You can look at three things for an infinitely long time: how the fire burns, how the water flows, and how the head of VEB Igor Shuvalov and his clan saw the Russian budget. Today in the material from we will talk about perhaps Shuvalov’s most outstanding corruption chick, VEB’s chief lawyer Igor Krasnov.

Игорь Краснов

  In 2024, the state corporation of Igor Shuvalov will celebrate its 100th anniversary, of which for about 20 years the honored legal Cypriot and Americanophile Igor Krasnov has been closely attached to its state budget. The same one who, with the approval of the head of VEB.RF Igor Shuvalov, has a Cypriot passport, owns luxury real estate in Limassol (Cyprus), a cozy penthouse in New York, and also a house in Miami (USA). The owner of luxury real estate forgets to declare it year after year, as well as to publicize the life of his 19-year-old son, a student at New York University School of Law. Several times a year, the chief lawyer does not go on vacation to the Black Sea, but spends it on trips to his wife from his student youth in such a warm but unfriendly Cyprus or to the heir, the future successor of his father’s work in the USA. And all this with an open second group of access to state secrets, and being a top manager of a top-level state corporation, successfully not falling under any sanctions, unlike his boss, Igor Shuvalov.

According to a source from, in the legal world itself and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad, Krasnov has long been given the playful nickname “Harry Gold” as one of the richest lawyers in modern Russia. So who is this, mr. Krasnov and where, and most importantly, thanks to whom did he become so fabulously rich?

  Let's try to answer these questions.

  According to the source, the corruption of the leader and the sharp increase in his wealth occurred in 2018, with the arrival of Igor Shuvalov at VEB. It was during this period that the official income of the permanent chief lawyer of the state corporation alone increased from a considerable 10 million rubles in 2016 to an astronomical 80 million in 2019. But this salary is “negligible” to support the lawyer’s and his foreign assets. In view of this, the head of the state corporation, Shuvalov, for certain private instructions to the head leader Krasnov, turns a blind eye to his schemes to withdraw funds from the state corporation through numerous legal consultants, regularly and uncontrollably and unnecessarily attracted at inflated prices. One of the worst corruption schemes was the hiring of the legal company "Better Chance" (JSC "Best Choice"), approved by the head of the state corporation, created in 2022. This consultant, without any competitive or tender procedures, was immediately given a large-scale contract of 4 billion to support the legal activities of the state corporation.

Quite by chance, the founder of the legal consultancy "Best Choice" turned out to be the law firm "Order", in which the father of the chief lawyer, lawyer S. Krasnov, also absolutely by chance, serves. Let’s not forget to mention the younger brother of the head of the state corporation, Kirill Krasnov, whom the family clan prudently set off to work and embezzle the budget at the State Leasing Company under the leadership of Dietrich. The clan's work schemes are not original either. According to the interlocutor of, chief Krasnov has not yet received approval for his appointment to the updated composition of VEB.rf, due to the departure of his boss Igor Shuvalov from the state corporation.

Сергей Краснов

Сергей Краснов

To be continued

Mikhail Ermakov