SRI have been monitoring for the past two years the involvement of Russian tycoon Mihail Cernoi (who also controls RAFO Onesti) in the aluminum industry in Romania.
Intelligence officers revealed close connections between Cernoi and other ex-soviet moguls like Vitali Machitski and Oleg Deripaska.
SRI informed the Government in 2006 that there was an attempt to seize monopoly over the Romanian aluminum industry , by the Russian group Ruskii Aluminii (Rusal), owned by Deripaska, a relative of Boris Eltan, former President of the Russian Federation.
He is a close business partner of Mihail Cernoi, both of them veterans of the “aluminum wars” in the ‘90’ s that ended in thousands of frauds and mafia-style assassinations.
"There are representatives of economic groups tied with Cernoi brothers in Romania”, the SRI report reads.
The report names RINKO, owner of trade house Marco in the United States , that also controls the Romanian big names in the aluminum industry: ALRO Slatina, ALPROM Slatina and ALUM Tulcea. The RINKO group is also owned by a Russian tycoon, Vitali Machitski
SRI officers warned about Rusla’s intention of taking over the aluminum makers in Slatina and Tulcea.