The Russian startup Brandquad, which helps suppliers and retailers exchange product data using AI, entered the European market and became the winner of the prestigious French accelerator. However, sources at believe that the further Western development of Brandquad will be detrimental to the identity of its main Russian investor. It is Anatoly Mitroshin. In 2004, he founded the Colmar coal mining company, and in 2017 he left it by selling his stake to Sergei Tsivilev. In the first part of the investigation, talked about how Mitroshin was involved in the story of illegal wiretapping, could relate to embezzlement of funds from the Party of Pensioners, and “got in touch” with the clan of Mikhail Gutseriev. Today we publish the second part of the investigation.

With funds received in extremely dubious ways, Mitroshin, on the advice of senior friends, created the Belazkomplekt company, which was run by his friend Leonid Lozhechko. Belazkomplekt turned out to be a real “gold mine”. Martynov and Gorbanovsky through Borodin, who had good contacts in Belarus, and in 2000 became secretary of the Union State, were able to agree that Belazkomplekt become the main supplier of Belaz dump trucks to the Russian market. Moreover, the company received the products without any prepayment, and in the Russian Federation they either sold them by installments or leased them. At first, the main buyer of dump trucks at Belazkomplekt was businessman Eduard Taran, who heads the RATM holding. (As a result, he was accused of giving bribes to employees of the DEB of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation). And then various coal enterprises of Russia followed Belazy. Suffering from a lack of funds, mines and mining companies paid for dump trucks with coal, and sometimes with shares. Thus, Mitroshin and Lozhechko became interested in the coal business, but without the help of the “senior comrades” they would not have succeeded.

According to sources at, at the beginning, Martynov and Gorbanovsky brought junior partners to one of the founders of the Party of Pensioners, Rosugol’s CEO Yuri Malyshev, and then helped organize the administrative resource. As a result, the work of novice oligarchs was built on the following principle. They bought some unprofitable mine, tidied it up with small investments, and then unexpectedly it was this mine that was put into the cherished lists of coal suppliers for the needs of the region, and accordingly it began to regularly receive budget money for products. The number of mines owned by Mitroshin was constantly growing, along with this increased the flow of budget money, which through the same "Acropolis" went to offshore. There they shared all interested parties.

However, one coal was clearly not enough for Mitroshin, and he began to be introduced into other areas of business. Acropol Bank bought a 17% stake in Novorossiysk Shipping Company (Novoship), which was involved in, inter alia, oil transportation for Yukos, Lukoil, etc. And then a war was launched with the leadership of Novoship. Mitroshin and Co. it was already possible to agree on the redemption of the state block of shares of the shipping company (more than 50%), but the top managers of Novoship categorically opposed this, and the stream of criminal cases immediately fell upon them.

The next "object" of Mitroshin was nickel. Acropolis bought large stakes in Rezhnikel (Sverdlovsk Region) and Ufaleinikel (Chelyabinsk Region). The latter company was engaged in the processing of raw materials of Norilsk Nickel and as a result, Mitroshin began to work closely with Mikhail Prokhorov, at that time co-owner of Norilsk Nickel. The source, familiar with Mitroshin, notes that the latter, at every opportunity, likes to mention his friendship with the oligarch. “In general, he is inclined to boast,” the source said. “So, at one time he was very fond of showing everyone his identity card to Pavel Borodin, adviser to the Secretary of the Union State.”

Mitroshin did not forget about the origins of his business - construction. At first, he created the company for the construction of residential buildings "Krylatsky lights", where he appointed his friend Dmitry Bragin as general director. Then Mitroshin and Bragin together established the Stroyconceptrelise company. The latter company was “famous” for selling apartments in the same house under construction in Moscow, which people could not enter for years afterwards. As a result, external management was introduced at Stroyconceptrellise, but long before this, a new structure appeared on the basis of the construction assets of Mitroshin and Bragin - the Realtex group of companies, whose founders were lost in the wilds of offshore companies.

"Realtex" was noted on the construction market with two projects, after which it began a protracted war with the residents of Kadashevskaya Embankment, which prevented the destruction of ancient buildings for the construction of new buildings. In other matters, according to the FSB and the UPC of the Russian Federation, in addition to the construction business, Bragin also launched active "espionage" activities for the oligarchs. It is worth noting that many construction projects of Mitroshin and his partners, including Bragin and Dmitry Agranov (grandson of the creator of the Soviet counterintelligence) Rosbank Mikhail Prokhorov.

Engaged in such diverse business areas, Mitroshin established so many firms (more than 20) that he ended up on the Stop List of interbank exchange. Other participants in this Stop List are alcoholics who provide their passports for registration of one-day firms for a minimal fee.

Most of the proceeds went through the same Acropolis bank, which gradually grew into the group of companies of the same name.

The first serious problems for Anatoly Mitroshin arose in 2001. Then Eduard Taran unexpectedly stopped paying money for the already delivered Belazs, a conflict began between the former partners, which turned into lengthy litigation. Some spiteful critics believe that Taran ended up in prison not without the participation of Mitroshin.

To be continued

Denis Zhirnov