Roman Trotsenko Dark past of minority shareholder | Roman Trotsenko | Roman Trotsenko Dark past of minority shareholder
Advisor to the president of state-owned company Rosneft
It is known that 90% in Potok will be brought into the ownership of Roman Trotsenko, another business partner of the notorious real estate developer.
Following an old habit of his
, Trotsenko refrains from making any comments.
A failed spy
During the perestroika, this resourceful young man while being a student of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University
was actively selling computers and cigarettes.
mentioned that he
did this because "times change".
At first he
was preparing to serve at the well-known First Main Directorate of KGB as the Institute was a traditional source of new personnel for USSR special services.
This is where all the rumours about his
connections among power ministries employees stem from, regardless of how much Trotsenko denies he
In fact, without such connections his
further achievements look highly improbable.
For instance, the numerous shadow activities of the successful businessman did not lead to any consequences.
In late 1980s Trotsenko
was sent to Kazakhstan for on-site training.
Almost immediately he became financial director of the Asiya-TV network covering the whole republic.
Yet, there are two versions as to the date of this appointment.
According to one, Trotsenko
got the position not later than in 1987, the other claims at least 1990.
It is a fact that the network was established in 1989-90.
Up until 1990 it had no broadcasting niche.
Looks like Trotsenko managed to get a position in a non-existing company.
Moreover, it is a well-known fact that in 1987-89 Trotsenko
went for training to the USA and Portugal.
Does this make the second version right?
Not at all.
It is also a fact that in 1989 Trotsenko became chairman of the board of trustees at the international bank Al Baraka Kazakhstan, having left his previous position.
It is not clear why he would want to keep a year and a half of his life out of sight, but the so-to-say missing years match the period of his serving at the bank, directly after which in 1991 Trotsenko became a co-founder and financial director of an international medical exchange.
Is it just a coincidence that Trotsenko
suddenly had the money to make such a bold move?
further business activities rather prompt that it was no coincidence.
Trotsenko's guide to loaning money
After a little while of being part of the newly born Russian exchange market of the early 1990s that emerged literally out of the blue, Trotsenko
founded a company with an unpretentious name Financy i kredit that was engaged in activities within the popular business sphere of the time.
prefers to keep this part of his
biography away from the public eye as well.
Part of the reason for this is that in 1993 while he
was heading the company he
was a witness in three criminal cases over theft with the help of forged payment advice notes.
Finally, in 1994 he was appointed charman of the board of trustees in the newly established Platinum-bank.
employed become clear if you look at a story that unfolded in 1996.
That year Platinum-bank took out loans from Intellekt-bank and Alta-bank amounting to 2 billion dollars.
It is easy to guess that it was Trotsenko
who mediated for the loan.
fellow bankers a balance sheet report of Platinum-bank for February and March 1996 where he
overstate the final figures by 8 billion rubles.
The loan issued by the two banks never made it to the Platinum-bank.
Both Trotsenko and the money stayed in Moscow.
, the victimized bank was in no rush to uncover Trotsenko's activities.
On the contrary, all his
colleagues took his
According to the new board of trustees chairman, Roman Trotsenko was a decent man and all that happened was just dirty tricks of the loan givers to whom Platimun-bank defaulted on the loan obligations.
Later when Trotsenko
was reminded of this story once in a while, he
only showed a bit of annoyance and kept silent.
According to him, the hired managers set him up, and mass media "distorted the whole thing as usual".
This is how the banker paid back to his
former colleagues for the good they did for him.
Nevertheless, in October 1996 Trotsenko
was arrested and put behind bars up until the end of investigative proceedings.
It is peculiar that his
naive colleagues would bring him warm clothes and food.
Leftenant Yuri Stenin was even awarded a badge and was promoted for having arrested Trotsenko
Meanwhile, the hunter and his
prey were getting along and became friends.
Elegant scam with a disturbing finale
The bank that Trotsenko
had been managing soon went bankrupt and its money vanished.
was released since the loaners dropped their claims to the no longer existing Platinum-bank.
Yet, it was not over for the businessman.
Intellekt and Alta turned a blind eye to this story quite easily, but the main loan provider of Platinum-bank, Novy Moskovsky bank
, lost 20 billion rubles because of the bankruptcy and was ready to wage war.
did understand who was behind the loan scams and targetted Trotsenko
Meanwhile Roman Trotsenko
found new grounds for shady business when he
headed bank Voskhod
, which just like Financy i kredit has never been officially recorded as part of Trotsenko's
Probably it is due to the fact that in late 1990s he
was under investigation for alleged illegal transit of 200 million dollars abroad.
decided to harm Trotsenko's plans and tried to interfere into acquisition of shares in Southern cargo port in Moscow he
was aiming to carry out.
The bank was anxious because Trotsenko
could not return the money due to lack of financial capacity.
did have the money to buy the shares, thought the bankers, thus he
should have the capacity all right.
Novy Moskovsky bank
failed to take into account that Trotsenko
had long had relevant protection His buddy Yuri Stenin made an agreement with Sergey Ivanov, a friend of his who worked at the anti-corruption 6th department of Regional Administration for combating organized crime, and on 9 January 1998 the department employees along with SOBR special police conducted a raid search at the NMB
office allegedly connected to the bank employees being involved in theft of loan money, initially formed by NMB funds, Tatenergo.
Immidiately after that NMB
preferred to drop any demands it had for Trotsenko
to respond to.
In acknowledgement of this favour, Trotsenko
hired Strelets private security agency owned by Stenin to help him rid of smaller rivals at the cargo port.
A little later special police conducted searches at Strelets and Trotsenko
broke off his ties with Stenin.
had a surprisingly well-regulated skill to leave people behind.
Soon restructuring of the port, which Trotsenko bought on the money he "loaned" from the banks, drew attention of the Federal Transport Service and Trotsenko became head of Moscow inland navigation division.
In 2001, with full consent of the authorities, he
bought out all shares of the division and his
position grew to be more than well-established.
Starting at that moment Trotsenko's business empire started to expand at high speed.
emerged at the real estate development market, as well as at real estate retail one and that of construction materials manufacturing.
A number of companies was working for him in this sphere.
Some of them were established by Trotsenko
, others bought out like concrete goods plant ZHBI no. 6.
manner of doing business was considered aggressive.
At that time it meant that the businessman resorted to dirty tricks as well.
even had a raider team of his
own, for tasks that needed careful implementation.
Still, when he
needed to do something really big, Trotsenko
preferred to join forces with other front line businessmen.
The most notorious major raider take over was that of Research Institute for elastomers in 2004.
chose an experienced accomplice, Vladimir Palikhata.
It was getting really dangerous and Trotsenko
, following an old habit of his
, ridded of the raider team to brake off any connections.
In 2007 Trotsenko
united all of his
companies into AEON group with a joint turnover of 1.2 billion dollars.
AEON includes Russia-Holland company Timmerman Yachts manufacturing yachts of premium class.
loved yachting since he
was a child and when he
most ambitios plans in this area, in 2009 he
was invited by Igor Sechin to head state building holding company OSK