Detained Rostov region deputy governor’s collection of watches estimated at $116k
Sergey Sidash is suspected of Exceeding Official Powers.
A collection of luxury watches, jewelry, and other attributes of luxurious life belonging to Deputy Governor for Housing and Utilities Sector of the Rostov region, Sergey Sidash, detained on suspicion of Exceeding Official Powers (part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code), has been discovered. In addition, the official has a special passion for the works of art. He especially likes being portraited. During searches in his house and workplace, operatives found pictures in which he is depicted as an earl or a military man with orders and medals.
A portrait of Sidash as general
As expert Dmitry Krylov, to whom the pictures of the seized watches were shown, told REN TV, their total price can reach about $116 thousand, which is about 7.5 million rubles. According to him, the deputy governor has the following models: Eterna Vaughan Big Date (~$20 thsd), Breguet Archive Classique 5920 ($16 thsd), Vacheron Constantin (~$20 thsd), Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time 43mm Mens Watch (~$20 thsd), Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 45mm Mens Watch (~$10 thsd), and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph Mens Watch (~$30 thsd).
A collections of watches
Sidash is currently a defendant in the case of abuse in the construction of the Rostov Arena stadium. It is expected that the court will soon elect a preventive measure for him.
As reported by Vystrel v Golovu via Telegram Sidash approved the holding of tenders without the necessary adjustments of the project for the construction of stadium infrastructure in Rostov-on-Don for the 2018 World Cup.
Previously, Director of Rostovoblstroyzakazchik, Sergey Mishchenko, and Minister of Construction of the Rostov region, Nikolay Bezuglov, were also arrested in this connection.
Acting as the contractor of works at the stadium for the 2018 World Cup, Mishchenko’s company supplied lower quality sand, as stated in the documents. Due to the price difference, 223 million rubles ($3.45 million) was stolen.
A criminal case under Abuse of Official Powers was initiated against Bezuglov.
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