2576 In Russia, Yves Rocher is going to plant three million trees and put away the two Navalny brothers?
Statement of Crime
I hereby kindly ask you to investigate and bring to justice the persons who have abused the trust of employees of Yves Rocher Vostok LLC (registered at: 47/3 Leningradskoe shosse, Moscow 125167), having convinced the latter in 2008 to conclude a contract for transportation and logistics services No.1 of August 05, 2008 with Glavnoe Podpisnoe Agentstvo LLC (INN 7705843066).
As a result of the above, Yves Rocher Vostok LLC was forced to use the services of this transporter, without being able to select any other contractor and negotiate the prices. As a result of using the services of the above company over the period from August 2008 through November 2012, Yves Rocher Vostok LLC has incurred substantial losses.
General Director B. LEPRU (signed)
In 2007, the world famous company Yves Rocher launched its project “Plant for the Planet”, in which it pledged to plant one million trees.
In 2010, the year of the 50th anniversary of the company, Yves Rocher announced that it undertakes to bring the number of the planted trees to 50 million, including 3 million in Russia. The company planned to complete this project in 2013.
Currently over 24 million trees have been planted. But what also goes in this year's chapter of the Yves Rocher “chronicles” is its active participation in planting claims and suspicions against the famous opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
According to documents available to our editorial office, it was a letter of Bruno Leprou, General Director of the Russian branch of the well-known international cosmetics company, Yves Rocher Vostok LLC, that launched a “mailbox” criminal case against Alexey Navalny and his younger brother Oleg. Although, the impressive speed of document turnover (from the moment of incoming registration of the statement, to a motion to sever and reports on all three federal TV channels: just four days) leaves the situation open to a speculation that the management of Yves Rocher Vostok LLC might have written the statement after a “request” of the Investigative Committee of Russia. It was just a request the company couldn't refuse.
Bruno Leprou's Statement of Crime addressed to the Head of ICR Aleksandr Bastrykin was registered at the Main Investigative Administration of ICR on Monday, December 10, 2012, at 15:25. On the same day, Head of MIA ICR Major General A.V. Schukin delegated to a MIA Major Crimes Investigator, Major A.O. Pischulin to inspect the statement in the view of articles 144-145 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Russia. Major Pischulin made the inspection and returned to General Schukin his “Report of discovery of indicia of crime”. The report was dated from the same 10 December. On the very same day, having coordinated his actions with General Schukin, Major Pischulin made a “Resolution to sever the case into a separate criminal procedure”.
Contents of these documents is also curious. The statement of Bruno Leprou reveals that employees of Yves Rocher Vostok LLC were “convinced in 2008 to conclude a contract for transportation and logistics services <...> with Glavnoe Podpisnoe Agentstvo LLC”, and as a result Yves Rocher Vostok LLC was forced to use the services of the above carrier, unable to select another contractor or negotiate the prices. For four years and a half Yves Rocher Vostok, and Bruno Leprou himself, didn't know that they have fallen prey to a “crime”. To clarify, here we are talking about Yves Rocher Vostok LLC, a company wielding a force of 238 boutiques and 25 salons, across more than 90 cities in Russia. And Glavnoe Podpisnoe Agentstvo LLC was by far not the only transportation and logistics contractor of the company. I'm sure that over a period of four and a half years the company has had several internal inspections, general and tax audits. And never has anybody found the price differences for these transportation and logistics services in any way disconcerting. Perhaps, they were simply within the standard inter-regional price leeway (just as nobody finds it in any way surprising that, for example, flats in Moscow cost more than in Kazan, and in Kazan – more than in Vologda).
Report of Major Pischulin sheds light on the “plot of a crime”. Already on the day of Mr. Leprou's statement, the investigator established that in spring 2008 Oleg Navalny has found out that Yaroslavl branch of FSUE Russian Post “doesn't have the capacities to fully satisfy the needs of Yves Rocher Vostok LLC in parcel services”. To satisfy the aforementioned needs, on August 5, 2008 they have signed a contract of transportation and logistics services. The meticulous Major Pischulin took but a few hours to ascertain that “in reality, Glavnoe Podpisnoe Agentstvo LLC wasn't able to independently perform the assumed contractual responsibilities, and wasn't planning to, due to a premeditated plan to transport the parcels and mail of Yves Rocher Vostok LLC on cargo vehicles taken at AvtoSAGA LLC.”
Over the four and a half years of the contract Yves Rocher Vostok LLC has transferred to the settlement account of Glavnoe Podpisnoe Agenstvo LLC a total amount of 55,184,767 roubles. Of which sum the GPA LLC paid 31,598,750 roubles to AvtoSAGA LLC, for the transportation services. As a result, investigator Pischuling has decided that 55,184,767 roubles is the amount misappropriated by brothers Navalny and “used at their own discretion”. MIA ICR didn't pay much attention the fact that logistics and loading services, as well as just the fact of provision of any kinds of services itself, do actually cost money. And in monetary terms, services cost exactly what a client is willing to pay for them. Irrespective of whether contractor performs the tasks completely by himself, or turns to sub-contractors.
Following this logic of General Schukin and Major Pischulin, you can put away just about every developer in the country. Because a real price of a square meter of residential real estate is about 30 thousand roubles. But the price they are sold at is quite something else.
The generals and officers of ICR might or might not be aware of such economics term as “added value”. But what's really surprising, is that the French company Yves Rocher doesn't seem to, or pretends not to know it either.
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