Private company "New Projects" received from Russia a license for exploration and extortion of oil and gas on the shelf of the annexed Crimea, writes Russian daily Kommersant.
The main owner of the company is an entrepreneur Anton Dornostup, which is close to the family of the former head of Rosnedra Valery Pak, according to official data. However, some sources suppose connection of "New Projects" with Ukrainian businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, writes the daily.
The Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev gave instructions to give the license on this area for 30 years to this company in June 2016, according to pravo.gov.ru. During 8 years the company has to drill the first borehole, according to the agency.
"New Projects" had a license on Hlyboka area since 2012, but at that time it was Ukrainian legal entity, the daily reports.
At first the was the owner of the "New Projects" company was Kyiv company "Four Seasons Trade", but in December 2015 the company it was sold to former deputy head of Yalta Vitaliy Mostovyi (he died in summer 2016).
Two sources in Russian government say that the beneficiary of the "New Projects" is Serhiy Kurchenko, but the interlocutor of Kommersant denies it.
Earlier it was reported that US stated on human rights violations in Crimea and Donbas. State Department in its new report on Human Rights recalled the situation in Crimea and Donbas.