Case of former St. Petersburg vice-governor Oganesyan returned to Prosecutor General's Office
Yuri Chaika’s seputy must rewrite the indictment, the court considers.
Smolninsky Court of St. Petersburg despite the tough resistance decided to return the case of former vice-governor Marat Oganesyan to the Prosecutor General's Office. Yuri Chaika’s deputy should rewrite the indictment, and the ex-official – find 30 million rubles ($482.000).
As reported by the joint press service of the courts of St. Petersburg, on July 13, Smolninsky Court ruled that the case is to be returned due to significant violations of the criminal procedure law.
On October 16, 2017, Oganesyan was charged with participating in a criminal conspiracy to steal money from the general contractor of the stadium on the Krestovsky Island, Transstroy-SPb. The persons of interest stole more than 50 million rubles ($803.000), of which Oganesyan received at least 28 million ($450.000).
The former vice-governor pleaded guilty and concluded a pre-trial agreement on cooperation. Under its terms, he had to fully pay the damage, which did not happen.
When familiarizing with the materials of the criminal case, Oganesyan's defense appealed to the prosecutor's office with a request to consider the repayment of damage to the company Transstroy-SPb performed. Oganesyan assured that he can not actually pay the money, because the Investigative Committee prevents the lifting the arrest from part of the money. He can not use other sources, since he is in custody and has no property at all. Oganesyan undertook to transfer the money upon the lifting of the arrest.
Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin considered that there was no reason to change the pre-trial agreement, and did not exclude the condition on payment of damage from it. At the same time, after familiarizing with the materials of the criminal case, Grin agreed that Oganesyan be tried according to a special procedure, as the accused who pleaded guilty.
Smolninsky Court did not quite understand the deputy prosecutor’s position and on its own initiative raised the issue of returning the case amendment.
The Prosecutor's Office, Oganesyan's defense and the injured party objected. In their opinion, the ex-official can pay 28 million after the verdict. The court, nevertheless, returned the case, keeping Oganesyan in custody.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.