Britain Liquidates Russian Oil Companies’ Fraudulent ‘Clones’

</p> <p>Several Russian energy companies have won a battle against an unusual enemy: their UK-based “clones.”</p> <p>The oil and gas companies Transneft, Tatneft, Lukoil, and Surgutneft have convinced British authorities to annul the clones’ registration, according to documents published by the British Supreme Court and the state business registry. </p> <p>The Gazprom Neft oil company also had its clone annulled, a company representative <a target="_blank" href="//www.vedomosti.ru/finance/articles/2017/03/23/682342-dvoiniki-neftyanih-kompanii" rel="noopener">told</a> the Vedomosti newspaper.</p><div class="btscj65d9ba613106f" ><!-- Yandex.RTB R-A-749142-1 --> <div id="yandex_rtb_R-A-749142-1"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(w, d, n, s, t) { w[n] = w[n] || []; w[n].push(function() { Ya.Context.AdvManager.render({ blockId: "R-A-749142-1", renderTo: "yandex_rtb_R-A-749142-1", async: true }); }); t = d.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s = d.createElement("script"); s.type = "text/javascript"; s.src = "//an.yandex.ru/system/context.js"; s.async = true; t.parentNode.insertBefore(s, t); })(this, this.document, "yandexContextAsyncCallbacks"); </script></div><style type="text/css"> @media screen and (min-width: 1201px) { .btscj65d9ba613106f { display: block; } } @media screen and (min-width: 993px) and (max-width: 1200px) { .btscj65d9ba613106f { display: block; } } @media screen and (min-width: 769px) and (max-width: 992px) { .btscj65d9ba613106f { display: block; } } @media screen and (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 768px) { .btscj65d9ba613106f { display: block; } } @media screen and (max-width: 767px) { .btscj65d9ba613106f { display: block; } } </style> <p><span>The British clones were all fake corporations — formally registered under the names of the Russian companies’ top executives, but with no relation to the real firms. Legal experts suspect they were established as part of a scam to sign contracts and receive monetary advances from gullible business partners.</span></p> <p>Last year, the RBC business daily discovered seven clones of Russian energy companies registered in Britain. All were established between March and June 2016 and, on paper, were indistinguishable from legitimate subsidiaries of the companies.</p> <p>Following the RBC report, at least five of the Russian companies took action. They got their clones liquidated by different means: appealing to Companies House, Britain’s state registry of businesses or involving Interpol and going to court.</p> </div> </div> <div class="wp-block-template-part"> <div style="height:0" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <div class="wp-block-group has-global-padding is-layout-constrained wp-block-group-is-layout-constrained" style="margin-top:var(--wp--preset--spacing--70)"> <hr class="wp-block-separator alignwide has-css-opacity is-style-wide"/> <div class="wp-block-columns alignwide has-small-font-size is-layout-flex wp-container-core-columns-layout-1 wp-block-columns-is-layout-flex" style="margin-top:var(--wp--preset--spacing--30)"> <div class="wp-block-column is-layout-flow wp-container-core-column-layout-1 wp-block-column-is-layout-flow"> <div class="wp-block-group is-layout-flex wp-container-core-group-layout-4 wp-block-group-is-layout-flex"> <p> Posted </p> <div class="wp-block-post-date"><time datetime="2017-03-22T12:45:00+00:00">March 22, 2017</time></div> <p> in </p> <div class="taxonomy-category wp-block-post-terms"><a href="https://cultureru.com/category/news/" rel="tag">News</a></div> </div> <div class="wp-block-group is-layout-flex wp-container-core-group-layout-5 wp-block-group-is-layout-flex"> <p> by </p> <div class="wp-block-post-author"><div class="wp-block-post-author__content"><p class="wp-block-post-author__name">admin</p></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="wp-block-column is-layout-flow wp-container-core-column-layout-2 wp-block-column-is-layout-flow"> <div class="wp-block-group is-vertical is-layout-flex wp-container-core-group-layout-6 wp-block-group-is-layout-flex"> <p> Tags: </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="wp-block-template-part"> <div class="wp-block-group has-global-padding is-layout-constrained wp-block-group-is-layout-constrained" style="padding-top:var(--wp--preset--spacing--40);padding-right:var(--wp--preset--spacing--40);padding-bottom:var(--wp--preset--spacing--40);padding-left:var(--wp--preset--spacing--40)"> </div> </section> </main> <footer class="wp-block-template-part"> <!-- Yandex.Metrika counter --> <script type="text/javascript" > (function(m,e,t,r,i,k,a){m[i]=m[i]||function(){(m[i].a=m[i].a||[]).push(arguments)}; m[i].l=1*new Date(); for (var j = 0; j < document.scripts.length; j++) {if (document.scripts[j].src === r) { return; }} k=e.createElement(t),a=e.getElementsByTagName(t)[0],k.async=1,k.src=r,a.parentNode.insertBefore(k,a)}) (window, document, "script", "https://mc.yandex.ru/metrika/tag.js", "ym"); ym(45733521, "init", { clickmap:true, trackLinks:true, accurateTrackBounce:true }); </script> <noscript><div><img decoding="async" src="https://mc.yandex.ru/watch/45733521" style="position:absolute; left:-9999px;" alt="" /></div></noscript> <!-- /Yandex.Metrika counter --> <div class="wp-block-group has-global-padding is-layout-constrained wp-block-group-is-layout-constrained"> <div class="wp-block-group alignwide is-content-justification-space-between is-layout-flex wp-container-core-group-layout-10 wp-block-group-is-layout-flex" style="padding-top:var(--wp--preset--spacing--40)"> <p class="wp-block-site-title"><a href="https://cultureru.com" target="_self" rel="home">Culture</a></p> <p class="has-text-align-right"> Proudly powered by <a href="https://wordpress.org" rel="nofollow">WordPress</a> </p> </div> </div> </footer> </div> <script type="text/javascript">(function(w,doc) { if (!w.__utlWdgt ) { w.__utlWdgt = true; var d = doc, s = d.createElement('script'), g = 'getElementsByTagName'; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.charset='UTF-8'; s.async = true; s.src = ('https:' == w.location.protocol ? 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