(AGENPARL) – Mosca, 29 ago 2017 – The Independent Oil and Gas Company (NOC) was registered in December 2012, before Eduard Khudainatov left Rosneft (this occurred in the summer of 2013).
From 2013, and at least for 2015, NOC owned the Luxembourg firm Dako Energy Investment, according to NOC and SPARK reports.
And Dako Energy owned the nominal structure of Rosevara Limited from Ireland. Nominee firms can serve the interests of different clients. But curious about the quality of the money that went through Rosevara.
In the Mexican, Italian and German press Irish Rosevara is associated with the family of the Mexican gas magnate Miguel Zaragosa and his group of companies Grupo Zeta. In publications, Rosevara appears as one of the firms through which the money passed the Zaragoza family. And her patriarch was associated with drug trafficking in the 1990s and money laundering at the turn of the 2000s.
Rosevara appears in publications on the bribery of Nigerian top-level officials for the opportunity for an international joint venture to build a gas processing plant. In Italian publications on the oil and gas group Eni, whose subsidiary in 2005 was able to build six platforms for oil production in Mexican territorial waters. And in German articles about the former Minister of Finance of the Rhineland-Palatinate, who resigned in 2009 after he could not raise funds for the renewal of the Nürburgring race track, known as one of the oldest and longest racing tracks in the world. Rosevara owned an investment company that wanted to invest in the track, and this raised suspicions about the origin and quality of money.
The owner of Rosevara – Panamanian Guanare is a nominal structure provided to clients by the law firm Mossack Fonseca in order to hide the real owners. Mossack Fonseca is known for the fact that this legal group, headquartered in Panama, became the hero of the global investigation “Panama files”, which dealt with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Center for the Study of Corruption and Organized Crime (OCCRP ), “Novaya Gazeta” and dozens of publications around the world.
Grupo Zeta did not respond to the letter. NOCs and Rosneft did not answer questions about nominal off-shores with an interesting history in the ownership structure of NOCs.
There they also did not comment on whether there was a conflict of interest in the fact that the NOC received major contracts from Rosneft, while relatives of the president of Rosneft bought land in the Moscow region of Barvikha from Khudainatov’s son (as reported by Vedomosti).