The following document details the results of an in-depth investigation into Oleg Boyko. After a short background, the first section delves back to the late Soviet period and the turbulent 1990s in Russia, during which the subject became one of the most powerful oligarchs in the country with the help of the KGB and SVR. In addition to covering his political involvement, the section covers the criminal schemes employed by his companies before detailing the collapse of his empire in 1995. The next section considers events surrounding the end of the 1990s, his return to Russia and the nineties up to present day. The last section details Boyko’s assets.

Two points are strikingly apparent throughout this entire period. The first is his continued propensity to engage in illegal activity – predominantly financial crime – which has not diminished over time, while the second is the sheer number of his connections to influential individuals amongst Russia’s political, law enforcement and commercial elite. Among the reports most pertinent findings:


Early History / 1990s

B.1. Background

Oleg Viktorovich Boyko was born on 28 September 1964 in Moscow.

According to his tax declarations (2006 to 2014), he resides at: Apt.8, Bldg. 13/5, Stroiteley Str., Moscow. The apartment is in a soviet style 5-storey dwelling house in the south west part of Moscow, floor area: 77.7 sq.m. Its approximate value is RUR 3,900,000. Given Boyko’s wealth, and his substantial property portfolio in Russia (see Section D below), clearly this is not his primary residence.

B.2. Character

The following quote on the subject’s character by a source who has investigated Boyko in the recent past is instructive:

“As a character, Boyko impresses and charms with his cleverness. All my sources, including one of his close advisors in the past consider him to be exploitative, untrustworthy, criminal and dangerous in his suspicions. In a past assignment, a number of former KGB sources, including a colonel retired from the counter-intelligence branch, refused to look into Boyko’s Ritzio for fear of retribution from the hired gunmen which Boyko surrounds himself with.”

On Boyko’s business acumen, another source, a former Russian intelligence officer, pointed us in the direction of a quote made by Boris Fyodorov, one of Yeltsin’s favourite drinking partners, the head of the National Sports Foundation in 1995, and for a while, the former Chairman of Boyko’s failed National Credit Bank. In an interview with Kommersant, Fyodorov stated:

“Oleg is a freelance artist. He called himself Financial Punk. He would author magnificent constructions in which he would forget to drive the last two nails and the whole structure would collapse at the last minute.”3

B.3. Early career

In 1986, Boyko graduated from the Electronics Department of the prestigious Moscow Aviation Institute. Whilst at university, he was heavily involved in the black market. One activity which Boyko practised was the buying of foreign currency (US dollars, British pounds, etc.) from foreign students which he would then use to buy rare books at the Berezka bookstore on Kragomilovskaya Street. Later he would sell the books at significant mark up before again buying more hard currency. This drew the attention of the KGB and he was detained. At that time, this was a serious crime which could result in lengthy terms in labour camps. However, rather than press charges, Boyko was recruited by the KGB as an informant. Soon thereafter, perestroika began. The KGB was one of the few organisations to foresee the collapse of the Soviet Union so it actively worked to build and develop its own business empire. As such, Boyko became a valuable asset to it due to his knowledge of the black market.

In return, the relationships Boyko developed with the security agencies served as an important step in his future business career as he would frequently call on their assistance over the next few years, requesting licences and permits.

The first serious money Boyko made was in 1988 when he founded a cooperative which bought computers through joint ventures with Eastern European firms and resold them to Soviet enterprises at a 100% mark up.

In the early 1990s Boyko developed a successful multi profile business and established a number of useful connections which have assisted him up until present day. This success was built on his KGB / FSB contacts obtaining for him highly valuable export / import licences. As a former KGB source put it to us, “whoever had these licences was king.”

Around 1989, he established Moscovia Bank, the licence for which he obtained with KGB help. The next year this became National Credit Bank (also referred to as Natsionalny Kredit bank). At that time, the KGB was organising a coup d’état, which they attempted in August 1991, but in preparation they needed banks to secretly transfer the “Communist Party gold” outside of the country or to hide and launder the funds inside the country. National Credit Bank was involved in those operations and had several KGB active duty officers on the bank’s staff who supervised the process.


In 1991, together with the Directorate for Management of Property of Diplomatic Community (UPDK), Boyko opened OLBI-diplomat store selling luxury goods for foreign currency. Boyko was authorised to work with foreign currency in spite of the fact that there was an extreme shortage at the time i.e. there was not even enough to import critical medication, such as insulin. The authorisation was obtained with the help of the KGB which used the UPDK for operations against foreign embassies in Moscow. With the KGB’s help Boyko expanded OLBI to include around 60 companies operating in different areas, the financial core of which became Boyko’s National Credit Bank which then serviced the remaining OLBI companies. 4

In the early 1990s, Boyko established OLBI Jazz company which imported fruits into Russia. His partners in this were Sergei Adoniev (currently a private investor) and Vladimir Kekhman (known as the Banana King for his fruit importation business, JFC Group; presently also a director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre). The CFO of OLBI Jazz was Boris Vaninskiy, an old friend and business partner of the future Russian PM, Viktor Chernomyrdin.

Of tangential interest, in 1995, Sergei Adoniev was put on the Interpol wanted list by the Prosecutor General Office of Kazakhstan which claimed that Adoniev had paid US$550,000 in bribes to several senior Kazakh officials to facilitate the shipment of 25,000 tons of Cuban sugar to Kazakhstan.

OLBI Jazz shipped fruits through the St. Petersburg seaport, which at the time was the scene of a violent tuft war between two of the city’s largest organised crime groups (OCGs), the Malyshevskaya OCG led by Gennady Petrov and Ilya Traber, and the Tambovskaya OCG led by Vladimir Kumarin (now known as Vladimir Barsukov, currently imprisoned in Russian for financial crime). Kumarin at the time provided security for the Ozero Dacha Cooperative which included Vladimir Putin and a number of his close associates, including the sanctioned Yuri Kovalchuk, Vladimir Yakunin (head of Russian Railways) and Andrei Fursenko. Meanwhile, Gennady Petrov formerly held a 2.2% stake in Bank Rossiya which is currently on the EU and US sanctions list. It was, and is, run and owned by members of Putin’s close inner circle, including the aforementioned Yuri Kovalchuk and also Gennady Timchenko.5 Many view Bank Rossiya as Putin’s personal bank. Gennady Petrov was arrested in Spain in 2008 and accused of arms and drug trafficking, cobalt and tobacco smuggling. In 2012, he fled to Russia.

Back in the early 1990s, St. Petersburg seaport was used as a transhipment facility for Colombian drugs disguised as canned meat. At the same time, Boyko and his partners imported significant quantities of fruit which required a high level of protection. Again, Boyko called on the Russian security agencies which at the time had close working relationships with OCGs, particularly the above two. Boyko additionally had a particularly influential “asset” in the form of Valeriy Polomarchuk6, a personal friend of Vladimir Putin; they formerly worked together at the Leningrad KGB field office.

In 1993, Polomarchuk became the head of a local branch of the OLBI concern – OLBI St. Petersburg. Prior to that, in December 1991, together with Putin, Polomarchuk had been appointed by the St. Petersburg Mayor, Anatoliy Sobchak, to the Committee supervising casinos in the city. Putin remained Polomarchuk’s friend after he became President of Russia. Thus, in 2002 Putin celebrated New Year at the St. Petersburg apartment of Valery Polomarchuk.

Aside from his KGB / FSB connections, Boyko also had criminal connections in the 1990s. Together with the Georgian born Mikhail Mirilashvili, aka Misha Kutaisi, one of the kingpins of local organised crime in St. Petersburg,7 they created the gaming company Planet St. Petersburg and also the St. Petersburg lottery enterprise. The co-founders of both of these were Planeta-OLBI and the OLBI group of companies.

In 2001, Mirilashvili was arrested on kidnapping charges in what was largely seen as a clean- up attempt by Vladimir Putin against individuals who knew too much about his own corrupt schemes whilst working for Anatoliy Sobchak in St. Petersburg.8 He went on to serve time from 2003-2009 for murder. He is presently the head of the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Jewish Congress.

Boyko’s involvement with Mirilashvili and the fruit import business may have led the Russian dissident, Sergei Grigoryants, to claim that Boyko and National Credit Bank were involved in large scale money laundering for the Colombian drug cartels.9 These accusations have been repeated by the investigative journalist Vladimir Ivanidze in 2000.10 However, neither provided any evidence to support their assertions. A source with knowledge of the situation informed us that the articles had in fact been an attack commissioned by the Most Group, headed up by Vladimir Gusinsky, who “detested” Boyko.

In 1993, in Moscow, Boyko took over the popular Metelitsa nightclub and the Cherry casino.11 This soon became immensely popular with the Moscow criminal underworld, whose bosses would easily lose US$30k on consecutive nights.

Cherry was protected by a security detail associated with the powerful Moscow based Solntsevskaya OCG. The group was controlled by the law enforcement and security agencies and was often used by them as a front. Thus, its leader Anton Malevsky was used as a go-between for front payments paid by Oleg Deripaska to the intelligence community. Deripaska would pay Malevsky and the latter would deliver the funds to his SVR/FSB handlers.

Sources report, however, that Boyko did not need organised crime for his businesses due to his powerful intelligence agency connections. He was further protected by a close relationship to Arkady Murashev, Moscow chief of police from 1991 to 1993.

B.4.1 SVR control of OLBI and Ponzi schemes

In 1993, OLBI-diplomat appointed a new Director General – then active duty SVR officer Vladimir Gruzdev.12 He was just 26 years old and had no experience in business or finance. His appointment marked closer control by the SVR13 by its head, Yevgeny Primakov (served 1991 to 1996) over businesses the agency had established or otherwise controlled. Similar appointments of active duty intelligence operatives were made to dozens of other “private” businesses. This allowed the SVR and FSB to provide a steady flow of cash from the business community at times of severe budget cuts and meagre official salaries.

Gruzdev went on to fund the supermarket chain Seventh Continent and is presently the governor of the Tula region. According to Forbes he is worth US$1.2 billion. Sources report Boyko is not currently close to Gruzdev.

The SVR also ensured that Valery Grebennikov, former Chief State Arbiter of Russia and a “trusted contact” of the KGB/SVR, became vice-president of OLBI. His job was to provide legal protection to the Group’s upcoming operations.

Under Gruvdev / SVR’s supervision, in early 1994, OLBI-diplomat launched a Ponzi scheme. It issued “securities”, which did not exist in a paper form. Instead, a buyer would make a payment and obtain a receipt of the deposit. Clients were enticed with posters declaring: “Buy Yourself a little of OLBI!”14 Then, in early 1995, National Credit Bank faced bankruptcy (see below) and the payment of dividends to the Ponzi scheme customers stopped. Thousands of customers lost money and a public campaign was launched against OLBI and Boyko.15

On 22 November 1997, the prosecutor's office of Moscow City opened a criminal case against the leadership of OLBI-diplomat under article 147.3 of the Criminal Code of Russia (fraud). However, National Credit Bank was shortly thereafter declared bankrupt and by decision of the Moscow Arbitration Court on 26 June 2001, it was dissolved. On 19 November 2002 the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled that JSC OLBI-diplomat was bankrupt and on 23 May 2003 the company was liquidated. As a result, on 20 March 2003, the criminal case against OLBI-diplomat and Boyko was dismissed.16

B.5. National Credit Bank and its collapse

At one stage National Credit Bank was one of Russia’s ten largest credit institutions. As well as serving the array of OLBI companies, Boyko also exploited his myriad of connections for the bank’s benefit. As its majority owner, Boyko closely worked with the First Deputy Minister of Finance Andrei Vavilov (1992-1997). Boyko was very close to Vavilov to the point that he was best man at the wedding of Vavilov and the actress Mariana Tsaregradskaya.

In 1994, Vavilov established an informal consortium of banks, which were authorised by the Ministry of Finance to restructure the country’s debt to foreign creditors. It was immensely profitable for the banks involved and National Credit Bank was part of the consortium. Vavilov also helped National Credit Bank get access to the state budget. Among other things the Ministry deposited in the bank hundreds of millions of US dollars for gas export to Turkey.

National Credit Bank (and OLBI) also partook in large-scale money laundering schemes, the most prominent of which was uncovered and exposed after the collapse of Bangkok Bank of Commerce in 1994 (see Section C.2 below).

By 1995, however, the situation had started to unravel for Boyko’s business empire. Foreign trade into Russia had become increasingly liberalised which exposed a number of Russian companies as being poorly managed and structured. National Bank Credit, whose primitive operations with currency and businesses ran into increased competition, was hit badly. The heady days of the early 1990s with exorbitant profits were over.

In 1995, National Credit Bank was on the brink of collapse. It was temporarily saved when it received from Sberbank a promissory note for US$126 million. Boyko had recently acquired an approximately 10% stake in Sberbank and, thanks to Vavilov, had been appointed to the board of the state-owned bank. Sources report his involvement in Sberbank was a crucial factor in it offering the lifeline to National Credit Bank.

Sources report this Forbes article to be largely accurate, if a little bland and uncontroversial, as to Boyko’s past, although it does contain a few discrepancies. One instance is that it claimed Boyko’s stake in Sberbank was 20% when in fact it was closer to 10%.

Tangentially, after investing in Sberbank, Boyko lobbied for it to be privatised further, but he failed when one of its main supporters, Chairman of the Russian Central Bank, Tatyana Paramonova, was replaced by Sergei Dybinin.17

Then, in August 1995, the Russian Central Bank demanded that banks step up their capital requirement which led to an interbank lending crisis and finally to the collapse of National Credit Bank. The process of bankruptcy was lengthy (it was finally declared bankrupt by the Moscow Arbitration Court on 26 June 2001), but somehow, due to Boyko pulling in some favours, its licence was not revoked. This enabled Boyko to withdraw and siphon away a considerable amount of funds from the bank so that many of its creditors, including Khodorkovsky’s MENATEP bank, which enjoyed privileged status within both Yeltsin’s inner circle and the Russian intelligence community, and Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Russian Credit Bank, failed to recover millions of dollars they had loaned to National Credit Bank. In total, there were a reported 44,000 depositors which the bank owed money to.18 Together, this is an indication of the power and influence which Boyko held at the time.

After National Credit Bank’s bankruptcy, the Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Andrei Kozlov (later assassinated in 2006) told investors that the Central Bank would take measures to ensure that Boyko would never become a banker again.19

In June 1997, the Moscow Times reported that the Zamoskvoretsky Interregional Prosecutor's Office had brought criminal charges against the leadership of National Credit Bank which it suspected of embezzling RUR 240 billion. The charges mentioned no names but, according to the article, Boyko, Alexei Kozlov and Oleg Kononov, all of whom had served on the bank’s board of directors, had been questioned.20

According to Boris Fyodorov, head of the National Sports fund and then chairman of National Credit Bank’s Board, Boyko’s dealings had led to the collapse of the bank and that he had only agreed to become chairman, after it had collapsed in 1995, by a motivation to try and claw back the US$80 million which the sports fund had tied up in the bank.”21

An investigation by the Moscow Times established that Fyodorov had been successful in obtaining the money, while National Credit Bank had also – unsurprisingly – managed to settle its debts to Boyko’s OLBI.

On 20 June 1996, Fyodorov was assassinated; shot in the stomach with a luger and stabbed four times. Boyko was questioned by the Interior Ministry’s Sixth Regional Department as a witness at his home as he was still recovering from a fall in Monaco (see below).

This criminal case started by the Zamoskvoretsky Interregional Prosecutor’s Office subsequently morphed into the failed criminal case for fraud against OLBI-diplomat, under article 147.3 of the Criminal Code of Russia (see Section B.4.1. above).

B.6. Political connections

Prior to the collapse of National Credit Bank, Boyko had been one of the most influential oligarchs in the country. According to the book, The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia,22 by David Hoffman, he was one of eight young wealthy businessmen who regularly met at a private villa overlooking Moscow River called the Sparrow Club between September 1994 and autumn 1995. The other attendees were Boris Berezovsky, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Aleksandr Smolensky, Vladimir Vinogradov, Vladimir Potanin, Mikhail Friedman and Aleksandr Yefanov. Together, they discussed politics, how to keep the communists from retaking power, development of the recently created country and how to further their own commercial interests, including deal making. For example, in 1994 Boris Berezovsky helped Boyko become a member of the board of the influential JSC Public Television (ORT), which he had founded.

Also of note, Boyko was the owner of a restaurant-club on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street together with Pyotr Aven (former Minister of Foreign Trade, now head of Alfa Bank), Aleksei Golovkov (Gaidar’s former chief of staff) and Arkady Murashev (former Moscow police chief and one of the founders of the Democratic Russia movement).

To be part of this group showed the influence and power which Boyko then held. Hoffman’s book contained an instructive section on the Sparrow Club and Boyko, which confirms much of the above:

Lumbering out of the fog of confusion and chaos in the first years, a new capitalist leviathan was visible, but its true nature was hard to discern. Just two weeks before Potanin’s cabinet appearance in March to pitch loans for shares, one member of the Sparrow Hills club, Oleg Boiko, spoke publicly about some aspects of the tycoons’ private discussions. Boiko described creation of a “big eight” of financial-industrial giants who were contemplating a greater role in politics. Boiko named companies, not people: Logovaz [Berezovsky], Menatep [Khodorkovsky], Stolichny Bank [Smolensky], Alfa Bank [Friedman], Mikrodin [Yefanov], and several others associated with Gazprom. Boiko, however, did not include the fast-rising Potanin and Vinogradov...
Glenn Waller, a shrewd Australian diplomat who had spent nearly a decade in the former Soviet Union and Russia, wrote a lengthy and perceptive cable in May on Russia’s “financial- industrial elite” that captured virtually all the key players of the Sparrow Hills club... He warned that although privatization had given the new tycoons fabulous wealth, they should not be regarded as resembling Western titans of capitalism. “The relationship between business and government in Russia remains very close,” he wrote, “indeed incestuous. Even the ‘new’ business elite grew out of the Soviet system – most [if not all] of the private financial groups made their first capital through their privileged access to party and Komsomol funds or through political contacts in government ministries. Today, they continue to rely on government favors.... Big Business in Russia continues to coalesce around powerful political leaders.”

True to form, through his KGB/FSB connections, Boyko was introduced to the ‘liberals’ amongst Yeltsin’s entourage. This group had been infiltrated by the KGB in the late 1980s, with some of the ‘moles’ becoming Yeltsin’s closest assistants. In this, he became close to the reformer Yegor Gaidar who as luck would have it was in charge of the privatisation schemes. According to the book, The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia23:

“Gaidar received financial and political support from a number of leading bankers. One is Oleg Boyko, the chief executive of Konsern Olbi, a financial holding company, and president of Bank Natsionalni Kredit. Boyko was a key backer of Gaidar who served as deputy chairman and chief financial officer of Gaidar’s Russia’s choice political party. Boyko later broke with Gaidar after Gaidar condemned Yeltsin’s Chechnya action in December 1994 (interview with Boyko in Kommersant Daily, 14 September 1995, and interview with Gennady Ashin, a Russian political scientist on 7 July 1995).”

This is confirmed and expanded upon by intelligence agency sources from this era. According to them, in June 1994, Boyko was elected chairman of the executive committee of the Democratic Choice of Russia (the party of Yegor Gaidar and Anatoly Chubais). It was Gaidar, then acting Prime Minister, who recommended Boyko to this position. Then in early 1995, with the outbreak of the first Chechen war, Boyko distanced himself from the party when Gaidar voiced his opposition to the war and lost a significant level of influence.

According to another source, Boyko also decided to break away from Gaidar as the latter was reluctant to try and save Boyko’s crumbling business empire. In the spring of 1995, he tried to switch sides to the “centrist” Viktor Chernomyrdin, the new Prime Minister. Boyko, together with Alexei Alexandrov24 and Otari Arshba26, both members of parliament, created the Stability Group in Parliament. This later evolved into Viktor Chernomyrdin’s Our Home is Russia party, but by then Boyko had left. It turned out Chernomyrdin had no use for Boyko, who was fast becoming toxic due to problems at National Bank Credit.

Boyko next tried to sidle up to the more powerful group surrounding Aleksandr Korzhakov, influential chief of President Yeltsin’s security detail. Boyko established links to Boris Fyodorov, Yeltsin’s favourite drinking companion (not to be confused with the former Yeltsin-Gaidar Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Boris Fyodorov). Fyodorov explored doing business with Boyko, but it soon collapsed as Korzhakov needed people with money who were willing to fund him rather than someone who was effectively bankrupt and looking for a rescue.

B.7. ALM Consulting and Igor Shuvalov

Boyko’s most prominent and high powered connection in Russia is to Igor Shuvalov, current First Deputy Prime Minister. Shuvalov graduated in law from the Moscow Lomonosov State University in 1993, before serving as an attaché in the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The same year, he left to join the law firm ALM Consulting. After working his way up to Managing Partner, he returned to public service (following discussions with, and a crucial introduction by, Boyko – see Section B.8 below) in 1997, working for the State Register of Federal Property. From 1998 to 2000, he was Chairman of the Russian Federal Property Fund. In 2003 and 2004, he was an Aide to Russian President Putin before going on to serve as Vladimir Putin’s First Deputy Prime Minister during his 2008-2012 Prime Ministerial term. He was reappointed to the same position under the current Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in 2012; a position he continues to hold today.27

Boyko and Igor Shuvalov’s relationship date back to at least the 1990s when Shuvalov was working for ALM Consulting, which then worked for the largest and wealthiest Russian clients. At the time, ALM was headed up by the now billionaire Aleksandr Mamut,28 who had ties to Boris Yeltsin’s family.29 According to Boyko: “From what I can remember, Mamut reeled in all the big clients, while Shuvalov was the guy that was directing the whole thing, dealing with all the legal matters, and basically played the role of the strict, scrupulous and responsible lawyer.”30 Other major clients – and friends – of Shuvalov’s at the time included the oligarchs: Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and Suleiman Kerimov (whom Boyko introduced to Shuvalov in 199731). ALM also worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.32

The two would travel around together and conduct negotiations. According to a Shuvalov acquaintance, “Oleg was good at growing his businesses, he had a striking ability to create new things. What was necessary was to keep them running once they had been created. Working with him on a day to day basis was exhausting.”33 According to Boyko, 70% of Shuvalov’s time on OLBI was taken up with matters of finance and debt trade.34 He also provided legal counsel to National Credit Bank.35 Given the above activities of these firms this is circumstantially damning for the current First Deputy Prime Minister.

In return for his assistance, Boyko gave Shuvalov 15% in a Cypriot registered parent company which owned a controlling equity stake in OLBI and stakes in other companies doing well under Shuvalov’s control. Estimates vary as to how much money Shuvalov made from working with Boyko, ranging from US$17 million plus equities estimated by the FT36 to US$30 million37 plus equities by Vedomosti.38

Shuvalov was also intimately involved when Boyko’s businesses collapsed around him in 1995. According to the Shuvalov acquaintance who spoke to Vedomosti, Boyko and Shuvalov would repeat a certain phrase like a mantra: “A crisis is a time for renewal.” Years later, at the time of the 2008 financial crisis when Russian officials were apparently running back and forth and shouting, “Help! Crisis! All is lost!” Deputy Vice Prime Minister Shuvalov would repeat the mantra: “A crisis is a time for renewal.”39

In the 1990s, Shuvalov and Boyko became extremely good friends. A former ALM employee, interviewed by Vedomosti, stated: “For Shuvalov, Boyko personified the model businessman. He adored him.”40 Meanwhile, Shuvalov himself has stated: “it would have been an invaluable experience even if I didn’t make a kopeck. Oleg has really expanded my perspective. He’s helped me find my way in the chaotic, and at times, unfortunately, dishonest world of business. Together we’ve studied all the major cases of fraud in the past ten years, and the ways to spot and eradicate them”;41 a particularly ironic statement considering the financial scams and money laundering which Boyko was involved in at the time with OLBI and National Credit Bank.

In another instructive quote Boyko has stated: “ALM could be trusted with the most delicate and sensitive legal issues, which included the ownership structure of a variety of different assets, bank transactions, and complex international legal and commercial activities.”

B.8. Monaco

After the collapse of National Credit Bank and the exposure of the OLBI-diplomat Ponzi scheme, Boyko left the country and went to Monaco. There, whilst staying with Vladimir and Olga Sloutsker, Boyko fell from a window two stories up and broke his backbone.42 Vladimir Sloutsker is a former senator from Chuvashia who currently lives in Israel and is a billionaire of dubious reputation – he is suspected, according to a former Russian intelligence officer, of organising a contract to assassinate FSB General Anatoly Trophimov, former business partner of Vladimir Sloutsker. Olga Sloutsker, his then wife, is the owner of the World Class network of clubs, and according to the intelligence source was a known “high class escort”.

In the words of Boyko, he had forgotten his key and attempted to climb in the window when he fell.43 However, there are suspicions that it was in fact a failed assassination attempt. Suspects included Khodorkovsky and Bidzina Ivanishvili, both of whom had lost millions from the collapse of National Credit Bank. According to the former intelligence source, there were also rumours amongst the intelligence community that Vladimir Sloutsker was involved although no evidence was ever produced and it has never been aired publicly. Certainly, Boyko who had been previously friendly to the Sloutskers, ended their relationship after the incident.

In another sign of the close relationship between Boyko and Igor Shuvalov, upon hearing news of the fall, Shuvalov immediately flew to Monaco to see Boyko in hospital. There:

“the two friends first spoke about Shuvalov leaving business to take a seat in government...The acquaintance of the minister [Shuvalov] said that “were it not for Oleg, Igor would have never gone into government.” Shuvalov himself said that “I discussed with Oleg the future of our country. It was these many hours of discussion that lead me to the idea.”44 According to a person close to him, first the Ministry of Finance was considered, then the State Property Committee, where there worked a close friend of Boyko’s, Alfred Koch. He literally called him from the hospital bed and asked him to hire Shuvalov, introducing him as a: “great lawyer who is particularly well versed in financial matters.”45

At the time, Alfred Koch was the Russian Deputy Prime Minister which shows the high- level connections and the influence Boyko had at the time; in spite of the National Credit Bank and OLBI scandals and the then on-going investigation into them.

Shuvalov’s new position was influential. The Russian Ministry of State Property would transfer assets to the State Property Fund which put a price to it and auctioned it off. His deputy was the now billionaire businessman Dmitri Mazepin46 who Vedomosti has paraphrased as stating: “Shuvalov took a proactive stance, realising that the business community was a major customer. After all, privatisations require both a seller and a buyer. Russian Federal Property Fund would not be able to sell its assets if it didn’t understand who was looking to buy. In other words, Shuvalov acted as a middleman between the Russian Federal Property Fund and the business community.”47

Shuvalov realised there was a potential for conflict of interest at his new position,48 but this did not stop him participating in a number of dubious transactions. By way of example, as Shuvalov entered government service, the State Property Fund was organising the auction for the final 20% in the giant oil firm Sibneft, which Abramovich duly won. Shuvalov denied that there was a conflict of interest over his friendship to Abramovich, or over the 0.5% stake he had been given in Sibneft by Abramovich, despite Shuvalov only being legal counsel to the firm and not a director.49 According to Shuvalov’s close associate Aleksandr Voloshin, former Kremlin chief of staff, Shuvalov was not involved in the decision as it had been taken at a much higher level.50

In another questionable transaction, “the offshore fund holding much of Shuvalov’s family assets, the Bahamas-registered Sevenkey (owned by Shuvalov’s wife Olga51), agreed to buy $17.7m in Gazprom’s ordinary shares in June-July 2004 via Mr Kerimov’s Nafta Moskva investment vehicle, as documents show, [although by then], Mr Shuvalov had been promoted to become Mr Putin’s economic aide in the Kremlin.”52

All of the sources consulted, including former Russian intelligence officers, confirm that Shuvalov is one of the most corrupt officials in Russia who has benefitted improperly from his dealings, primarily through assisting close associates and being rewarded indirectly.

B.9. Listerman

In 1998, Moskovsky Komsomolets, a popular tabloid newspaper, published an article which alleged a partnership between Boyko and Peter Listerman, who was known as “pimp number one” in Russia – he supplied prostitutes to the rich and famous (including we are told to Berezovsky). According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, in 1995, Boyko and Listerman staged a “frivolous” party at the World Economic Forum in Davos.53

A 1998 Sovershenno Secretno publication then claimed that it was Boyko who had suggested to Listerman that he use his prostitutes as sources of information whilst with their clients, and that the party in Davos had been the first try of the “new concept”.54 According to the publication, after the success of the Davos party, Listerman’s business increased dramatically.

A source in the Russian intelligence community confirmed to us that Listerman has been a long term informant for the FSB and he regularly passed information obtained from his “honey traps.” He added that the information that Boyko had advised Listerman to do this was on the face of it credible, although he could not confirm it.


Recent history / 1998 to present

C.1. EvrazHolding

Boyko returned to Russia, just after the 1998 financial crisis; unquestionably after having secured guarantees that he would not be prosecuted as part of the probe into OLBI-diplomat and National Bank Credit detailed in Section B above. He became chairman and purportedly took a 20% stake in the newly created EvrazHolding.55

Evraz had first been created in 1992 by a number of scientists, led by Aleksandr Abramov56; the creation of EvrazHolding consolidated its assets, with the new shareholders adding new financial capital to the venture. The group was one of the most opaque ventures with the identity of its shareholdings, at least until it listed in London in June 200557, consistently obscured. This resulted in numerous competing legal claims (and court cases) bought against the company and individuals associated with it.

Aleksandr Abramov was retained to EvrazHolding by Boyko and another of his fellow co-founders in EvrazHolding, the billionaire Iskander Makhmudov.58 Abramov’s role was to “consolidate its Russian steelmills, as well as the iron-ore and coking coal suppliers they required.”59 Abramov also reportedly owned a stake in EvrazHolding although this was subsequently disputed in various legal suits.

Together, Boyko and Abramov orchestrated the takeover of Nizhny Tagil by forcing it into bankruptcy and then assuming control of the factory; typical corporate raider tactics in Russia when mixed with corrupt court judgements. Abramov and Boyko went on to repeat the exercise with a number of other plants. The Finstar website puts a gentle spin in the turbulent time:

“Starting in 2000 Abramov and Boyko bought up the receivables of insolvent steel firms. Boyko, the financier, negotiated with the debt holders and dealt with bureaucrats in arranging bankruptcies. "Eventually we accumulated enough debt to get control of the companies," he says, and combined them with some coal mines into what became Evraz Group.”60

However, it was Evraz’s takeover of Kachkanarsky GOK, Russia’s largest vanadium ore plant, which was more suspect and which attracted the most publicity. Evraz’s actions were detailed in a RICO lawsuit filed in Delaware in 2005 in which US$500 million was sought in damages by four companies: Davis International LLC, Holdex LLC, Foston Management Ltd and Omni Trusthouse Ltd, who together formed the former majority owners of Kachkanarsky GOK.61 This was the second attempt by the plaintiffs to bring the case; the first case (which included additional plaintiffs like Base Metal Trading, Ltd62, owned by Mihail Zhivilo63) was dismissed by the Southern District Court of New York due to non conveniens (lack of jurisdiction), with the judge ruling that Russia was the proper forum to hear the case.

In the Delaware complaint, the plaintiffs alleged that a number of defendants, led by Mikhail Chernoi, Oleg Deripaska, Iskander Makhmudov, Mikhail Nekrich and Evraz, had taken over Kachkanarsky GOK “through physical force, bribery and extortion.” This involved threatening physical harm to the former owners, through the involvement of Anton Malevsky, the well- known leader of the Izmailovo OCG, before the defendants organised for false criminal charges to be brought against the plant’s general manager, Jalol Khaidarov, forcing him to flee to Israel. Khaidarov was a former business partner of Makhmudov.64

According to the claim, the accused then replaced Khaidarov with their own nominee General Manager who entered into sham contracts with their own affiliates which were deliberately defaulted on. The plant was then placed into bankruptcy due to the unpaid debts, before a corrupt local court judgement in Russia transferred ownership of the plant to a Delaware company. Thereafter, ownership was passed to Ural-Gorno Metallurgical Company (UGMK65) before eventually 83.59% was sold to Evraz, officially completed on 21 May 2004.

The lawsuit alleged that Chernoi, Deripaska, Makhmudov and Nekrich secretly controlled Evraz although no evidence was produced to substantiate the claim. UGMK, which was officially controlled by Makhmudov, was also allegedly controlled by the four individuals. Sources with intimate knowledge of the case confirm that, at the least, Chernoi and Makhmudov had equity interests in Evraz during Boyko’s period at the company.

The Delaware court followed New York’s lead and dismissed the lawsuit in 2006 due to non conveniens.

Boyko remained as Chairman of EvrazHolding until March 2004 when he sold out, reputedly for an estimated US$600 million.66 This was before it officially completed the takeover of Kachkanarsky GOK from UGMK. However, if the complaint is accurate – a fact the plaintiff’s primary witness, the plant’s former director general, Khaidarov, insisted was the case67 – then Boyko would have been involved in the above. Of note, neither he nor Abramov were named in the complaint, solely their company Evraz.

Also of relevance, Evraz’s 2005 Prospectus to list in London named Kachkanarsky GOK as an internal supplier of iron ore (as opposed to an external supplier, which the company also listed) from at least 2002, despite the company claiming that it did not obtain effective ownership of the company until 2004.68

In addition, a June 2015 article on Evraz PLC’s history by MarketLine states that EvrazHolding was founded as a management company in 1999 of amongst others, Kachkanarsky GOK. This would implies that Evraz had a management contract with the metallurgical plant – as opposed to a direct shareholding – throughout the protracted corporate raid,69 which would also be circumstantially damning for Boyko.

The opacity of the situation was confirmed by two conflicting statements. Evraz’s prospectus for when it listed in London in 2005, contained a cryptically written section responding to the claims by the former owners: “Evraz acquired its shares in KGOK through transactions mediated by an experienced market intermediary, and received from the sellers the limited representations and warranties that are customary in the Russian market in respect of the shares it acquired.”70

After the IPO, the above plaintiffs filed suit in Luxembourg, where the new parent company, Evraz SA, had been incorporated. During the case, Evraz’s lawyers informed the judge that Evraz could not be sued in Luxembourg because it did not own Kachkanarsky GOK; instead it was owned by two Russian based subsidiaries. In response, an attorney for the plaintiffs stated: “Evraz is either lying to the market or to the Luxembourg court.”71

Tangentially, according to an informed source, Boyko was actually forced out of Evraz by its other owners. Apparently, “Makhmudov and Chernoi’s opinion of Boyko is not complimentary; they did not appreciate his superiority complex.”

Whilst at EvrazHolding, Boyko had a close ally in the form of Otari Arshba who joined the company in 1998 until 2003 when he was elected as a State Duma Deputy72 [Arshba subsequently re-joined Evraz in 2004, before serving as a director of Evraz Plc when it listed in London in 2005.] Boyko had previously worked with Arshba to create the Stability political group in 1995 (see Section B.6 above).

Purportedly, Boyko left Evraz to focus on other businesses, including his network of gaming clubs called Vulcan.73 Unquestionably, however, whilst Boyko was Chairman, Evraz was involved in various questionable takeovers of plants when illegal corporate raider tactics were used.

Sources also report that during this time Boyko established contact with Zelimkhan Mutsoev (presently, a State Duma Deputy and major shareholder in Uralkali, he has also been a business partner with Suleiman Kerimov74). Later, Boyko’s Finstar Properties together with Mutsoev sons, Amiran and Alik, engaged in development projects in the Russian regions. Among other things they built a shopping centre in Syktyvkar.75

C.2. Letter rogatory to the US

In 2002, the Thai authorities filed a letter rogatory request with the US Government. As a result, the US Government filed case no. 1:02-mc-00058-RRM76 with the US District Court of Delaware on 09 May 2002. Respondents named in the case included: Oleg Vietorovitch (sic) Boyko, OLBI USA Inc and National Credit Bank; while the other respondents comprised: Krerkkiat Jalichan, Jittasorn Pramoj Na Ayuddhaya, Dumrongdej Diskul, Supanee Sarasin (also known as Sarasin Diskul), Rakesh Saxena, International Credit Brokerage Holding Inc., Andre Agapov, Essex Corporate Holding and Finance Inc. and Arcadia Capital Partners Inc.

The request concerned the embezzlement of more than Bt2.5 billion (£64.75 million77) in 1994 from the now defunct Bangkok Bank of Commerce (BBC) by bank executives and politicians.78

In December 2005, Krirkkiat Jalichan, BBC’s former president, was sentenced to twenty years in jail (later increased to 130 years after further charges were brought) and fined Bt18 billion (£257.4 million79). Jittasorn Pramoj Na Ayutthaza, deputy director of the bank’s presidential office, Damrongdej Diskul, a senior executive of its BIBF operations, and his sister Supanee Sarasin Diskul, who also worked for the bank, were each sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment and each ordered to pay a fine of Bt666,666.66 for their part in the fraud. They were also ordered to repay approx. Bt6 billion to the bank.80 Rakesh Saxena, the former financial advisor to Jalichan, was pursued across the globe by the Thai authorities before he was eventually extradited back to Thailand from Canada in 2009 to face trial.81 In 2012, he was found to be one of the primary orchestrators of the embezzlement and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of Bt1.13 billion (US$35.8 million)82.

Back in early 1990s, BBC was almost bankrupt due to mismanagement of its capital fund, so Thai authorities ordered it to increase its capital by Bt6.7 billion. In June 1994, Krirkkiat approved the sale of 60 million shares in the bank to outside investors. Among the buyers were Boyko’s OLBI USA Inc. and International Credit Brokerage Holding Inc, both of which engaged in questionable activities in Thailand.

On 07 July 1994, Krirkkiat approved a loan of US$126 million to Boyko’s National Credit Bank, followed by US$50 million loans to Arcardia Capital Partners Inc and AH Corporate Holding and Finance Inc.

After an investigation by the Thai authorities it was concluded that these money flows were attempts to embezzle money from BBC as no fresh capital from outside sources had participated in the bank’s capital increase.83

Andre Agapov, now CEO of Rusoro Mining Ltd,84 was General Manager of Boyko’s OLBI International back in the early 1990s. He was also a representative of OLBI USA Inc., while Saxena was the representative of International Credit Brokerage Holding Inc. According to an article in the Vancouver Sun in 2009, the letter rogatory alleged that these companies “engaged in no legitimate business in Thailand" and "the sole purpose of [their] business in Thailand was for diverting BBC funds.”85

CNN reports that the relationship between Boyko and Saxena went even deeper. According to an article in July 1998, the two jointly owned a brokerage in New York,86 while sources report that Saxena also had some type of involvement in OLBI. At the time, OLBI International was Russia’s largest trading house / financial institution which was based in New York.

Rusoro Mining later tried to reduce the prominence of Agapov’s role at OLBI releasing a statement saying: “In the early 1990s, Mr. Agapov had a junior position in the Russian banking and commercial organization called 'OLBI'. In Bangkok, he served as a Russian/English translator for a principal of OLBI. As a result, the Thai authorities interviewed him as a friendly witness and assured him that he was not under investigation.”87

According to the Vancouver Sun article, the US judge acquiesced to the letter rogatory on 20 May 2002 authorising Assistant US Attorney Richard G. Andrews “to execute the letter of request,” with the direction to “certify and submit the evidence collected to the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, or as otherwise directed by that office for transmission to the Kingdom of Thailand authorities.”88

N.B. Court document on the letter rogatory case have been requested from the court archives in Philadelphia (where we have tracked them down to). These will be provided to the client shortly.

C.3. Russian Criminal Case 97851

Inquiries with law-enforcement bodies revealed that on 11 April 2006, “Boyko Oleg Viktorovich” was investigated by the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Central Administrative District of Moscow, as a suspect in a fraud. This resulted in initiation of Criminal Case No. 97851, under Article No159.3: Swindling committed by a person through his official position, as well as on a large scale.

According to our source: “As a director of OJSC “OLBI-diplomat”, Boyko O.V. signed a contract with Mr. Gorshkov for the purchase and sale of securities from the securities investment fund “Khranitel”. The contract stipulated that Gorshkov would acquire securities in “Olbi-diplomat” and to this end, Boyko received funds from Gorshkov. However, he did so fraudulently. No further detail on this case could be obtained.

Interestingly, the criminal case was stopped under “non-exculpatory circumstances” (in Russian: нереабилитирующие обстоятельства) on 11 April 2006. This means that the suspect committed a crime, but was not penalised for it, and the person has been released of criminal responsibility. This covers situations like the expiry of statutory limitation, amnesty, another court statement on the case, death of the suspect or of the accused. This may suggest that Boyko was protected and it was closed down. However, a source in Russian law enforcement told us that he believed this was associated with the Ponzi scheme developed by OLBI-diplomat in 1994 when the company collected deposits from thousands of people but then refused to pay dividends (see Section B.4.1 above).

According to the source, because of the statute of limitation there was no chance to pursue the case in 2006, and this was the reason it had been closed so soon after it had been opened. The source believes the case was opened solely to cause a nuisance to Boyko and had no practical chance of succeeding.

C.4. Return to Banking

In 2003, Boyko and Dmitri Zelenin, former head of Mikrodin, whose former owner Aleksandr Yefanov was part of the Sparrow Club with Boyko (see above), acquired majority control of Latvia’s Baltic Trust Bank (formerly known as Baltijas Tranzitu banka).89 Boyko’s holding was held through Finstar Baltic Investments (of which he held 81.86%) which in turn owned 94.2% of the Latvian bank.90

A year later Boyko bought into two Russian banks: Federal Industrial Bank and Etalonbank with a group of private investors. Both banks were denied admittance to the Russian deposit insurance system.91 This may have reflected concerns that the Russian regulators had over the banks, especially considering Boyko’s involvement with the failed National Credit Bank. In January 2006, Boyko sold Etalonbank to Sibakadembank. The situation at Federal Industrial Bank was more interesting.

C.4.1 Federal Industrial Bank - money laundering

Boyko acquired a controlling stake in Federal Industrial Bank in 2004 from Aleksey Kozlov, who had formerly headed up National Credit Bank in the second half of the 1990s (see above). In July 2006, Boyko sold his stake to the bank's management. A week later92, in August, the Central Bank revoked Federal Industrial Bank’s licence for its failure to prevent money laundering.93 Reportedly, the bank neither met full requirements for client identification, nor created adequate reserves for possible losses from loans. The bank’s activity was linked with handling clients’ payments with the aim of repatriating funds abroad, obviating mandatory customs procedures.94 According to Central Bank records, from the beginning of the year, the bank had transferred approximately RUR 31.5 billion to foreign countries.95

According to a source in the Moscow business community it is clear that Boyko employs similar tactics for every bank in which he is involved: ‘“in the first phase the bank's assets were moved out to other companies controlled by Boyko; then the dummy bank was used for wide scale money laundering. Finally, the bank’s licence would be revoked "for failure to prevent money laundering."’

C.5. Ritzio

Around 2001, Boyko teamed up with Boris Belotserkovskiy who manufactured slot machines and other gaming equipment under his company Unikum, to acquire a stake in a small network of gambling parlours in Moscow, called Vulcan. Boyko bought a big business attitude to the group and it soon started to grow rapidly rising to 120 clubs and over 6,000 gaming machines (it is still present on the Internet96).

In 2002, Boyko and Belotserkovskiy established Ritzio Entertainment Group which now operates a chain of gaming clubs, casinos, bars, night clubs, restaurants and sports gambling outlets around the world. It has operations in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Italy, Romania and Croatia. It used to have larger presence in Russia until changes to legislation in 2009 hampered its business, particularly the casino side (see below).

Sources in the gambling industry have not picked up any evidence that Ritzio is involved in money laundering operations in its global operations. However, given the ease at which money can be laundered through the industry and Boyko’s past track record in financial crime, it is thought highly probable. Admittedly, it obtained a gaming licence in Germany whose authorities are known to be rigorous in their assessments of applicants. However, as pointed out by sources, Boyko has never applied for a licence in the US where the Nevada Gaming Control Board is generally considered to be the most stringent in the world.

According to one gaming industry expert who has worked for two companies which have had a relationship with Boyko and who has met him on several occasions, Boyko was very clever and came across as extremely pleasant.

“I first met Oleg circa 2009/2010, he was very friendly with the head of my then company when I was Ops Director. We met Oleg and his people at a three day workshop in Riga. After which he invested some 2m-3m USD in us in exchange for 3% of the available equity. In return we developed a kiosk platform product for him which instead of a traditional RNG, used lottery numbers as the seeding for the reel positions after they spun. The system was modular with each part designed to pass Russian laws (as they were then) for operating a virtual lottery. The idea of course was to skin lottery products as slot machines, it was an ingenious idea (Boyko's own) and the product was developed but never launched for reasons I do not know... I noticed later that he also owned a majority in the US Cat 2 slot manufacturer Cadillac Jack. Cad Jack could only pass probity to supply games into the lesser-regulated American Indian casinos as Boyko could not /would not get through the more stringent probity processes in Nevada / New Jersey etc. Boyko had been involved in litigation against the former President and sole owner Michael Macke, with the court eventually ruled in Boyko’s favour.”

C.5.1 Cadillac Jack corporate raid?

The case, which incorporated case numbers: A12A0704 and A12A0376, heard at the Appeals Court of Georgia, US, makes for interesting reading as it contains elements broadly comparable to a Russian corporate raid, albeit in a less aggressive and, as ultimately ruled by the court, legal form. In summary:

“The record shows that CJ (Cadillac Jack) manufactures gaming equipment and was founded in 1995 by Macke, who was the president and sole shareholder of the company. In 2004, Smart Games acquired 60 percent of the shares of CJ for approximately $14 million. Smart Games is owned by Finstar Gaming Partners, L.P., a Delaware company controlled by Boyko. Macke retained his position as CEO of CJ, and in 2005, CJ hired Greg Gronau as president. In 2006, Eugene Chayevsky, Boyko's associate and the managing partner of a Finstar affiliate, obtained a seat on CJ's board of directors, joining Boyko and Macke. Between 2006 and 2008, CJ encountered increased cash-flow problems, debt was increasing, and CJ needed funding to continue to grow as planned.
Before 2008, Chayevsky had negotiated several short-term loans from various entities affiliated with Boyko to CJ, generally ranging from $1 million to $2 million at an interest rate of 12 percent. By 2008, however, CJ was in default on most if not all of that debt. Chayevsky researched options for restructuring that debt with at least one outside source, at an approximately 18 percent interest rate, with other costs and collateralization conditions. Chayevsky recommended that the company not accept that loan, which loan offer was ultimately withdrawn by the lender, and instead, CJ's board (including Macke) voted to restructure the debt with loans from Boyko entities at 20 percent interest with fewer costs and conditions.
Based on CJ's highly leveraged position and its cash flow problems, CJ's valuation fell from $85 million in 2006 to approximately $2 million in 2008. As authorized by Macke's employment agreement, Boyko and Chayevsky voted to terminate Macke's employment in June 2008, and Macke's 40 percent stake was bought out for $2 million...
As CJ's business faltered and the new relationships failed, Macke filed suit in 2008 against CJ, Smart Games Group, Chayevsky, and Boyko, ultimately adding Zions Bank and alleging claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure, conspiracy to wrongfully accelerate the loan, and other related claims. The defendants answered and brought various counterclaims including breach of contract claims based on the restrictive covenants. After conducting discovery, all parties moved for summary judgment, which motions were denied in part and granted in part. Macke appealed in Case No. A12A0704.”97

C.5.2 Favourable gambling laws in Russia

Further evidence of Boyko’s close connections within the Russian political elite can be seen in the beneficial laws and decisions which have been passed and made with regard to his gaming and gambling operations.

For example, Boyko has used his connections to the influential Alexei Golovkov, with whom he was a co-owner of a restaurant-club on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street during the 1990s (see above). Acting through Golovkov, Boyko established connections with Aleksandr Zhukov (current Deputy Chairman of the State Duma and President of the Russian Olympic Committee). From 2007 to 2014, Zhukov oversaw preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Boyko’s connections to Zhukov assisted his company, OOO Sportloto, in obtaining a contract from the Ministry of Finance for twelve state lotteries “in support” of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. A second participant in the auction, OOO Lotter, had been barred from participating by the Ministry of Finance because of a failure to pay fees together with the application.98 This is a common situation in state auctions in Russia where the winner has already been pre-ordained.

In 2011, Sberbank acquired 100% of Sportloto. A year earlier, it had acquired 74.99% from Boyko’s ZAO “Russkoe Loto” and the Group “Milan”, which had owned 1% of Sportloto.99 Curiously, in 2012, Sberbank sold Sportloto for RUR 1.9 billion to “Toscany Holding” whose beneficial owners are unknown.100

Boyko’s involvement with the Russian state lottery company “Pobeda” (translates as Victory; it was created to support the country’s arms forces) is another example of his close connections to the Russian elite. The lottery was organised by Spetssroi (Federal Agency of Special Construction) which was created in 2010 by the Ministry of Defence, while the operator was OOO State Lottery “Pobeda” (formerly called ZAO Tempi Rosta).101 In August 2011, Boyko finally admitted what had been speculated in the press, that his company Finstar was the operator for the lottery. [ZAO Tempi Rosta had won the contract to operate the lottery, organised by Spetssroi, in May 2011.]

On 16 November 2012, Shuvalov held an official meeting to discuss lotteries and subsequently signed various protocols instructing the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Development ordering them to prepare to make amendments to the law on lotteries by 10 December.

Up until this point, lotteries in Russia had been an almost exclusively private affair with the Federal Tax Service issuing around 4,000 licences to companies organising private lotteries between 2005 and November 2012. However, under Shuvalov’s amendments, as of 2014, all private lotteries would be prohibited (aside from those advertising a service or product), with only state organised lotteries allowed. The official reason was “to protect consumers. The current lottery structure is opaque.”102 At the time, it was also widely known that many of the private lotteries ran at loses and consequently were used for fraudulent, money laundering and / or tax evasion purposes.103

Shuvalov decreed that only the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Sports would be allowed to organise the lotteries which appeared to go against Spetssroi and Boyko’s Pobeda. However, it later emerged that whilst all private lotteries would stop on 01 July 2014, Spetssroi had its own licence up until June 2015.

Two objectors to Shuvalov’s proposals were Larissa Brycheva, then head of the State Legal Department (GPU) and Alexei Savatyugin, then Deputy Finance Minister, who wrote a scathing letter saying they were against the killing of an entire industry and that the new laws could lead to monopolisation of the market by Shuvalov’s friend Boyko.

The letter had no discernible effect and Savatyugin resigned on 17 January 2013. He subsequently stated to Vedomosti104:

“I was against shutting down a legal industry to help out certain government players, and the Ministry of Economic Development had also agreed to help out the industry by awarding more licenses. But Shuvalov had other plans.”

The month before the ban was supposed to come into force, one of the country’s largest private lotteries, Zolotoi Kluch (Golden Key) became part of Boyko’s Pobeda.105 This gave Pobeda a strong brand and allowed Zolotoi Kluch to continue. The individuals behind the latter said it was the only way for them to survive. Under this structure, they could continue to operate, but after paying the prize money and keeping their own remuneration (not disclosed), they would divert all proceeds to Spetssroi.

In early 2015, Boyko cashed out, selling Pobeda to its senior managers, just before the State was set to decide whether to renew its licence. Subsequently, it was announced that Pobeda would stop on 10 June 2015.106 Clearly Boyko had forewarning of this from State officials.

The ownership of the companies operating the two remaining state lotteries is unclear. Boyko has previously had connections to both and it is very possible that he maintains an interest in these lotteries. Boyko formerly owned the patents used by Gosloto, the lottery organised by the Ministry of Sports, before he sold them on. Reportedly one shareholder of the operator of the Gosloto lottery, a company called Nero, is Armen Sargsian, about which little is known. The second, as mentioned above, is Sportloto (Ministry of Finance) which is now operated by the opaque Toscany Holdings.107

There have recently been rumours in Russia that due to the growing economic crisis the government has discussed the possibility of relaxing the ban on casinos and that Shuvalov is playing a prominent role in the discussions.108 The current law, which came into effect in July 2009 as a result of a statement in 2006 by President Putin who compared gambling to alcohol addiction, banned all casinos across Russia bar four remote and largely impoverished regions. Unquestionably, this law hurt Boyko’s extensive gaming operations at the time, although he did strike it lucky with his State-lottery involvement. Moreover, many of the lottery computer terminals were reportedly installed in Boyko’s slot machine halls.109 Compared with his rivals, Boyko emerged well out of it.

The exact figure Boyko made from the lotteries is unknown, although it was rumoured he would make around US$400 million from his involvement in the State lotteries. Sources report that undoubtedly, due to the favourable official decisions which he has received, he diverted money off to pay officials (including Shuvalov). Put simply, this is the corrupt way in which Russia often works and Shuvalov has a long history of indirectly and improperly benefitting from decisions which have benefitted his friends.

C.5.2.1 Favourable gambling laws in Russia

Boyko’s close friendship to Shuvalov is proved by statements made to Vedomosti in 2012. This included: “Of course Olga (Shuvalov’s wife110) is kept in the loop and informed of any important decisions and activities, and Igor always listens to what she has to say.”111 In the same article an acquaintance of Shuvalov stated: “They (Boyko, Kerimov, Abramovich and Usmanov112) all are allowed access to the President and the Prime Minister whenever they want, and they realise that Shuvalov is irreplaceable.”113

C.6. Finstar

Boyko’s Finstar Financial Group is a collection of assets spanning the financial services sector (securities trading and fund management), telecommunications, high tech, retail and real estate. Created it claims in 1996114, surprisingly little is known about its operations. Its executives – Dmitry Sorokin, Aleksandr Kravchenko and Kieran Donnelly – have next to no traceable public business record, which is curious for what Boyko describes as: “of the largest private investment groups.”115 An employee who used to work for the company described it to us as highly secretive before refusing to divulge any more about its operations, again for fear of his personal safety.

Another source informed us that Boyko is involved in money laundering through various development projects, but it is difficult to trace those operations as for each project Boyko, forms a separate firm through an offshore company, which has no visible links to him or his known business entities. The source provided no evidence or precise details to substantiate this, nor did he specify whether Finstar was involved, but it would fit considering its areas of focus.

Boyko’s investment into Hollywood films, through Finstar, is also a clear money laundering venture. According to a source who has looked into Finstar, in Hollywood, insufficient due diligence is undertaken on those who provide funds for films, whilst any profit generated from a film is considered washed.

Boyko meanwhile explains the investments as more of a hobby; an image given further credibility by him serving as a producer on Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill and also in Scarlett Johansson's directorial debut Summer Crossing.116 In 2013, Finstar also acquired a stake in the international fashion and lifestyle television channel Fashion TV.117

C.6.1 Micro-finance

One of Boyko’s most recent ideas has been to branch into micro-finance and pay-day loans. In 2012, Finstar acquired 75% in the Latvian microfinance company 4finance for US$70 million. Three years later and this is one of the biggest such firms in the world. However, the company is facing troubles. In 2014, the ratings agency Moody’s stated that it had accumulated €69 million in non-performing loans, or 31% of loans it had issued.118

There has also been a greater push by regulators to protect consumers in the market – since in the end it effectively becomes loan sharking. In the UK in July 2014, regulators ruled that the maximum daily interest rate which could be charged is 0.6% (260% annually). Compare this to Europe where rates can range between 63% and 150% per annum, and short term loans can reach 820%. In Russia, legislation bought in on 01 September 2014 limits the rate to 800%.

In Russia, Boyko has “invented” credit machines (“creditoavtomaty"), which were originally deployed in the shopping centre of the Volga and the Kemerovo regions. This machine provides loans in the amount from RUR 7,000 to 15,000 under 2% per day, or 730% per year interest rate.

C.7. Moldova

In 2013-2014, Boyko was involved in the Kremlin’s grand plan designed to take control over Moldova by supporting the country’s Communist Party in the upcoming presidential elections. According to a Kommersant article, Boyko was sent on behalf of the Russian Federation to lead negotiations with the Communist Party at which they discussed not only providing political and financial support but also in which infrastructure projects Russian business could be involved, in Moldova, should the Communists win.119 In Moscow the plan was supervised by Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of military-industrial complexes. In the end the plan failed, as the Moldovan communists could not agree on the terms of such assistance.

This is again evidence as to the high level of trust which Boyko is held amongst the Russian political elite.

C.8. Potential target for EU sanctions

On 29 January 2015, EU Observer published an article entitled, “Who’s next on the EU’s Russian blacklist?”120 The paper asked eight EU and US diplomats and officials based in Brussels, Kiev and Washington, as well as two Russian experts, the highly credible New York-based academic, Marc Galeotti and Ukrainian activist Roman Sohn, who they believed may be added to the sanctions list should it be tightened further. “Boyko (lottery tycoon)” was named in the ‘Crony Section’ along with:

The very fact that Boyko was named in this article is evidence of his standing and how he is viewed by Western-based, Russian experts as one of the “oligarchs and confidantes of Putin.”

C.9. Ilya Surkov

We have not focussed on the Surkov case although sources did mention it as a dispute in which Boyko is involved. Our source in law enforcement told us he believed that the case was not strong from a factual viewpoint, while another source indicated that, apparently, Boyko entered into a conspiracy with his contacts in the security agents and law enforcement and falsely constructed the case against Surkov in order to extort more money than indicated in the official claim against Surkov.

Sources report this to be a popular practice in Russia when corrupt law enforcement officials enter into conspiracies with businessmen and/or criminals, forge criminal cases and often file a ‘red notice’ through the Interpol to extort funds from people. One source reports that in 2011 the FSB uncovered a network of prosecutors in Moscow region who would open and/or close criminal cases on officials and businessmen for a fee of up to US$2 million per case.

In another example of those tactics, in 2009, Dmitry Dovgy, the head of the Chief Investigative Directorate, a key department of the Investigative Committee of Russia, was abruptly fired amidst accusations that he had been taking bribes for suppressing criminal investigations. Shortly thereafter Dovgy filed a report to President Medvedev indicating that his agency had been opening fake criminal investigations and in many cases serving as an arm of the FSB, prosecuting innocent individuals as per their instructions.

C.9.1. Anatoliy Kucherma

Boyko’s connection to the hugely influential Anatoliy Kucherena, an FSB lawyer who “has the ear of the President,” is extremely beneficial to Boyko.121 Kucherena is a member of the Public Council of the FSB, an influential position attached to Russia’s largest intelligence and security agency. The Public Council was created by Putin in 2006 ostensibly to officially improve communications between the agency and ordinary citizens. Appointment to the 15 member council has to be confirmed by the head of the FSB.

To be connected to Kucherena and linked into this apparatus provides Boyko with protection from rivals, but also immediate access to the resources and influence of the FSB. That is not to say that the FSB will act on demand and without thought for Boyko, but they will act if they are persuade (i.e. through Kucherena) as to the benefits.

When this relationship is considered in tandem with the Shuvalov link, Boyko’s influence and ability to manage events in his favour multiplies several times over.

Of note, there is no record anywhere online of any type of relationship between Boyko and Kucherena, let alone a client-lawyer one.

C.9.2. Hacking

[To be completed when promised evidence is received.]

C.10. London market – attempts to raise money

According to a source close to a London based banker, Boyko is currently looking to raise in the region of around US$200-300 million from the London market. The reason for the loan is unknown, but our source has recommended to the banker that they do not get involved given the history and reputation of Boyko.

Separately, it has emerged that Boyko has been in talks with Credit Suisse with regard to the provision of finance and that Mohamad Ajami, of Soma Oil and Gas, is assisting Boyko in this regard. According to the information, Boyko intends to default on this loan and he has been paying bribes to employees of Credit Suisse to ensure that this is the case. The UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority has apparently been informed of these allegations.122



D.1. JUveljuks

Amongst other companies, Boyko is a shareholder in the JUveljuks group of companies which specialise in jewellery trading. This includes 75.5% stakes in:

The last company is of interest. Its registered address is: Bldg. 11/10-4, Letnikovskaya Str., Moscow, while the other shareholder is the Cypriot company, Piona Holdings Ltd124 (which also owns the remaining shares in the other two JUveljuks companies listed above) which means that Boyko may own 100% of the company. The sole listed director of the company, since 27 July 2009, has been Valeriy Petrovich Zhidkih who has a highly questionable background.

Born 23 July 1954 in Asbest Sverdlov Oblast.125 He is named in connection with several criminal and administrative cases in Russia, including:

It is curious that Boyko is the majority shareholder in an entity run by an individual of such questionable character. It suggests that there must be a close relationship between them.

D.2. Registered income

Over the period of 2006-2014 Oleg Boyko gained official income from the following legal entities:

D.3. Real estate

Presently, Oleg Boyko is registered as the owner of more than 24 real estate properties in Russia, 14 of which are situated in the Moscow International Business Centre (details below). He is also listed as the owner of 23 vehicles. Outside Russia, reports suggest126 Boyko owns the following properties:

D.3.1. Moscow

Various properties at Bldg.8/1, Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, Moscow International Business Centre

Apartments on Tversjkaya Str., Moscow:

Other premises in Moscow:

D.3.2. St. Petersburg

D.3.3. Vehicle ownership.

Presently Oleg Boyko is registered as the owner of the vehicles listed below. Almost every car has road traffic offences registered against his name in 2015 for exceeding the speed limit.

NB. According to sources, all Cadillac cars are usually escorted by other cars, at times Hummer H2s.

Boyko is also the registered owner of the 44 metre superyacht Blade, which was built in 2010 by the MMGI shipyard and can reach 42 knots, making it one of the fastest yachts in the world.128


1. His previous passport number was: XXX XXXXX, issued by the Department of Internal Affairs in Lomonosovskiy district of Moscow on 01 April 2003.
2. Taxpayer code.
4. Henry Jackson Society - "The Shuvalov Affair Report"
6. Page 127, Dawisha - Putin Kleptocracy - 2014
7. Page 175, 427 Dawisha - Putin Kleptocracy - 2014
8. Independent - Russian Jewish leader charged with kidnap - 25.01.01
12. The Forbes article covers his appointment only.
13. Foreign Intelligence Service.
14. Nasha Versiya N Neva - Illegal gambling business of OLBI pyramid schemer Oleg Boyko - 150310
16. Part confirmed by Nasha Versiya N Neva - Illegal gambling business of OLBI pyramid schemer Oleg Boyko - 150310
17. Sources report this Forbes article to be largely accurate, if a little bland and uncontroversial, as to Boyko’s past, although it does contain a few discrepancies. One instance is that it claimed Boyko’s stake in Sberbank was 20% when in fact it was closer to 10%.
19. Former Russian intelligence source.
22. New+Russia+sparrow&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAGoVChMIkJzS9ICSxwIVAboUCh2gBAKM#v=onepage& q=sparrow&f=false
23. &sig=LCR8oexWOzTogUYxJ-Q8la3TAgc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBWoVChMIi-iBqJqDxwIVS9YeCh3D1QwG#v=onepage&q=oleg%20boiko%20new%20york&f=false
24. Presently, Alexei Alexandrov is a member of the Federation Council. He is a law graduate from the Leningrad State University and is close to the entourage of Putin and Medvedev. He was the founder of insurance company Rus’, which employed Dmitry Medvedev (current Prime Minister of Russia).
25. Otari Arshba, the then KGB officer (presently, deputy of the State Duma and the First Deputy Head of the United Russia faction) worked for Boyko in EvrazHolding. He is close Aleksandr Ankvab, the President of Abkhazia.
29. Henry Jackson Society -The-Shuvalov-Affair-Report-4
30. Translated from the Russian.
32. Henry Jackson Society -The-Shuvalov-Affair-Report-4
34. Forbes, The Trust which Burst – 030512. See: kotoryi-lopnul
35. Henry Jackson Society -The-Shuvalov-Affair-Report-4
42. The 2012 Vedomosti article erroneously states that Boyko fell from the window of his own villa.
44. Broadly confirmed by: Henry Jackson Society -The-Shuvalov-Affair-Report-4: “At Boyko’s suggestion, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Alfred Koch, brought him on to work in Russia’s State Property Committee and to head its Department of State Register of Federal Property.”
49. Henry Jackson Society -The-Shuvalov-Affair-Report-4 ; 7818-11e1-b237-00144feab49a.html#axzz3i77xXbqd
51. Henry Jackson Society -The-Shuvalov-Affair-Report-4
52. 53. Moskovsky Komsomolets, 06 March 1998
54. 55.
57. GDRs only.
61. 04-26-05 Complaint_Davis et. al. v Evraz et. al
62. Case number: 1:00-cv-09627
64. http://www s_out_of_Jurisdiction/
65. Also known as Uralskaya Gorno-Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya
66. Forbes - Вся жизнь игра - 030507
68. Page 98, evraz_group_prospectus - 2005
69. MarketLine - Evraz plc - History - 300615
70. Page 18, evraz_group_prospectus - 2005
71. and
76. District Ct of Delaware - 1.02-mc-00058-RRM_Docket
77. Rate taken as of 30 June 1994
78. ;
79. Rate taken as of 28 December 2005, the date of the ruling.
80. Thai news service - Former Bangkok Bank of Commerce chief sentenced to prison for fraud – 040107 ;
82. 24/story.html
83. Thai news service - Former Bangkok Bank of Commerce chief sentenced to prison for fraud - 040107
85. Vancouver Sun - Mining company says CEO not wanted by Thai police - 180315
86. This is being investigated further.
88. Vancouver Sun - Mining company says CEO not wanted by Thai police - 180315
89. Prime-TASS - Former Russian banker says takes control of two banks - 041104 ;
90. WPS - U.S. consumer lender GE Money bought a Latvian Baltic Trust Bank – 241006
91. WPS - Kommersant Dengi publishes a rating of Russian banks - 050405
93. RIA Novosti - Central Bank strips three banks of licenses – 240806 ; Novecon - ETALONBANK and FPB Change Hands – 200106
94. Skrin - Banks stripped of licenses - 280806
95. WPS - U.S. consumer lender GE Money bought a Latvian Baltic Trust Bank - 241006
97. See:
99. ;
100. Тоскана холдинг. Vedomosti - Лотерейный туз из рукава - 250215
101. See also cached version of:
102. Vedomosti - Игры - только с государством - 031212
103. Vedomosti - Лотерейный туз из рукава - 250215
104. Vedomosti - Кремлевский розыгрыш - 250113
105. Vedomosti - «Золотой ключ» для победителя - 050915
107. Vedomosti - Лотерейный туз из рукава - 250215
109. Nasha Versiya N Neva - Illegal gambling business of OLBI pyramid schemer Oleg Boyko - 150310
110. Added by author
112. Added by author
121. ; ;
122. 16 07 2015 Letter to CS and 16.07.2015 Letter to FCA
123. Limited Liability Company
124. Reg no. He 196467, registered date, 14 April 2007.
125. His INN is: 772700191051.
126. Among others see: