On this day, the shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz” were being searched, which had been stolen by Yukos

On this day, the shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz” were being searched, which had been stolen by Yukos

Where Alexander Temerko got money for the friendship with Boris Johnson. Sad Beilin in the war which is “not his own”. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on July 17, 2003 and 2005.

On this day 20 years ago, on July 17, 2003, it became known that the Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia had been conducting in full swing a pre-prosecutorial inspection following the motion from June 24, 2003, No SB-478 of the company “Rosneft” that, on the eve, had filed a request with law enforcement agencies. The question was about the embezzlement of the belonging to it 19% stock of shares of the JSC “Eniseyneftegaz”.

“The president of the company “Rosneft” Sergey Bogdanchikov appealed to the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation a week ago. He said the affiliate entity of “Rosneft” – the Anglo-Siberian Oil Company (ASNK) – had owned 19.85% of the shares of “Yeniseyneftegaz”. Yukos lately was going to buy this stock of securities, yet the deal, according to the leadership of “Rosneft”, never took place”, described the prehistory the newspaper “Kommersant”.

“The abduction” of the shares found out “Rosneft” itself, before the begin of the “Yukos case” at that. “In June 2003, during an inner inventory, “Rosneft” asked the firm “M-Reester”, the holder of the registry, to inform what assets were attached to it. And received the answer – there are no mentioned shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz” on accounts of Anglo-Siberian Oil Company. According to Vladimir Voyevoda, a spokesman of “Rosneft”, this stock of securities was written off to the firm Maastrade Limited (Cyprus) controllable by Yukos. “We have been plundered”, acknowledged Vladimir Voyevoda.

In the “transparent” Yukos, in response to that, was sad aggrievedly that “the deal selling to it by “Rosneft” 19.85% of shares of “Yeniseyneftegaz” was completely clean, and all differences normal people can settle in arbitration”.

But a lot of people new that this “clean deal of Yukos”, more often than not, could be an affair.

That is why the investigation had to study all received documents. It was found out that members of Yukos leadership, working “in accordance with international standards” and acting as an organized group, in fact, had stolen the 19% stock of shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz”.

(See also the article “On this day, a reaver of the shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz” was searched”).


The executor of this affair, as it was acknowledged by the investigation and the court, turned out to be Ivan Kolesnikov, an “attorney trainee” from the law bureau “ALM-Feldmans” (The Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia suspected this law bureau of servicing shady deals and gray operations of Yukos).

In 2003, Kolesnikov presented to a court in the Krasnoyarsk Region falsified written proofs allegedly certifying his rights with regard to these shares. On the basis of a ruling of the court, as a collateral measure, the CJSC “M-Reestr” wrote off in the registry of the owners of the securities of “Yeniseyneftegaz” 75 313 shares from the account of “Anglo-Siberian Oil Company” and put them on the balance of the offshore company “Maastrade Ltd” (Cyprus) controllable by this group.

Soon, the cheating, committed it court, was disclosed. The court annulled its previous decision. But when it came to giving back the stolen shares, there were no shares on the account of the company “Maastrade Ltd” – on June 26, 2003, they had been “dropped” on the LLC “Orenburg Law Agency” under control of the mentioned above organized group.

Members of this criminal group, as the investigation pointed out, planned “to acquire the right of strategic and operative management of the OJSC “Yeniseyneftegaz” and its affiliates” that had licenses to develop oil field and extract oil, as well as to build boreholes of all possible directions and exploit production facilities for oil”. However, the affair was thwarted, and in 2004 “Anglo-Siberian Oil Company” managed to regain control of the shares stolen by swindlers from Yukos.


The executing “trainee” fled from Russia, but this didn’t save him from a process in absentia. Ivan Kolestikov was adjudged guilty of the fraudulent acquiring of 19.76% of the shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz”. The Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow delivered the judgement in absence of the defendant under Article 159, paragraph 4 and Article 303, paragraph 1, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Fraud, Falsification of Evidence). He received a punishment in the form of 6.5 years of imprisonment. The term of the indictment counts from the moment of apprehension of the accused by Russian law enforcement agencies.

This lawyer-trickster acted, of course, not by his own “trainee” initiative. As the investigation and the court established, Ivan Kolesnikov acted as part of an organized criminal group, members of which, apart from him, were:

- vice-president of Yukos Alexander Temerko (developer and organizer of the scheme);

- vice-president of Yukos Yuri Beilin (executor);

-head of the Department of corporate finance of Yukos Oleg Sheiko (executor);

- vice-president of the management company “Yukos-EP” Sergey Petelin (executor).


All members of this group managed, under different pretexts, to flee from Russia. Kolesnikov settled in Cyprus. Others entrenched in London. In 2005, Alexander Temerko, like a tradeswoman in a Privoz market in Odessa, was exasperated by claims of the investigation.

“Just think, where am I, and where is “Yeniseyneftegaz”? In the Prosecutor’s Office, they know pretty well where we all are. Now I think it would be good to accuse the Prosecutor’s Office of slander, and to bring this case not at the Basmanny District Court of Moscow, but to the Court of London. Let them be responsible for this contracted, politically motivated case”, said citizen Temerko picturesquely and indignantly, implying that he could not have done anything, as he was in London. “They accuse me of “working out the plan” with these shares at the end of 2002, but in 2002, I was not even part of the management of the company Yukos, I was only a member of the Board of Directors”, said Temerko. Now he is far away in London, now he is “only” a member of the Board of Directors.

(See also the article “On this day, investigators worked in the office of Alexander Temerko”).

It’s impossible to believe Temerko, who is a sponsor of the gang of Russophobes from the possessed Conservative Party headed by Boris Johnson. In fact, it was not necessary to take a chair in the first managing row. This is illustrated, for instance, the scheme of splitting and siphoning to offshores the stolen shares of the JSC “Apatit”. A finger in this pie had Viktor Prokofyev - a rather timid adviser and interpreter of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. Thus, all indignations of Temerko are nothing less than a cheap show for those who take at words of “gentlemen”.


On the same day 18 years ago, on July 17, 2005, was summoned for interrogation Yuri Beilin, vice-president, member of the Board of Directors of the Oil Company NK Yukos. He was in London, and didn’t come back to Russia. On September 27, 2004, criminal proceedings were instituted under Article 171, paragraph 2, subparagraph “b”, of the Criminal Code of Russia (“excessive extraction of oil by the JSC “Yuganskneftegaz”), of which Beilin was a defendant (Excessive extraction, in a nutshell, is extraction of oil above the limits of a license). Apart from that, Beilin, according to investigators, participated in the described above scheme of embezzlement of 19.7% shares of the company “Yeniseyneftegaz”.

There were questions to Beilin also with regard to the second case of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev connected with embezzlement of oil and with money laundering. Anyway, there are lots of documents with his signature in the materials of this case. And these are not only formal agreements of sale and purchase of “borehole liquid” at a price set by Yukos. These are letters allowing “affiliate” companies to sell oil only to Yukos, letters informing directors that “the right to dispose of extracted oil was transferred to the leaderships of LLС “Yukos-Moskva”, CJSC “Yukos-EP” and CJSC “Yukos-PM”. Such instructions indicated that Yukos “affiliates” were stripped of independence, and all expenses, on the contrary, ‘were hung” on them as independent enterprises.

Beilin himself emerged on the surface of mass media in London in 2007. He missed Russia very much and wanted to come back. “In London Beilin organized a consulting firm and planned to provide consulting services on mergers and acquisitions on the Russian market, but nowadays, in his words, it has become less urgent”, reported the newspaper “Vedomosti” describing sad Mr. Beilin.

“The theme is dead, and there is no need to create here a club of Yukos veterans”, he joked sadly. “This was not our war, and this was not our choice”.


“Everyone can decide whether this series of criminal cases was a “war” or a large-scale operation aimed at bringing to responsibility a group of corporate tricksters. However, “the club of concussed Yukos veterans” has manifested itself in present conditions, having become a club of blatant polizei-policemen and Russophobes, thus cutting to “victims of circumstances” (Beilin identifies himself with them) a way back home. Being merged in the hate of Russia, the trickster Mikhail Khodorkovsky* and all his gang, as usual, least of all thought about people”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, the thievish company Yukos was included in the 500 rating of the journal “Fortune”. Corporative anomaly 2003. Until the arrest of the swindler Khodorkovsky*, who had plundered the state and his own shareholders, remained 3 months. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on July 16, 2003).

*On May 20, 2022, the Russian Ministry of Justice included M.B. Khodorkovsky in the list of physical persons executing functions of a foreign agent.

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