The management of the energy company IES, later renamed to T Plus, as well as its parent company Renova belonging to billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, F7, was suspected of withdrawing companies' profits to offshore in 2003-2008, TASS reported on Monday, March 20, citing a source close to the investigation in the case of ex-Komi leader Vyacheslav Gayzer.
"In the period from 2003 to 2008, the profit from the activities of CJSC IES and GC Renova was withdrawn by the management of companies outside Russia to the foreign accounts," the source said. He specified that the management of IES used money intended for the implementation of investment programs, to repay loans and purchase shares in generating companies.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, in accordance with the decree of the Ministry of Energy and the government decree, IES had to spend 41.2 billion rubles, raised during the issue of shares of subsidiaries of generating companies, to build additional capacity. But as a result, this money was used through various schemes to buy "the missing shareholding in order to control and operate the generating companies," he explained.
The source of the agency noted that T Plus uses the scheme associated with advances for fuel supplies to withdraw funds in favor of the parent company Renova, which, he said, creates a risk of disrupting fuel supplies to the regions.
"In all the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where IES CJSC companies are present (reorganized into PJSC T Plus), since 2010 a" fuel scheme" has been practiced, with the aim of withdrawing funds from TGK (generating companies) in favor of Renova Group, summed up the source.
In September 2016, in the offices of Renova and its member T Plus, searches were conducted. On the same day, employees of the Investigative Committee of Russia detained the co-owner of the Renova company Evgeny Olkhovik and the head of the T Plus company Boris Vainzikher. Later they were arrested. The criminal case was also initiated against the ex-general director of Vympelcom Mikhail Slobodin, who was declared into a federal wanted list. The investigation of the case continues.