Sergey Dankvert was born on 22 August 1955 in Enotaevsk city, the Astrakhan region.
In 1977 he graduated from Goryachkin Farming University in Moscow as a mechanical engineer in agricultural production. In 1986 he graduated from the All-Union Academy of Foreign Trade on the as an international economist with foreign language skills.
He received doctor's degree in agricultural sciences
In 1977-1981 he was the chief engineer and deputy production director of Naro-Osanovsky pedigree farm.
In 1977-1979 he worked as a senior engineer at Narsky complex in Naro-Osanovsky farm.
In 1979-1980 he worked as acting chief engineer and deputy production director of Naro Osanovsky farm.
In 1980-1981 he was the chief engineer of Barybino farm.
In 1981-1986 he was the chief engineer of Prigorodnoye farming association and Dzerzhinsky collective farm.
In 1986-1989 he was deputy director-general responsible for the mechanization and transport of Moskva agro-industrial complex.
In 1989-1993 he was deputy director-general responsible for mechanization and head of power engineering and automation department of Moskva Agro-Industrial Complex company.
In 1994-1997 he was head of production department and then vice-president of Agroplemsoyuz corporation.
In 1997-2000 he was the director-general of Agroplemsoyuz public corporation.
In 2000-2004 he was the RF Deputy Minister of Agriculture.
Since March 2004 he has been the head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance(Rosselkhoznadzor).
Dankvert used to be the chairman of the board of directors of Niva agricultural firm and a board member of Rosagropromsoyuz, the Union of Russian Agro-industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Medal For Labor
Medal In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow
The title of Merited Worker of Agriculture.
In 2002 Dankvert as chairman of the Subsidy Committee was reported to receive 10% kickbacks from subsidies, apart from bribes like cars, expensive alcohol etc.
Besides, he supervised veterinary service, that is, 500 million roubles of state funds and got another 10% from there, as well as imports of meat where he exacted 5 dollars per tonne. Supervision of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Pedigree was also extremely profitable for Agroplemsoyuz company directed by Dankvert's father.
Source: B-F.Ru, 24 December 2002
In 2002 First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sergey Dankvert specified agricultural lobby required for Russian livestock sector. Ministry of Agriculture maked it clear to entrepreneurs that they should lobby for their interests by their own and use their own money, but act in accordance with the guideline of the Ministry.
Source: LAWLINKS.RU, 4 September 2002
In 2005 money from federal funds was allocated for Agroplemsoyuz company. 50 million rubles were given to the company ''as a compensation for being an agent that collected debts from farms which signed lease agreements to purchase breeding stock at the expense of the federal budget.''
What do we know about this company? Agroplemsoyuz public corporation includes 55 breeding farms in 20 regions of Russia where pigs and cows are reared for resale to Russian breeding companies. Director-general of Agroplemsoyuz Aleksei Dankvert is the father of the head of Rosselkhoznadzor. At the beginning of 2006 among shareholders of Agroplemsoyuz was Agribusiness LLC owned by Inna Dankvert, the wife of Sergey Dankvert, and Tatyana Gordeeva, the wife of Minister of Agriculture Aleksei Gordeev.
In 2007 the Ministry of Agriculture planned to subsidize keeping livestock of individual breeding farm and allocate to the farms about 3000 rubles per head. Agroplemsoyuz was in the list of enterprises to be supported.
Source: Russian Forbes, January 2007
Here is an extract from the report of director of Moscow office of Ekros company Ziborov
on harmonization of money amounts got by tender winners and the kickbacks.
"... On 24 April 2008, the next day after receiving information from Maxim, a trustee of Sergey Dankvert and deputy director of Rosselkhoznadzor, deputy director of the Federal Centre for assessing the quality of grain Pyotr Puzyrkov called me and arranged a meeting. We met at 6.30 p.m. and had talked for 40 minutes. At the meeting I was asked to draw the following sums in specifically designated regions:
1. Kaliningrad - 18.8 million rubles.
2. St. Petersburg - 32.8 million rubles.
3. Leningrad region - 75.8 million rubles.
4. Belgorod - 49.8 million rubles.
TOTAL - 177.2 million rubles.
By december 2008 Most of these sums and kickbacks had been drawn by Aquilon, SokTrade and Ekros companies. Some regions, however, by the instruction of Rosselkhoznadzor, were given to KhimMed company, Moscow, so the Federal Centre was not the only profiteer.
Director of the Centre for assessing the quality of grain Hatuntsov and deputy director Puzyrkov transferred the money they received as kickbacks to short-lived companies ...
The scheme is as follows: a student or a person of no fixed abode is registered as an owner of the company, then winner of a tender or an auction transfers the kickback money to the company as if paying for expensive equipment or services.
Documents are prepared by winner himself to make it easier to write off the money and evade taxes, while Soldatov only affixes a stamp. Then Soldatov transfers the money to check cashing companies as if buying the equipment or services and brings the cash to Pyotr Puzyrkov. Puzyrkov divides the money into shares and gives it to ministerial officer Vlasov. Part of the money, by order of Sergey Dankvert, later goes back to the Federal Centre and other organizations of Rosselkhoznadzor for '' financial incentives of good workers''.
Source: Agroru.com, 14 February 2011
In 2011 the media published a rating of the most corrupt agencies of Russia. Rosselkhoznadzor was ranked fourth. In the largest bribe competition he was left behind the Federal Antimonoply Service, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Migration Service.
Source: Sekret Firmy, 5 September 2011