Ivanov Victor Petrovich, head of Federal Drug Control Service
«Russia's Power Families - 2011» / Ivanov Victor Petrovich, head of Federal Drug Control Service
Employed at: Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS)
Positions held: 2000-2008 – deputy RF President’s chief of staff; starting in 2008 – head of FDCS
Business involvement: There were numerous media reports that, in 1990, while serving in the KGB, Victor Ivanov and future State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov founded a small company called Block, involved in “reclamation and processing of secondary raw materials.” This information was never refuted. In 1996-1998, Ivanov headed the US-Russian company Teleplus CJSC that broadcast CNN, Euronews and other satellite channels in Russia.
Influence on business: In 2000, St. Petersburg customs officers and Northwest Transportation Prosecutor’s Office staff detained a Miraton LLC shipment of chicken legs smuggled from the US. Victor Ivanov interfered, and apparently it was his letter to RF General Prosecutor Victor Ustinov that got the criminal case of smuggling closed. In fact, it was the law enforcement officers handling this case, including lead investigator Baranov, who found themselves on the defendants’ bench.
Involvement in property redistribution:
- Military space programs. Ivanov lobbied funding for defense R&D projects.
- Aeroflot (Ivanov headed its board of directors). Influenced Aeroflot’s [attempt to] buy Alitalia.
- Domodedovo airport. Attempt to take facility control from East Line group. Transportation Minister Igor Levitin supported Ivanov in the dispute.
Son Yaroslav Victorovich Ivanov was close to the state-owned VneshEconomBank (VEB).
Wife Vera Vasilievna Ivanova worked at Rosinterstroi CJSC, which was created by the Russian corporation RosGrazhdanRekonstrukzia (Russian Civil Reconstruction), two Liechtenstein offshores, and a Bulgarian company called GlavBolgarStroi. Rosinterstroi was a contractor for a government residential construction program involving building housing for troops withdrawn from Germany. The company was exempt from taxes for five years. Vera Ivanova’s declared 2009 income was 791,436 Rub.
First deputy FDCS director Vladimir Kalanda. Kalanda previously represented Ivanov (when Ivanov was deputy RF President’s chief of staff) at a commission that conducted preliminary review of judge nominations. Kalanda thus had a unique opportunity to influence the Russian judiciary. Unprecedented pressure from Victor Ivanov’s subordinates was openly commented on by Elena Valyavina (First Deputy Supreme Arbitration Court Chairperson), Svetlana Marasanova (Moscow Regional Court chairperson), and other judges.
Vladimir Kalanda’s wife Larisa Kalanda. Larisa Kalanda who previously headed TNK-BP’s legal divisions, successfully resolving financial disputes with TNK’s competitors in Russian courts. Kalanda’s personal friendship with judge Lyudmila Maikova (who presided over the Domodedovo airport cases) was noted in the press in connection with the battle over Domodedovo between Ivanov and Levitin.
Larisa Kalanda currently heads Rosneftegaz OJSC, is a Transneft JSC board member and Rosneft Oil Company vice president, shareholder and court liaison. Vedomosti newspaper listed Larisa Kalanda as one of 50 richest wives of Russian government officials. Her 2009 declared income was 54.2 Mln. Rub. Vladimir Kalanda’s income was 2.6 Mln. Rub.