At hearings in the EU court on the claim of billionaire Alisher Usmanov to lift sanctions, the latter is listed in court documents as a "resident of Tashkent." Usmanov in every possible way distances himself from Russia and Vladimir Putin, trying to prove that he is not a Kremlin oligarch at all, but some Uzbek rich man who did business in the Russian Federation. So far it hasn't helped him. On June 27, Deputy Chairman of the First Instance of the EU Court of Justice Mark van der Wude denied Alisher Usmanov interim measures - suspension of the EU regulations on personal sanctions until the court makes a decision on the merits. And this is not all Usmanov's troubles. According to, in London, they finally paid attention to Russian miners, who believe that they have become a victim of Usmanov.

The miners indicate that they lost their shares in the GOK during a forced buyout, which was made by Usmanov's structures at prices far from market ones. The assessment was carried out by Gorislavtsev & Co. Estimation”, which proceeded from the fact that the official revenue of the Mining and Processing Plant amounted to less than $1 billion. However, according to the applicants, in reality, the proceeds were underestimated by at least three times. For the purpose of tax optimization, products were sold at discounted prices to Usmanov's offshore companies (BGMT and FMC ltd.), and they already sold them at market prices. As a result, GOK's real revenue was at least $3 billion. “Recently, a package of documents formed on the territory of English law by former employees of A.B. Usmanov (including the Honorable Lord David Owen), who unconditionally and fully confirm the above information, namely: the concentration of profits of OJSC Lebedinsky GOK in the offshore (Article 199 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) through which all export deliveries of the products of the enterprise OJSC " Lebedinsky GOK," the miners said. In Russia, they despaired of getting justice. Moreover, representatives of Metalloinvest called the miners "criminals" and promised to "pursue" them. As a result, the miners turned to Boris Johnson at the beginning of the summer, and this appeal, as well as a large number of supporting documents attached to it, were launched. publishes excerpts from this appeal:

Miners from a small Russian town salute you and your government!... The Sunday Times calls Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov (with a British passport) the most generous patron of the arts. When we tried to draw the attention of British journalists to the source of this generosity and huge capital, we received a letter from Lord Owen in response, with a frank answer: “I have reported to the House of Lords for all the money received from Usmanov, but, in the UK, politicians have no motivation to assistance to Russian miners. (Lord's letter is attached).

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah began with the same problem: they stopped helping the poor, orphans and widows.

When you realize that the property taken from us by the oligarchs, residents of London, will not make your island a happy and safe place even with Brexit, and try to provide us with legal assistance in restoring justice in British jurisdiction, you will receive a huge number of metallurgists and miners as your allies who have been robbed of their last savings through fraud by your/our most generous patrons in the world (Sunday Times 05/21/21). Perhaps sanctions will not need to be extended to the poor population of Russia!...

Since in Russia all institutions of the state are completely corrupted and/or destroyed by the government of kleptocrats, there are no independent courts, the prosecutor’s office does not investigate the clearly criminal and fraudulent actions of the “most generous philanthropists” in relation to the minority shareholders of Lebedinsky GOK and OEMK, we ask you to accept our petition and documents , confirming the presence of signs of fraud on the part of Metalloinvest. The main profit of our enterprises and our shares taken away by the main philanthropist of Great Britain are in your jurisdiction, they are offered to investors in the USA and Great Britain with the participation of your banks and credit institutions! Under the guise of his own funds, Alisher Usmanov conducts extensive charity in the West, buying up the loyalty of politicians as easily as at home in London.

We are well aware that among your decision makers there are many friends of “generous patrons” who are interested in financial flows from the export of Russian ore and steel. …

We also welcome freedom and the right to private property as the main pillars of your democracy! .... A month ago, Usmanov's manager promised our representative to support the orphan protection project within the cost of our shares, which he took away from us through a forced buyout, with the rudest and violation of the law at a price three times lower than the market price. And while Usmanov is not the kind of person who keeps his promises to minority shareholders (we already have a package of his fairness promises), there is one type of promise that he keeps most often: the threat to “sort things out law!" So this time: Metalloinvest sued 2 journalists and our shareholder Andrey Ivanov, a former offshore trader of Metalloinvest, in order to intimidate us, ordinary workers, who provided the highest level of generosity in the UK for the truth….

We ask you to provide prompt legal assistance in reviewing our complaint about fraud committed against us by Alisher Usmanov’s company in 2007, when they ordered and conducted two valuations of our enterprise (Lebedinsky GOK): one was ordered from the “seal seller” to forcibly buy out our shares , and the second was held by Deutsche Bank, London Branch for the placement of our shares on the London Stock Exchange.

Hoping that you heard us

Andrey Ivanov,

Andrey Burkin and shareholders of OAO Lebedinsky GOK

Thomas Gordon

To be continued