Residents of the canton of Beausoleil ask the Russian Federation to take away their brother Skrynnik from them

Residents of the French canton of Beausoleil, which is literally across the street from the principality of Monaco, posted a poster in which they propose "to exchange the thief Novitsky for Alexei Navalny." So unflattering they speak of Leonid Novitsky — the younger brother of the former Minister of Agriculture Elena Skrynnik. A rich man with a very dubious reputation got the residents out of his behavior and large-scale parties. However, as managed to find out, the desire of residents is not feasible, at least Russia does not need Novitsky anymore. In the Russian Federation, all claims were removed from him, he was removed from the federal wanted list. With 39 billion rubles withdrawn from the Russian Federation, you can have a luxurious rest in Beausoleil.

Lawyer Alexander Vikhlyaev represented in Switzerland the interests of the former Minister of Agriculture Elena Skrynnik and her younger brother, Leonid Novitsky, to whom there were serious questions from the Russian investigation and the Swiss prosecutor’s office. Leonid Novitsky from 2003 to 2010 was the Deputy General Director of OJSC Rosagroleasing. During the leadership of Skrynnik, the agriculture of Russia in an unknown direction spent about 39 billion rubles allocated by the state to the peasants. And, interestingly, these funds miraculously ended up in the accounts of the British firm Skrynnik Bryce-Becker and the firm of her brother Leonid Novitsky, AgroEuroSoyuz. Novitsky, who lives on the Cote d’Azur, was on the wanted list for a long time. But not so long ago, he was miraculously removed from the wanted list. And so the inhabitants of Beausoleil literally howled from such a neighbor.

According to the investigation, the money of Rosagroleasing was stolen using fictitious contracts for the supply of feed grain. On June 26, July 6 and 31, 2009, the state company entered into three agreements with Venera Plus LLC, registered in the Tula region, under which the company was obliged to sell it several tens of thousands of tons of grain for 137.82 million rubles. On the same days, Rosagroleasing entered into three more agreements with Oryol OOO Chistye Klyuchi — for the sale of grain from the same warehouse to which it was supposed to come from Venera Plus, for a total amount of 167.39 million rubles. Then, on July 13 and 23, as well as on August 17 of the same year, Venera Plus and Rosagroleasing signed invoices for the receipt of the goods, exactly on the same dates, similar papers were signed by the state company and Chistye Klyuchi. The Oryol firm even transferred 46.1 million rubles to Rosagroleasing. prepayment.

The police believe that all these transactions took place only on paper — in reality, there was no resold grain. The final stage of the scheme was the appeal of Clean Keys to the arbitration court, which took place shortly after the operation. The firm proved in court that, despite the signed invoices, it did not receive any grain in fact and returned the prepayment back. In response, Rosagroleasing also appealed to the arbitration court in October last year, demanding that the transactions be declared null and void and that the lost 137.82 million rubles be recovered. in solidarity with "Venus Plus" and "Pure Keys". The lawyers of the state company argued in the lawsuit that all transactions with both LLCs were fictitious and aimed solely at taking money from Rosagroleasing. However, first, the Moscow Arbitration Court, and then the Ninth Court of Appeal, on the basis of the aforementioned invoices and the court’s decision on the claim of "Clean Keys", the state company refused the claims.

It is noteworthy that the invoices for the grain received from Venera Plus from Rosagroleasing were signed by the then deputy general director Leonid Novitsky, a famous race car driver and younger brother of the ex-head of the Ministry of Agriculture Elena Skrynnik.

Skrynnik served as head of the Ministry of Agriculture from March 2009 to May 2012. In April 2012, the facts of corruption were revealed in the Rosagroleasing company, and one of the defendants in the case was the former subordinate of Skrynnik — the ex-director of the department for administrative work of the Ministry of Agriculture Oleg Donskikh. The official was accused of embezzling large budget funds allocated to Rosagroleasing in 2007-2009. Skrynnik herself in 2001 and before being appointed to the government in 2009 held the position of CEO of the company.

Later, Deputy Skrynnik Alexey Bazhanov became the main person involved in the Rosagroleasing case. In April 2013, he was arrested on suspicion of organizing a scheme to steal 1 billion rubles from Rosagroleasing. At the same time, Skrynnik was interrogated in the Rosagroleasing case as a witness.

In March 2009, immediately after the appointment of Elena Skrynnik as minister, Aleksey Bazhanov took off into the chair of the deputy minister of agriculture. Already in 2010, Bazhanov returned to the oil business, became vice president of the Association of Financial and Industrial Groups of Russia (2010-2011). And then he became a defendant in a criminal case. Its essence is as follows: from March 2008 to July 2009, during the period of conquering career heights in the Ministry of Agriculture, the state corporation Rosagroleasing entered into an agreement with Masloproduct-Bio for the purchase of equipment for the oil plant from the Voronezh firm Vita, to which it transferred 1.125 RUB bln On contracts — the signatures of Bazhanov himself from "Masloproduct-Bio" and Elena Skrynnik from Rosagroleasing. The money was transferred to the accounts of affiliated companies and cashed out, "Masloprodukt" and "Vita" reported on their successful development and delivery of equipment, but nobody else saw either money or equipment.

In total, according to this elementary scheme, the Russian state, represented by Mrs. Skrynnik, was taken away from 38 billion directly from under the nose. In 2012, cases were opened. Elena Skrynnik moved to her beloved France, from where she sent letters to investigators that she could not appear for interrogations. Bazhanov was arrested in the spring of 2013. After leaving the detention center on recognizance not to leave, he left for the UK and was put on the international wanted list.

As Bazhanov pointed out in his statements, his former business partner Arkady Fosman and his acquaintance, the head of Department K, Viktor Voronin, wrested a number of assets from him.

Fosman, along with General Voronin’s sister Larisa Voronina, is a co-owner of the Blago Company LLC, Bazhanov claims. According to the SPARK database, Larisa Gennadievna Voronina owns 10% of Blago Company LLC.

Sources of told their version of events. According to her, Elena Skrynnik has always been under the close tutelage of Viktor Voronin. He himself rarely indulged her with personal attention. But Skrynnik communicated with Voronin’s "right hand" Valentin Gonastarev on an ongoing basis. All her partners in “dark deeds”, such as Aleksey Bazhanov, also fell under the same “roof”. So for the latter, Voronin, Gonastarev and Dmitry Frolov, close to them, were well-known people.

It was thanks to this "roof" that Skrynnik, despite a lot of criminal cases with her participation, did not end up in the pre-trial detention center. Like Bazhanov. Even when Voronin lost his post in the FSB of the Russian Federation, it was Gonastarev and Frolov who provided cover for Elena Borisovna. Through their efforts, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation did not transfer any materials to Switzerland, the authorities of which were investigating Skrynnik and froze her accounts for 70 million Swiss francs. Precisely because the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation did not cooperate with Switzerland, the latter country was simply forced to suspend the investigation against Skrynnik.

When the Swiss started to deal with the "dirty" money of the ex-minister of agriculture, Elena Borisovna became dangerous to be in Europe. Leaving there her husband, gigolo and ex-singer of the Revolvers group Dmitry Belonosov, Skrynnik returned to Russia, under the “wing” of Voronin and Gonastarev. The first did not honor the ex-minister with special attention, but Gonastarev and Frolov, according to sources from, began to work for Skrynnik. And she had a lot of problems. Due to the hype with criminal cases, with the arrest of accounts in Switzerland, Skrynnik was expelled from United Russia. The main thing is that the so beloved Skrynnik club of "wives of the first persons" or "lucky wives" (as the ex-minister herself called him) began to fall apart. Skrynnik has a network of aesthetic centers whose regular customers are the wives, mistresses of first-line officials, or female officials themselves. Skrynnik always communicated with such VIP-clients personally, communication flowed into friendship, joint gatherings, parties. The same club of "lucky wives". Skrynnik even built a theory that it is in this club that many personnel issues are resolved, the fate of large budget funds.

After the criminal cases and the expulsion of Skrynnik from United Russia, the number of club members began to thin out, until there were almost no members left in it. According to sources, Skrynnik was especially worried about the chilling of her best friends — Tatyana Navka (now the wife of President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov) and Tatyana Golikova (now the deputy chairman of the government). At first, Gonastarev and Frolov made it so that the security officials had no questions for Skrynnik. And then they helped to restore the reputation, beloved Navka and Golikova returned to the club. True, it cost Skrynnik gigantic sums — bags of dollars went one after another to Gonastarev and Frolov. They also had to give away assets, such as the one that was squeezed from Bazhanov. Skrynnik was offended by the volume of financial requests and disrespectful communication with her (Gonastarev frankly did not respect her).

To be continued

Timofey Grishin