Abramovich’s companies supplied Russian military with equipment for a decade – Report
Abramovich’s company received more than $2.8 million between 2015 and 2018 from a Russian factory that produces munitions
An Evraz group of companies, owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, supplied steel and explosives to Russian military arms makers, according to a report on Wednesday.
Although the UK-registered steel company has denied accusations that their cooperation with the Russian government may be linked to the production of weapons, the contracts show that Evraz subsidiaries in Russia have supplied the army of the country for nearly a decade, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Draft Report. (OCCRP).
After checking the contracts on Russia’s government procurement website, OCCRP found that Abramovich‘s company had received more than $2.8 million between 2015 and 2018 from a state-owned factory that produces ammunition to deliver materials used in explosives.
In 2018, Evraz also received $1.4 million for steel supplies to Uralvagonzavod, a Russian plant that, among other transport machinery, manufactures combat tanks. The company’s spokesperson denied the allegations.
“Evraz in Russia supplies products to infrastructure and construction projects for civilian use only,” the company’s statement said.
Overall, OCCRP’s Russian Asset Tracker project has identified more than $10 billion in assets belonging to Abramovich. However, it has become difficult to link his companies to the makers of weapons used by the Russian military in Ukraine after the Russian government in January banned any publication of state contracts related to national security and defense.
Britain imposed sanctions on Abramovich and other Russian oligarchs in March, shortly after Moscow invaded Ukraine. The former owner of Chelsea football club has been targeted by Western sanctions over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin and allegations that his companies may have been involved in the production of weapons.
Despite these accusations, Abramovich took part in negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv in March before the peace process bogged down following an escalation of the Russian offensive. Several Israeli institutions have also cut ties with the oligarch, who has made large donations to Jewish educational and cultural organizations.