Former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan arrested in Moscow in the framework of investigation of criminal case about roguish plunder more than 50 million rubles in the construction of the football stadium “Zenit arena” on Krestovsky island in St. Petersburg. This was announced on November 16 , the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, adding that the ex-official arrested by the Main investigation Department of insurance in St. Petersburg.

Place of residence Oganesyan in Moscow and Moscow region is being searched, the consequence is going to address in court with the petition for arrest eks-the official, the report said.

According to the UK investigators together with employees UFSB and Webirc, the Ministry of internal Affairs of Northern capital has established the fact of theft in 2014, more than 50 million rubles at the conclusion of the General contractor, ZAO “IC “Transstroy” contract for the supply of the screens of the stadium, a joint-stock company “TDM”, which Oganesyan, being Vice-Governor and responsible to the construction industry, including the construction of the stadium, was illegally brought in as a subcontractor.

Hovhannisyan oversaw the controversial construction of the Mariinsky-2 and supervised the restoration of the Bolshoi theatre

In subsequent Hovhannisyan organized a transfer in favor of “TMD” advance in the amount of more than 50 million 480 thousand roubles from the budget of the city allocated for the construction of the stadium, knowing that the supply of placards that money will not go. Subsequently, the money was stolen through firms-a something ephemeral.

Earlier the consequence has established participation in Commission of this crime the former first Deputy Chairman of the construction Committee of St. Petersburg administration Alexander Aniko, who signed the documents to transfer the above-mentioned advance payments, and Grigory Popov, exercising real leadership “TDM”. Also installed their partners – Elena Kovalev and Artem Kuspit, who are employees of joint-stock companies, inform in SK.

The Ministry said that Ancic, Popov and Kovalev actively cooperate with the investigation, and Caspica refusing to admit his guilt, was taken into custody.


“Zenit-Arena”, where there should be the matches of the world Cup in 2018, began to build in 2008. Over the years, his estimates grew almost seven – fold from 6.7 to 42 billion rubles.

Since August of this year, the new General contractor for the construction has appointed JSC “metrostroj”, controlled by Smolny. The former contractor filed several lawsuits to the city.

To deliver the project on time, Smolny approved a plan for the transfer of 2.6 billion rubles from the construction of hospitals and schools for the completion of the stadium on Krestovsky. However, at the end of October, new challenges have arisen.

In one of the sectors of the stadium during the start of heating has occurred the flood, and when testing the roll-out of the soccer field, it stalled. When you try to “rock” and roll field have difficulties due to irregularities discovered in the stadium bowl. As a result, the rolling took almost seven hours. Then visited the construction site of the FIFA inspectors, hopped on the new field of “Zenit-Arena” came to the conclusion that playing it is impossible.

Meanwhile, the city government announced in September that bringing the arena into compliance with the UEFA requirements (which are tougher than FIFA) to Euro 2020 will require billions in new spending.

Former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg was detained in Moscow for embezzlement of 50 million rubles in the construction of “Zenit-Arena” 16.11.2016

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