Boris Romanowitsch Rotenberg

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Boris Romanowitsch Rotenberg

Boris Romanowitsch Rotenberg ( Russian Борис Романович Ротенберг ; born January 3, 1957 in Leningrad , Soviet Union ) is a Russian - Finnish oligarch . He earned his billion dollar fortune in close association with the state-owned company Gazprom, mainly by constructing gas pipelines in the construction industry and in the chemical industry. He is considered a close childhood friend of the incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin .


Boris Rotenberg and his older brother Arkadi Rotenberg own the “Stroy Gaz Montazh” group of companies (construction, gas, assembly), or “SGM Group” for short. It combines the construction activities of the brothers and is Gazprom's prime contractor for the construction of oil and gas pipelines. With a turnover of 120 billion euros (2011), Gazprom was once the world's largest natural gas production company , employs around 450,000 people, making it one of Russia's largest employers.

The Rotenberg brothers also founded the SMP bank in 2001, which today has over 100 branches in 40 Russian cities, and there is an offshoot in Latvia. Half of the branches are in the greater Moscow area, nationwide the bank operates more than 9,000 ATMs and made it into the circle of the 40 largest financial institutions in Russia for the first time 12 years after it was founded.

The good relations between Gazprom, the SGM Group and the SMP Bank are a result of the close ties between Vladimir Putin and Boris Rotenberg, who as a member of the St. Petersburg Connection belongs to Putin's circle of power.

Rotenberg has been president of the football club FK Dynamo Moscow and vice-president of the Russian Judo Federation since 2013. He is married and has four children. One of his adult sons is Roman Rotenberg , head of marketing at the ice hockey club SKA Saint Petersburg , the other the professional soccer player Boris Borissowitsch Rotenberg , who has been signed by various clubs in the Premier League during his career , including Zenit Saint Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow.

As the most expensive event of its kind to date, the XXII. 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi awarded Rotenbergs orders for 20 projects with an estimated volume of five billion euros. For example, under Rotenberg's direction, the coastal road to Adler , where the Olympic Park and numerous sports facilities were built.

In the course of the Crimean crisis in 2014, the US government ( Obama cabinet ) tightened its sanctions against Russia and thus directly against the SMP bank. Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis , the representatives of NATO in Russia recognized the driving force behind the separatist combat units . As a result, on March 20, 2014 , the United States imposed sanctions on “close friends” of the Russian head of state. In addition to Putin's chief of staff Sergei Ivanov , these included Gennady Timchenko and the elder of the Rotenberg brothers.

In the course of the publication of the Panama Papers in April 2016, Rotenberg's entrepreneurial activities became known to the public.

In connection with an investigation against Deutsche Bank , Bloomberg News reported in April 2016, citing unnamed informants, that part of the billions converted into dollars by Mirror Trading are said to come from the Rotenberg brothers.

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  2. Boris Rotenberg Jr, family friend of Vladimir Putin, has unexpected and mercurial rise to peak of Russian football ( English ) May 6, 2015. Accessed April 7, 2016.
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  7. Villas and Horses , Novaya Gazeta, February 21, 2018
  8. ^ Panama Papers: Data leak reveals offshore deals of rich Putin friends