Embezzlement in construction of Putin’s residence conducted through Federal Guard Service
Soon the investigation can petition for the arrest of high-ranking officials from the Federal Guard Service.
New defendants may appear in the case of embezzlement of funds allocated for the construction of Russian president’s residence in Novo-Ogarevo. The investigation believes that high-ranking officers from the Federal Guard Service may be involved in the withdrawal of money. According to a state prosecution representative, new detentions may happen soon.
The announcement was made at the court hearing in the appellate court of the Moscow City Court on May 21. The Court was reviewing the complaint filed by lawyers of the Federal Guard Service’s Ateks FSUE Director General Andrey Kaminov against the extension of his detention period. As a result, he ended up in a pre-trial detention center.
Arguing against Kaminov’s release from the cell, the state prosecution representative said that the investigation came to a conclusion about the involvement of Russian Federal Guard Service high-ranking officers in embezzlement, and noted that “it is planned to bring them to criminal liability.” Meanwhile, until recently, the ICR had a different theory. The investigation believed that a crime group had been created for the swindling, the main parts of which were to be played by Baltstroy Group of Companies’ representatives, misleading the Federal Guard Service officers.
Earlier, a new episode of swindling at another site of the Federal Guard Service – the Vorobyevy Gory Complex – has been added to the case. It is a series of state summer residences located in Moscow. Some of them have been rented out (in particular, businessman Gennady Timchenko lives in one of those). The rest is used for reception and residence during visits of leaders of other states.
For example, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko enjoys staying in Vorobyevy Gory. At one time, it was decided that all the mansions and communications leading to them require serious repairs. The works were commissioned to the companies that are part of the Baltstroy Group of Companies. According to the ICR, part of the funds was stolen by overstating the prices of materials and work.
For several days now, the minds of the public in St. Petersburg are occupied with one piece of news – Lieutenant-General Umnov, head of the Main Directorate of the MIA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, leaves his post and sets off for a promotion to Moscow. Sergey Umnov is allegedly designated for the position of deputy minister of the MIA Vladimir Kolokoltsev. However, on the sidelines of the ministry they expect not a promotion for the Petersburg general, but an honorable resignation with the consequent loss of political weight.