Yevgeny Chichvarkin

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Yevgeny Alexandrovich Chichvarkin
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Yevgeny Chichvarkin, 14 April 2008
Native name Евгений Александрович Чичваркин
Born (1974-09-10) 10 September 1974 (age 43)
Moscow, Soviet Union

Yevgeny Alexandrovich Chichvarkin (Russian: Евге́ний Алекса́ндрович Чичва́ркин; born 10 September 1974 in Moscow) is a Russian entrepreneur who founded the largest Russian mobile phone retailer, Yevroset. Due to this business, he became the richest man under 35 of his country, with an approximatively $1.6 billion wealth.

He has received a number of public awards including 2004 Person of the Year in the Head of Retail Business category. The winner of the Ernst & Young contest "Entrepreneur of the Year 2005" in the Nomination "Trade".[1]

In 2006 Yevgeny Alexandrovich Chichvarkin was awarded the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky "For Labor and the Fatherland" in the nomination "Industry Leader". In 2006 was awarded the Order of Glory of Russia for his great personal contribution to the development of the best traditions of Russian entrepreneurship. In 2007, at the Grand Prix of the "Person of the Year 2006" Chichvarkin was awarded the Order of Glory of the Fatherland.[2]

He was a member of the Right Cause political party and was expected to become chairman of its Moscow section. Chichvarkin currently lives in London, from where he has campaigned against corruption in Russia and president Vladimir Putin personally.[3][4][5][6]

On August 2012 he launched his new wine store Hedonism Wines on London's Davies Street.[7]


Biography[edit]

Chichvarkin was born in Saint-Petersburg, former Leningrad, USSR, from mother Lyudmila of Russian tatar descent and father Aleksandr from Moscow. His father was a pilot and his mother was an economist working for the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Trade; during his childhood, the family moved to Moscow.[3]

From 1991 to 1996 Chichvarkin studied at the State Academy of Management, as well as earning money trading on Moscow flea markets. After graduating Chichvarkin started studying for a PhD (Kandidat), which he abandoned in 1998.

Yevroset Company[edit]

In 1997 Chichvarkin and his friend Timur Artemiev started a business named Yevroset[8] to sell mobile phones. In 2002 Yevroset became one of the top three Moscow mobile phone retailers, with 92 retail outlets. The company opened 100 more outlets in 2002, 117 more outlets in 2003, 800 more outlets in 2004, 1934 more outlets in 2005, etc. In 2007 they had 5156 outlets in 12 countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan.[3]

In June 2005, Yevroset has received the "Superbrand-2005" public award, in October 2005 "Brand of the Year / EFFIE 2005" awards and in December 2005 "The Company of the Year" in the nomination "Business Reputation". Yevroset is holders of the Diploma of the Russian Foundation for the Protection of Consumer Rights.[9]

September 21, 2008 Evgeny Chichvarkin sold "Euroset" to Alexander Mamut, the owner of investment company ANN and internet portal "Live Journal". [10]

Right Cause political party[edit]

In November 2008 Chichvarkin jointed Right Cause, a Russian liberal democratic political party founded on 16 November 2008 as a merger of the Union of Right Forces, Civilian Power and the Democratic Party of Russia.

Criminal prosecution[edit]

In August 2005 Chichvarkin was accused of involvement in the illegal import of a $100 million shipment of mobile phones, but the accusations were eventually dropped. In March 2006 a large consignment of Motorola mobile phones shipped for Chichvarkin was seized on the pretext that their emissions of microwave radiation exceeded the levels permitted by Russian health regulations. After those cases Chichvarkin accused Russian law-enforcement agencies of corporate raiding.[11]

In March 2007 Chichvarkin was mentioned by the media in connection with the case of Dmitry Sidorov, the founder Iled M, which was accused of large scale tax avoidance. Iled M had sold mobile phones to Yevroset as well as to other retailers. In August 2007 the apartments of many Yevroset employees were searched by police.[3] Some experts considered the searches to be connected with the Idel M case, while other saw it as a continuation of Motorola case. Others still viewed it as a marketing ploy by Yevroset themselves (the last chance to buy their phones before they are confiscated), others as a siloviks' revenge on Chichvarkin.[3]

In September 2008 the headquarters of Yevroset were searched in connection with its handling of Andrey Vlaskin, a Yevroset employee who in 2003 stole mobile phones worth around 20 million Russian roubles (approximately US$1 million). Vlaskin was caught by Yevroset security in Tambov, moved to Moscow to a Yevroset-owned apartment and after some time agreed to compensate Yevroset for their losses. While between 2004 and 2007 Yevroset and Vlaskin apparently had no claims on each other, in 2008 Yevroset was accused of kidnapping, illegal imprisonment and extortion.

On 21 September 2008 Chichvarkin sold 100% of Yevroset stock to Alexander Mamut.[3] The volume of the transaction was US$400 million.[3]

In January 2009 Chichvarkin moved to United Kingdom and on 23 January 2009 on Russian federal search list in connection with the Vlaskin case.[12] On 28 January the Basmanny Court of Moscow approved Chichvarkin's arrest (in absentia).[3] On 12 March 2009 his details were passed to Interpol.[13] On 13 April 2009 the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General of Russia noticed that a key investigator of Chichvarkin's case, Vladimir Knyazyev, had been previously been sentenced for stealing a large consignment of mobile phones from Chichvarkin's Yevroset. During the 2007 contraband case he had forged the act of destroying the phones confiscated as evidence. The investigation committee demanded the dismissal of Knyazyev because of the conflict of interest but their demands were refused.[14] On 17 November 2010 the jury found all the defendants in the Vlaskin case not guilty.[15]

The prosecution's appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected on 20 January 2011[16] and Chichvarkin's indictment was withdrawn a few days later.[17][18]

His lawyer Yuri Gervis noted that Chichvarkin is still worried that he might be charged again in connection with the 2005 contraband case.[19]

International search of Euroset Evgeny Chichvarkin has been discontinued. As reported on 25.01.2011 by an official representative of the National Central Bureau (NCB) of Interpol at the Interior Ministry Olga Shklyarov, it is due to the termination of criminal proceedings against Chichvarkin under Article 24 of the Code (the absence of a crime).[20]

While in London Chichvarkin has participated in protests highlighting the dangers of conducting business in Russia, referring to the cases of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Sergei Magnitsky.[21] He is aware of being observed by "men with russian behaviour".[22]

Hedonism Wines[edit]

On August 2012 Yevgeny Alexandrovich Chichvarkin launched his new wine store Hedonism Wines on London's Davies Street.[23]

Hedonism Wines has received a number of public awards including Wine Merchant of the 2013 Year at the DWWA 2013 [24], Best Leisure Food and Drink Shop at the Retail Week Interiors Awards 2014[25], Best Speciality Food and Beverage Store 2014 at The Mayfair Awards 2014[26], Independent Retailer of the Year at the DB AWARDS 2015[27], Best Leisure Food and Drink Shop of the Year at the Retail Week Interiors Awards 2015[28], Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2015 at the 2015 Drinks Retailing Awards[29], Best Speciality Food and Beverage Store 2015 at The Mayfair Awards 2015[30], Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year at the 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards[31], Best Window Display 2017 at The Mayfair Awards 2017[32], Luxury Retailer of the Year at the 2017 Drinks Retailing Awards[33], Luxury Retailer of the Year at the 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards[34].

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=297670
  2. ^ http://www.r-o-g.ru/ru/news/master-klass-evgeniya-chichvarkina-7484/
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Евгений Чичваркин collection of press-materials by Lenta.ru (in Russian)
  4. ^ "The whiz kid billionaire who says he can't go home". The Independent. London. 29 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c8d99926-9d8d-11df-a37c-00144feab49a.html#axzz1TfY9B25y
  7. ^ "Yevgegy Chichvarkin, Hedonism Wines: In the business of wine retailing" Archived 2 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine., In2up, 28 September 2012. Retrieved on 28 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Yevroset". 
  9. ^ https://ria.ru/society/20090311/164457497.html
  10. ^ https://dni.ru/economy/2008/9/22/149532.html
  11. ^ Экс-владелец «Евросети» Евгений Чичваркин объявлен в розыск Obshchaya Gazeta 23 January 2009 (in Russian)
  12. ^ Harding, Luke (27 January 2009). "Mobile phone oligarch flees Russia for new life in Britain". The Guardian. London. 
  13. ^ Trifonov, Vladislav (12 March 2009). "Евгения Чичваркина передали Интерполу". Kommersant. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  14. ^ Karacheva, Yekaterina (13 April 2009). Мобильные споры. Vremya Novostey N62 (in Russian). Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  15. ^ "Фигуранты дела "Евросети" не виновны в похищении человека – присяжные". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Оправдательный приговор по делу "Евросети" вступил в силу". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "СК РФ прекратил уголовное преследование Чичваркина". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Tycoon says Russia drops criminal charges". Reuters. 26 January 2011. 
  19. ^ Чичваркин опасается быть привлеченным по делу от 2005 года – адвокат (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  20. ^ http://www.newsru.com/russia/25jan2011/chichfree.html
  21. ^ "Russian ex-tycoon protests outside London forum". Reuters. 1 June 2011. 
  22. ^ Chichvarkin told about being watched after moving to London, Novaya Gazeta, March 13th 2018
  23. ^ "Yevgegy Chichvarkin, Hedonism Wines: In the business of wine retailing" Archived 2 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine., In2up, 28 September 2012. Retrieved on 28 November 2012.
  24. ^ http://www.decanter.com/decanter-world-wine-awards/latest-coverage/dwwa-2013-london-wine-merchant-of-the-year-hedonism-wines-15979/
  25. ^ https://interiorsawards.retail-week.com/2014-winners
  26. ^ https://interiorsawards.retail-week.com/2014-winners
  27. ^ https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/05/db-award-winners-announced/6/
  28. ^ https://interiorsawards.retail-week.com/shortlist-2015
  29. ^ http://www.drinksretailingawards.co.uk/previous-winners
  30. ^ https://www.themayfairawards.co.uk/winners
  31. ^ http://www.drinksretailingawards.co.uk/previous-winners
  32. ^ https://www.themayfairawards.co.uk/winners
  33. ^ http://www.drinksretailingawards.co.uk/previous-winners
  34. ^ http://www.drinksretailingawards.co.uk/