.
Simultaneously with his arrival in SOGAZ, Ivanov Jr. became chairman of the supervisory board of the Russian Nuclear Insurance Pool (RASP). The structure unites insurance organizations engaged in insurance and reinsurance of risks associated with possible contamination with radiation from the environment.
After two and a half months in the media there were reports - Sergei Ivanov, Jr. may lead the supervisory board of Rosselkhozbank. The presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich confirmed the nomination of Ivanov's son to the supervisory board. Sources in the Kremlin said that the presidential administration, on the contrary, does not want to coordinate Ivanov's candidacy because of the "search" of the sons of the first echelon officials in the Rosselkhozbank - at that time the son of the former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev served as chairman of the bank's board.
As a result, on June 23, 2011 Ivanova Jr. was appointed to the Board of Directors of Gazprombank. However, of course, he retained his position in SOGAZ.
The sky in diamonds
Insurance company Ivanov left only five years later. But only in order to return to the banking sector. In April 2016, he became vice-president of Sberbank, this leader German Gref was close to Ivanov Sr.. There, Ivanov Jr. began developing the "Welfare Management" block, which combines insurance and pension programs, as well as asset management services for individuals and legal entities.
"Sergei Ivanov is an effective top manager. I am convinced that his arrival will strengthen the team of Sberbank and allow us to bring the work of the most important block for the bank to a new level of development, "- said German Gref.
The heads of state corporations have always left their own volition to make room for Sergei Ivanov, Jr.. This story was repeated again in 2017: in early March, Ivanov Jr. left the bank and went to work in an uncharted previously public sector - the extraction of diamonds. Headed before this company close to Yuri Trutnev, Andrei Zharkov resigned, not waiting for the end of the contract.
About appointment - signing of the government directive on his new position - the president of the diamond-mining company ALROSA Ivanov Jr. was personally informed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The response ritual was also observed. As the Russiangate recalls, the thirty-one-year manager publicly asked Medvedev for permission to immediately assume his duties, to which the Prime Minister replied: "Of course, go ahead."
Thus, Ivanov Jr. was entrusted with the largest diamond mining company in Russia - it accounts for about 95% of Russia's mining of these precious stones and almost a third of the world's.
This appointment became the most restless. A little less than half a year ago, an emergency occurred at the mine "Mir" in the Yakutia diamond mine belonging to ALROSA company: on August 4, a breakthrough occurred in the mine. There were 151 miners in the trap, 143 of them managed to be withdrawn in the first day after the accident. By August 20, ALROSA decided to conduct explosions at the mine to continue the search operation.
The cause of the accident, according to the official statement of ALROSA, was a sharp increase in the flow of water from the bowl of the spent quarry. According to the papers in the mine, equipment was allegedly inspected, and the mine was not considered an emergency.
With the conclusion, the former top manager of ALROSA, Yuri Doinikov, disagreed. It was he who supervised the construction of the Mir mine. Doinikov believes that, contrary to the original design decision, ALROSA has reduced the target (part of the mineral deposits that are left intact to protect against possible water breakthroughs) from 100 to 30 meters. The miners themselves told about the numerous violations of safety measures in the diamond mines and their concealment by subordinates of Ivanov Jr..
According to Doinikov, on the surface of the whole, Sergei Ivanov's employees carried out drilling operations, whereas "his integrity in no case could not be violated until the very end of the work." A former top manager suggested that this was done in order to get diamonds with minimal costs.
In response to Doinikov's assumptions, Sergei Ivanov, Jr. invited him to meet to discuss the project's shortcomings. The meeting or not - is unknown.
Responsibility of the owner of the Mir mine is insured in SOGAZ. This means that the manager is insured in case, suddenly, his decisions will bring the company losses. According to the annual report of the company, two shareholders from the supervisory board also insured in SOGAZ for 7.6 million rubles each ..
Losses, as well as guilty, still have to be found. But neither one nor the other will not affect the career of the young president of the company. Because no matter how simple the name "Ivanov" seemed, while your father occupies an armchair in the Security Council, you always find a job for yourself.
As previously reported by the agency "Ruspres", before the accident at the "World" in the Moscow office of ALROSA, searches were conducted. Silovikov was interested in the circumstances of the sale of non-core assets of the company and the operations conducted by the former management through IAC-Bank, connected with the daughters of the heads of Yakutia Yegor Borisov and Vyacheslav Shtyrov.