Petropavlovsk has asked uk regulators to investigate the ousting of more than half its directors by several investors, which has plunged the ftse 250 silver miner back into boardroom turmoil despite its current share cost rise.the companys shares dropped 18 % on tuesday after ugc, an independently owned rival run by russian billionaire konstantin strukov, and three various other investors voted against the re-election of seven board people on russia-focused mining group, including co-founder and chief executive pavel maslovskiy.petropavlovsk stated it believed the end result of the vote had been orchestrated by ugc, which acquired a 22 percent risk this present year, and nikolai lustiger, a businessman it said signifies the interests of two other investors.

The board thinks your present outcomes have-been achieved in a fashion that is neither clear nor reasonable to investors; and would-be hugely damaging into corporate governance and executive management... and appropriately to your interests of this companys investors and stakeholders, it said in a statement.

Ugc said it had not acted in a show with other shareholder. in relation tothe company's declare that voting... is designed by ugc and mr nikolai lustiger, ugc highly denies anysuch allegation, it stated.

The boardroom upheaval is a blow for petropavlovsk, which finally looked to have turned the spot after several years of shareholder infighting and revolts.

The business recently started to experience the benefits from a brand new processing plant, makes it possible for it to improve refractory ore, a form of silver that's tough to draw out but rich in russia.

Boosted by increasing manufacturing and an increased gold price, its stocks have surged 100 per cent this year. the business joined up with the ftse 250 list in march and ended up being set-to announce a capital allocation and dividend policy ahead of the latest events.

Interim leader alya samokhvalova stated petropavlovsk has asked the uk takeover panel to analyze whether the four people just who managed 39 per cent at the time of voting had been acting in concert. one of those, an investment car had by vladislav sviblov, offered nearly all of its 4.6 % stake after casting its vote.

Neither the takeover panel nor a representative of mr sviblov instantly taken care of immediately a request remark.

If this new shareholder [ugc] is contemplating our assets, which can be understandable, they will have to pay an adequate advanced to any or all shareholders not only using control of the business through back-door, stated dr samokhvalova,

Before the organization has the capacity to arrange another shareholder meeting, which it plans to hold within 90 days, the business has appointed four temporary directors to its board, including peter hambro, which founded the business with mr maslovskiy in the early 1990s.

Mr hambro that has been reinstated as president had been required from the organization in 2017 following a shareholder revolt backed by russian billionaire viktor vekselberg.

Ugc stated it would not believe the interim board with mr hambro as president met the criteria for self-reliance since put down in the uk corporate governance rule.

Ugc will however offer the interim board commencing, using appointment of appropriate independent mind hunters, an activity locate a stronger and diverse collection of candidates for the following general meeting, it said.

Experts at peel search stated the ousting of more than half the board had the experience of a coup, geared towards giving ugc control over petropavlovsk without having to pay a takeover advanced.

We feel this might be a coup geared towards acquiring control over the one refractory ore handling hub in russia which has had extra capacity, a very strategic asset because of the many refractory ore deposits in the country, they said.