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Smartland LLC, which bought the Dnipro Hotel in the center of Kyiv for $ 40 million, founded a poker player, and now a Russian gambling tycoon may be behind it.

The founder of Smartland LLC, which won the auction for the sale of the Dnipro Hotel with a bid of UAH 1.11 million ($ 40 million), was a professional poker player Vanhapelto Petteri, the newspaper reports.Our money«With reference to the registers» Opendatabot «and» Clarity Project «.


Vanhapelto Petteri

According to the registers, the founder of Smartland LLC is now Maxim Tereshchuk, but until October 2018 the founder of the company was Vanhapelto Petteri — he is associated with the company «Olympic Entertainment Group AS» (Estonia), which is suing Ukraine over the ban on gambling in 2009.

According to the Estonian register, Petteri Vanhapelto is a member of the board of the Estonian companies Wunderfield OÜ and Tatsu Digital OÜ.

He is originally from Finland, lives in Malta and plays poker professionally. In particular, he was a commentator in 2016, and in 2017 — a player at the festival «Cash Game Festival». This festival was held at Casino Malta, which is owned by Olympic Casino from the Olympic Entertainment Group.

It is noted that in 2018, the Estonian company «Olympic Entertainment Group AS» filed a lawsuit against Ukraine in international arbitration in London for closing its casino after the introduction of a ban on gambling in Ukraine.

In particular, the company had 23 gambling establishments and claims that after the ban on gambling in 2009 it received 40 million euros in losses.

In court, she asks to recognize that Ukraine has violated the interstate agreement with Estonia on investment protection, and to recover from Ukraine material damage and compensation for the costs of arbitration proceedings.

It is also reported that in 2019 the Ministry of Justice hired the international law firm «Withers LLP» (UK) for protection in this case for 605 thousand. dollars.

Now the founder of the company «Smartland», in addition to Maxim Tereshchuk, is listed in the registers of the company «Ice Town».

According to the registers, its founder is now Alexei Igunin, and the head — Anastasia Butenko.

However, previously the director was Vladislav Mikhailovich Uzhva — a person with such full names was a freelance assistant to the former People’s Deputy from the Party of Regions Andrei Selivarov from Donetsk. Earlier, Ice Town was called the Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk School and belonged to the Ukrainian hockey player Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk.

According to the registers, the legal address of the company LLC «Smartland» — Brovary, Kievskaya Street, 130.

Journalist Alexei Bratushchak pointed out that such an address is an ordinary house.


Also in the network there is information that in 2018 the annual income of «Smartland» amounted to 187 thousand dollars.

At the same time, Andrei Kholodov, a People’s Deputy from the Servant of the People, said on his social network page that Russian gambling tycoon Oleg Boyko is now most likely behind Smartland. machines «Metro Jackpot», BC Khreschatyk, OLBI group).

This assumption was made by the People’s Deputy from the SN on the basis of the fact that the current owner of «Smartland» Maxim Tereshchuk previously worked in the companies of Boyko.

“According to the historical data of the tax base, Tereshchuk was an employee of: Chesna Gra LLC (32303296), MDK LLC (32308749), Proriv LLC (21513028). All these companies — and Chesna Gra LLC, and MDK LLC, and Proriv LLC — were officially part of the Ritzio Entertainment holding (Patriot lottery, Vulcan casino, Metro Jackpot slot machines). LLC Breakthrough (21513028) — the applicant for the rights to the trademarks «Fair Play», «Metro Jackpot», «Jackpot, Jackpot», — said Kholodov.

On July 15, the State Property Fund held an auction for the sale of the Dnipro hotel in the capital — the hotel was sold for 1 billion 111 million 222 thousand 22 hryvnias to Smartland LLC.

The head of the State Property Fund Dmitry Sennichenko explained that after the auction, the winner must pass a test for «virtue» of the funds, after which the contract is signed. The investor has 30 days to transfer the money, otherwise a penalty is charged, and after two months the results are canceled.

The State Property Fund named key post-privatization conditions for potential investors:

— preservation of the hotel for at least one hundred rooms, the level of at least four stars and the staff without reducing the salary for at least six months;

— repayment of receivables, including salaries, no later than six months from the date of transfer of ownership;

— preservation of the word «Dnipro» in the name.

Hotel «Dnipro» was put up for sale at a starting price of UAH 80.92 million.

Just before the auction, the Verkhovna Rada passed a bill on state regulation of the gambling business. According to the text of the bill, in Ukraine it is allowed to organize and carry out the following activities in the field of organization and conduct of gambling: gambling in casino gambling establishments; casino gambling on the Internet; bookmaking activities in bookmakers and on the Internet; gambling in the halls of slot machines; online gambling poker.

Slot machine halls, in particular, are allowed to be located in hotels with 3-5 stars. Casino — in hotels of the category «five stars» with a number of not less than 100 rooms (for Kiev — not less than 150 rooms), country resorts with a total area of ​​not less than 10,000 square meters. m and special territorial gaming zones created by the decision of the government.

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