St. Petersburg: ex-deputy chairman of Committee for Construction suspected of corruption during World Cup
Yanchik is suspected of taking a bribe from Head of the contractor firm Vasily Slivkin in exchange for a contract for the design of outdoor stadium lighting.
Former Deputy Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee for Construction Aleksandr Yanchik has been moved from the category of witnesses to accomplices of the high-profile fraud in the stadium construction. The investigation suspects him of receiving a 20-million-ruble bribe ($301,000) when constructing the Sankt-Peterburg Arena on the Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg. This is reported by TASS referring to its sources.
According to Fontanka, Yanchik is suspected of taking a bribe from Head of the contractor firm Vasily Slivkin in exchange for the contract for the design of outdoor stadium lighting. Investigators have already been initiated a criminal case against the official. The Committee has yet to comment on the information.
To recall, former Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan is currently under arrest. He is suspected of a fraudulent theft of 50 million rubles ($11.8 million). According to the case file, Oganesyan, who supervised the construction of the football arena, had first transferred the advance payment to one of the subcontractors and then embezzled the money via a chain of fly-by-night companies. It is possible that the new defendants in the fraud case have appeared due to the fact that Oganesyan is actively cooperating with the investigation and has made a confession statement. In this connection, the case of Oganesyan has been separated from other charges; the Court will consider it using a special procedure.
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