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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The “gold” district

The Governor of Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko proposed to appoint the head of the Vsevolozhsk district Andrey Nizovsky – at the moment the Chairman of regional Committee of the state order. If candidacy would be supported by local MPs, it would increase the influence of ryonasaga of the Governor and, as one might expect, neotrigonia businessmen.

Alexander Drozdenko

Vsevolozhsk district is of strategic importance for the region’s economy, being the absolute leader on volumes of housing construction. It accounts for up to 30% of buildings in Petersburg and the nearest suburbs of housing. The cost of land here is also the highest in the region – 50 million rubles per hectare, truly “Golden.” Main resource for new construction are lands of agricultural purpose, converting them to a different category increases their value ten times, bringing the owners, the so-called “landlords”, fabulous profits. It is not surprising that vacant due to the departure of the former head of administration of Vladimir Drachev at the Duma post was found already nine candidates representing different interest groups. Competition Commission after reviewing the documents took six. The Governor Alexander Drozdenko at the beginning of October marked their preferences, proposing the candidature of Chairman of Committee of the state order of Andrey Nizovsky, which made him the main favorite of the upcoming contest.

The desire of the head of region to take strategic land resources under tight control by putting the head of the district trusted person, is understandable. But the choice of candidates, according to some businessmen, makes it clear who will be given the “green light”, which may lead to the redistribution of spheres of influence, the consequences of which are difficult to predict.

Andrey Nizovsky, one of the few people in the government region, which can be unconditionally attributed to the team of the incumbent Governor. With Drozdenko they know each other from the time when the current head of the region headed the Committee on state property management and Nizovskaya was Deputy head of the Federal Agency of cadastre of objects of real estate on LO. For this reason, Nizovskaya, I believe, can be familiar with the largest regional “landlord” is the owner of the company “evroinvest” Andrey Berezin, which in those years was actively engaged in selfoscillation CR.

Berezin, who actively promotes development projects in the Vsevolozhsk district is one of entree to the leadership of the region’s businessmen. Last year he was on a couple of political analyst Leonid Davydov even purchased through the state-controlled JSC RESMI stake (25,1%) and the Leningrad regional TV company, thereby removing from the regional government of the burden of financing canal LOT. But this year, as recently revealed online media “47 Novostey”, “Close to the landlord of the Berezina person bypassed the moratorium the Governor Drozdenko on the transfer of land. So the plot cost under half a billion in Vsevolozhsk ceased to be anyone’s”.

Nizovskaya and connect with others, considered to be the entree to the Governor, a businessman – owner and operator of outdoor advertising “Volgobalt Media” Vladimir Sivakova, who in September became the Deputy of Legislative Assembly of region. In 2013-2015 related to Sivakovu of the company “ESKO” and “ABZ Boilers” (new name – “Cortex”) were recipients of multi-million contracts for the construction and repair of roads. Despite the fact that the entire road Fund of the Leningrad region amounted to slightly more than 8 billion.

With this in mind, the participants of the construction market are wondering how the new head of administration will be to build relationships with the business? In a situation when the market shrinks and margins are falling, builders are increasingly expressing networktopology some “landlords” who are able to decide what they lose is nothing more that the situation with the business elites of the region can have unpredictable political consequences.


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