The moves between Yukos and Prana

Jun 19, 2007 02:00 AM

The mysterious Prana that outbid state-run Rosneft at the tender for Yukos real estate and paid $ 3.9 bn for it apparently has lots of secrets. Not long ago, for instance, it emerged that Prana employs Olga Surikova had once worked in Yukos.
Prana had outbid Neft Aktiv, which is the subsidiary of Rosneft subsidiary, in the three-hour struggle for the Yukos assets auctioned via Lot 13. And it was exactly Ms Surikova that received documents confirming Prana's title to them. She acted under the power of attorney given by Prana General Director Vladimir Esakov.

Of interest is that, before the auction, the 22-storey headquarters of Yukos close to Paveletsky Railway Station, Moscow, had been generally thought the most valuable asset. Later on, however, Rosneft President Sergey Bogdanchikov acknowledged that the lot also included a few thousand tank cars, some cash, outstanding VAT of hundreds of million dollars, 500,000 tons of petroleum and accounts receivable worth more than $ 1 bn.
Prana paid in whole for the bid in late May.

In the next move, Yukos Receiver Eduard Rebgun and Prana General Director Vladimir Esakov sealed the delivery-acceptance report and Yukos former employee Olga Surikova showed up to fetch documents confirming the ownership.
The analysts speculate that the secret beneficiaries of Prana picked out Surikova because she had long worked in Yukos, and therefore, was well-aware of the assets auctioned via Lot 13.

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