Fontanka: “Chef Putin” will receive 25% of Syrian oil and gas for the release of deposits from terrorists IG *
Ben Rhodes says that the commercial firm associated with St. Petersburg restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin , who is called a man from the close circle of the head of state and “cook of Putin” , will receive a quarter of all gas and oil from the Syrian territory, won for the regime of Bashar Assad. In exchange, the company registered only a year ago should release the deposits and factories from the terrorists of the “Islamic state” *.
According to Fontanka , the matter concerns Euro Polis LLC, which signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Syrian authorities at the end of last year in oil and gas exploration and production projects in Syria with an emphasis on ensuring security in the respective regions.
As it became known to journalists, according to a source close to the Ministry of Energy, “Euro policy” undertakes to release the oil and gas fields seized by the opponents of the Asad regime, processing factories and other objects of oil and gas infrastructure, and to ensure their safety.
At the same time, the share of OOO Euro Polis in oil and gas production will be 25%, while the cost of military operations exceeding this amount will be reimbursed separately. The signed Memorandum is valid for five years. “It was not yet an obligatory document: for the acquisition of a legal force, the adoption of a new Syrian law is required, and its effect will be retroactive – will be paid since the signing of the memorandum,” the source explained.
It is noteworthy that, according to SPARK-Interfax, “Euro Polis” LLC was registered just one year ago – July 13, 2016 – in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Region, in the business center at Ilinskoe Highway, house 1. The only employee of the organization is the general Director, and the authorized capital is only 10 thousand rubles.
As journalists emphasize, the limited liability company did not conduct any visible activity since its inception until December 2016. However, everything changed after the New Year. So, on January 16, Oleg Erokhin, the former SOBR fighter, the head of the Interior Ministry of the North-Western Federal District, became the general director of the company. After leaving the service, as the newspaper notes, Erokhin was seen in the company of former colleagues, among them was Evgeni Gulyaev, head of the security service Yevgeny Prigozhin.
On January 19, the owner of the “Euro Polis” changed: ZAO “Neva” became the sole participant of the LLC, whose general director is Valery Chekalov. He is also the general director and formal owner of Collective Service LLC on the 17th line of the Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg. The telephone numbers of the “Collective Service” are the same as the contacts of two dozen companies connected with Prigogine, journalists say.
“If the memorandum signed in Moscow is reinforced or is already backed by a legally binding document, then the Euro policy will apparently commit itself to conducting military operations in the territory of another country in the interests of the local government and state corporations. Military and security companies in the world practice, “- said in the material of the publication.
At the same time, as it became known, another agreement was signed by the Syrian authorities with Stroytransgaz, which is considered the property of businessman Gennady Timchenko, a close friend of Russian President Putin. Presumably, Stroytransgaz undertook the provision of services for the protection, production and transportation of gas. The work was to begin on June 3, 2017.
The RF Ministry of Energy refused to provide journalists with detailed information on the documents signed between Russian companies and Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali Ganem at the end of last year, citing “corporate secrets”.
Last summer, Fontanka published the material “Kitchen of the Private Army” about the connections of people from Prigogine’s security service to the military formation that was operating in Ukraine and seen in Syria, known as the private military company (PMC) of Wagner. The article suggested that a businessman can be a sponsor of this private army, existing on the money of Putin’s oligarchs.
According to the publication, from the PMC are linked former colleagues of the head of the security service Prigogine Evgeny Gulyaev, famous for his video chase police for the cortege restaurateur. A convoy, we recall, was detained by the FSB for the illegal use of special signals and “thieves’ numbers. Both the driver and the security guard of the businessman, who tried to break the service video camera of the FSB, were detained.
Forbes Magazine in 2013 described Prigogine ‘s dizzying career, which the media called “untouchable” from President Vladimir Putin’s “close cohort”, noting that in 11 years he had passed from the organization of status lunches for the head of state to the largest contractor of the Defense Ministry.
Petersburg businessman Prigogine has long been familiar with Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking Russian officials. The company “Concorde-Catering”, which is part of the Prigogine group of companies, has conducted more than 15 thousand events since the mid-1990s and has served more than 1.5 million guests.
The successes of the “Kremlin restaurateur” were not ignored by the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), founded by oppositionist Alexei Navalny. In January 2016, FBK described the scheme, which resulted in companies, according to the fund, affiliated with Prigogine, received contracts worth 40 billion rubles to service military campuses, and in August FBK sent an appeal to the FSB with a request to check Prigogine’s companies on suspicion of collusion to obtain Billion contracts for the repair of Defense Ministry facilities.
* “The Islamic State” (IG, IGIL, DAYSH), is a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation.