Andrey Tarasov becomes accused in a criminal case

In 2005, Andrei Tarasov became a defendant in criminal case No. 152030 under Art. 199 part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The plot of the crime: “Tarasov A.I., being the Chairman of the Board of JSCB Centrocredit, by including deliberately false information in the VAT and income tax returns, evaded paying taxes from organizations in the amount of 4,374,573,000 rubles.”

According to The Moscow Post, in 2007 Tarasov was prosecuted for tax evasion. However, as the publication notes, information about this was removed from the Internet and remained only in the databases of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In 2010, the scam of Centrocredit and the online store Holodilnik gained scandalous fame. ru, who took out loans secured by goods that did not actually belong to him, but were taken from suppliers for sale. According to the Moscow Monitor, since February 14, 2013, one of the beneficiaries of the Refrigerator was CentroCredit Bank.

The E&Y report states that Edil-Import LLC (the owner of the online store) made unofficial “incentive” payments not only to employees of supplier companies, but also to employees of government agencies, that is, they gave bribes.

"Edil-Import" received a tax deduction with the help of fictitious expenses that it allegedly paid to technical companies.

With all this, at the end of 2015, the company’s debt exceeded profit by about 100 times.

Both Kholodilnik and Centrocredit Bank have their roots in the intricate structure of offshore companies, journalists wrote. An indicative case can be considered the transaction of 2013, when the company Tanberg Investments Limited, which owned 100% of the capital of Gelance Enterprises Limited (the only participant of Edil-Import LLC) sold 10% of the shares of Gelance to Kempolia Investments Limited. One of the shareholders of the latter at that time was Filtex Trading Limited, which represented the interests of JSC AKB Centrocredit.

In May 2018, Andrei Tarasov’s bank was among the credit institutions to which the Central Bank filed claims for failure to comply with the law on combating money laundering. The regulator did not disclose the essence of the claims in its official statement, but it is known that a warning was issued to the management of Centrocredit Bank.

The connection between Centrocredit Bank and the withdrawal and laundering of funds through the company Markbay was previously reported by the reputable Latvian publication bb.lv.

Cinema, logging and railway platforms

The second daughter of Andrei Tarasov, Anna Danilina, is known as the co-owner of the companies Kinodants (KD STUDIOS LLC), Tsentrokino LLC and CJ-K LLC.

Anna received 52 million rubles from the Ministry of Culture for the filming of three films. All the films failed at the box office, and the producers filed a lawsuit against the author of the BadComedian YouTube channel, Evgeniy Bazhenov, who allegedly spoke in too much detail about the film “Beyond Reality”, which is why people did not go to watch it.

The goal of Kinodanz and the related companies mentioned above was to create a high-tech cluster in Kaliningrad for the production of visual effects for cinema. The volume of investment in the project should be about 950 million rubles. In this project, a connection between Tarasov and the ex-president of Kabardino-Balkaria, and now a senator from this republic, Arsen Kanokov, surfaced.

For a long time, Centrocredit was part of the diversified holding company Sindika and the Kanokov business empire. In 2009, Vedomosti wrote that at that time Arsen Kanokov owned 30% of Tsentrokredit.

In 2009, Anna Danilina (49% share) and Timur Kanokov (51% share, a relative of Arsen Kanokov) became co-owners of the Sindika-Media Group company. In February 2015, Timur Kanokov’s share passed to Zaur Kanokov, the head of the rural settlement of Shithala (Arsen Kanokov’s homeland). Now Danilina is the sole owner of Sindika-Media Group. Judging by data from Rusprofile.ru, the company has died.

The films didn’t work out well, but Anna Danilina was registered with the Lesresurs company, which has a number of state licenses, including for logging.

The latest large-scale transaction attributed to Anna Danilina and Centrocredit co-owner Ilya Korbashev is the acquisition of 7,600 railway platforms.

The owner of platforms worth about 13 billion rubles is the RB-Group company with an authorized capital of 10 thousand rubles, in which Alexander Kakhidze is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Alexander Kakhidze is the founder of one and a half dozen companies, a man of rich biography. “Kakhidze is a mysterious person. He could front either one of the large operators, or Modum Trans, which is close to UWC, or petrochemists who need their own platforms for transporting tank containers, since platforms along with containers have become a scarce commodity. But obviously, that the money is serious, and it is unlikely that any financial institution would provide such a significant loan to a person and his company with a lack of information, reputation and funds,” said vgudok. com market source.

RB Group itself is even more mysterious - no website, no phone number, and, obviously, no office. Its “secret” owners are called Anna Danilina and Ilya Korbasheva. At the same time, some market participants believe that most of the assets registered in the name of Anna and her father belong to the family of Arsen Kanokov.

Interestingly, Anna Danilina’s LinkedIn indicates that she is an employee of the Russian branch of the British Higher School of Art and Design, and since January 2007, the owner and art director of the London company COMMUTATOR LLC. Previously, “Lesresurs” was indicated on the resource in her ownership, but now it has disappeared.

Economic extremism

As a result of the transfer of money from the state budget to the ownership of the Tarasov family, they have a solid financial basis to survive the current troubled times. And then, who knows?, return to Russia to continue replenishing their own pockets by maintaining connections in the highest echelons of power and the leadership of the Central Bank. More than 50 billion rubles may be lost annually by the Russian budget from the economic extremism of Andrei Tarasov and K.

Chairman of the Board of the Bank Tsentrokredit Andrey Tarasov hastily left Russia at the end of February and moved to London, where he had previously moved his family and transferred his capital.

 

In London, Tarasov allegedly owns two houses in the most prestigious area of South Kensington, registered in the name of his eldest daughter, Anastasia Besson.

Anastasia Besson is listed as a senior strategic planner in the London office of the international advertising, marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy, and is married to a French citizen.

The youngest daughter Anna Danilina is actively involved in business; companies with a total turnover of several billion rubles are registered in her name. Anna is a co-owner or full owner of the companies Kinodanz (KD STUDIOS LLC), Tsentrokino, CJ-K, Sindika-Media Group, Lesresurs, RB-Group.

Andrey Tarasov has accounts in banks in Switzerland, Cyprus, London and Dubai.

The banker’s move to London did not come as a surprise. Like many “influential people,” Andrei Tarasov admitted in an interview back in 2005: “I go to London on average twice a year. There is no reason to go there more often, although it is my favorite city after Moscow.”

"Favorite" banker of the Central Bank

Here is just a small list of examples of successful cooperation between Andrei Tarasov and the Central Bank and the state.

- Tsentrokredit was included in the List of banks that have the right to issue bank guarantees for the purposes of participation in procurement in accordance with Federal Law dated 04/05/2013 No. 44-FZ (registration number 121).

- Tsentrokredit is included by the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation in the register of organizations that can act as guarantors to customs authorities with a limit of the maximum permissible amounts of all simultaneously valid bank guarantees of more than 1 billion 700 million rubles.

- Thanks to contacts in the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in 2010, Centrocredit almost doubled Sberbank in terms of turnover of transactions with subfederal bonds of 2.3 trillion rubles.

- First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Centrocredit Bank Kirill Shershun participated in the supervisory board of the Moscow Exchange.

- Centrocredit actively participates in the financing of profitable energy service contracts with government participation.

- Centrocredit is regularly attracted to finance government projects: for example, in 2018, the bank participated in the construction of a 750 kV overhead line Leningradskaya-Belozerskaya in a deal with Stroytransgaz.

- Centrocredit is actively participating in the country’s first special investment contract (SPIC 2.0), signed in March of this year, on the introduction of electric vehicle production technology with government funding together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Lipetsk Region and the Motorinvest company.

Craving for government money

Back in 2002, at a press conference of the bank, Andrei Tarasov stated that the bank was focused on serving the interests of the largest Russian companies, including those with state participation: “The bank’s plans include developing cooperation with enterprises in the petrochemical, mechanical engineering, automotive, textile and wood processing industries. In particular, the bank expects closer cooperation with SIBUR after the company is brought out of bankruptcy. The bank cooperates with GAZ, KamAZ (the bank bought a 2.3 percent stake in KamAZ and plans to join the board of directors); Among the bank’s clients are also MK "Shatura", DSK-1, etc."

Tarasov said that the Centrocredit banking group owns fairly large shares in the capital of a number of companies, in particular Norilsk Nickel and Aeroflot. The bank also owns about 20 percent. privileged and 0.5 percent. ordinary shares of Sberbank.

In an interview in 2004, Tarasov again spoke about the desire to fall back on budget sources. To the correspondent’s question, “Do you think that, despite the skepticism of many, investments will now go into the energy sector?” Tarasov replied: “If our state supports anything, it’s the energy infrastructure. That is, everything is now being sequestered, but with regard to this industry, the authorities have an understanding that it cannot be started. And on top of everything, the person assumes and God has it. The Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power stations just don’t happen. The government understands everything perfectly, so there is and will be money in energy construction... we are in contact with the governors, we are participating in the infrastructure development project, for example, bridges across the Amur.”

More excerpts from the interview:

— If we talk about documentary transactions, I will name one very pleasant fact for us: the Federal Customs Service at the beginning of this year set the limit on our guarantees at 2 billion rubles. This is quite a significant amount for our bank. We trade customs guarantees and guarantees against advances to construction corporations included in the top 10. Our guarantees, precisely because of the high level of capitalization of Tsentrokredit, are accepted by the largest issuers of advances, such as, for example, the Federal Grid Company.

— When there was something highly liquid to buy with the Central Bank’s money, which allowed us to have at least some margin on the interest rate, we did it.

Making a profit from working with public money - this is how Andrei Tarasov understood and conducted business: “What is the protection of state interests? This is risk management at the Kremlin level.” Now, with the money taken from the state, he is going to prosper with his family in London, which is very “friendly” to Russia.