While the capital bulldozers were demolishing the huts in the village "Rechnik", the Kremlin preferred to ignore the chaos; but once the neighboring elite "Island of fantasy" became threatened, it immediately imposed a moratorium on demolition of illegal buildings. It is no wonder, as there are many high-profiled figures from Putin’s government among the "fantasy lovers". Thus, the Minister of Trade and Industry Viktor Khristenko could not resist it, and in 2007 he bought the property on the secondary market.
According to financial disclosure statements for 2008, Mr. Khristenko has got mansions of 218.6 square meters in there. If one compares the data with the proposals of various realtor agencies, he can assume that this is a five-six-room apartment. In 2007, the value of those apartments reached $ 14 thousand per meter on average; it might have cost the Minister about 2.5 million U.S., or 80 million Russian rubles. Even for the official of his rank – it is a fantastic amount!
How has he got the money for such an expensive "Fantasia"? - Apparently not from the wages. According to the declaration filed by 2007, he came up with a very modest (for "Islands") annual profit of 2.153 million rubles. To buy an apartment in the chic village, he would have needed to defer to Piggybank all of his legal income for 37 years. Of course, without spending money for food, clothing, rent and other worldly trifles.
However, there are rumors that Khristenko was hiding in the wallet a 20% stake in Magnitogorsk, but in 2005 the official refused of that happiness.
Starting from 1999 Khristenko has been acting as representative of the State in the boards of KAMAZ, the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Combine, Gazprom, Transneft, etc. Information on the Khristenko’s payroll was not publicly disclosed in this respect, and the tax record never appeared.
Perhaps the Minister’s purchase was paid by his wife - also a Minister (but of Health and Social Development) Tatjana Golikova. However, legitimate income of the head of the Ministry of Health is even more modest than her husband's. According to the declaration of 2008, she earned a million less. Long before that she was inferior to his income. As stated in the tax base, in 2003 she brought home from the Ministry of Finance 692,653 rubles, in 2004 - 1,070,416 rubles, and then in the same vein.
There is no money, but there are mansions. And the apartment matching her husband's apartment appeared. Until 2007 Khristenko had no homeownership in Moscow (as for the elite meters on Triumph Square at Tverskaya, 28, he was only registered there, according to real estate capital database); however in 2004 (one year after the wedding of Golikova and Khristenko) the current Minister of Health (then she was Deputy Minister of Finance) obtained a mansion in the residential complex "1-st Kolobovsky, 18" on the Trubnaya st., near the Boulevard Ring.
Golikova specified the area of the apartment in the declaration – 142.4 square meters. Apparently, it is a four-room house: living room, dining room with kitchen, 3 bedrooms, dressing room and 2 bathrooms. All of those cost approximately $ 2,424 million, which is $ 17 thousand per meter.
Viktor Khristenko - a native of the Chelyabinsk region where the largest steel manufacturing plants are located: Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Combine (MMK), “Mechel”, “Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant” (ChTPZ). Before moving to Moscow, Viktor Khristenko worked in the regional administration and was familiar with the local business elite. For example, Viktor Khristenko helped Viktor Rashnikov, the head of MMK to lobby the project of building a mill at the mill-2000, under which the EBRD loan was planned. It was also a great help for ChTPZ when the Ukrainian producers’ pipe deliveries to Russia had been limited; they were imposed due to anti-dumping investigations controlled by the Minister of Industry. The wife of Viktor Khristenko - Tatiana Golikova is in charge of the pharmaceutical sector of the country. And it was unlikely by chance that at the peak of swine flu "epidemic» the best prophylactic medicine was considered "Arbidol"; its only manufacturer was the company “Pharmstandard” by Victor Haritonin – a good friend of the ministerial family. Tatiana Golikova also participated in the decisions making on prevention of swine flu. “About 4 billion rubles of budget has been spent on the vaccine, but it was unclaimed - the epidemic has not taken place", - said Nikita Krichevsky, doctor of economic sciences, professor.
Currently Tatiana Golikova has been advancing the draft law "On circulation of drugs" in the State Duma. If adopted, control over the examination of all the medicines will be passed from Roszdravnadzor to MHSD; it is scheduled to be transmitted to a yet non-existent state enterprise. To consolidate their position, they have to involve allies. It looks like the head of “Rostekhnologia" Sergey Chemezov has become such an ally. In the middle of December the Ministry of Health held an auction where the supplier of the most expensive drugs procured by the State - "Bortezomiba” - was chosen. The initial contract price is 3.57 billion rubles for 10 months, starting from March 2010. The winner of the tender has become the company "Irwin-2", part of the holding “Farmeko", which is close to “Rostekhnology”. "The Pharmaceutical Holding can be created on the basis of “Rostekhnology", suggests Nikita Krichevsky. “Tatyana Golikova and Viktor Khristenko do not possess an appropriate management, but Sergei Chemezov does”.