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14 Marc 2017
Vladimir Yakunin the Mystery Man Canada Refuses to Sanction


Montreal Quebec - His name appears only on the 62nd page of the 63 page document that the Swedish prosecutor's office presented last week in an aggravated bribe case against employees of the Canadian company Bombardier.
 
The name of this man is Vladimir Yakunin, he is a long-time, and now a former, boss of the Russian Railways, writes the correspondent of The Globe and Mail, Mark McKinnon.
 
His name will be mentioned only once in the memo of 2014.
 
But from the context it is clear that the acquaintance with Yakunin, one of the trustees of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was the key to implementing plans in the railway sector of Russia and in other parts of the former Union.
 
At least at the time of writing the memo, "the author asserts" Yakunin's name is missing from the documents on the hundred transactions that The Globe and Mail investigated in 2016.
 
It also affected the Swedish branch of Bombardier, as well as the mysterious company Multiserv Overseas Ltd., whose activities are currently under consideration in the Stockholm court.
 
But there is a hint, documents on the company's registration showed that Multiserv Overseas was registered by a man who in the Russian press is often called a business partner of Yakunin, the article says.
 
What is even more surprising, the author notes, is that the name of Yakunin is also missing in the list of persons on whom Canada imposed sanctions against Russia after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
 
Although this man was one of the first to get into the US sanctions lists.
 
In the Canadian list, the author of the article recalls, Yakunin was not included even under the conservative Harper government.
 
But the liberals did not include him there either.
 
The current Foreign Minister Khristia Freeland, when she was in opposition, criticized the conservatives and called their actions hypocritical for the lack of sanctions against Yakunin and Sechin, the head of Rosneft.
 
But her government, which added 15 new names to the sanctions list, again did not include Yakunin.
 
Further, Mark McKinnon writes that in response to the investigation of The Globe by Multiserv Overseas, Mike Nadolski, Bombardier's vice president of public relations, assured that this firm is a legitimate business partner.
 
But admitted that Bombardier really lobbied the proposal not to include the name of Yakunin in the sanctions list.
 
"We informed the government about Bombardier's investments and its interests in Russia when Canada was going to impose sanctions," he said.
 
The Globe and Mail investigation found that Multiserv Overseas is a structure of property and management which is constantly changing.
 
"It was founded in 2010, said Yuri Obodovsky, a longtime partner of Yakunin," the article says.
 
Last year, in a letter to The Globe and Mail, Yakunin claimed that he only "vaguely remembers the name Multiserv."
 
At the same time, he said that it was simply impossible to have contracts with RZD in an inappropriate way.
 
But in 2014 a service note was found, in which a clear line was drawn between Obodovsky, who is also deputy chairman of the board of Elteza, a joint venture between Bombardier and RZD, and Yakunin, the publication asserts.
 
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