51-year-old Mikhail Shelomov, the son of a cousin of the president of Russia, one of the most mysterious rich people in the country. This year, the value of his assets exceeded one billion dollars - while not a single media even published his photo. The “Project” corrects this omission, not only by publishing a portrait of Shelomov, but also telling his true biography.
There is a Zavidovo checkpoint at the exit from the 125th km of the Moscow – St. Petersburg toll road. Behind it is 125 thousand hectares of the national park of the same name, but ordinary people can’t get there. Inside is the presidential state residence “Rus”, which is guarded by the FSO, only locals are allowed there. It so happened that the places native to Vladimir Putin also got inside the perimeter protected from prying eyes. This is Putin’s “family nest” - the village of Pominovo, where the president’s father was born, and the village of Zarechye, where his mother Maria Shelomova lived with her brother Ivan, naval officer, captain of the 1st rank.
To get to the president’s protected small homeland, the Project correspondent had to drive to the neighboring village of Turginovo, where the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands - where, according to local media, Putin’s parents were baptized. There you can leave the car and go to Zarechye on foot through another FSO post, depicting a local.
In 2005, the correspondent of the newspaper Trud found the daughter of Ivan Shelomov, cousin of Vladimir Putin, Lyubov Ivanovna, and his grandson Mikhail in Zarechye. “The Shelomov’s house is not a match for Putin. Handsome. Platbands - thin ligature of wooden lace. Lined with clapboard, painted “under the green”. Well maintained, ”the author was delighted.
Then the presidential nephew was not very interested in the journalist, but in vain. Even then, the 37-year-old Mikhail was the owner of multimillion-dollar assets - a stake in the Sogaz insurance company serving Gazprom and in the Rossiya bank, the so-called “bank of the president’s friends”.
How did “Russia” grow
In the early 2000s, Rossiya was a small bank, and its customers were companies like the Sverdlov machine-tool plant or the Petrosoyuz group, which produced My Family mayonnaise and ketchup. In 2000, the assets of “Russia” amounted to only 995 million rubles, or $ 35 million, and in the rating “All Banks of Russia” in 2001, “Russia” had only 215th place.
Everything changed after Putin was elected president. The bank’s business went uphill, but capital investments were needed for further development. In 2004, Aleksey Mordashov, a Severstal-group company, became a major investor in Russia, having paid 600 million rubles (about $ 20 million) for an 8.8% stake in the bank. The bank’s valuation of ten own equity then struck analysts: in the comments to Vedomosti they called the deal “strange” and the rating “unusual”.
Rossiya Bank was founded in 1990 as a unit, and the largest contributor was the management of the affairs of the Leningrad Regional Committee of the CPSU.
In 1991, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak, instructed the chairman of the mayoralty committee on foreign relations, Putin, to prepare documents for the creation of a fund to stabilize the economy on the basis of Russia and attract foreign investors. The bank was corporatized, and a number of St. Petersburg enterprises became owners of the shares.
The composition of the shareholders of "Russia" was changing during the 90s. Among the co-owners were the shoe factory “Proletarskaya Pobeda”, “Petersburg Telephone Network”, the developer of control systems and radar systems of the Central Research Institute “Granit” and others. The bank’s shareholders in the 90s included even Gennady Petrov: according to the Spanish prosecutor’s office, he was a member of the Tambov-Malyshevsky organized crime group. At one time, the Stream corporation was a shareholder of Russia - at that time large shares in it were owned by the current shareholder of the bank, Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Yakunin.
From VTB’s statements published in March 2019, it became known that the fair value of 10% of Sogaz’s shares is 55.8 billion rubles, and cash compensation is 14.6 billion rubles. At the same time, the bank announced a possible adjustment to the value of assets. In August 2019, in a new statement, VTB spoke about the finalization of the transaction - the cost of 10% of Sogaz's shares rose to 59.4 billion rubles, and cash compensation fell to 11 billion rubles.
Thus, the price of the entire Sogaz is 594 billion rubles, and the share of Acceptance in the insurance company is 74.1 billion rubles. If you subtract the debt of “Acceptance” from this amount (1 billion rubles at the end of 2018), then the net value of only Sogaz shares controlled by Shelomov is 73 billion rubles or $ 1.1 billion. Including shares of the Rossiya Bank (about $ 150 million), Shelomov’s fortune is $ 1.25 billion.
In the ranking of Russia's richest businessmen for Forbes magazine for 2019, Putin's nephew could take 81th place.
Shelomov worked at Sovcomflot until 2017 - he left shortly after Novaya Gazeta wrote about his business. Then the correspondent, phoning Shelomov, asked if he was the real owner of all the assets. Michael answered with a question to the question: “Are you very interested in knowing this?”
It became so interesting for the “Project” that, having passed through the FSO cordon at the entrance to Zarechye, we found ourselves in the ancestral village of Putin’s mother. The Shelomovs' house looks as if its owner does not yet know that he has become a dollar billionaire - a rickety, lined clapboard, surrounded by a low fence, with white carved platbands.
Several apple trees have been planted in the garden - they are looked after by Michael himself, who comes to Zarechye for a couple of days every week, and his wife does live there all summer from year to year. Mikhail himself repaired the foundation and repaired the fence; he himself shifted the stove. In the courtyard there is a bathhouse and the “Nuzhnik” built by the Sogaz shareholder - a rustic toilet without sewage, also lined with lining.
The situation in the home of a billionaire is very modest. Soviet furniture, oilcloth table. There is only one bedroom, there is a veranda and a kitchen. No heating and running water.
“Well, see for yourself. What billions? ”His relative says when we transfer to her numerous assets of Shelomov.
The rest of the time, Shelomov lives in Petersburg. His apartment is in the townhouse village on the outskirts of the city. He also still owns a stake in a communal apartment on Ryleyev Street, a 7-minute walk from Putin's communal apartment in Baskovoy Lane. Shelomov's communal apartment is still not settled.
Shelomov answers phone calls much less eagerly than two years ago. “There will be no comments,” he told the Project correspondent and hung up.