Belgrade – Russian businessman Dmitri Lucenko, whose offer for the purchase of Belgrade “Puntik” failed after the decision of the Stock funds to sell the stocks on the market, said that he would not recommend anyone else to invest in Serbia, and that he will ask for compensation.
“Putnik in its property has several hotels in Serbia, as well as the attractive island Sveti Marko near Tivat.
Lucenko’s legal representatives claim that the sale of “Putnik” has been set up, and that behind the Cyprus firm Akciona does not stand Russian company Metropol, but Serbian businessman from Milosevic’s era, in the face of Milan Beko, says B92.
Akciona investment has bought in Friday on Belgrade market about 70% of the stocks of “Putnik” for somewhat more than 41 million of euros (73,8 euros per stock). With that trade Lucenko’s offer failed, who offered 68 euros per stock for taking over of “Putnik”.
“Vijesti” published in Saturday that in the business about the purchase of “Putnik” together with the Russian Metropol there are some Serbian businessmen, and Lucenko’s representatives yesterday said, as B92 transmitted, that the Serbian businessman is Milan Beko.
Metropol otherwise is one of the most famous Russian financial groups which invests in tourism, banking, and industry.
Lucenko’s legal representative, Miroslav Boras said that the state Stock fund on the 20th of April has offered stocks of “Putnik” on the market, and it emitted the information about that a day earlier in the late afternoon hours on TV “Avala” and on the site of the fund. The information about the offer of stocks on the stock market was published on the day of the sale and in “Novosti”.
– It is obvious that no one from the interested buyers was able to prepare in such a short period of time the necessary deposit in order to take part in the stock market trade. Because of the procedure of taking over of “Putnik” which was in process, Lucenko too did not have the right to do that, even though he was interested in purchasing the stocks about which speaks the record that on a special account he paid in more than 40 millions of euros – said Boras.
According to his opinion, the choice of media on which the announcements about the selling of the stocks on the stock market was published implies that Stock fund was setting up the sale, instead of trying to reach the best possible price for the state package of the stocks.
From the Stock fund they refuse all the accusations of Lucenko’s representatives. Director Aleksandar Gracac thinks that everything was done in accordance with the laws which regulate the privatization and the work of the Stock fund, while the procedure of taking over which was initially predicted for “Putnik” is not obliging for them, because it is from the group of laws which regulate another area.
He expects that the new owner of “Putnik”, Akciona Investment which functions as a part of Metropol, will carry out the social program and investments which it has pointed out in the procedure of taking over even though officially it doesn’t have that obligation considering the fact that the stocks were sold on the stock market.
– That amount of money is not invested in something unless there is the interest of starting the business – he noted.