Blacklisted Russian Businessman Sells Pipeline Construction Firm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg, who has been under U.S. sanctions since 2014, has sold his gas pipeline construction firm Stroygazmontazh, a spokeswoman said. 

A July 2019 Stroygazmontazh river-crossing project in Russia's Leningrad Region. (photo: Stroygazmontazh)

RBC business daily reported on Thursday that the firm had been sold to construction company Gazstroyprom for some $1.18 billion (75 billion roubles). Russian gas giant Gazprom owns a 49% stake in Gazstroyprom, according to the SPARK database which aggregates data from business registries.

A spokeswoman for Rotenberg said he planned to use the funds made in the sale to invest in Russia. She did not disclose the terms of the deal, the reason for the sale, nor to whom it has been sold.

Gazstroyprom and Gazprom did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

Stroygazmontazh has also been under U.S. sanctions since 2014 because it was owned by Rotenberg, President Vladimir Putin's former judo sparring partner. Rotenberg was among the Russian officials and business executives blacklisted in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.

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