Vladimir Yevtushenkov

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Vladimir P. Yevtushenkov
Born25 September 1948 (1948-09-25) (age 69)
Residence Moscow, Russia
Net worth US$1.5 billion (August 2018) [1]
Spouse(s) married
Children 2

Vladimir Petrovich Yevtushenkov (Evtushenkov) (Russian : Владимир Петрович Евтушенков; born 25 September 1948) is a Russian billionaire business oligarch. He is the majority owner and chairman of Sistema.

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  1. owners are the largest private owners in the country
  2. it possesses sufficient political power to promote its own interests
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Early life

Yevtushenkov has master's degrees in chemistry (1973, from D. Mendeleev Moscow Chemical Engineering Institute) and economics (1980), and a PhD in economics (1986). [2] Yevtushenkov worked as an engineer at Karacharovo Plastics Works until 1982, and as chief engineer and first deputy general director of the Polymerbyt Scientific and Production Association until 1987, when he was appointed as the head of the Department of Science and Technology for the Moscow city government. [3] [4]

Yevtushenkov resigned in 1993 to establish Sistema. [5]


Since 1995 he is the major shareholder and chairman of the board of the Russian investment holding company Sistema (together with another Top Managers such as Evgeny Novitsky [5] ). Sistema was an early shareholder in Russian mobile telecommunications pioneer VimpelCom, and sold its stake when the company was the first Russian company to list on the New York Stock Exchange in November 1996. [6] Yevtushenkov took Sistema public in February 2005, in a $1.35 billion IPO that was Russia's largest ever at the time. [7] Today Sistema is the largest shareholder in MTS, Russia's largest telecommunications company. [8] Other major Sistema assets include children's goods retailer Detsky Mir, [9] pulp and paper holding Segezha Group , Russia’s largest chain of private healthcare clinics MEDSI [10] etc.

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In 2009, Sistema purchased oil and gas companies in the Republic of Bashkortostan. [11] This would be the foundation of the oil and gas company Bashneft.

Bashneft is a Russian oil company formed by the transfer of the oil related assets of the Soviet oil ministry in Bashkortostan to the regional government of the Republic of Bashkortostan by Boris Yeltsin. It was then privatized during 2002-3 by Murtaza Rakhimov, the president of Bashkortostan, an ally of Yeltsin's, with a controlling interest in Bashkir Capital, a holding company controlled by Rakhimov's son, Ural Rakhimov. In 2009 a controlling interest in Bashneft was acquired for $2 billion by Vladimir Yevtushenkov and placed in his holding company, Sistema, but in July 2014 he was jailed and 72% of Sistema's interest in Bashneft seized by the Russian government. Following seizure of the company in December 2014 Yevtushenkov was released from jail, "charges not proven," but Ural Rakhimov was reported to have fled the country. It is one of the larger producers of oil products in the country. The company operates 140 oil and natural gas fields in Russia and has an annual oil production of 16 million tonnes. Bashneft owns three oil refineries located in Ufa with a combined capacity of 820,000 bbl/d (130,000 m3/d) and 100 petrol stations.

Currently, Yevtushenkov owns 64% of the total conglomerate. [12] In 2014, according to Forbes, he was Russia's 15th richest businessman with a fortune of around US$8.3 billion. On the Forbes 2016 list of the world's billionaires, he was ranked #722 with a net worth of US$2.4 billion. [1]

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Bashneft and house arrest

In September 2014 Russian investigators placed Yevtushenkov under house arrest, accusing him of money-laundering in connection with the acquisition of shares in oil producer Bashneft. 72% of Bashneft's shares were owned by Sistema. Sistema said it considered the accusations baseless. [13] In December 2014 as ruled by the Moscow Arbitration (Commercial) Court Bashneft was re-nationalised. Following the return of Bashneft to State ownership, in February 2015 the Moscow Arbitration Court awarded Yevtushenkov’s Sistema RUB 70.7 billion ($1.1 billion) in damages from the loss of Bashneft. [14] And in January 2016, all the accusations against him in connection with the acquisition of Bashneft has been dismissed as it was found that no crime had been committed. [15] [16]

Personal life

He is married with two children, and lives in Moscow. [1]

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