Chalva Pavlovich Tchigirinski,

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Name: Chalva PavlovichSurname: Tchigirinski,AKA: Shalva Chigirinski,
Date of birth: Jul. 1, 1949Place of birth: Kutaisi, Republic of GeorgiaNationality: Russian, GeorgianAddress: Moscow, Russia Tverskaya 8, 2, 74
Spouse: yesChildren: oneInterests: Oil, oil products, gas stations, real estate
Alleged Illegal Activities: Money laundering, smugglingSource: Forbes Magazine
Additional Information:Net worth $ 2.3 to 2.5 billion in 2008
Tchigirinski is a Russian oligarch who became a billionaire in the oil and real estate development businesses. He owned the Villa Maria Irina in Cap Martin, one of the world's most expensive houses. The $250 million clifftop retreat near Monaco may be sold to pay off the oligarch's mounting debt. Tchigirinski started as antiques dealer in the 1980s. In 1987, he immigrated from the USSR and worked in Spain and West Germany. He moved into trading real estate. Considered to be linked with Heifitz Valeriy Borisovich (born 1939), a criminal leader who was indicted several times for smuggling, theft and fraud. He has a brother Alexander Pavlovich (born Jan 01, 1963). Both brothers are active in real estate, oil and the petroleum products business.
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Jersey Island (GB)
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United Kingdom


Persons with some association whether legally or personally with the party
First NameSurnameAKAConnectionDate of BirthDescriptionSource
Alexander Pavlovich Tchigirinski BrotherJan. 1, 1963Moscow, RussiaTrofimova Str., 15, 81 Company: Snegiri GroupInterests: real estate, development, metals, oil and oil products business. In 2004, the Tchigirinski brothers got into a conflict and divided their businesses. Alexander took ST Group and Chalva got ST Development. Alexander got total control in ST Group in exchange for taking part in founding the Sibneft-Yugra company with Roman Abramovich's Sibneft being an equal partner. In the joint venture, the brothers acted together. They would later accuse Abramovich (Sibneft) of diluting their shares through control of the board of the joint venture. Alexander Tchigirinski was one of the founders of ST Group. In 1990-1998 he was general director in Vektor cooperative. In 1998-1999, he was director in SP Perestroika. In 2000, he was director in Westec Development Limited. He was one of the partners in ST Group AG (Switzerland). From Feb 2008, he was director in Rublevo Business-Park. Alexander's partner in ST Group is Igor Nesterenko. Alexander was also involved in Snegiri ( From 2000 ST Group controlled Orlovskie Metalls aluminium plant in Orel region of Russia. Alexander Tchigirinski was on the board of the plant. He also was in the board of the bank Slavyanski Credit.
Karl-HainzSchtock ST Group was founded in Germany at the end of the 80s and was a joint project with Karl-Haintz Shtock ST Handels GmbH. Because of good relations with Moscow city government, they built more than 20 development in Moscow untill 2003 including Baltchuk Plaza business center, Alexander House business center, MDM Bank office, Park-House elite apartments and others.
LeviLevaev Since 2005 Alexander Tchigirinski partner has been Levi Levaev (Africa Israel). Together they created the project Di Fronte de la Casa multifunctional business, trade and apartment complex in Moscow.
AlexanderRogatchev Alexander Rogatchev was a former general and deputy head of the Federal Agency of Governmental Communications and Information. The special service later became a part of FSB -- the replacement to the KGB. Rogatchev was also the husband of Orel region governor Yegor Stroev, who was the head of the Russian Senate. Rogatchev served on the board of Orlovskie Metals plant with Alexander Tchigirinski. Rogatchev was murdered in a contract killing in 2009.


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NameType of OwnershipPercentage OwnershipOther OwnersDescriptionAnnual IncomeSource
S T Handels GmbH- SELECT -In 1991 was the co-owner of S T Handels GmbH & Co KG (reconstruction and development in Moscow)
ST Group- SELECT -From 1997 the chairman of the board in ST Group (Russia, real estate)
Sibir Energy- SELECT -From 1999 one of the directors in London based Sibir Energy (oil and oil products). In 2008-2009 Sibir Energy started an internal investigation with the help of Jones Day and Ernst and Young into the purchase by the company of distressed assets owned by Chalva.
OAO Moscovskaya Neftyanaya Kompania- SELECT -Moscow oil company. From 1998, Chalva was a member of the board and from 2000 president of the Moscow oil company.
ST Development- SELECT -In 2004 founded, Chalva founded ST Development, a Russian company which won the right to reconstruct the Hotel Rossia near Red Square. One of the competing companies (Monab) went to the court to argue the results of the tender but as of now, ST Development still has the contract.
Russian Land Ltd- SELECT -In 2007 transferred all the development projects to Russian Land Ltd. (Jersey Island).
STT Group- SELECT -STT-Group, controlled by Tchigirinski. The development companies projects include the Russia Tower in Moscow City business center and the Yugra complex in Khanty-Mansiysk.
OAO Moskovskaya developerskaya Kompania - SELECT -Tchigirinski owns 50 % in OAO Moscow Development Company whose main projects include the Moscow-City business center, and 20 trade centers for Germany based Real Holding.
OAO Centralnaya Toplyvnaya Kompania- SELECT -Central fuel company
Gradison ConsultantsPersonalBritish Virgin Islands based holding company that owns assets for Tchigirinski. Address: 3076 Sir Francis Drake Highway, PO Box 3463, Tortola, BVI

Legal Income

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Donations & Charity

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Real Assets

Type of PropertyEstimated ValueDescriptionSource
Real-estateVilla in France(Villa del Mare in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin)

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Links & Connections

This section lists persons who are linked through other connections including businesses or mutual associates. This may not indicate a direct relationship between the parties.
Name of the Person / OrganizationDescriptionSource
Moscow city government
RogatchevIn the past as a resource in secret service
Member of Russian Senate head
Orlovskaya region governor family
Hatchidze Dzhemal His organization "Dzhemal", "Solntzevskie"In 2008 linked with "Soltzevskie" Rublevo-2 expensive lands 1 km from Moscow (see Alex Greem and Mihailov's affiliates) was sold to Alexander Tchigirinski. His group Snegiri started the project Rublevo Residence (134 houses, $ 125 million investments).

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