The mysterious Russian lobby
In March it was reported that the prosecutor`s office Mannheim start preliminary checks against the company EnBW - one of the four largest energy concern in Germany. Prosecutor`s office interested, which left a lot of money that the company transferred to firms Russians Andrei Bykov, without receiving anything in return from them. EnBW suspected of tax evasion and fraud. No specific defendants in the case did not appear, but the prosecutor, Peter Linz (Peter Linz) said that usually in such cases, the accused are members of the board.
Then, in March, it was about 120 million euros. At least, that`s the same amount in arbitration courts energy concern, in turn, demanded that his former business partner for failure to fulfill the terms of contracts. According to the company, in 2005-2008 EnBW paid two firms Bykov 120 million euros for the "supply and guarantee the safety of uranium," the deal on monitoring systems of transport of radioactive materials in Russia, as well as cooperation in dismantling (Obrigheim) NPP Obrigheim. However, the statement said, EnBW still did not get their money`s worth. Since 2009, the company began to demand from Bykov implementation of the agreements, but without waiting for the results, asked the courts of arbitration.
Bulls refused to return the money, and made an unexpected announcement. He explained that he did not fulfill the conditions of the concluded contracts in coordination with EnBW. According to him, the supply of uranium was only a cover for his main work, which in the Group decided to keep secret according to some "internal reasons". In fact, his task was alleged to lobby the interests of EnBW in Russia. Bykov Statement of dummy contracts and made the Mannheim prosecutor`s office to begin its own review.
Bykov explained diagram of its cooperation with EnBW follows. German energy concern has concluded contracts with two of its companies Eurepa Suisse SA and Pro Life Systems SA, so that they actually helped him to enter the Russian gas market. This was done without the knowledge of the French company Electricite de France SA, which owned 45.01 percent stake in EnBW. The French have been set up to deal in the nuclear sphere, because they considered this a priority area for development, so trying to get out they would have not liked to the gas market, said Bykov. All this is described in the Russian lobbyist filed in 2011 against EnBW statement of claim in the Regional Court of Karlsruhe, in which he demanded to recognize their obligations to implement with respect to the energy concern.
At a time when the contracts with the companies have been concluded Bykov, head of the board of EnBW was Utz Claassen (Utz Claassen). He directed the concern from 2003 to 2007. However, in response to requests of German journalists to clarify the situation with the transactions he passed through his lawyer that the contracts were not during his leadership of the company and it`s about them do not know anything.
Bykov himself for the first time spoke to the media on this subject in January 2012, giving a comment Stuttgarter Zeitung. It was then that he set out his version of the dummy contracts and the nature of his true work in EnBW. According to him, the work he carried out honestly, the Russian side was ready to allow the Germans to control the gas fields in Siberia, but the deal fell through in 2008.
Then, the Bulls claimed, to head the new man came Board - Hans-Peter Willis (Hans-Peter Villis), who succumbed to pressure from EdF, who had heard of preparing contracts and canceled the gas deal. However, in an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung Bulls otherwise explained the motives of action EdF management: that the French wanted to develop their own relationship with the Russian gas companies and the Germans play the role of an importer of energy produced in the French nuclear power plants.
In late April, EnBW management admitted that Hans-Peter Willis in 2008 actually led the negotiations on Russian gas under the mediation of Andrei Bykov, and that the deal fell through really. Its amount is estimated at two billion euros as Handelsblatt wrote.
According to the German edition, both sides keep back part of truth. According to him, EnBW had planned to make a deal on access to gas fields, is under the control of the Russian state company "Alrosa", but in the field of nuclear energy agreements with Bykov companies were not dummies. At the same time, writes the Handelsblatt, Willis has canceled the deal in July 2008, not because it pressured the French, but because they found another gas contract. In the same 2008 it was announced that cooperation with EnBW major importer of gas on the German market Verbundnetz Gas (VNG) .itoge Bulls reportedly felt slighted because of the fact that he has broken the deal with premium of two billion euros, and ceased to fulfill the obligations for nuclear contracts of the firms, and an advance payment for their keep. However, in EnBW argue that Bykov rewarded for work on gas deal adequately, although not say what it was.
Bykov himself again dare to speak in the German press in mid-June, giving a great interview with Handelsblatt. In it, he confirmed the story of the fictitious contracts and its work on lobbying the interests of EnBW in the Russian market. According to him, he did a great job to rehabilitate the image of the German company in the Russian Federation after its managers thwarted in 2002 a deal to jointly develop gas Kharampur metorozhdeniya with "Rosneft" and "Gazprom".
Bykov said that all he contributed 200 million euros, half of which was a reward for his services. The remaining