As the VChK-OGPU telegram channel and learned, in 2012 or earlier, the owners of Capital Group Vladislav Doronin, Pavel Tyo and Eduard Berman, in an atmosphere of secrecy, created a “family office” in Cyprus, which was entrusted with managing the ownership structure of their Russian and international holdings, all aspects of corporate finance (debt and equity financing and dividend policy), treasury duties, as well as the most delicate assignments associated with the “shadow partners” of this trinity - several high-ranking Russian officials and security officials. The person entrusted with the overall management of the Cyprus office was Anna Krustkaln, head of treasury at Capital Group, who moved to Cyprus specifically for this purpose. Krustkaln joined Capital Group in 2003 and is one of the company's most trusted employees.

The official staffing table of Capital Group, which indicates Krustkaln’s position in the company and the duration of her work.

Doronin, Cho and Berman often signed instructions to Cypriot law firms that acted as administrators for their holding companies. Communication between the Cypriot agents and the three shareholders was also carried out through Krustkaln.

Cypriot law and administration firms providing legal and corporate services included Dadlaw Nominees Limited, Nobel Trust Limited, Ioannides Demetriou and individual consultants such as Marianne Orphanidou.

On April 4, 2019, Marianna Orfanidou, an employee of the Cyprus administrative services company Nobel Trust Limited, wrote an email to Maria Rumba (then an in-house lawyer at the Doronin, Tyo and Berman family office in Cyprus) addressed to Anna Krustkaln and several of Orfanidou's colleagues at Nobel Trust Limited, with a request to provide documents (passports, utility bills, etc.) of Mr. Peter Evgenievich Shatrov, Mr. Vladimir Prokhorov and Ms. Elena Efimova, the ultimate beneficial owners of two Cyprus companies - Portground Holdings Limited and Pineterrace Trading Limited.


First email from Orphanidou.


Vladimir Prokhorov is the father of Alexander Prokhorov, who at that time was the head of the Moscow Department of Investment and Industrial Policy.

Petr Shatrov is the “nominee” of Sergei Pakhomov, the former head of the Ministry of Construction of the Moscow Region, the former head of the Sergiev Posad district of the Moscow Region, and currently a deputy of the State Duma of Russia and the head of its committee on construction and housing and communal services.

Elena Efimova is the sister of Vladimir Efimov, who is still the deputy mayor of Moscow in the Moscow government for economic policy and land and property relations.

Having received no response, Orfanidou sent a second letter on May 3. On May 7, Krustkaln sent an email to her Moscow colleague Anton Shelkovkin, a tax manager at Capital Group, asking if he could obtain the requested documentation from a certain “Yuri” (the contact person indicated by the officials). These letters clearly show that the Cyprus service company considered Krustkaln to be the point of contact for the Russian beneficiaries and that Krustkaln was involved in this work together with another Capital Group employee.

Follow-up email from Orphanidou


Letter from Krustkaln to Shelkovkin dated May 7


On May 14, Shelkovkin wrote to Krustkaln again and told her that “Yuri” was asking if it was possible not to tell Nobel Trust anything about Prokhorov and Efimova, since currently only Petr Shatrov was a shareholder.


Letter from Shelkovkin to Krustkaln dated May 14.

On the same day, Krustkaln responded that this was not possible since all of the aforementioned beneficiaries had already been disclosed to Nobel Trust and had even signed the necessary corporate documents when the company was transferred to their control. Shatrov “is just a shareholder there,” wrote Krustkaln, “and they apparently declared him in the Russian Federation as a beneficiary, so let them leave it for Russia if they need it that way, but for these [Nobel Trust Limited] they will have to provide new information, because they have already been told that these are BOs [beneficiaries].”


Reply from Krustkaln to Shelkovkin dated May 14.

Shelkovkin was not satisfied with this, and he asked if it was possible to provide documents indicating that the ultimate beneficiaries transferred their shares to someone or sold them at par and that the former beneficiaries themselves are now unavailable. “The question, of course, is what they were thinking when they put [themselves as beneficiaries],” Shelkovkin wrote, “but it doesn’t make it any easier for them.” Krustkaln replied that this was also impossible and that “we did as Baldin said.”


Exchange of letters between Krustkaln and Shelkovkin on May 15.


Sergei Baldin, mentioned in the correspondence, was a Moscow official with very long experience. He held the positions of chief accountant of the Department of Land Resources of the City of Moscow, General Director of the State Unitary Enterprise of the City of Moscow “City Property Management Center” (from April 23, 2014 to December 19 December 2017), General Director of the State Unitary Enterprise of Moscow "M.Progres" (from September 28, 2016 to October 3, 2017), head of the representative office of PORTGROUND HOLDINGS LIMITED in Moscow (from August 26, 2013 to October 23 March 2019) and is currently the General Director of the Moscow State Budgetary Institution “Multifunctional Migration Center” (since August 16, 2019). It was Baldin who was responsible for developing the ownership structure in the interests of the mentioned officials. Interestingly, Portground's office was located in the City of Capitals, one of Capital Group's landmark projects.

Finally, on May 21, Shelkovkin sent Krustkaln links to the official biographies of Sergei Pakhomov and Vladimir Efimov on the official website of the Moscow government with the words “Here they are... They are still worried and asking what they should submit to change beneficiaries.”

Email correspondence between Shelkovkin and Krustkaln dated May 21.

This latest email once again proves that Krustkaln and her colleagues were well aware of the identities of the officials they helped hide their names and ownership through offshore companies. All three officials are involved in regulating the construction industry in Moscow and Russia as a whole. All of them are involved in issuing construction permits and distributing lucrative government contracts, i.e. business of three partners of Capital Group. This once again confirms what almost all participants in the Moscow construction industry know - that the “business” of Vladislav Doronin, Pavel Cho and Eduard Berman, which they are actively trying to legalize in the USA, the European Union, Switzerland, Israel and South Korea, is built on money laundering and large-scale thefts from the budget of Moscow and the federal budget of the Russian Federation."

Timofey Grishin

To be continued