Timur Ivanov. The oligarch and the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation. A thief and a traitor

Timur Ivanov. The oligarch and the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation. A thief and a traitor

The lover of Saint Tropez and Courchevel is suspended from office and sent to jail

On April 23, 2024, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Timur Ivanov was detained at his workplace. On April 24, 2024, the head of the department, Sergei Shoigu, dismissed him fr om office. Ivanov's case is being handled by FSB military counterintelligence officers and investigators of the RF IC. 

The Basmanny court arrested him until June 23, 2024. Ivanov was charged under Article 290 ("Receiving a bribe on a particularly large scale") of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The maximum penalty is a prison term of up to 15 years. 

According to investigators, Ivanov entered into a criminal conspiracy and, as part of an organized group, received property benefits from carrying out contract and subcontract work for the needs of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. These services, the cost of which could amount to more than 1 billion rubles, were provided by Olimpcitystroy.  

The crime is serious, considering the time and position of the suspect. Getting rich on army property and running scams, especially when the country is at war, is not only betrayal, but also complicity in the murder of Russian fighters. Did Ivanov know about this, a man with a civilian biography who did not even undergo military service, but has the class rank of a valid state adviser of the 1st class, which corresponds to the military rank of army general? He knew that his intellect was fine. 

For comparison, the military rank of army general is held by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov. This is to understand the rank of the figure involved in crimes.

In 1997 Ivanov graduated from the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Lomonosov Moscow State University, in 2004 — the International Academy of Marketing and Management with a degree in Economics and Finance, received a PhD in economics, making a fantastic career. From 1999 to 2012. Ivanov worked at enterprises of the fuel and energy complex (fuel and energy complex): he became an adviser to the Department for the Construction of nuclear facilities of the Ministry of Atomic Energy, then an adviser to the first deputy head of Rosenergoatom, First Vice President of Atomstroyexport (construction of foreign nuclear power facilities), Deputy Chairman of the Board of Inter RAO UES. From 2009 to 2012. Ivanov is the General Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "Russian Energy Agency" of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, was a member of the working group of the government commission on energy efficiency.   

In 2012 Ivanov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the government of the Moscow Region when Sergei Shoigu was governor. Following his boss, he moved to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. 

From 2013 to 2016, he headed JSC Oboronstroy, a multidisciplinary company engaged in the construction of housing for military personnel, socially significant and strategic military facilities. The JSC included enterprises specializing in design, production, logistics and energy. 

Astronomical sums passed through Ivanov's hands. He oversaw the grandiose construction of the Patriot Park and the Main Church of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Moscow region. In 2014, he was commissioned to build a cadet school in Sevastopol. It was built in a record 5 months, but 2 weeks before the opening, the roof of the building collapsed, killing two workers. The tragic incident was soon forgotten, and the head of Oboronstroy was promoted. 

In May 2016, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense, supervised construction, military mortgages, reconstruction of facilities and major repairs of the department, was responsible for quartering troops, property and medical support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. His competence included the management of procurement for the State Defense Order and to meet the needs of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (!). 

At the same time, when Ivanov left Oboronstroy, the company's annual loss amounted to 3.3 billion rubles, the debt to contractors exceeded 1.5 billion rubles. In 2017, the company was liquidated.

In 2019 Ivanov was included in the Forbes magazine list as one of the richest security officials in Russia with a family income of 136.7 million roubles (!). But this is only official data. Judging by the expenses, his income was much higher. 

Ivanov is a regular at social events. Back in 2010, after leaving his wife with two children, he stole his wife Svetlana from billionaire Mikhail Maniovich, who positioned herself as a socialite, loved a luxurious life, so he had to comply. Already, as Deputy Minister of Defense, Ivanov organized memorable parties either in Istanbul or at the Imperial Yacht Club of Moscow. 

The Ivanovs owned a fleet of Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Aston Martin, Hummer, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. As for real estate, the family had at its disposal the capital estate of Anna von Meck of the XIX century in Chisty Lane, a huge mansion on the banks of the Volga River in the Tver region, a penthouse in the Kalmeer Apartment Building on Povarskaya Street, a country house on Rublevsky highway, an apartment in Mexico. Ivanova owns real estate in Tel Aviv (she and her children from her first marriage are Israeli citizens). 

The media discussed diamonds of the deputy minister's wife worth millions of dollars, a dress for € 94 thousand and details of the couple's vacation on the Cote d'Azur in Saint-Tropez and Courchevel. In 2017, a military official spent more than €300 thousand on vacation in France. Villa Mangueira (€170 thousand) and a yacht (€93 thousand) were rented. The Ivanovs drove around in a rare Rolls Royce, which they bought and registered with a Luxembourg company. In 6 years of French travel, the Deputy Minister spent more than €1.3 million.

After the start of the Special Operation of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine, Ivanov fell under Western restrictions. The official journal of the EU in October 2022 recalled that the official occupies the 10th place in the general hierarchy of the Russian military leadership and is responsible for the purchase of military products and the construction of military facilities. However, his wife continued to travel to France, however, she divorced Ivanov in order not to fall under sanctions. 

In April 2023, photos appeared on social networks wh ere the ex-wife of an official in a luxurious fur coat walks along Courchevel on the arm of singer Valery Meladze, who voiced the Bandera slogan "Glory to Ukraine!" from the stage in Dubai. Her daughter from her first marriage, Alexandra, also moved to France, who runs her blog, takes pictures against the background of European attractions, shows off expensive outfits and scolds the Russian Special Operation. Ivanov's stepson Mikhail is studying in the UK, and his son from his first marriage, Alexander, is in Mexico. 

Despite the scandal, Timur Ivanov steadfastly continued to oversee expensive projects: the construction of 16 multifunctional medical centers of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the treatment of patients, which began back in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the restoration of Mariupol. 

In the new territories, all construction contracts were under him, which brought considerable income. The late head of Wagner's Private security company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, repeatedly called Ivanov a "embezzler." 

On April 24, 2024, this story of theft and betrayal came to a logical conclusion. Real estate and property registered to Ivanov, his ex-wives and 5 children, including foster children, were arrested by the metropolitan court.