Marat Oganesyan charged with $351.000-bribery, already being in jail for another charge

Marat Oganesyan charged with $351.000-bribery, already being in jail for another charge
Marat Oganesyan

According to investigators, he ensured that a certain contractor gets the $6m-tender for the construction of Zenit Arena stadium.

The Main Investigation Department of Russian Investigative Committee in St. Petersburg opened a criminal case under Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking) against former vice-governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan. StroyElektroMontazh No. 5 CEO is the suspected bribe-giver; Vasily Slivkin had been detained back in May 2016.

According to the investigation, Slivkin passed $350.000 to Oganesyan in 2015 so that his firm would get the contract for works on Zenit Arena construction. Later, in March 2015, StroyElektroMontazh won a tender for stadium lighting works worth 347 million rubles ($6m).

Suspected of being an intermediary in the bribery, Deputy Director General of the company Kirill Slivkin (Vasily Slivkin’s son) and chief economist Nikolai Khripunov were detained on May 4. The suspects are going to be charged under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code.

Currently, Marat Oganesyan is in jail for another charge. He was detained in November 2016 on suspicion of embezzling 50 million rubles ($877.600) allocated to purchase a scoreboard for the stadium. Yesterday, Smolninsky district court ruled to leave the former vice-governor in custody for another three months.

Marat Oganesyan served as the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg from 2013 till April 2015. He oversaw the city’s construction sites, as well as Zenit Arena construction. There are 4 more suspects in the embezzlement case: former deputy chairman of St. Petersburg Construction Committee Alexander Yanchik, Alexandrinsky Theater director Grigory Popov, financier of Theater and Decorating Workshops Elena Kovaleva and director of Stage Technology Construction Artem Kuspits.

Concerns arose that Marat Oganesyan could have been present at the meeting at Bochka restaurant in Moscow, where thieves in law had a gathering, according to law enforcement agencies. One of the guests at the criminal meeting looks just like Oganesyan, who also was in Moscow that day. Besides, according to some reports, Oganesyan maintains close relations with the thief in law Eduard Asatryan and his son.

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