In the offices of the company “Bashneft” in Moscow and Ufa are searched, the seizure of papers, and in addition, in areas off the Internet, said anonymous sources RBC. The President of “Rosneft”, who recently closed the acquisition of “Bashneft”, Igor Sechin said , RIA “Novosti”that this information is not true.
“You confuse something, the recesses are produced by law-enforcement authorities, and we are no recesses are not doing any scoring we do not need” – said Sechin journalists of the Agency. According to him, employees of “Rosneft” just study the documents.
Documents seized by people in mufti, the Internet in offices is security and access control at the entrance strengthened, said one of the interlocutors RBC. The press service of the interior Ministry in Moscow told reporters that he has information about the seizure of documents. The representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia said that the Agency staff to these events are not involved.
In turn, the press Secretary of “Rosneft” Mikhail Leontyev told RBC that this is not about the seizure of documents, and “transfer cases”. “Is the transfer of cases. Pretty fast, but it’s okay,” he said.
According to Leontiev, the challenge now is “quickly enough to take control of the main functional activities.” “The new leadership must monitor the activities of the company, so you need to quickly transfer files, documents and so on, to prevent the leakage of information, including some toxic”, he concluded.
“Rosneft” has transferred all the money for the purchase of a controlling stake in Bashneft, said on 12 October, Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the government. It was reported that the deal will amount to 329 billion 690 million rubles.
In mid-July, Dmitry Medvedev decided to postpone the privatization of the company for an indefinite period, and, as he told his press Secretary Natalia Timakova, the Russian President Vladimir Putin supported him. In August Timakova said that the privatization of “Bashneft” is being postponed to a later date, and government sources noted that the sale may not take place this year.
First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov in an interview to “Russia 24″ in early September stated that authorities have not yet determined the sequence of privatization transactions “Rosneft” and “Bashneft” and one of the proposals involves their conjunction in a single project. The media linked it with unwillingness to aggravate the struggle of elites before the elections to the state Duma.
Reporters noted that participation in the privatization of “Bashneft” claims “Rosneft”, which is managed by Igor Sechin, the ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but a number of Russian government officials argued against, saying that the sale of shares of one state-owned other state-owned company privatization can not be named.
Various options were considered in the transaction including sale of shares on the stock exchange or to a strategic investor. Interest in the transaction, according to Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev previously showed nine companies, among which there is “direct foreign”, as well as public companies.
Earlier preparations for the privatization of “Bashneft” has sharply raised the question of whether state-owned companies to be present in such transactions, and generally on the status of state-owned companies in the Russian energy sector.
Rosneft, the world’s largest public oil company in terms of production, according to analysts, expects that the acquisition of a stake in Bashneft will increase the value of its own shares, the package which the government plans to offer to sell, experts noted.
The government has received control over “Bashneft” after in 2014 were arrested Vladimir Yevtushenkov, owner of AFK Sistema, which owned oil company. When the shares became the property of the state, Yevtushenkov was released.
The government decided to sell the stake in Bashneft to replenish the budget deficit. Originally it was prepared for sale at auction. They were willing to participate in “LUKOIL”, which was considered the favorite, and other private companies. However, later it became known that the authorities of the Russian Federation decided without bidding to allow Rosneft to acquire a controlling stake of “Bashneft”.