At the end of September, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on the “accession” of the partially occupied regions of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk regions to the Russian Federation. Already at the beginning of October, the Federal Tax Service of Russia reported, which opens its tax offices in the occupied territories. Despite the recognition of such steps by the world community direct violationm international law and the UN Charter.
Together with the beginning of the work of the Russian tax office in the territories temporarily not controlled by Ukraine, the Russian authorities opened access to previously closed information. Now, in order to identify persons who cooperate with the occupation authorities, leading its separate directions, it is enough to use the register of legal entities on the official website of the Federal Tax Service and get a certificate.
For eight years, the “DPR”/”LPR” grouping concealed such information. There was no similar open register in the territories of administrations controlled by Russia. Now that the Kremlin has declared them part of Russia, they are forced to hand over information about the leaders of the occupying power and business to the tax office, which gradually enters this information into the public register.
The situation is the same with the newly occupied parts of Kherson Oblast and Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Information about the bodies of the occupation administration and its leadership also become open.
“Schemes” researched the data of the updated Russian register to tell who these officials, prosecutors and tax officials are, who headed the occupation bodies under the Russian flag. Most of them are not yet under the sanctions of Ukraine and the West.
Kherson: Russian officials, collaborators and exbercutive businessman
In the Russian register of legal entities of the Federal Tax Service, state bodies and companies with their place of registration in Kherson and the Kherson region began to appear at the end of October. “Schemes” managed to find about two dozen such structures.
On October 31, the “Department of the Federal Bailiff Service of the Kherson Region” was registered in Kherson under Russian legislation (as a subdivision of the Federal Bailiff Service). Similar institutions in Russia ensure the operation of courts and monitor the execution of judicial acts. The Occupation Office of the Federal Bailiff Service of the Kherson Region was headed by a Russian Andriy Oleksandrovich Tagaev. According to his biography, he works in the Russian bailiff system more than 20 years.
Andriy Tagayev – figure in the list of persons, for which the Ukrainian National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption recommended imposing sanctions. In the reasons for the imposition of sanctions, the NAKC stated that Tagayev is “an official of the authority who supports actions and policies that undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”
At the time of inclusion in this list, Tagayev had not yet been appointed to a position in the Kherson region. He was the head of the Office of the Federal Bailiff Service in the Ulyanovsk region of Russia. This position, respectively to the official website of the Ulyanovsk administration, Tagayev kept. Therefore, ensuring the operation of the occupation courts in the Kherson region according to Russian laws was not a new, but an additional job for Tagayev. It is stated in the register: in Kherson, he is a temporary manager.
The situation is similar with the so-called Russian prosecutor in the Kherson region. According to the data of the Russian register of the current deputy prosecutor Kirov regionsenior advisor of justice Andriy Yuriyovicha Petrov was appointed temporary acting “prosecutor of the region”. This information appeared in the register on November 10, 2022, and already on November 11, Kherson was liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Andriy Petrova, like Tagayev, NAZK recommended to be included in the sanctions lists. However, none of the countries has done this yet.
She headed the occupation “Federal Treasury of the Kherson Region”. Valentina Oleksiivna Ilyina. According to the Kherson region “Bridge” publication, Ilyina is a local resident and “since at least 2016, she worked as the deputy director for financial and economic issues of the Kherson Regional Council utility company Kherson Airlines.” According to the Russian registry, she has Russian citizenship.
Yulia Pavlovna Karaulova (also with a Russian passport) during the occupation became the deputy head of the “Department of the Pension and Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation in the Kherson Region”. A woman with the same data led trade union of the Ukrainian Pension Fund in Kherson.
In addition, in Kherson, the occupiers also registered private businesses according to Russian laws. For example, Dmytro Yuriyovych Karakuts became the director of LLC “Anserglob” and LLC “Askona-Pyvden” with the activity profile “production of concrete mixtures”. According to of the “Myrotvorets” site, Karakuts appears in the “personnel accounting documents of the 3rd EMS Brigade “Berkut” (military unit 08803) “DPR” for October 2014.”
Valeriy Valeriyovych, a native of the Republic of Khakassia, decided to try his hand at business in occupied Kherson.
Occupied Donetsk: officials from Russian regions are appointed
On the territory of occupied Donetsk region, the registration of so-called state and non-state organizations took place in two directions. First, the Russian register entered information about the Russian-appointed structures and their leaders, who were active in the ORDO before the so-called “accession to Russia”. However, these structures are now directly under the control of Russian state bodies.
For example, the founder of “Donetsk Customs” was the Federal Customs Service, and the head of “Donetsk Customs” was Boyenko Volodymyr Kostiantynovych. Before this he was the so-called director of the Department of Management of the Affairs of the Customs Service of Customs and Excise of the “DNR” Group.
Natalia Vartanova was the director of the treasury department of the so-called Ministry of Finance, and became the head of the Federal Treasury Department of the DNR group, created by the official Federal Treasury of the Russian Federation.
Interdistrict and city “inspections of the Federal Tax Service” created by the Federal Tax Service also appeared in the Russian register. They were led mostly by the same people who worked in similar positions before Vladimir Putin decided that ORDO was part of Russia: Kostyantyn Omelyanchuk, Serhii Yachmenyev, Oleksiy Kovalev, Inna Levchenko, Olena Dymchenko (“Horliv Inspection”), Anna Vakulova (“Makiiv Inspection”). She joined these tax officials appointed by Russia Marina Pohosyan. Before a full-scale invasion, she worked in the State Tax Service of Ukraine in the Donetsk region, now she is the head of the so-called inspection of the federal tax service in occupied Mariupol. Pogosyan and all the listed appointed tax officers are not under the influence of sanctions of any of the countries.
New occupation structures were also created on the territories of the occupied Donetsk region. Russian officials who head similar institutions in the regions of Russia were mostly appointed to manage them.
Example, Oleksandr Viktorovych Yudin – the head of the UFSSP of Russia in the Astrakhan region, which is 911 kilometers from Donetsk. From October 28, 2022, Yudin additionally headed the so-called UFSSP of Russia in the “DPR” grouping.
NAZK offered to make Oleksandr Yudin was added to the sanctions lists even before he began to simultaneously “manage” two bailiff offices, one of which is located in Ukraine, but even now the Russian official avoids such restrictions.
It is under the influence of Ukrainian sanctions Ivan Mykhailovych Anichkinthere he is appears as the so-called deputy head of the Interregional Department of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
However, since October 27, Anichkin has a new position in the partially occupied Ukrainian region. He is now the head of the “Interregional Department of the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring in Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic, Zaporizhia and Kherson Regions”. This structure, according to the excerpt from the register, conducts “the activities of authorized representatives of the President of the Russian Federation in the regions of the Russian Federation and territorial bodies of federal executive bodies in the subjects of the Russian Federation (republics, regions, regions).”
Occupied Luhansk region: Dagestan “prosecutor”, factories were “officially” taken away from Kurchenko
About 40 legal entities of various forms of ownership can now be found in the official register of the Russian tax office, which are “registered” in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region.
The Federal Tax Service has established its regional inspections here. They were led mainly by the same persons who worked in the occupation tax office in the territory controlled by the “LPR” group, and whose dossiers can be found on the “Mirotvorets” website. This, for example, Yuriy Filatov (IFPS of Russia No. 7 in the so-called “LPR”), Olena Kalmykova (IFPS of Russia No. 6 in the “LPR” grouping), Dmytro Litvinov (IFPS of Russia No. 8 in the so-called “LPR”), Yury Kondratenko (IFPS of Russia No. 10 in the “LPR” grouping), Ihor Yatsunenko (IFPS of Russia No. 3 in the so-called “LPR”). According to the excerpts, all of them have Russian citizenship, and only Yuriy Kondratenko is staying under sanctions National Security Council of Ukraine.
The OSFR, that is, the Russian “pension fund” of the occupied part of Luhansk region, headed it Victoria Kovalenkowho before that was the head of the pension fund, controlled by Russia, in one of the districts of Luhansk.
But the Russian authorities did not entrust the so-called prosecutor’s office to local collaborators: the current deputy prosecutor became the so-called prosecutor in the territory controlled by the “LNR” group Republic of Dagestan Hleb Leonidovych Mykhaylov. Sanction restrictions are not currently applied to him.
“Business” in the occupied Luhansk region and Donetsk region needs a separate study. The most notable is the activity of a businessman Evgenia Yurchenko – co-founder of the Russian bank “Rostfinance”. National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption recommended to include him in the sanctions lists, because Yurchenko is “the owner of a company that carries out activities in the financial sphere (a bank) that materially, financially or in any other way supports actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine from Russian Federation”.
But there is one more fact: according to an extract from the Russian register of legal entities, Yevgeny Yurchenko is the owner (in the understanding of the Russian occupation authorities) of metallurgical enterprises in the occupied territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which were controlled for a long time by the group of the fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko – ” YuGMK Donetsk” (Donetsk region) and “YUMK” (Luhansk region).
On the transfer of enterprises under the control of Yurchenko, the Russian Kommersant wrote a year ago, but until October 23, 2022, there were no documents in public access to confirm this. No country has imposed sanctions against Yevgeny Yurchenko, although he urged to the pseudo-referendum on accession to Russia.
Occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region: “register” “Russian enterprises”
The occupying power promotes the appropriation of industrial capacities and captured parts of the Zaporizhzhia region. For example, on October 18, 2022, on the territory of the Melitopol dairy, under Russian legislation, a LLC “Melitopol dairy”the owner is Nizhnegorsk Cannery LLC (also registered under Russian law, but in another occupied Ukrainian region – Crimea).
In Berdyansk, two Russians with Moscow residence permits – Yevstigneev and Petrunin – registered LLC “Berdyansky bakery” (a clone of a Ukrainian company registered at the same address). Before the occupation, these two had nothing to do with Berdyan bread.
The main so-called bailiff here is not local either. Moseenko Oleksandr Volodymyrovych combines his work in the occupied part of the Zaporizhia region with the main one. Moseenkov manages the “Department of the Federal Bailiff Service in Sevastopol.”
Also, data from the Russian registry indicate cooperation with the occupiers of former Ukrainian officials: Tatyana Zhytnyk (referred to as the temporary “head” of the “Interdistrict Inspection of the Federal Tax Service No. 5 in the Zaporizhzhia region”), Lyudmila Shakurina (so-called “Department of the Federal Treasury in Zaporizhzhia Region”), Vadim Vitra (acting head of the “Interdistrict Inspection of the Tax Service No. 3 in the Zaporizhzhia Region”).
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