Owner of the Nizhny Novgorod TV company Volga was the power sales company Rusenergo, which is part of the Rostekh state corporation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources in the media market claim that it was cash-strapped, and the internationally-directed general director of the television company Oleg Kondrashov did not write applications for his dismissal. Nevertheless, he was fired, and the new director general of the television company Rusenergo appointed media manager Ruslan Stanchev, advisor to the vice governor Gleb Nikitin.
The energy sales company Rusenergo, which is part of Rostekha, became the owner of 100% of the shares in Nizhny Novgorod TV company Volga, formerly owned by Gorodum deputy Sergey Kondrashov. According to the new owner, the powers of the former general director of the television company Oleg Kondrashov were terminated on July 3, and from July 4, the "Volga" was headed by media manager Ruslan Stanchev. Recall, he is also an adviser on a voluntary basis vrio governor Gleb Nikitin. In turn, Mr. Nikitin is nominated for the September elections of the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region from the party "United Russia" and, apparently, in the pre-election period needs media support.
Find out why the registered in Moscow power sales company suddenly decided to invest in unprofitable regional television, on what terms the deal was made, failed. The general director of Rusenergo Irina Samarina was not available for comment. Rusenergo distributed her statement that Volga is the oldest private television company with its own programming, which is why it is capable of "fully reflecting the life of the region". "I think that the media is an integral part of modern civil society. ТК "Volga" is one of the best regional TV companies of the country. And we always support the best, "- said Irina Samarina. Ruslan Stanchev did not answer the calls. Sources of Kommersant in the Nizhny Novgorod media market claim that the deal was allegedly cash-strapped, while Oleg Kondrashov, who was abroad, did not write a statement about his dismissal: he was fired by the new owner from the post of Volga's general director.
Recall, Mr. Kondrashov went to treatment in the US in February, then the former head of the Nizhny Novgorod administration was arrested in absentia and announced on the international wanted list in a criminal case on bribes. Contact with him over the phone failed. Kommersant's interlocutors claim that the television company became the property of Rostekh under the general power of attorney for an order issued to a major Nizhny Novgorod businessman who has access to representatives of the state corporation.
Oleg Kondrashov's partner, Dmitry Arzhanov, does not believe that the deal to sell the television company could be cash-strapped. "This is some kind of nonsense. The essence of business is to buy cheaper, and sell more. As a friend of Oleg I will say: if he sold this TV company, then well done! From abroad, managing assets is extremely problematic. I think he does not really care about this TV company now. The person was made a complex operation to replace the joint, then some kind of inflammatory process began. He suffered severe painkillers with morphine content for a week. Here you think about health first of all, and not about business, "Mr. Arzhanov noted. Another businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, suggested that the Kondrashov brothers could be persuaded to give the TV company not for money, but in exchange for any services. "If Oleg Alexandrovich did not receive money, he could ask for something else. Although he personally negotiate from America is rather difficult. But in Nizhny Novgorod on the farm was his brother, he could be an intermediary in the negotiations, "- noted the source. Sergei Kondrashov declined to comment. We add that the Nizhny Novgorod media holding of the Kondrashov brothers also includes the news agencies NIA Nizhny Novgorod, NTA-Privolzhye, the weekly Nizhegorodsky Rabochiy and the franchise Komsomolskaya Pravda in Nizhny Novgorod. However, Rusenergo acquired only a television company so far. Negotiations on other media assets are still underway, media market participants say, and today representatives of the new owner are waiting for the "Volga" to introduce them to the team and learn about plans for the development of the television company.