The so-called “book scandal” occurred in late 1997 , when five leading reformers from the government and the presidential administration ( Anatoly Chubais , Maxim Boyko , Alexander Kazakov , Alfred Kokh , Peter Mostovoy ) received an advance of $ 90 thousand each from the publishing company for the yet-unwritten book History of Russian Privatization. [one]
The authors of this book included Anatoly Chubais , who at that time held the positions of First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. In connection with the scandal, Russian President Boris Yeltsin removed him from the post of Minister of Finance, but the post of First Deputy Prime Minister was retained.
- On May 12, 1997, Boyko, Kazakov, and Koch signed agreements with the Today-Press Publishing House, which was controlled by the ONEXIM Group . A similar treaty was signed on June 6 by Chubais. According to the agreement, each of the authors was entitled to a fee of 90 thousand dollars  .
- May 27 - Alfred Koch, being the chairman of the State Property Committee , transferred an amount of 311.8 million rubles (equivalent to 90 thousand dollars) to his CREDI-SUISS bank; On June 2, the same amount was transferred to the account at Alfa Bank by the deputy head of the Presidential Executive Office Maxim Boyko. On June 4, another deputy head of the Presidential Administration, Alexander Kazakov, received 311.9 million rubles at the box office of the Today-Press Publishing House. On June 10, Anatoly Chubais received money in two payments to his account with MOST Bank .
- End of September 1997 - Pyotr Mostovoy, head of the Federal Insolvency Office, joined the team of authors. On September 29, he signed an agreement with the Today-Press Publishing House, and on October 7 received an advance on his account at the Menatep Bank.
- In an interview with the Kommersant newspaper on October 28, Anatoly Chubais said: “We have prepared a fundamental monograph that will answer the most important questions of the development of private property in Russia, its creation, and for this we have assembled a team that, in fact, was engaged in the creation of private property in our country : Chubais, Mostovoi, Boyko, Cossacks, Koch ... ". In the same interview, Chubais noted that the authors are going to “donate money for the book”  .
- November 12 - The news of receiving a fee for an allegedly unwritten book was circulated in the press. On the same day, Chubais said in an interview that the book was finished, and the manuscript is in the publishing house "Today-Press"  .
- November 14 - Senior Assistant Attorney General of the Russian Federation Alexander Zvyagintsev announced that the Moscow City Prosecutor’s Office became interested in the case on the publication of the monograph “History of Privatization in Russia”.
- November 15 - the head of the FSDN Pyotr Mostovoy and the head of the State Property Committee Maxim Boyko resigned.
- November 18 - Anatoly Chubais was relieved of his post as Minister of Finance (retaining the post of Deputy Prime Minister).
- 1999 - the book “Privatization in Russian”  edited by Anatoly Chubais was published by Vagrius Publishing House  .
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