The Kremlin group "Luzhniki" owns Premier hotels
The journalists of "Scheme" (Radio Liberty) together with the Scanner Project continue the search in European countries for the still unknown assets and real estate of those who, during the full-scale military invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, continue to support the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The names of Oleksandr Babakov, Yevgeny Giner and Mykhailo Voevodin are often placed side by side in the media, mentioning the so-called Luzhniki group. Its history dates back to the 90s, when they gained control over the Moscow market and Luzhniki Stadium.
This group is closely intertwined with the Russian authorities and still controls strategically important energy assets and hotels in Ukraine.Oleksandr Babakov - Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. It is under the sanctions of Ukraine, the EU and the USA.
Photo: Oleksandr Babakov and Vladimir Putin
Babakov came under European sanctions because he voted for the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea in 2014. Ukraine also imposed indefinite sanctions against him in 2018.
Yevgeny Giner is the president of the Russian football club CSKA (Army Central Sports Club), which is under US sanctions.
Giner is also a partner of the Russian state corporation Rostec, which produces and exports high-tech industrial products for civilian and military purposes. It is managed by former FSB officer Serhii Chemezov, a longtime friend and associate of Putin.
Photo: Yevhenii Giner
Mykhailo Voevodin, according to information from Interpol, has the status of a so-called "thief in law". This is evidenced by a document at the disposal of "Scheme". In the Interpol card, his "surname" is indicated as "Misha Luzhnetskiy".
The same three citizens of the Russian Federation, who are close to the Kremlin, control the Zaporozhye enterprise "Dniprospetsstal" - a large plant specializing in the production of special steel, and a large chain of hotels throughout the country - Premier Hotels & Resorts, including the five-star "Premier Palace" in Kyiv and "Premier Hotel" in Odesa.
Separate hotels and a controlling stake in the plant, according to Youcontrol data, are registered to Natalia Selivanova, the common-law wife of Mykhailo Voevodin.
Thank you for this information on the Radio Liberty website
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