At the end of 2021, the Ukraine’s media spread reports from the aggressor-controlled “Forpost” media that up to a million trees were planned to be destroyed in order to lay a power line from Sevastopol to Alupka through Foros and Ay-Petri Yayla. It was stated that this route was designed by “Lenelektromontazh” LLC at the request of the so-called “Krymenergo”, and that the “permit” for such construction 91-000-3079-2021MS has already been issued by the Russia’s Ministry of Construction.
In fact, the analysis of the “permit” shows that the construction is larger and will cover the “double-chain” section from Sevastopol through Yalta to the substation in Luchiste near Alushta, with a voltage of 110 kilovolts. Indeed, the new line will pass through the “Zarya” substation near the village of Katsiveli, which supplies electricity to Putin’s and his serves’ “government dachas”, with a “renovation of the facilities”. But the main task of this line is to ensure the militarization and colonization of the Southern coast of Crimea with electricity from the Sevastopol TPP, built by the occupiers, which operates on gas stolen from the Ukraine’s sea shelf.
Therefore, the main question for us was not why the occupiers will once again destroy the natural ecosystems of the peninsula, but why the “Forpost” writes about it. The first explanation is quite prosaic, because the aggressor will “transfer ownership” of this power line exactly to so-called “Krymenergo”, not to so-called “Sevastopolenergo”, and all further machinations and thefts on this important line will take place for the Russian invaders without clans of Sevastopol “officials”, whose interests are served by “Forpost”.
But the analysis of the fake “Krymenergo” contractor’s activity was even more actual, which will actually cut down millions of trees (and billions of rubles) on Crimea’s yaylas, namely the mentioned company “Lenelektromontazh” from St. Petersburg with a share capital of 10 million rubles and with annual revenue of 10 billion rubles, which is privately owned by Mr. Mikhail Muratkin. In 2015-2016, “Lenelektromontazh” was responsible for the construction of the so-called “energy bridge” from the Rostov NPP to the occupied Crimea through the Kerch Strait, namely the “Taman-Kafa” line with a voltage of 220 kilovolts and 57 kilometers, including its underwater section, as well as it was responsible for the construction of a 500 kilovolt “Taman” substation.
For these facilities, “Lenelektromontazh” carried out construction and installation, commissioning, supply of resources and equipment, and the development of funds from the “federal target program” for these needs was completed by the end of 2016. Also, “Lenelektromontazh” built another “strategic” power line of similar capacity of 220 kilovolts from the same Rostov-on-Don to the Russian Donetsk town, located near the Ukrainian border, apparently providing a criminal “energy bridge” to temporarily occupied Luhansk region.
At the same time, Russia’s “anti-corruption activists” point to long-standing partnerships between Mikhail Muratkin and former “FGC UES” (Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System’s) board member Mr. Valery Goncharov. The schemes, that allegedly involved “FGC UES”, included “Lenelektromontazh” and other companies controlled by Mr. Muratkin, that were laundered due to agreements with “subcontractors”, who “went bankrupt” “in time”, and allegedly more than one hundred billion rubles were “laundered” on these funds before the Russian occupation of the Crimea started.
Also, Russia’s “anti-corruptionists” reported that Goncharov and Muratkin allegedly stole 500 million rubles at the construction site of the “Tommot” substation in Yakutia. It should be added that the board of “FGC UES” was headed by Andrey Murov, both during the thefts and during the construction of the “power bridges”, whose father Yevgeny Murov commanded Russia’s Federal Security Service for fifteen years.
In fact, the publication of “anti-corruption” compromising materials on Murov, Muratkin and Goncharov, which began in 2015, should be assessed solely as part of Russian special services’ struggle for control of hundreds of billions of rubles in the electricity sector. However, in May 2016, Yevgeny Murov resigned, and in the summer of 2016, Goncharov was indeed arrested by Russian punitive forces in Moscow for allegedly “fraud in the construction of a power bridge in the Crimea”, but under with a criminal article that provided him for a short prison term only.
Later, Mr. Goncharov disappeared from the media sphere, and Mr. Muratkin and the Murov family apparently suffered a “slight fright” of several tens of millions of dollars. It is noteworthy that Mr. Muratkin noticed the ability to lie in seemingly obvious issues of their activities. For example, he told the media that allegedly “the “Crimean power bridge” facilities were allegedly built exclusively on domestic equipment”, despite the fact that the purchase of cables for laying power lines at the bottom of the Kerch Strait took place from Chinese suppliers, through local intermediaries to increase volumes of “kickbacks” to Russians.
However, in addition to scams on the “energy bridges” Goncharov and Muratkin had other interesting hobbies, namely a cooperation with Odessa businessman Igor Vladlenovich Prikhodko, whose concern “Union” not only became a partner of the same “FGC UES” and “Rossetti”, but and, according to press reports, it was involved in the energy supply of the “famous” Skolkovo. Energy businessman Igor Prykhodko does have Russian tax number 772705964940 and several companies, such as the “Soyuz-Seti Engineering and Construction Company”, and “Soyuz-Seti”’s sites declare control over the “Neptune” plant in Odessa and the “Preobrazovatel” plant in Zaporizhia.
Russia’s other “anti-corruption activists” have reported on the scam of the St. Petersburg-based company “Elektrotekhaparat – SPb”, controlled by “Soyuz” Holding, which is owned by Luxembourg-based “Souz Holding SA”, where Igor Prikhodko, Sergei Chaplik and Boris Kiselyov named as owners. This “Elektrotekhaparat – SPb”, allegedly with the assistance of the designers of the Russian “23rd State Maritime Design Institute” was to provide two mobile charging and rectifying stations for one hundred million rubles for the base of Russian submarines in Novorossiysk, to be paid by the Russia’s Ministry of Defense. The media also states that Igor Prykhodko, director of “ISK-Soyuz Seti”, was awarded the Medal of the Russia’s Order of “Merit for the Motherland” of the Second Degree by Russian Presidential Decree 593 of September 1, 2014.
It is noteworthy that according to the Ukrainian registers Igor Vladlenovich Prykhodko owns the “Corporation of Industrial and Commercial Enterprises “Union” legal number 21004686, located in Odessa, on Rozkidaylivskaya, 13, as well as he owns the “Regional Branch of the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Odessa Region”. The registers indicate that Mr. Prikhodko was involved in the activities of the “Culturny Otdykh” Recreation Cooperative in Odesa and the “Brigantine Plus” Cooperative in near-located Hrybivka resort settlement. However, according to the Office of the Prosecutor General in February 2020, Odessa-based “Soyuz” was suspected of plotting with “Ukrenergo” to increase the price of equipment for the “Zakhidnoukrainska” substation, which, according to police, resulted in a loss of 13 million hryvnias. Therefore, our Association will continue to monitor the anti-Ukrainian activities of Muratkin’s St. Petersburg company for sawing millions of trees and billions of rubles, as well as the corresponding collaboration of Odessa-located “medalists”, eager for budget funds in various currencies.