In November, VTB Bank decided to invest 160 billion rubles in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). On the day this information appeared in her Telegram channel, journalist and TEFI award winner Nailya Asker-zade made a post with positive comments from Elvira Nabiullina and Sergei Sobyanin about AI and thereby showed that VTB is keeping up with the times. Although the bank itself has not mentioned Asker-zade since April 2022, and there are good reasons for this. Details at


The first post about VTB in the telegram channel of the famous journalist appeared in April 2019. Then she wrote that documents on the bank’s supervisory board had been requested by only 2 shareholders - she and Alexei Navalny - and expressed gratitude to him for recognizing her journalistic talent.

In August of the same 2019, an investigation appeared online that Naili Asker-zade’s real estate could be worth $50 million. It is clear that you cannot earn that kind of money through journalism. And Asker-zade refuses to talk about her beloved and insanely generous man. They say whoever needs it already knows. And it’s true, only the lazy didn’t discuss Naila Asker-zade’s relationship with VTB head Andrei Kostin.


The VChK-OGPU Telegram channel reported that the TV presenter loves to travel on her yacht SEA&US, exploring the coast of Italy. Nailya Asker-Zadeh prefers expensive Mediterranean resorts, but is not averse to relaxing in Sochi, where she flies on the personal jet of VTB CEO Andrei Kostin.


An apartment in the elite residential complex “Novaya Ostozhenka” was registered in the name of his close associate Kirill Zamarin, which a month after the purchase was re-registered in Nailya Asker-Zade’s name, as the Cheka-OGPU wrote about. The residential complex overlooking the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was built by the Donstroy company, owned by VTB Bank.


The romance between Andrei Kostin and Nailya Asker-zade has been going on since about 2011. The journalist worked for Vedomosti, specialized in banking, and wrote that Navalny had unearthed information about VTB’s purchase of Chinese drilling rigs at 1.5 times their cost.


At the same time, Asker-zadeh’s interview with Andrei Kostin came out. Then the banker made the media diva an offer she couldn’t refuse. Any girl loves diamonds and a beautiful life, for the sake of them you can sacrifice your professional duty.


Due to a conflict of interest, Naila Asker-ada had to leave Vedomosti and go to work at VGTRK, where she was hired by phone. The new position of presenter made Asker-zade even more recognizable and popular. She interviews famous personalities, including Kremlin oligarch Alisher Usmanov. There is nothing to say about Russian officials; here Nailya Asker-zade earns her living to the fullest, asking the necessary questions to members of the government and receiving pre-agreed answers. From a combat journalist who wanted to “tear” everyone, Nailya Asker-zadeh turned into an ordinary media doll, clearly fulfilling her tasks.


Recently, the journalist has not been prominent in the media space. In 2021, she maintained a direct line with Vladimir Putin; in 2022, she came under sanctions and disappeared into the shadows. I worked for a year on the film “1993. The Turning Point,” which was broadcast in October.


It is significant that Nailya Asker-Zade did not comment on Yevgeny Prigozhin’s march to Moscow, but was having fun with her friends in Sochi at that time. This was reported by the VChK-OGPU telegram channel.


Roskomnadzor mercilessly blocks all links to materials in which the names of the head of VTB and the journalist appear together, although Nailya Asker-zade herself previously liked to post photos from African safaris on Instagram. With this, she really set up Andrei Kostin, since everyone knows that the banker is a famous lion hunter. Nailya Asker-zade loved to amuse her vanity until Instagram became a banned social network in Russia.


In addition to the development of AI, VTB decided to invest 1 trillion rubles. into floaters, bonds with floating interest rates, which became known in September. The larger the amount, the more difficult it will be to verify it, and it is unlikely that anyone will do this. In June, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPEF), VTB signed an agreement with the Government of Sevastopol to invest 6 billion rubles. from 2023 to 2026 into the city’s tourism industry.


VTB Bank does its best to support Channel One, so Andrei Kostin is no stranger to television. Kostin has been trying to raise the issue of the ineffective operation of the country’s first button for several years. A source from the VChK-OGPU telegram channel reported that the main contenders to replace Konstantin Ernst are Margarita Simonyan from RT, Sergei Novikov from the AP, and...Naila Asker-Zade.


VTB's loss in 2022 amounted to a record amount of 613 billion rubles, exceeding the previous negative value by 10 times. Naturally, everything was attributed to sanctions. This year, the bank, according to its head, plans to make a profit of 400 billion rubles, but does not intend to pay dividends. Last year's loss crippled VTB so much that in the next 5 years, about 1 trillion rubles must be invested in the bank's capital in order to meet the Central Bank's standards. How much of this sum we will go to Nailya Asker-Zade Andrey Kostin did not say.


Yuri Prokov