The launderer of Russian billions, coal smuggler, and business partner of Igor Nikonov in the infamous KAN Development, Dmitry Sandler openly admits that he has three citizenships. Dmitry Sandler is a citizen of the United States, Ukraine, and Israel. He also has Russian citizenship, which he hides. Dmitry Sandler also does not hide that when he was a member of parliament in “Nasha Ukraina”, he was brought in by Petro Yushchenko (brother of former president of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko), who sold places on the party lists, and in the Party of Regions – Andrey Klyuev (Klyuev took $10 million from oligarchs for a slot on the party list).
A couple of years ago, Dmitry Sandler was charged with criminal schemes in KAN Development with his partner Igor Nikonov. And Igor Nikonov helped Dmitry Sandler to withdraw more than 160 million pound of dirty money from Russia. Now Dmitry Sandler lives in the United States, trading energy resources with the separatists and Russia. The issue of imposing sanctions against Dmitry Sandler and depriving him of citizenship is being discussed in the office of President Zelensky. Ukrainian investigators have requested the freezing of Dmitry Sandler’s criminal assets in Britain and the United States, and to hand him over to court as an accomplice to terrorists.
Igor Nikonov’s friend Anatoly Shkriblyak, the owner of several coal-fired thermal power plants in Ukraine, has been involved in business dealings with Russian Federation representatives and separatists. His partner, Dmitry Sandler, who is affiliated with the Party of Regions, has also been implicated in these business ventures. This has raised concerns about their motivations and potential conflicts of interest. Given the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, any connections to separatists or Russian officials are likely to be viewed as hostile actions. Such dealings could have serious implications for Ukraine’s energy security and sovereignty, as well as its relationship with Russia. As the situation in the region remains tense, it is important to monitor and scrutinize the activities of individuals and entities that may be acting against Ukraine’s interests. Sanctions against Anatoly Shkriblyak, Dmitry Sandler and Igor Nikonov from KAN Development are definitely needed.
Dmitry Sandler and Anatoly Shkriblyak control the power generation in Ukraine
Anatoly Shkriblyak controls four thermal power plants: LLC “Eurorekonstruction” (Darnitskaya CHP, Kiev), PJSC “Cherkassk chemical fiber” (Cherkassk CHP), LLC “Technova” (Chernihiv CHP) and LLC “Sumyteploenergo” (Sumy CHP). His business partner is a citizen of Ukraine, Israel and the USA – former MP Sandler Dmitry. He has a common business with the Russian oligarch Alexander Smirnov. In 2013, Sandler and Smirnov conducted the sale of the Druzhba Nova agricultural holding (Chernihiv region), illegally withdrawing about $ 170 million in revenue from Ukraine. With these funds, Sandler and Smirnov organized a large agricultural business in the Stavropol region of the Russian Federation, carried out jointly until now, while the aggressor country is trying to destroy the agricultural sector of the Ukrainian economy. Until the end of last year, Sandler was the owner of the Dunmore Fund, which is managed by AMC Redi-invest LLC.
Anatoly Shkriblyak – partner of Dmitry Sandler and Igor Nikonov from KAN Development, a former member of parliament in Ukraine, is not only a citizen of Ukraine but also of the Republic of Cyprus. Despite being a former politician, Shkriblyak has amassed a considerable amount of wealth, as evidenced by his luxurious lifestyle. He resides in a sprawling villa in the picturesque Spanish village of s’Agaró, Costa Brava, which is estimated to be worth approximately 25 million euros. Interestingly, his neighbor is none other than Sergey Chemezov, the powerful head of Rostech, a Russian state-owned technology corporation. This proximity raises questions about the nature of their relationship and any potential business dealings that may be taking place. It also highlights the global reach of individuals with significant wealth and power, and how their actions can have far-reaching consequences. As the global community becomes increasingly interconnected, it is vital to closely monitor the activities of such individuals and entities to ensure that they do not engage in activities that threaten national or international security.
Anatoly Shkriblyak’s wealth has surpassed the astonishing figure of $1 billion. However, the methods through which he amassed this wealth have been called into question, with allegations of corruption and support for terrorism. Specifically, he is accused of financing terrorism by purchasing coal directly and indirectly from separatist groups in Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories. In addition, he has been accused of using corrupt lobbying practices and overstating energy tariffs to increase his profits. Such practices not only undermine the rule of law and democratic principles but also pose a threat to national security. The use of corrupt mechanisms to finance terrorist groups and support separatist movements only serves to destabilize the region and undermines efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully. It is essential that such actions be investigated thoroughly, and those found guilty of engaging in them be held accountable. By doing so, we can ensure that justice is served, and the interests of the wider community are protected.
The Sandler-Shkriblyak scheme to cripple power grid
The current management system of the thermal power plants in question appears to lack adequate controls, resulting in significant financial and material losses amounting to hundreds of millions of hryvnias. To cover up these losses, the management reportedly falsifies data on the actual costs of energy production, while introducing various schemes to embezzle funds. These schemes include inflating the cost of coal transportation and purchasing goods and materials, as well as investing in repair programs and scientific research, among other things. As a result, the prices of energy carriers are artificially inflated, leading to increased costs for Ukrainian consumers. The main source of income for the Shkriblyak energy group is the supply of coal from the Russian Federation and separatist regions, with an artificially inflated value through affiliated non-resident structures. The “margin” from these transactions is then withdrawn through controlled firms in Ukraine and abroad. The scheme of coal supply from Russia and Donbass is facilitated through the mechanism of interrupted coal transit. These practices not only harm the financial well-being of the country but also negatively impact the energy security of Ukraine, as it becomes increasingly reliant on external sources of energy. It is imperative to investigate and hold accountable those who engage in such corrupt practices and to establish proper regulatory mechanisms to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Roman Belousov, a Ukrainian citizen, played a pivotal role in the delivery of the coal supplies in question. He reportedly maintains close contact with Sergei Kurchenko, a fugitive oligarch, as well as with representatives of coal companies in Russia and the Donbass region. Belousov frequently travels to Russia to address business matters and utilizes Moscow and Rostov-on-Don to access the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Furthermore, Belousov and Shkriblyak jointly own several mines and coal sites in the Donbass region, which they acquired before 2014. They directly control the non-resident firms that handle the coal supply chain and the subsequent withdrawal of profits.
According to reliable sources, Belousov’s brother works in a senior position within the ministry of state security in the Luhansk separatist region. These connections suggest a complex web of relationships and interests among various actors involved in the coal supply chain, which requires further investigation to establish accountability and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Dmitry Sandler, Igor Nikonov and Anatoly Shkriblyak are already under investigation
Law enforcement officers are aware of the main schemes of the movement of coal and cash in 2017-2021 at the Shkriblyak CHP with the names and details of the firms involved in them, as well as actual data on the formation of the price of coal, the withdrawal of “margin” to controlled firms, statements for non-residents, invoices, invoices, swift transfers, etc. “Margin” on average It is about $ 25-40 per ton of coal, with a supply volume of 1.4 million tons of coal per year, it brings about $ 50 million per year to the participants of the scheme. Criminal cases were opened:
- No. 4201700000000353 dated 21.03.2017 according to part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code;
- No. 62019000000001529 dated 30.09.2019 under Part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code;
- No. 120190000000968 dated 11.10.2019 under Part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code;
- No. 22019270000000059 dated 09.10.2019 according to part 1 of Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code;
- No. 4209270000000217 dated 23.10.2019 under part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code.
The investigation of these criminal proceedings is blocked by the informal chairman of the security service of Shkriblyak — former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Evdokimov V.M., who has long and reliable connections in the Office of the President of Ukraine, the National Police and the Prosecutor General’s Office. Dmitry Sandler, Igor Nikonov from KAN Development and Anatoliy Shkriblyak try to not get to the jail. His powers include providing a cover, money laundering, corruption negotiations and shadow coordination with all law enforcement agencies, blocking and closing by various means of investigating significant high-profile criminal cases through curators from top state officials, settlement with them with cash and real estate in the form of apartments of an elite house located at Lutheranskaya 14-V.
The investigation has factual data and documentary materials indicating that the funds received by Shkriblyak as a result of the implementation of criminal schemes of total theft at controlled thermal power plants were synchronously and systematically transferred to foreign offshore accounts of A.V. Shkriblyak for many years. and his business environment, legalized, and then “invested” in the so-called “white” business of Shkriblyak: “Budhouse Group”, “Agricom Group”, “Agrofirma “Ivanovka AG”, “Investoptim”, “Lyubava City”, “Fabrika shopping centre”, “Mr. Foods”, “Mr. trade”, SOOO “Progress”, SOOO “Agrofirma Partner”, “Nikolsky shopping center”, “Alliance-Auto”, “Nest-Hanner”, SOOO “Zakotnenskaya”, “Prominvestgroup-1”, “Solar Factory”, “First Agrostandard+”, POSP “Kolos”, “Meteor plus”, “Prominvestrgroup”, “Lucky strike”, “Lucky strike-1”, “Real Estate Services Agency”, SOOO “Agrofirma “Zarya”, “Khortytsia Palace”, “Agrobiosis”, “Krasnoe-invest”, “Lan Polesie-agro”, SOOO “Polessky Krai”, “Investment and construction company “Integral Group”, “Harvest-2013”, “Agro Kepitel Group”, “Miaterra”, “Koretsagrotrade”, “Globus-2”, “Andreychikovo”, “Energomed Company”, “TRK 3-Studio”.
Money laundering at the big scale: Shkriblyak, Sandler and Shtipelman
This allowed these persons in 2017-2021 to illegally obtain and legalize funds totalling more than UAH 5 billion. The monetary funds received through the implementation of criminal schemes in the energy sector were transferred to the foreign settlement accounts of Shkriblyak, Sandler and Shtipelman, persons controlled by them and offshore companies In the future, these funds, after their legalization, were transferred to Ukraine to finance various investment projects controlled by Shkriblyak’s business environment (Budhouse Group, Agricom-groups”). To carry out their illegal activities in the field of energy, withdrawal of “margin”, embezzlement of funds, members of the so-called organized criminal group used controlled affiliated enterprises of the “shadow” sector of the economy, members of transit–conversion groups registered in Ukraine and non-resident enterprises.
Also, in order to withdraw excess profits for overpriced coal, the following non–resident enterprises were used:
- SKAN INT LOGISTIK SP. Z.o.O.
- WFI Czech, s.r.o. (WF)
- Effectiv Stratey s.r.o (ES)
- Evenor Energy S
- ASSA Global Trading AG.
Legal base for sanctioning Dmitry Sandler and Anatoly Shkriblyak
We remind readers and law enforcement officers that the law “On the Basic Principles of Compulsory Seizure of Property Rights of the Russian Federation and its Residents in Ukraine” provides for the compulsory seizure of property rights of the Russian Federation and its residents in Ukraine at the expense of future reparations.
Taking into account the above, taking into account the need for an urgent and effective response to existing threats to the national interests of Ukraine, it is urgently necessary at the highest state level to resolve the issue of the possibility of applying A.V. Shkriblyak. and their business partner Dmitry Sandler compulsory seizure of property and other assets in accordance with the requirements of the law “On the basic principles of compulsory seizure in Ukraine of objects of property rights of the Russian Federation and its residents”.
At the same time, the law includes not only legal entities and individuals as residents – citizens, but also citizens of other states, including Ukraine, who have close ties with the Russian Federation, as well as publicly denying or supporting the implementation of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the establishment and approval of the temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine, who have not stopped or have not stopped their economic (including economic) activities on the territory of the Russian Federation during the period of martial law in Ukraine, imposed in connection with the implementation of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
Dmitry Sandler, Igor Nikonov from KAN Development and Anatoly Shkriblyak are definitely asking for both national and international sanctions.