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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Kristall Management Disputed in St. Pete Court

Just when the dust seemed to have settled after months of management disputes at Moscow’s Kristall vodka distillery, the legality of a new management team has been contested in court.

A group of Moscow bailiffs came to the distillery Tuesday afternoon demanding access for former general director Alexander Romanov, who was relieved from his position Nov. 9 and replaced by Sergei Lukashuk, Kristall’s chief engineer.

The bailiffs presented a St. Petersburg court judgment based on a minority shareholder suit that demanded the annulment of decisions made by the board of directors.

Lukashuk was confirmed in his position at an extraordinary shareholder meeting in Pskov on Monday, when a new board of directors was elected and Kristall’s charter was changed.

Romanov, who was appointed general director in May and backed by the Moscow city government, did not appear at the distillery Tuesday and was not available for comment.

Fifty-one percent of Kristall’s state-owned shares were transferred this month from the Moscow city government to Rosspirtprom, a newly registered holding company created to accumulate all state-owned shares in alcohol-producing enterprises.

Natalya Salangina, deputy director of Rosspirtprom and a Kristall board member, said the new management was astonished by the turn of events and that the shareholder who lodged the suit was not on the shareholder list.

She said the new management team was ready to meet Romanov, but he had refused.