Former Hierodeacon Gabriel Frolov is the owner of the Gorka group of companies, which receives orders from the state for major construction and infrastructure projects. He may be the husband of the eldest daughter of Gennady Timchenko, one of the closest friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it says in the investigation of Radio Liberty.
Who is Gabriel Frolov?
Hierodeacon Gabriel (Frolov), as the journalists found out, was the housekeeper of the St. Petersburg courtyard of the Valaam Monastery. In 2010, he was enrolled in the correspondence department of the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary as “Gabriel (Frolov) Viktor Borisovich”. After leaving monasticism, according to the publication, presumably in 2014, Gavriil Borisovich Frolov became a co-founder of Akantus Atelier LLC, and since 2016 – affiliated with the first A-Atelier company.
Since 2020, Gavriil Frolov owns 90% of the Gorka group of companies, which built roads and interchanges in Moscow under the state order, designed the Moscow-Kazan highway, was engaged in the reconstruction of several pavilions of VDNKh, Pirogovskaya hospital, and also received a contract for the construction of an ice arena on the site of the stadium SKA-Arena in St. Petersburg, where a worker died during the demolition of the stadium in 2020. As a result, the cost of this project reached almost 40 billion rubles.
The journalists came to the conclusion that the hierodeacon and the businessman are one and the same person, comparing his photographs during the service in the church and as an entrepreneur. The phone number indicated in the databases of legal entities as the number “Acantus Atelier” was also recorded as “Victor-Gabriel Economy”, “Gabriel Monk” and “Father Gabriel”.
How is Frolov related to Timchenko’s daughter?
Radio Liberty found out that shortly after leaving monasticism, Gavriil Frolov could have married Gennady Timchenko’s eldest daughter Natalya.
There is as little information about the daughter herself as about Frolov. It was known that she was a graduate of Oxford, a specialist in English literature, and currently lives in Russia. Journalists, having studied the list of VIP-clients of one of the most expensive St. Petersburg private clinics “Sogaz”, found Natalya Gennadievna Browning, born on November 11, 1978.
In 2002, according to the publication, Natalia married Peter Browning, her age and a graduate of the same Oxford. Natalia Browning was one of the family members to whom in 2012 Gennady Timchenko transferred his stakes in the Luxembourg-registered company SOGECO PARTICIPATIONS SARL. At the time of the transfer of shares, Natalia had British citizenship, an address in London and was divorced.
In 2014, Natalya Browning became the sole founder of the same wood furniture workshop “Acantus Atelier”, of which Gavriil Frolov was appointed general director. In June 2016, she left the founders. In 2017, Mikhail Borisovich Frolov (presumably Gabriel’s brother) became the owner of Akantus, and in 2020 Gabriel Frolov and Timchenko’s protege Vladimir Lavlentsev became the founders in equal shares.
The data from that very private clinic allegedly indicate that Natalia Browning had a daughter a few months after she left Akantus, her middle name is Gavrilovna. The study of the air base showed at least two joint flights of Gabriel Frolov with “Natalia Broyning” (this is how the Browning surname is transcribed in booking systems).
The Sogaz medical center, according to Radio Liberty, is run by Vladimir Baranov, a business partner of Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter Maria.
Gennady Timchenko is a shareholder of NOVATEK, Sibur and Stroytransgaz. Forbes Magazine included Gennady Timchenko among the “kings of the state order”. In 2018, his companies received contracts worth 36 billion rubles, half of which were Stroytransgaz. The main customers were Gazprom and Rosavtodor. Timchenko and his company in 2014 were on the US sanctions list in connection with the annexation of Crimea and Russia’s participation in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The businessman is also considered one of the main donors of the Valaam Monastery.