Name: Vladimir Litvinenko (1955).
Novocherkassk Mining College.
Leningrad Mining Institute.
Leningrad Mining Institute (postgraduate studies).
Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences.
Position: Rector of the St. Petersburg Mining Institute.
Capital: The stake in PJSC “PhosAgro” (19.35%), 15th place in the ranking of billionaires “Business Petersburg” with assets of 50.85 billion rubles.
Partners: Andrey Guryev, Igor Antoshin.
After graduating from the Mining Institute he remained at the Institute and was engaged mainly in the Institutes’ household and economical issues.
In 1983 he gets acquainted with V. Khodyrev, at that time chairman of the executive committee of Leningrad City Council, participated in informal parties and arranged informal meetings at the Mining Institutes’ sauna for him. Such proximity to the Communist leader facilitated in obtaining a two-room apartment out of term at 1, Novoslomenskaya Naberezhnaya, Apt. 1002 in 1987 what at that time was absolutely impossible for a young science specialist. Only direct closeness to party bosses allowed him to get such an enviable bonus.
In 1990, Litvinenko started to engage in illegal commercial activities and namely – illegally exported from Russia the black caviar obtained from the Far East poachers and sold it in Germany. At around that time, he met V. Putin who later on became an assistant to the mayor Sobchak and further on vice-mayor, chairman of the Committee of the Foreign Relations. He as well met Gennadiy Belik, chairman of the board of the St. Petersburg public organization “Foreign Intelligence Veterans”. Due to these acquaintances, Litvinenko joined the activities of Belik (infirm Arktis with persons Anatoly Ogorodnikov and Konstantin Karchmarchik) to assist in exporting abroad rare-earth metals.
The organizers of the export of rare-earth metals needed Litvinenko as a specialist in the field of minerals. Besides Belik highly needed Litvinenko’s connections at such enterprises as the Boksitogorsk Alumina Refinery and the Pikalevsky Alumina Plant located in the Leningrad Region. Litvinenko had quite close ties with the director of the Pikalevsky plant, where the gallium was extracted.
For the first time in world practice on a large industrial scale, at this enterprise was mastered a non-waste technology for complex processing of nepheline concentrate, allowing to produce alumina, soda ash, potash, gallium, portland cement, and products of asbestos cement.
Litvinenko entered into a corrupt relationship with the general manager of the Pikalyovo plant, H.Badaliants. In 1994 a bribe in a form of the apartment on Pionerskaya street in the Primorsky district of St. Petersburg was given to him where it was registered on the name of his deputy. Later on, after Badalianets retirement Litvinenko made him a manager of one of his enterprises and continued the corruption based relations with the new Pikalyovo plant general manager E.Isakov.
Through these managers, Litvinenko signed the agreements of acquiring the rare-earth metals and gallium, at a lowered price in unlimited quantities. On this Litvinenko earned his first large capital and became a trusted person for Belik and Putin by participating in illegal enrichment. Even after the report of Marina Sal’ye in the Leningrad City Council, their illegal activities of the rare earth metals trade continued, as then Putin managed to escape from the responsibility and the participants of these put-up-affairs started to feel their impunity.
Around that time, Litvinenko gets acquainted with I.Sechin, and they became friends and further turned into family friends often visiting each other with families. Litvinenko daughter was in close communication with the children of Sechin until 2005.
Since that Putin and Belik started to provide all the possible assistance to Litvinenko in his career and contributed to his election to the post of Rector of the Mining Institute in 1994, using either bribery or intimidation on those professors and teachers who participated in the election of the rector.
After being elected as a rector, Litvinenko organized illegal activities to produce falsified (based on plagiarism), doctoral candidate and doctoral dissertations for wealthy clients, for what he involved the faculty staff of the Institute. Among the clients there were V.Putin, senior and junior Vyakhirevs, Viktor Zubkov and other well-known people in the Russian Federation. As known, Putin’s’ doctoral dissertation was completely exposed by Western scholars who have established the sources of plagiarism.
Litvinenko was personally engaged in creation of Putin’s’ dissertation, making on copier the copies of the works of foreign scientists at his out of townhouse in the village of Belooostrov (later on he kept there the kidnapped granddaughter) and then handed over the copied materials for processing in print form to Taisia Vikentievna Morozova who was the head of one of the departments of Mining Institute. After this service, Litvinenko became a fully trusted person for Putin
In 1998, on behalf of Putin, he tried to create a team of people from the pedagogical community to promote them in the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg (S.Zagoruiko who later on was imprisoned for 12 years with the assistance of Litvinenko, L.Iseeva, V. Borzenkov, etc.).
After Putin came to power in 2000, Litvinenko turned into one of the most influential people in St. Petersburg. He acquired a new status – “Putin’s friend”, which gave him the opportunity to commit fraud and conduct corrupted activities at the federal level.
Besides, Litvinenko participated in the campaign of discredit of that time governor of St. Petersburg, V.Yakovlev. The campaign was organized by appointed Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Northwestern Federal District V. Cherkesov, and the rector, close friend to Cherkesov, was his accomplice. As a result of blackmail and intimidation carried out by V. Cherkesov, A. Smirnov (Chief federal inspector and later the First Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation) and his closest friend Litvinenko against the governor Yakovlev, occurred what Putin expected – in 2003 Yakovlev resigned as if ”at his own free will”.
The governor was succeded by Putin’s protege V.Matvienko and the rector, having headed her pre-election headquarters – received a full carte blanche for any economic and financial corruption actions. Taking advantage of this, the rector began the total plundering of the property of the State Institute. A number of serious journalistic investigations were carried out on this topic by the publications of Delovoy Petersburg and Transparency International. These were only the first steps towards over-enrichment of the rector at the federal level.
Currently, Litvinenko has sued the publishers for these truthful journalistic investigations and secured a closed court hearing.
Vasileostrovsky regional federal court of St. Petersburg is completely corrupt by Litvinenko and makes all the decisions only in his favor.
Later, as Putin’s confidant, he began to actively participate in the looting of Yukos assets and namely – after the arrest of Khodorkovsky, the rector acted as the person who carried out the negotiations on behalf of Putin in order to obtain the shares of the highly profitable GML asset – the enterprise APATITE from the legitimate owners on the meager price.
After achieving this goal Litvinenko unexpectedly became the owner of the shares of PhosAgro (the current owner of APATIT), and by now has already received 19.35% of the shares.
So, Litvinenko officially became a dollar billionaire from the Forbes list. Together with other, newly emerged large shareholders of FosAgro, such as Guriev and Antoshin, he acquired a huge mansion in London in 2008.
In the period of 2008 to 2010, he regularly traveled to Cyprus, together with Guriev and Antoshin, the other shareholders of PhosAgro where Guriev received citizenship as the investor in real estate which exceeds 2,000,000 euros. It is likely that Litvinenko has Cypriot citizenship as well.
In 2005, he began to push his people into the parliaments of the Leningrad region and the St. Petersburg branches using for this unlimited financial resources and support of FSB (Federal Security Service).
At this time, he established close contacts with Bortnikov, Patrushev, and Sidorkevich, who helped him in solving commercial matters in St. Petersburg and Moscow. He was awarded a personal pistol from Patrushev.
Besides, he was actively involved in commerce, real estate transactions, and financial transactions. He eliminated the competitors by ordering fabricated criminal cases against them and even did not neglect the orders of physical elimination of the undesirables
By 2008, he actually became the shadow governor of St. Petersburg. After Kumarin’s arrest, and, along with D. Mikhalchenko, he grabbed through the affiliated legal entities and private persons all the business of Kumarin. Two years ago he began to get rid of his accomplices, organizing the imprisonment of Mikhalchenko and ordering a criminal case against A. Smirnov. He also was in close commercial relations with Tsepov.
To date, the rector turned out to be the only one shadow governor of the city, who solves all the issues both in the official level and in criminal circles, using for these purposes the corrupt leaders of the Investigation Departments of St. Petersburg and the chairmen of the courts of St. Petersburg. In official level, He uses his status of the head of three pre-election headquarters of Putin, which makes him an indisputable authority among the bureaucratic apparatus.
A. Gutsan, Deputy General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation, is one of the law enforcement officers of the highest level corrupted by the rector. He has received from the rector an apartment in the house on the street Nakhimova 15, as a reward for his services in the fabrication of custom-made criminal cases against the undesirable people of the rector.
A. Smirnov – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, received from the rector as a reward a plot of land in the village of Solnechnoye for the construction of an elite villa. Smirnov participated in a number of corruption schemes of the rector and covered these in the Ministry of Justice
In 2007, his only daughter, Olga Litvinenko, against her father’s will was elected as a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg. Since this, the rector started to exert the political pressure on her in order to force her to act solely in his interests and in the interests of the party United Russia. As a result, a conflict arose and the rector kidnapped a child from his daughter in order to blackmail her and forced to obey in such a criminal way.
In 2011, Olga was forced to flee the Russian Federation with another child, who was then only 4 months old. Litvinenko continues to pursue her abroad.
Due to Litvinenko’s fabricated criminal cases, six Olga’s aides who worked with her at the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg were imprisoned. By such a cruel method V. Litvinenko takes revenge on her daughter for the fact that she refused to obey his orders and to become a tame deputy.
In 2014 Olga received the citizenship of Poland, having married a citizen of this country. Litvinenko organized a trial in Poland using the Legal Assistance Agreement of 1996. The purpose of this trial is to take away from Olga her second child. Currently, the trial process is still open as the case is pending in the Supreme Court of Poland.
Simultaneously, Litvinenko sent a false denunciation to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation that his daughter Olga had allegedly been abducted by unknown people. Based on this false denunciation in the Russian Federation, an illegal court decision was made that Olga is a kidnapped person. This enabled Litvinenko to seize all the assets of Olga in the Russian Federation and thus deprive her of livelihood.
Also, according to the decision of the corrupt Russian court, Olga was revoked her Russian passport, issued by the Russian Consulate in Madrid in 2017
Currently, Olga continues to be engaged in political and human rights activities, and the main direction of her work is to inform the public of civilized countries about the necessity of abolition of all the treaties on legal assistance concluded with Pre-Putin Russia (The necessity to revise the Treaties on Legal Assistance between these countries and Russia) (that were concluded in the 1990s, during the period when democracy was established in the Russian Federation, but became irrelevant in the era of Putin’s dictatorship, when the corrupt Russian prosecutor’s office used these contracts for the persecution of political oppositionists abroad), as well as of the inclusion in the sanctions lists being approved by the parliaments of Western countries, people from Putin’s environment, enriched by illegal means, engaged in kidnapping of children and fabricating custom-made criminal cases in the Russian Federation, persecuting political opponents in other countries using the Interpol Institute and international legal agreements. Having reliable information about her father V. Litvinenko, Olga has already addressed the parliaments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with the proposal to include him – the rector of the Mining University, the closest accomplice of V.Putin and one of the richest people in Russia, in the sanctions lists of these countries, within the framework of the adopted law of Sergei Magnitsky.
Taking into account these activities of Litvinenko, there are all the grounds for including this person in the sanctions lists.