Head of elite suburb in Chelyabinsk Region suspected of corruption 

Head of elite suburb in Chelyabinsk Region suspected of corruption
Vladimir Kotov has already been ruling the Sosnovsky District, Chelyabinsk Oblast, for 20 years Photo: Vadim Akhmetov © URA.Ru

Tens of millions have been spent on gas infrastructure development in the elite area. As a result, the head of this district now has his own country house.

Residents of the elite suburb of Chelyabinsk are fighting for the truth. The whole bureaucratic system and security forces are working against them. However, the facts speak for themselves: the scale of corruption may prove to be unprecedented. Who gets all contracts without tenders, where Kotov’s country house is located, and why the police remain silent – you can learn about all of this in the article by the CrimeRussia.

Sosnovsky district is one of the richest municipalities of the Southern Urals. On the map, it has the shape of a horseshoe, the district encircles Chelyabinsk and thus has become very attractive for top businessmen, high-ranking officials, and security forces. Dozens of elite settlements are located in this area. But recently the municipality has once again started facing numerous scandals.

Local residents intend to initiate a review of the work by the administration of Sosnovsky district, suspecting it of large-scale corruption.

To confirm how the municipality administration does its business, the residents gave an example of the ties the officials have with the Classic Open Joint Stock Company. This company has suddenly become extremely successful in disbursing the budget money. The firm has won a lot of tenders for gas infrastructure development. Moreover, it often gets contracts even without trading, simply by decision of the regional commission on emergency situations. For instance, the Classic Company has received almost 20 million rubles for the construction of a gas pipeline in Poletaevo for the "prevention of emergency situations related to gas supply of residential homes." The money was allocated from the regional budget, while the contract does not even specify the completion date.

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Photo: information of Classic Company

A similar story is told by residents of another suburban settlement. In connection with a possible emergency situation, during the meeting of a specialized committee, the district administration recommended the head of Roshchino Svetlana Kudrina to urgently install gas service in the settlement. The document features a separate paragraph: "Classic OJSC is to be contracted to carry out the work on supplying gas to residential houses." Kudrina followed the imperative advice of her senior colleagues from the district administration. As a result, a no-tender municipal contract for 2.4 million rubles was signed. Three additional agreements were signed afterwards, which increased the cost of the work to 4.9 million rubles. At the same time, the deadline was shifted from 2013 to December 2015.

A member of the Roshchino village council Tatyana Degtyareva wrote a lot of inquiries to various authorities, from the presidential administration to the security forces. "All requests go down to the district police level. And our Head of the Interior Ministry Department is also a member of that very committee on emergency situations. So, the result is predictable – all we get is runarounds," - Degtyareva said.

The council member also noted that back in 2013 the locals had wanted to build the necessary gas infrastructure for the village on their own funds. A certain company offered its services at the price of 500 rubles per square meter. On the other hand, "Classic was doing its work for 2.000 rubles per square meter, according to the municipal contract. We believe that the estimates are considerably higher. But the district administration says that they know about it, and still think it is safer to work with Classic," - Degtyareva explained.

The Roshchino gas infrastructure development works have been completed last December, but the houses are still not connected to the system. The only thing that the residents were able to achieve is that they drew attention of the Federal Antimonopoly Service department.

The supervisory authority was the only structure to recognize the obvious violation at the conclusion of contracts without bidding. As a result, the head of Roshchino Kudrina was fined twice, for 50 thousand and 25 thousand rubles respectively.

Photo 1. The decision of the Commission for Emergency Situations directly stipulates which company must become the contractor without bidding Photo 2. The decision of the Commission for Emergency Situations directly stipulates which company must become the contractor without bidding Photo 3. The decision of the Commission for Emergency Situations directly stipulates which company must become the contractor without bidding
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Residents believe that the interests of the Classic Company may be lobbied by the First Deputy Head of the District Vladimir Valter. In a conversation with URA.Ru reporter, the official refused to comment on the matter, saying only that "we have provided all the necessary gas infrastructure there a long time ago." Then he put the phone down. Acting Attorney of the Sosnovsky District Alexey Glazkov promised to comment on the situation later.

Photo 1. To expedite the money pumping into the Classic Company, Kotov even took over the Roshchino’s debt to contractor as one of his own district Photo 2. To expedite the money pumping into the Classic Company, Kotov even took over the Roshchino’s debt to contractor as one of his own district Photo 3. To expedite the money pumping into the Classic Company, Kotov even took over the Roshchino’s debt to contractor as one of his own district
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The council members informed that Valter and the district head Vladimir Kotov have been long-time friends with the founder of Classic Alexander Krylov. This may explain how the businessman’s firm managed to win numerous tenders. Allegedly, the officials not only transfer budget money to Krylov’s companies, but also rob the residents in his favor. For instance, during the gas infrastructure development in Roshchino they concluded contracts with locals on "gratuitous voluntary sacrifice" into the village budget. This money was also directed to Classic for the purpose of supplying gas.

УФАС признало нарушение при заключении контракта с единственным подрядчиком. Кудрина заплатила за это 50 тыс. Но многомиллионный контракт благополучно исполнен

The Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service has recognized the fact of violation at the conclusion of the contract with a single contractor. Kudrin paid 50 thousand rubles for it. But in the end, the multi-million contract was successfully executed

There is a huge hunting lodge with a large terrace in the village of Sakkulovo, on the shore of the Agachkul Lake. It has asphalt parking for two dozen cars and other accommodations. People call it Kotov’s Country House. Rumor has it that the head of the district likes to rest there, and that he attended the opening of the hunting season a few weeks ago.

Officially, Kotov’s country house belongs to Krylov’s company. Apparently, they can share not only interests in developing gas infrastructure without tenders, but even hobbies.

It is a small surprise that over the past year, for example, Classic alone managed to win tenders worth 24 million rubles in total, and that goes solely for gas infrastructure development. A year earlier it gained 28.5 million rubles. But Krylov has more than one company. For instance, his Jupiter OJSC competes at tenders with his own Classic OJSC. All of this information is in public access and can be easily verified. Documents for tenders, the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, and other papers are at the disposal of URA.Ru.

Kotov has already been ruling the Sosnovsky District for more than 20 years. He and his family have long felt themselves the true owners of the municipality. Meanwhile, Roshchino village residents are struggling to stop the felling of tress in park area, which is also carried out on the recommendation of the district authorities, allegedly to make room for the fire access road.

In reality though, this place is most likely cleaned for new country houses, which will be purchased by heads of law enforcement agencies, senior officials, and prominent businessmen. Just like in every other settlement of the kind.

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