The Austrian real estate company Supernova has denied a report in the Russian newspaper Vedomosti that one of its representatives had bought shares in Obi Russia. At issue is a businessman named Josef Lyokumovich, mentioned in the report published last Saturday, 30 July 2022. Supernova makes it clear that Lyokumovich does not work for the company. The newspaper, citing two unnamed sources, reported on an alleged purchase agreement "of the German Obi GmbH" with Russian investors.
Obi had already announced in April that all legal entities in Russia had been transferred to an investor. At the end of April, the company again explicitly clarified "that the Obi Group does not and will not continue to operate directly or indirectly in Russia after the transaction".
Supernova is a business partner of Obi. In Austria, the DIY retailer has leased DIY store locations from Supernova on a long-term basis.