Baltstroy director who built President's residence strikes new plea deal

Baltstroy director who built President's residence strikes new plea deal
Co-owner of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev

Dmitry Sergeev will testify over the theft of funds allocated for the construction of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogarevo.

The co-owner of Baltstroy, Dmitry Sergeev, concludes plea deal on the embezzlement of funds during the construction of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, Rosbalt reports citing its sources in law enforcement agencies.

Sergeev, who is considered one of the organizers of a criminal group that stole budget funds at the construction of the residence, filed a petition for a plea deal soon after the arrest. The other day the petition was satisfied by the Prosecutor General's Office.

In August 2017, the director of Baltstroy signed a pre-trial agreement over the theft of more than 70 million rubles ($1.2m) in the organization of restoration work in manufacturer Aseev’s country estate in the Tambov region, the Pskov Drama Theater and the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow. Due to cooperation with the investigation, he received only 4.5 years of imprisonment suspended.

Earlier it was reported that heads of construction company Sergey Perevalov and Andrey Rodionov also made plea deal in the Novo-Ogarevo case. They gave evidence against Sergeev and were released from a detention center under house arrest.

In July 2017 the case of the reception house in the presidential residence in Novo-Ogarevo got the top-secret stamp, as the data on these objects compose a state secret. According to the investigation, the leadership of FSUE Atex, the company Stroykomplekt and Klimat Prof LLC stole 227 million rubles ($4m) for the construction of a certain object number 53. Defendants are charged with Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code) and Participation in the Criminal Community (part 2 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code). The investigation believes that the gang leader is head of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev.

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