In 1988-1993 he studied at Taganrog Radio Engineering Institute. He graduated with honours and has a degree in data processing and management systems.

In 1995-1997 he studied at the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation majoring in Economy and Banking. There he received a degree in M & A projects, international markets, finance and investment, and strategic management.

In 2004-2006 he studied at the EMBA program, jointly developed by NYU Stern Business School, New York, School of Economics and Politics, London and HEC School of Management, Paris.

In the years 1990-2000 he established and successfully managed a number of commercial enterprises.

In 2001-2005 he was a member of the board of directors in Taganrog Aviation Science and Technology complex named after M.G. Beriev.

In 2001-2003 he was assistant to a Rostov region deputy in the State Duma.

In 2003 he was chairman of the board of directors of Russlavbank Bank CJSC.

Since 2003 he has been president of Trastkom investment group.

In 2004-2005 he was economic issues advisor to the chairman of the Pension Fund of Russian Federation.

In 2006 he bought Yugtranzitservis (UTS),  the largest grain exporter in Russia.

From March to November 2009 he was CEO and chairman of the Insurance Company Russia, JSC.

He is a member of TMA (Turnaround Management Association, Chicago) and member of the board of trustees in the Southern Federal University in Rostov-na-Donu. He is chairman of the State Attestation Commission of the International Business School of the University of Finance.

Source: International Business School



In September 2005 Abdulzhelil Abdulkerimov’s Trastkom Management Company and Aleksander Romanyuk purchased 100% of shares in Insurance Company Russia. The contract was worth more than $ 12 million. Buyers acquired shares and assets of Russia equal to over $ 15 million and controlled managing bodies of the company. The sellers got a pre-payment of only approximately $ 750 thousand dollars. After that Trastkom and Romanyuk said they were not going to pay up the remaining money.

Almost immediately after the new owners got hold of the shares and management of the Insurance Company, they ceased contact and talks with the former owners. Three weeks after signing the contract, filed a claim to the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee at the Interior Ministry in central federal district, which initiated a criminal case number 291 139 under part 4 of article 159 Criminal Code (fraud by a group of individuals) against the former owners of Insurance Company Russia shares.

Source: Argumenty and Facty, 17 April 2006


In 2006Abdulzhelil Abdulkerimov expanded his business by acquiring 30% stake in Yugtranzitservis (UTS). He bought shares of the company from Kirill Podolsky, who left Yugtranzitservis shortly before the deal. Purchase of 30% of the grain trader shares did not allow Abdulkerimov to play a significant part in the development of the company. Majority shareholder is a Holding Company ITF Group, which held 70% of the shares.

The conflict broke out in mid-November 2006, when representatives of Trastkom were not admitted to an extraordinary meeting. Trastkom representatives failed find the registration committee in the location specified in the notice and the phones did not respond.

Source: Kommersant, 02 February 2007


In 2007 Trastkom sold its 30% share to ITF Group.

Source: zerno on-line, 25 April 2007


In 2009 it became known that Viktor Pinchuk, owner of the Ukrainian financial-industrial group Eastone, bought Russia Insurance Company.

Source: Forinsurer, 19 October 2009


In 2010 Abdulzhelil Abdulkerimov, chairman of Russlavbank board of directors, directly consolidated a majority stake in Russlavbank. According to the FAS, it satisfied the petition of an individual to acquire 24.99% stake in Russlavbank. Thus, Abdulkerimov’s share in Russlavbank reached 51.32%.


Source: RBC, 05 May 2010


In 2011 Nicholay Gusman, who was one of the largest shareholders in Russlavbank, sued a group of shareholders over control of the Bank and Contact money transaction system.

Nicholas Gusman had a 27% stake in the bank and was considered one of the largest shareholders. He served as president and independently operated the company. In April 2010 Abdulkerimov acquired 51% of the shares, becoming the owner of the greater part of the package. Gusman had no choice but to file a claim to the arbitration court, citing violation of the law "On Banks and Banking Activity". The court considered the claim and dismissed the case.

Since the beginning of 2011 Gusman was expelled from the board of directors, and his place was given to Marek Forysiak, who was previously on the board of directors in Renaissance Credit, was head of JP Morgan Chase and other banks. In Guzman's opinion, the situation at the bank has a negative impact on Russlavbank and may lead to the bank being deprived of the license.

Source:, 28 May 2011