Sergei Chernikov was born on 21 January 1964 in Sterlitamak city of Bashkir ASSR.
In 1984 he graduated from Sterlitamak chemical engineering college.
In1984-1986 he served in the army.
In 1987 Chernikov got engaged in business.
In 1995 - 1998 he was the director-general of Finneftehimprodukt LLC.
1998 - 2001 he was a project manager of EMBIEL real estate agency.
In 2000 he graduated both from Institute of Management, Economics, Law and Informatics and from Shuya State Pedagogical University.
In 2000-2001 he was the first deputy chief of the North-Western department of the Ministry of Natural Resources, and then for a few months he had been first vice-governor of Nenets Autonomous District.
In 2001- 2005 headed Petrotek-Holding company.
In 2002 he became chairman of the board of directors of CanBaikal Resources company.
In 2005- 2007 was the director-general of Bashkirskaya Khimiya closed corporation.
In 2008 he joined the Public Chamber of Russia.
Chernikov has a son and a daughter. His family lives in Canada.
In 2002 Chernikov and his partners invested money in CanBaikal Resources Canadian oil company. However, as Chernikov admitted, the investments did not pay its way during a year.
Another their undertaking were experimental online projects. Under Chernikov’s direction cheloveche.ru network was created, but Chernikov failed even to describe its functions. It was praiseworthy of him to look for the way off the beaten track in business and it was quite reasonable to invest in online industry, but Chernikov lacked any activity concept in this field. As a result, his ideas turned out to be idle.
Sources: russia.ru, 23 November 2009
In 2009 Sergei Chernikov was a mastermind of the scandalous deal on a purchase of Berezniki Soda Plant, Russia's largest soda ash producer incorporated by Bashkirskaya Khimiya. Two companies applied for the plant, Solvay company, Belgia, and Soda company operated by Petrotek Group through Bashkirskaya Khimiya closed corporation. Owner of the plant Valery Zakoptelov and Solvay's management came to an agreement about the purchase. As Zakoptelov sorely needed money at that time he insisted that the deal must be made no later than 31 May 2010, otherwise it would be denounced. Solvay filed an application to the Federal Antimonopoly Service. After a six-month protraction and endless inspections the FAS did not authorized the deal, yet. However, immediately after the agreement between Zakoptelov and Solvay had expired the FAS permitted a purchase of Berezniki Soda Plant to all the companies that had filed an application by that time. Those were Soda, Solvay and Caustic owned by Bashkirskaya Khimiya. Permission was issued on 4 June and on the same day Berzniki Soda Plant was sold to Caustic.
Source: Expert, 21 June 2010
In June 2010 Chernikov through a long chain of Petrotek's subsidiaries received site development licence for building up Kadashevskaya suburb as a part of construction project of the Moscow Government started in 2002. Most likely, Chernikov promised a kickback to some officials to win the tender.
Previous development project was rejected under public pressure in spring 2010 because of the threat to historical architectural monuments. So starting a build-up of Kadashevskaya was an arbitrary decision of Moscow officials. Representatives of Architectural control public movement and local residents made a stand for the architectural complex. They blocked the road and started a fight with security officers of the company. The conflict started on 17 May and reached its climax on 6 June when only a human chain of protesters managed to prevent builders from destroying Kadashevskaya. Only after inteference of Moscow deputies a moratorium on a development project was declared.
Source: Novaya Gazeta, 21 November 2010
According to Finance magazine, in 2011 Chernikov whose wealth was estimated at 6.4 billion rubles was ranked 408 in the list of Russia's richest businessmen, whereas in 2010 he was ranked 287.
Source: Finance, 14 February 2011