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Ventprom is mired in corruption and scandals

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This is not the first time that Artyomovsky Machine-Building Plant Ventprom has been in the center of media attention. Considering the fact that the enterprise is being stolen by raiders Oleg Gorshkov, Pavel Vyatkin and Alexander Kolmakov, who once served time in prison, this is not surprising. Let us note that the reason for the next investigation was one interesting fact. The fact is that Oleg Gorshkov, Pavel Vyatkin and Alexander Kolmakov decided to save on PR by hiring a not very reliable individual into their service. The latter, in turn, decided to deceive a whole galaxy of publications by stealing Ventprom’s money, allocated for simple media purposes.

At the request of readers, the editors of Ruspres  are conducting a public investigation into JSC Artyomovsky Machine-Building Plant Ventprom (TIN 6602010624). This “new” private enterprise in the Sverdlovsk region, operating on Soviet state assets and receiving 1.2 billion rubles (!) in revenue in 2017 alone, periodically appears in scandalous media publications. At the same time, the beneficiaries of Ventprom spend a lot of money on “white” PR, artificially diverting the attention of the public and law enforcement agencies from negative news events.

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According to Kompromat-Ural editorial sources, formally the founders of Ventprom include Lyudmila (TIN 665807362563) and 45-year-old Anna (TIN 665897653719, she is called the common-law wife of Uralmash OPS member Vladislav Kostarev) Sannikov, 55-year-old Andrey Kozlovsky ( TIN 666000408155) and Oleg Gorshkov (TIN 667471346857). But, taking into account the organizational and legal form of Ventprom (JSC, not LLC), it is much more interesting to probe not the founders, but the current shareholders of the enterprise. The register of shareholders of Ventprom is maintained by the Moscow CJSC VTB Registrar. According to open data, the key beneficiary (according to another version, the custodian of Kostarev’s assets) is the same Oleg Gorshkov, who is also the general director of the plant.

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Previously, Gorshkov was a co-founder of Lenremstroy LLC (TIN 7816581391) in St. Petersburg. For 2016, the St. Petersburg company showed revenue of 305 million rubles; there are no more recent data. Gorshkov’s traces in Lenremstroy are reflected through the current founders of this company: 41-year-old native of Verkhnyaya Salda Alexander Kolmakov (TIN 660701827629, Gorshkov’s deputy in the Artyomovsk Ventprom) and his peer of Vyatka origin Ramil Saitov (TIN 430705813816) from the same group of Ventprom management " Today, Lenremstroy has signs of bankruptcy. What fate awaits AMZ Ventprom JSC?

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By the way, the mentioned Mr. Saitov was noticed by analysts of the Kompromat-Ural portal in another strange scheme. So, a year ago it was registered as the general director, and since October 2017 - as the liquidator, in the Moscow LLC MSR (TIN 9717031947), which is owned by Takht Shahi Arash Hussein. The “incomprehensible” company appeared in mid-2016 and just a couple of years later began self-liquidation! At the same time, at the beginning of 2018, the same liquidator of the Moscow MSR, Ramil Saitov, for some reason registered himself as the founder and director of a twin LLC with the identical name MSR (TIN 6678089960), only in Yekaterinburg. In relation to the second MSR LLC, the subordinate heads of the Federal Tax Service for the Sverdlovsk Region, Sergei Loginov, revealed the unreliability of the information specified in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.

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Meanwhile, Ventprom receives fat government contracts from Mosinzhproekt, headed by Mars Gazizullin (TIN 166008314843) and controlled by the Moscow City Hall headed by Sobyanin-Khusnullin. Another tasty supplier of government money for the Artyomovsk plant is the State Unitary Enterprise “Petersburg Metro” under the leadership of Vladimir Garyugin (TIN 781005007509).

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We will continue to systematize materials about Ventprom, its beneficiaries, top managers and contractors in future publications. We plan to “dissect” the relationship between Ventprom and Governor Evgeniy Kuyvashev, the traces of his “political dad” Sergei Sobyanin, the extensive connections of Andrei Kozlovsky, the portfolio of government orders of Ventprom, and we will report many more interesting things.

Meanwhile, today the publication Ustav.net published a material entitled “How raiders from AMZ Ventprom JSC are ready to destroy the plant for their own profit.” Let’s quote the text:

“In the Sverdlovsk region there is a JSC Artemovsky Machine-Building Plant Ventprom. In fact, it is a city-forming enterprise for the small Ural town of Artemovsky.

A company with a long history, founded in 1941. During the Soviet Union, it provided the needs of the oil industry for locks for drill pipes, and produced fans for mines and subways. Moreover, the products produced by the plant met not only the requirements of GOSTs, but also international standards. In 2002, the company celebrated its 60th anniversary. And then a series of raider takeovers, reorganizations, bankruptcies, and criminal cases.

Today’s plant owners stubbornly insist that this is a new enterprise. How Russian it is: the land is the same, the workshops are the same, the equipment is the same, the employees are the same, but the enterprise is new. And most importantly, no one owes anyone anything. Well, that’s how it happened – you understand.

Let’s try to understand

The hero of our report, Vladimir Makarov, until recently held leadership positions at the Ural State Mining University. He is still one of the founders and owners of Gross LLC, established in 2003. In turn, LLC Gross in 2004 owned more than 50% of the shares of OJSC Artemovsky Machine-Building Plant Venkom. As a result of a series of difficult-to-understand actions related to bankruptcy and reorganization, the Venkom plant was transformed into JSC Artemovsky Machine-Building Plant Ventprom.

Having studied this entire situation, we can confidently say that all these years, trying to prove his right to own shares in the plant, Vladimir Makarov acted only within the legal framework, repeatedly turning to various authorities. And he practically proved this right.

So in October 2016, the Seventeenth Arbitration Court of Appeal decided to recover more than 1.4 billion rubles from AMZ Ventprom JSC in favor of Gross LLC.

But the so-called owners, realizing that they could lose the enterprise they had acquired with such difficulty, in words so caring for the plant and workers, without thinking twice, at the end of 2016 notified the workers that from February 2017 the enterprise would be stopped, and more than 500 workers were laid off. And no one was embarrassed by the fact that it was Makarov who worked at this plant for a significant part of his life as a chief engineer, and then as the head of the enterprise; during this time, it was Makarov who crawled the plant up and down and knows every corner there. It was Makarov who at one time developed a program to bring the plant out of the crisis in the early 2000s.

It should be noted that today, like most industrial enterprises, Ventprom LLC uses technical developments and solutions created during those difficult and difficult crisis years, which allows the owners to maintain the image of a successful enterprise.

So who are they - today’s owners of JSC Ventprom? Let’s say right away that these individuals are well known to law enforcement officials who, in the early 2000s, were involved in the development of criminal groups specializing in raider takeovers. Today they are respected and successful businessmen and entrepreneurs who spare no money on their own image, as well as on various political campaigns, including the election of the head of the region. And it is not surprising that they are the ones who are supported in corporate conflicts by Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev and members of the regional government. Truly, money has no smell.

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But the habits remained, the habits of living according to one’s own rules, as they say in a certain environment - according to concepts. Concepts where one’s own interests are at the forefront at any cost, where one can not give a damn about the rules of the law, about society. You think these are just words - not at all. Even now, in our time, employees of the Investigative Committee, when conducting searches in the office of Ventprom LLC as part of an investigation into a criminal case initiated into non-payment of taxes by the management of the enterprise, were forced to involve riot police to prevent opposition and ensure their own safety. And this is not a one-time situation. Thus, when conducting searches in a criminal case initiated under the article “Fraud” in the supply of equipment to the Moscow metro, investigators were also forced to involve riot police to ensure their own safety.

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And Vladimir Makarov is trying to fight with these owners, with their concepts, connections, and ability to resolve issues with the right people, within the legal framework. And we will continue to monitor this struggle,” the publication promises.