The court arrested the former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg for fraud in the construction of “Zenit-Arena”
Smolninsky district court of St. Petersburg on Friday, November 18, satisfied the petition of a consequence about arrest of the former Deputy Governor of the Northern capital of Marat Oganesyan, who was arrested two days ago on the case of plunder more than 50 million rubles in the construction on Krestovsky island.
Judge Olesya Buckskin, announcing the decision, noted that investigators have good reason to believe that the question could exert pressure on witnesses or to hide from justice. For example, shortly before his arrest, he filed documents to obtain us visas, writes “Interfax”. At the same time available to the former curator of the construction “Zenit-Arena” diseases involve outpatient therapy, therefore, the court does not consider the grounds for the preventive measure not related to deprivation of liberty.
Hovhannisyan will remain under arrest until January 15, 2017. The court, which resulted in this decision took place behind closed doors and lasted for more than four hours. The reporters found that in some moment in the courtroom, invited medical emergency.
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 screens for stadium with 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.
Subsequently Hovhannisyan organized a transfer in favor of the TMD of the 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. As a result, the money was stolen through one-day firms, investigators believe.
In the case of fraud also pass the former first Deputy Chairman of the construction Committee of St. Petersburg administration Alexander Ancic, who signed the documents for transfer of the advance, Grigory Popov, who was the real leader of TDM and the staff of the joint stock company Elena Kovalev and Artem Kuspit.
Earlier in the TFR noted that Ancic, Popov and Kovalev actively cooperate with the investigation, and Caspica refusing to admit his guilt, was taken into custody.
At the time of arrest Hovhannisyan was senior Vice President of the Bank “Russian capital” and oversaw the completion of houses “su-155″. In a credit institution hastened to assure that the investigative actions will not affect the progress of work.
Regarding the construction of “Zenit Arena”, 16 November it became known that the Petersburg authorities and the FAA “Glavgosexpertiza of Russia” by mutual agreement terminated the contract on carrying out examination of project documentation for construction of the stadium “Zenit arena” on Krestovsky island. This is because the terms of coordination of documents with law enforcement agencies exceeded the term of the contract for examination. It is expected that the next hitch will not affect the expected period of putting the stadium in operation on 25 December of the current year.
Recall, the stadium is unfinished “Zenit arena” started to build in 2008. Over the years, its estimates increased by almost seven times – from 6.7 billion to 42 billion rubles. Since August, the new General contractor of construction is assigned to 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 “Zenit-Arena”, where there should be the matches of the 2018 world Cup. In late October, the FIFA inspectors, hopped on the new stadium, came to the conclusion that playing it is impossible. Contractors started to solve this problem. Meanwhile, the city authorities have already announced that, in order to bring the arena in line with UEFA requirements (which are tougher than FIFA) to Euro 2020, which will require additional billions of dollars in costs.